Miami Nightlife

One of Greater Miami's most popular pursuits is bar hopping. Bars range from intimate enclaves to showy see-and-be-seen lounges to loud, raucous frat parties. There's a New York–style flair to some of the newer lounges, which are increasingly catering to the Manhattan party crowd who escape to Miami and Miami Beach for long weekends. No doubt, Miami's pulse pounds with nonstop nightlife that reflects

the area's potent cultural mix. On sultry, humid nights with the huge full moon rising out of the ocean and fragrant night-blooming jasmine intoxicating the senses, who can resist Cuban salsa with some disco and hip-hop thrown in for good measure? When this place throws a party, hips shake, fingers snap, bodies touch. It's no wonder many clubs are still rocking at 5 am. If you're looking for a relatively nonfrenetic evening, your best bet is one of the chic hotel bars on Collins Avenue, or a lounge away from Miami Beach in Wynwood, the Design District, or downtown.

The Miami Herald ( is a good source for information on what to do in town. The Weekend section of the newspaper, included in the Friday edition, has an annotated guide to everything from plays and galleries to concerts and nightclubs. The "Ticket" column details the week's entertainment highlights. Or you can pick up the Miami New Times (, the city's largest free alternative newspaper, published each Thursday. It lists nightclubs, concerts, and special events; reviews plays and movies; and provides in-depth coverage of the local music scene. MIAMI ( andOcean Drive (, Miami’s model-strewn, upscale fashion and lifestyle magazines, squeeze club, bar, restaurant, and events listings in with fashion spreads, reviews, and personality profiles. Paparazzi photos of local party people and celebrities give you a taste of Greater Miami nightlife before you even dress up to paint the town.

The Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald (, published by the Miami Herald, has extensive information on Spanish-language arts and entertainment, including dining reviews, concert previews, and nightclub highlights.

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Blues Bar

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Dedicate at least one night of your Miami vacation to an art deco pub crawl, patronizing the hotel bars and lounges of South Beach's...


  • Dance Clubs

One of Miami's longest-running dance clubs, Cameo is constantly reinventing itself, but the result always seems to be the same—long...

FDR at the Delano

  • Dance Clubs

The world's hottest DJs are on tap at this überexclusive subterranean lounge that caters to a stylish see-and-be-seen crowd. Seductive...

HaVen Lounge

  • Cafes–Nightlife

This gastrolounge may be cozy by South Beach standards, but it's just as flashy under the glow of backlit architecture, main bar, and...


  • Music Clubs

If you're looking for an unpretentious alternative to the velvet-rope nightclubs, this unassuming, live-music hot spot is a standout...

Lost Weekend

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Slumming celebs and locals often patronize this pool hall–resto–dive bar on quaint Española Way. The hard-core locals are serious...

Mac's Club Deuce Bar

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Although it's a complete dive bar—and not something you'd expect from glitzy South Beach, this circa-1964 pool hall attracts a colorful...

Mynt Lounge

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This is the quintessential celeb-studded, super-VIP, South Beach party where you may or may not be let in, depending on what you wear...

Nikki Beach Club

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Smack-dab on the beach, the full-service Nikki Beach Club was once upon a time a favorite of SoBe's pretty people and celebrities. Nowadays...

Palace Bar

  • Cafes–Nightlife

South Beach’s gay heyday continues at this fierce oceanfront bar where folks both gay and straight come to revel in good times, cheap...