Miami nightlife is renowned around the world for being some of the best. It’s the perfect combination of climate, venues and music – visit legendary clubs, hotels and bars. From the art deco glamour of fashion capital Miami Beach to the Cuban-inspired rhythms of Little Havana, nightlife is as diverse as it is entertaining. Here’s our guide to the best things to do in Miami at night.
1) South Beach
Miami’s nightlife is world famous in large part thanks to the scene in South Beach. It’s here you’ll find mega-clubs with world-class DJs hosting parties seven nights a week. Celebrities come here to put on their big bashes, with VIP areas always the places to get into - just don’t get too hung up on what’s beyond the velvet rope. From funky lounges to chilled out cocktails, it’s all here in South Beach.
Top clubs include LIV, Icon, Wall and Bodega. Dance the night away until the break of dawn - this is truly one of the USA’s party capitals.
Looking for more laidback fun? Then Midtown and neighboring Wynwood are where it’s at. Sip craft ales in retro-styled beer gardens or take in a show at a choice of live music venues – this is Miami’s hip district, with a lively arts and culture scene the driving force.
Head to the Wood Tavern and Wynwood Brewing Company if you have a hunger for hops. In Midtown, Bardot and Lagniappe House are where you’ll find the really cool cats.
Sip cocktails on a rooftop bar in Miami’s skyscraping Downtown area. With plenty of happy hours keeping the after work crowds happy, you can find some great deals on drinks here. At the weekend the place to be is the Mary Brickell Village where there’s a big choice of bars and cafes. After hours, head to one of Downtown’s edgy clubs.
Top spots include The Corner, E11EVEN and Space, with a big choice of sports bars and Irish pubs in Brickell for a more down to earth night out.
4) Coconut Grove
Boho chic more your thing? Then make your way over to Coconut Grove, one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a night out on the waterfront with the flapping sails of boats as your soundtrack. Or head over to Coral Gables, where the huge University of Miami is located, for a younger student crowd.
Some of the most popular spots include LoKal, Monty’s and Barracuda but there are plenty more bars and cafes lining the leafy streets of Coconut Grove.
5) Little Havana
Love to salsa? Then shimmy your way over to Little Havana, Miami’s Cuban district, and the place to go if you really love to dance. SW 8th Street, formerly known as Calle Ocho, is the main drag and where you’ll hear Cuban music drifting out of the bars and cafes.
Get your groove on at Hoy Como Ayer or sip mojitos the way they are supposed to taste at La Esquina de la Fama.
6) Alternative evening entertainment
Despite being home to legendary nightlife, there’s more to Miami at night than just superclubs and hipster hangouts. Visit the Art Deco district and see the bright, humming neon displays wrapped around architectural classics. Stroll along the front at South Beach or Ocean Drive and soak up the atmosphere. Or discover the Mediterranean revival style of Coral Gables, one of the city’s most unique neighborhoods.
Miami is a city that comes alive at night. The sound of music drifts across the city, with each district offering something different to discover. Explore the city’s main daytime attractions, including the Venetian Pool and Freedom Tower. Then get dressed up for a night on the town – in one of the world’s best evening destinations.