Originally a swampy, sparsely populated area of southwest Florida, Miami is now the major city and cultural center for South Florida. As it became a resort destination in the early twentieth century, wealthy vacationers from the northern United States and entrepreneurs from Latin America flocked to Miami.
The people attracted by this growth have helped to shape Miamis entertainment scene into its current form. With an eclectic range of venues that attract diverse people to party every night of the week, there is a place for everyone in Miami. Here are some specific recommendations if you ever find yourself wanting to go out partying in one of the best cities for it on Earth. The 15 best nightclubs in Miami can be found below:
Opened in 2005 by David Sinopoli, The Corner is a great bar in the heart of South Beach. Lined with blue and white tiles from floor to ceiling, this place has a definite nautical feel. It’s also conveniently located near other nightclubs like Mansion and Skybar.
Technically not open yet (it opens February 5th), this club will rise above the streets of downtown Miami into the second story of a new building. On the 28th floor, it promises to offer “the best views in Miami.” When you take your eyes off the skyline though, expect them to be treated to some sensual entertainment by performers such as acrobats and contortionists.
Popular among both locals and tourists, Space has been a Miami staple for the past eight years. They’re famous enough to have their app, which you can download on your smartphone. If you want to dance all night in a room that is plastered with aluminum foil and flashing lights, this is a place that’s worth checking out.
It would be criminal to mention the best nightclubs in Miami without mentioning Mynt Lounge at least once. Although it can hold up to four thousand people, Mynt keeps its guests comfortable by offering them luxurious couches and tables to lounge around on while they party. With two bars on either side of the space and an age requirement of twenty-one and over, this is a classy place perfect for any adult to get their drink on.
A large Cuban influence on the Miamis nightlife can be felt in many places, but none are more obvious than Savannas. Complete with palm trees and incredibly low-key lighting, you might wonder if you stumbled upon an expensive club or simply wandered into someone’s backyard while they were throwing a party. If you manage to find your way onto the dancefloor, though, prepare to sweat up a storm while dancing until four in the morning under blaring hip hop music.
LIV Nightclub at Fontainbleau
Perhaps one of the most famous nightclubs in Miami since it opened in 2009, ALLure magazine has even called it “the best place to party in Miami.” Formerly the home of LIV’s biggest competitor, Mansion, ALLure also said that Fontainbleau is a hotel second and a nightclub first. With plush couches surrounding its signature horseshoe-shaped bar, classy go-go dancers strutting around in leather hot pants, and a strict dress code applied at the door every night, this would be an excellent choice if you’re looking to impress your friends with how glamorous your life is while partying in Miami.
This club claims to have been one of the first venues on Ocean Drive to allow entry only by guests who are twenty-one and over. They’ve since opened locations in Chicago and Las Vegas, but the Miami original is still going strong. Although it’s a little more expensive to get in, you can always slip a bartender a few bucks and hope he decides to let you slide under the rope instead of making you pay your way in.
Mango’s Tropical Cafe
If salsa music sounds like fun to you, then this should definitely be on top of your list when deciding where to party in Miami. In addition to serving plenty of tasty tapas, Mango‘s offers live music from its own house band every night at ten o’clock. Its only downfall would have to be the fact that it closes so early at two in the morning, so if you’re looking for a proper club experience, this might not be the place for you.
Back in 1984, this was actually a disco called Cameo before it eventually transformed into a club. Even as a nightclub, however, it’s still widely known as the best place to dance in all of Miami due to its fabulous light shows and diverse guest list. If your feet start hurting from dancing too much, don’t fret because there are plenty of tables where you can rest them while you sip on some champagne or a cocktail.
It might seem hard to pronounce, but the word “Espace” is French for space, so that should give you an idea about how big this club really is. Although it is conveniently located downtown, one side opens up onto Biscayne Bay and has a beautiful view of the bay and all of its surrounding skyscrapers.
Similar to LIV, this club is known for its celebrity clientele. If you’re lucky enough to walk past the bouncer without getting stopped, their strict dress code requires that shoes be worn at all times (no exceptions, even on the dancefloor), and jackets be left in coat check. The valet fee is around thirty dollars, but it’s well worth it if you’re looking to meet celebrities or just enjoy your time while dancing on one of their many dancefloors until six in the morning.
If you feel like dancing but would rather avoid some of the crowds and chaos outside these clubs, then you might prefer Mynt. Although this club is pretty far from the heart of South Beach, it’s still a classy and upscale nightclub with plush couches surrounding the dancefloor and an outdoor terrace where you can chill with your friends while sipping on some champagne or vodka iced tea.
Formerly known as Nikki Beach, this rooftop lounge club has gorgeous views of the city since its located on top of The Betsy Hotel in South Beach. Aside from the breathtaking view of the bay outside its floor-to-ceiling windows, patrons can enjoy live DJs spinning house music while djaying poolside daily.
If you’re looking to impress your date, then look no further than Raleigh Hotel. This four-star restaurant is located just a few blocks away from South Beach and offers panoramic views of the bay, as well as top-notch food. On Friday nights, their poolside nightclub becomes host to various artists performing live at concerts that are open to guests who dine at least once during the week (reservations required).
This members-only club is one of the most popular destinations for celebrities like The Kardashians, Paris Hilton, and Britney Spears. Although you might not be able to get in without an invitation, it’s still fun to drool over pictures of what happens behind its extravagant doors. For those who can afford it, table service starts around fifteen hundred dollars per bottle but will include your choice of premium spirits, mixers, and fruit.