In a city with so much to offer its guests, it goes without saying that the nightlife in Miami is pretty impressive. Like the restaurant scene, the influence of so many different cultures on the music and entertainment in the city means that it is second to none.
Music and dance clubs playing a vast and varied selection of sounds, comedy clubs, theatre opera and of course the movies – you really have it all to choose from so all you have to do is decide. Well, it is recommended that you stock up on energy too as you are certainly going to need it. With the majority of clubs staying open until 5.00am every night, it is something that takes quite a bit of getting used to for those of you who have traveled from less fortunate social scenes.
And in a city where there’s so much going on you are probably wondering how you are going to keep up with everything. Well, fear not. There are numerous excellent sources which provide up to the minute details on all things entertaining in Miami. Check out the Weekend section of the Miami Herald on Fridays or the Lively Arts section of the same paper on Sundays for reviews and listings. The New Times, a free weekly magazine which comes out every Thursday is also very informative for those of you who are into the arts. Finally, to find out what’s going on among Miami’s vibrant gay community try to get your hands on David, Miamigo or Scoop which are widely available coming up to the weekend.
Finally, if you’re curious as to where the particularly hot spots are located look no further than the Art Deco District and CocoWalk in Coconut Grove among others. But, the reality for those of you staying in South Beach is that there is absolutely no need to go so far afield. You will have ample venues within minutes of your hostel but remember that regardless of the establishment or the location the legal drinking age in the state of Florida is 21 and this is strictly enforced at all times.
626 South Miami Avenue, Miami, USA
Open until 5.00am nightly and serving food right up until 2.00am this New Orleans style bar is one you have to try. With live blues and jazz every other night this place has been in operation since 1912 and is now an institution in the city. No cover charge during the week and a paltry $3 at weekends.
900 Ocean Drive, Miami, USA
If you like it loud and lewd then this is for you. Live Latin music daily and nightly in tropical rain forest surroundings make this venue particularly memorable as does the dancing which is some of the best in town. A real party zone which also keeps going until the early hours.
655 Washington Avenue, Miami, USA
Part owned by Sean Penn and Mick Hucknall this place is guaranteed to impress. Featuring the ultimate in bohemian decor, dress to impress to gain entry and party the night away to music from around the world. There is a cover charge of between $10 and $20 every night except Tuesday but rest assured that it’s worth it.
2212 SW 8th Street, Miami, USA
Transport yourself to the heart of Cuba with a visit to this watering hole. Located in the Little Havana area of the city this place is renowned throughout Miami for its live, and one hundred per cent authentic, Cuban entertainment. The rum goes down a treat too so give it a try.
1057 Washington Avenue, Miami, USA
One of the more popular gay establishments in the city, Twist is a big favourite among both locals and visitors to Miami. Complete with six different bars including an outdoor lounge and an in house DJ who plays an excellent selection of music nightly, this place rocks until 5.00am nightly.
727 Lincoln Road, Miami, USA
A discotheque for the alternative revellers among you this place is designed using Imperial Russian decor – whatever that might be. Only opens at weekends so it is quite difficult to gain entry but if you don’t get in there are plenty alternatives about so give it a try.
653 Washington Avenue, Miami, USA
Catering for a younger crowd than many of the aforementioned pubs and clubs, this is mainly as a result of the type of music played in Union. A combination of rap, reggae and R n’ B ensures that the dance floor is always packed so get there early. Opens from Thursday to Saturday.
621 Washington Avenue, Miami, USA
And now for something completely different. If you’ve ever fancied a good old-fashioned rock n’ roll evening (and there are those that do), look no further. Open between Wednesday and Sunday this place is always good for a laugh.
218 Espanola Way, Miami, USA
One which is guaranteed to appeal to the ladies compliments of its specials where their drinks are half price all night. And just in case the guys are feeling left out you’ll be glad to hear that their happy hour is open to everyone.