Ultimate guide to partying in Miami

From bottle service and VIP cred, to craft cocktails and speakeasy swag, Miami’s nightlife is as diverse as its populace. Here’s where to go (and what to expect) the next time you’re in the mood for a night out on the town. 

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1. Story

One of Miami’s hottest big room venues, Story is known for its A-list headlining DJs, VIP service, and a lightshow dazzling enough to make you feel like you’re hallucinating. Most nights feature EDM acts, but hip hop acts do touch down from time to time. 

Where: 136 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


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2. LIV 

Perhaps the best known Miami mega-club, LIV built up a global reputation for its celebrity VIPs, its superstar headliners, and its perpetual rain of champagne and confetti. If you’re looking to be seen while toasting the fab life, this is your spot. 

Where: 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach


3. SET

Smaller than LIV and Story, yet no less glam, SET has long been called the crowned jewel of Miami nightlife. As opulent as the inside of a massive jewel box, the club combines all the dazzle and gliteratti of a velvet rope mega club with the intimacy and exclusivity of a private party. 

Where: 320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach


4. Icon

If you’re looking for something more reminiscent of the super nightclubs you might find in Las Vegas, look no further than Icon. Formerly Mansion Nightclub, the completely renovated nightspot features a Great Gatsby theme and a stunning guilded interior. It regularly features celebrity artists and big name DJs, and is both VIP and GA friendly. 

Where: 1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach


5. Club Space Miami

As much a part of Miami culture as pastelitos and traffic, Club Space has stood through nearly three decades of music and nightlife history in the 305. While you won’t see any Kardashians here, you will see a diverse mix of young clubgoers and old-timers who’ve been making the pilgramage to Space since the ’90s. Open every Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, the two-story club has three different rooms, one for hip-hop lovers, one for techno fans, and its legendary terrace where most of the big headliners perform. With its coveted 24-hour liquor license and regular marathon sets, it’s arguably Miami’s most famous afterhours spot. 

Where: 34 NE 11th Street, Miami


6. Bardot

If you have a thing for house parties (like the ones you frequented in college, except with much better music), Bardot is your place. Small, impossibly dark, and filled with a perpetual haze that smells faintly of cigarettes and incense, Bardot has delivered some of the best local parties in the city (here’s looking at you, Slap N Tickle). Their musical acts alternate between well-known performers and pioneering up-and-commers, and can range anywhere from pulsating techno to West Coast trip-hop. 

Where: 3456 N Miami Avenue, Miami


7. Basement

Developed by Studio 54’s Ian Schrager, Basement Miami is a club kid’s paradise. Located at the uber-chic and swanky Edition hotel, the intimate underground venue features all the necessary things to make your inner child want to keep coming back, from giant lollipops and alcohol-infused candies, to a neon-lit bowling alley and ice skating rink. After all, it’s always nice to have the option to bowl or skate when dancing becomes to much. 

Where: 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

8. Blume 

Located amidst the hustle and bustle of Brickell, Blume is not what you’d expect to find in Miami’s financial district. Adorned with all the glitz of a South Beach VIP nightclub, this intimate and sophisticated little beauty brings a taste of bottle-popping glamour to neighborhood and is a great spot to get your club fix if you don’t feel like making the drive down to the beach. Pop in after having dinner, drinks and some hookah at the adjoining Segafredo restaurant and lounge. 

Where: 1421 S Miami Avenue, Miami


9. Bodega

Don’t let its exterior fool you – enter through the port-o-potty at this edgy taco eatery on Alton and you’ll find yourself in a huge warehouse-style lounge complete with a full bar, leather couches, a pool table, and regular DJ and live music performances. It’s casual, clever, and cool in an underground locals-only kind of way.

Where: 1220 16th Street, Miami Beach