Miami Nightlife + Bars
When it comes to partying, Miami doesn’t skip a beat. Whether you’re looking for a chill Monday night of bowling and beats, or a champagne-drenched Sunday Funday on the beach, you can rest assured that there’s something going on in the 305. While I only name a few, Miami Beach also is home to FDR Lounge at the Delano, Wall at the W, LIV’s sister club Story, hole in the walls like Do Not Sit on The Furniture and Bardot.
But my personal favorites are the ones I list below!
At first I went for their restaurant and then surprise, when the clock struck midnight, the place converted into a night lounge. Bâoli offers a new level of hospitality by offering guests a sense of celebration beyond traditional dining. Their iconic weekly celebration – My Boyfriend Is Out of Town – has become a popular affair on Wednesday nights.
1906 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach | Admission/Cover: Free
Basement is my kinda spot, not only because it avoids velvet ropes and VIP areas. It's just a simple nightclub and lounge area but with the added cool factor of a bowling alley and ice-skating rink too. Oh, and flashing lights with cool slogans everywhere. I absolutely love Basement, it’s by far my favorite nightlife spot.
2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach | Admission/Cover: Free
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila
The street-facing half of Bodega is a busy taco counter joint set up like a tricked-out auto garage with bright graffiti splashes and neon barstools. At the otherwise unassuming back door, you’ll see a bouncer occasionally motioning waiting guests into the speakeasy behind it, which just makes you feel cool to walk into.
1220 16 St., South Beach | Admission/Cover: Free
The Broken Shaker
For a chill night I love to spend it tucked away behind the Freehand Hostel, where sits the most charming bar. There’s a romantic, tiki-like space at the entrance. Beyond it, a brick patio sits in the middle of a tropical forest, outfitted with mix-and-match chaise loungers and wicker chairs, strings of white lights criss-crossing overhead. A pool completes the feeling of the Instagram-worthy backyard you want to linger in.
2727 Indian Creek Dr., Mid-Beach | Admission/Cover: Free
I spent my crazier nights at the legendary LIV. Set inside the Fountainbleau Hotel, when it comes to South Beach megaclub decadence and style, there's really no one like LIV. This is the as-seen-in-music-videos atmosphere of your dreams. Sunday is hip-hop, but the majority of nights are dedicated to EDM. Getting in is difficult, especially if you’re not a woman, but get to know the right people (or hit up some promoters on IG).
441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach | Admission/Cover: Depends on DJ
SLS Hyde Beach
When you're in the mood for a rowdy, full-on South Beach pool party situation. Located inside the SLS hotel, you'll find beach access, a live DJ, and plenty of bright, striped cabanas and lounge chairs. Check the schedule in advance, as lines can get long (and covers can get expensive) when they have a big DJ on site.
1701 Collins Ave., Mid-Beach | Admission/Cover: Depends on DJ, but table reservations are highly recommended
From casual happy hours bars and upscale rooftops to the hipster art scenes and full on club raves, Miami is the main party hot spot and Wynwood is its art scene of chill bars and wine spots. It’s an ever-changing area, as old warehouses turn to art galleries, and art galleries turn to bars. Walk down NW 2nd Avenue and you find numerous bar and lounge options. Lately, Wynwood has been my go-to area, and below are my top favorite places!
Kinda like Bodega, not only does this neighborhood taco joint supply some of Miami's best tacos, but also hidden in the backroom lies a tiny club that holds a DJ playing soft house music, and people lounging on comfortable sofas. It’s kinda small or “intimate” but super cool to walk into.
2300 NW Second Ave., Wynwood | Admission/Cover: Free
Where do I begin with Lagniappe, can you tell how much I love this spot? The easiest chill bar, where they serve beer and wine by the bottle, $5 cheese plates, have live music and patio furniture. There are no waiters, no menus, no silverware, or corkage fee. You just come and hang out with friends. It gets really popular so finding a spot to sit can sometimes be hard.
3425 NE 2nd Ave, Design District | Admission/Cover: Free
The bar boasts a fancy accent and lowercase spelling plus a tiki-inspired rum and tequila bar courtesy of the same folks who gave us Drunken Dragon restaurant and Foxhole bar. The crazy, kitschy, cool spot features a pool table and jukebox as well as a curated selection of cocktails and beers. Tuesday nights features ’90s throwbacks.
150 NW 24th St., Wynwood | Admission/Cover: Free
Located in the heart of Wynwood around the corner from the walls, this tavern is filled with street art that rotates seasonally. Tacos can be eaten off of picnic tables in the back open-air patio, and the clientele, which includes much of the city's creative class and is blessedly free of the tourists you'll find across the bridge.
2531 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood | Admission/Cover: Free
While there are a few clubs in the area, my favorite part about Downtown Miami and Brickell is the upscale restaurants and rooftop bars. Brickell is the kinda place you stay at all night long, and even do some bar-hopping. The area has everything you need, low-key restaurants or upscale ones, chill bars and rooftop ones. With Downtown Miami just over the bridge, it’s easy to have fun all night.
I spent a few college nights at this all-American Brickell gastropub. It’s a breezy spot with a dock and canopied waterfront patio on the Miami River. Dozens of craft brews on tap, classics like burgers and chicken & waffles. Flat-screen TVs because how else can you watch the Hurricane games, late-night hours and a self-serve beer station.
690 SW 1st Ct, Brickell | Admission/Cover: Free
Another college nights spot was one of Brickell’s oldest bars, Blackbird has music, dancing, and drinks till 5am every night. There’s an indoor dimly lit bar, but my favorite part is the outdoor live band area. I’ll be corny, but there is nothing ordinary about Blackbird; this one’s got a distinct personality.
729 SW 1st Ave, Brickell | Admission/Cover: Free
Miami’s ground-zero for cutting edge dance music. The 24-hour disco is where Miami’s real club kids go to embrace the night (and, oftentimes, the morning). You’ll see some world-class talent behind the DJ booth and enjoy vibes that are decidedly more Berlin than Vegas.
34 ne 11th st., Downtown | Admission/Cover: Depends on DJ
Rooftop @ E11even
If you haven’t heard of E11even, it’s a club that stuffs hip-hop, EDM, strippers and aerial acrobatics together into one insane place. Technically it’s a club but will also serve you a breakfast burrito at 6am. I personally like the rooftop lounge (much calmer than the club) where you can eat and pre-game before heading down to the club, or just enjoy the rooftop view.
29 NE 11th St, Downtown | Admission/Cover: Depends on DJ, for rooftop make a reservation
The view is my favorite part of this rooftop bar. On top of the beautiful EAST Miami hotel is 360-views of the city. Here they serve Asian-themed cocktails in a place that feels more like a secluded, storybook garden than a bar. Be patient, this rooftop gets pretty crowded and on busy nights.
788 Brickell Plaza, Brickell | Admission/Cover: Free, for tables reservation required.
A riverfront bar that pops off during the day and well into the night. There are food trucks, a DJ and some pretty gorgeous yachts docking up to the bar. The buzzy new Wharf has earned tons of fans because there just aren’t a lot of great (and affordable) places to drink along the Miami River. The Wharf proves that trend is coming to an end fast
114 SW North River Dr, Downtown | Admission/Cover: usually Free
* All personal preferences of Simply Gharib. Not paid advertised posts.