Most things set in Miami are actually filmed in LA, but whenever someone shoots in the city (Chef, Ballers), this place seems to make an appearance. Maybe that’s because the Little Havana lounge offers an authentic Latin music experience in a chic, intimate space—think tight round tables huddled before a low stage and walls lined with black and white portraits of Latin icons. Hoy Como Ayer regularly brings huge salsa artists and keeps a steady rotation of local Latin funk outfits.
Basement is packed on the bottom floor of the old Art Deco hotel where its disco era-inspired decadence fits right in. The club itself is straightforward with a penchant for booking funky underground heroes, but the real showstoppers are the rainbow-colored bowling alley and ice-skating rink just next to it. Partiers often take a break from dancing to enjoy drinks and play a few games. That's part of the fun!
This storied lounge in Little Havana was a mob-owned jazz haven throughout the 1930s and ’50s and was famous for booking monumental acts of the era—yep, even Billie Holiday. Jazz may not be all the rage today, but here, its sound and attitude lives on. Little Havana is poised to emerge as Miami’s next hippest hood, and this cozy, wood-lined destination has been a major instigator.
This two-floor, multi-room beachside dance mecca is primarily a gay club, but seriously: everyone is welcome. Walk right in off SoBe’s busy Washington Avenue and you’re met by a narrow bar playing post-punk. Keep exploring to grab a drink at the backyard bar or enter the next room with thong-wearing go-go dudes. Move upstairs where three more rooms await, each playing a different style of music and boasting more bars. Things get progressively wild as the night carries on.
An evening-turned-to-day on Club Space’s Terrace is a veritable rite of passage. Thanks to a 24-hour liquor license, partiers often dance through sunrise, exiting into sunset. The first floor keeps heavy with hard-hitting trap and bass artists of the highest caliber, but it’s the upstairs Terrace that gives this place its reputation. Up there, revelers watch the sunrise while dancing to marathon sets from some of the biggest names in house and techno music.
Decorated with risqué pictures, posters of ’60s-era sex kittens, old books and a pool table, Bardot aims for Parisian style and dirty sophistication. It can get quite crowded for sold-out events, and with no outdoor space, it most definitely will get smoky, but most fans are willing to brave it to see these rare or up-and-coming acts.
Inside, it’s intimate and dark with a kind of “anything goes” party policy that guests and die-hards find very “European”. Owners are renowned for their music-first approach, and prices are kept moderate. You won’t find any bottle service attitude here.
LIV sets the standard for megaclubs worldwide. Nestled inside the lobby of the historic Fontainebleau hotel—itself a backdrop for major motion pictures including Scarface to Goldfinger—LIV is at once opulent and turntbeyond belief.