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One of Greater Miami's most popular pursuits is barhopping. 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 (www.miamiherald.com) 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 (www.miaminewtimes.com), 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 (www.modernluxury.com/miami)and Ocean Drive (www.oceandrive.com), 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 (www.elnuevoherald.com), 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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  • 1. Blackbird Ordinary

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    This local watering hole has been around since 2011, but it became supertrendy in 2015 and hasn't looked back since. With a vibe that's a bit...Read More

  • 2. E11EVEN Miami

    Downtown | Dance Clubs

    The former Gold Rush building has been transformed into an ultraclub with LED video walls, intelligent lighting, and a powerful sound system...Read More

  • 3. Lagniappe

    Midtown | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    You may stumble upon this unassuming yet intriguing den across from the Midtown railroad tracks. Shelves house a selection of boutique-label...Read More

  • 4. LIV

    Mid-Beach | Dance Clubs

    Since its 2009 opening, this snazzy nightclub located at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has garnered tons of global attention, and it shows no...Read More

  • 5. Radio Bar

    South Beach | Bars/Pubs

    What began as a pop-up bar in South Beach’s emerging SoFi district in 2013 has evolved into a permanent local favorite, offering a basement...Read More

  • 6. Rec Room

    South Beach | Dance Clubs

    Entering Rec Room is like stumbling upon an awesome basement party that just happens to be packed with the hottest people ever. Amy Sacco's...Read More

  • 7. Sugar

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    This skyscraping rooftop bar is the essence of the new downtown Miami: futuristic, worldly, and beyond sleek. It crowns the 40th floor of East...Read More

  • 8. The Broken Shakerbooks

    Mid-Beach | Bars/Pubs

    Popular with Miami's cool crowd, this indoor-outdoor craft cocktail joint lures in droves to the adult-chic Freehand hostel to revel in the...Read More

  • 9. The Lido Bayside Grill

    Belle Isle | Bars/Pubs

    With all due respect to wonderful food by executive-chef Mark Zeitouni, many locals come to this eatery with drinking as their top priority...Read More

  • 10. Cafeina Wynwood Lounge

    Wynwood | Bars/Pubs

    This awesome Wynwood watering hole takes center stage during the highly social Gallery Night and Artwalk through the Wynwood Art District (...Read More

  • 11. Club Space

    Downtown | Dance Clubs

    Want 24-hour partying? Here's the place, which revolutionized the Miami party scene back in 2000 and still gets accolades as one of the country...Read More

  • 12. Sweet Liberty

    South Beach | Bars/Pubs

    Miami's bartender of-the-moment, John Lermayer, proves that he's in it for the long haul at this neighborhood hot spot, which took home the...Read More

  • 13. Wood Tavern

    Wynwood | Gathering Places

    This is a neighborhood hangout where anything—and anyone—goes: suits mix with hoodies, fashionistas mingle with hipsters, but everyone in the...Read More

  • 14. Wynwood Brewing Company

    Wynwood | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    This family-owned craft brewery is hidden among the towering graffiti arts walls of Wynwood. Communal tables and ever-changing pop-up galleries...Read More

  • 15. Ted's at YoungArts

    Downtown | Music Clubs

    Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, this singular spot is a creative expansion of national nonprofit youngARTS' vision to discover and...Read More

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