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Miami Nightlife

New York might be ‘The City That Never Sleeps’; however, Miami runs it a very close second. The city offers a panoply of choice ranging from sleepy beach bars to thumping nightclubs. Although no part of the city is without distractions, the main scene is around South Beach where neon-lit, Art Deco buildings provide a suitable backdrop to hedonistic crowds.

Bars generally close around 0300 and nightclubs around 0500. The minimum age for admission to clubs in Miami Beach (including South Beach) is 21 years - the minimum drinking age in Florida. However, for those that are 18 but not yet 21, there is still a grand collection of clubs to choose from. It is advisable to carry ID, and dress codes often require chic attire.

Bars in Miami

Bleau Bar

As you would expect from the spot where James Bond took on Goldfinger in a game of gin rummy, Bleau Bar is seriously glamorous and a favourite with visiting celebrities. Modernised several times since its 1950s heyday, it offers excellent cocktails including Bond's favourite vodka martini, shaken not stirred.

Address: Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami, 33140
Telephone: +1 305 674 4760
Website: http://www.fontainebleau.com/nightlife/bars/miami-beach-hotel-bars

The Broken Shaker

Nestled inside a classic 1930s Art Deco building, handcrafted cocktails using garden herbs and exotic spices make this an award-winning bar and a Miami Beach favourite.

Address: Miami Beach, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami, 33140
Telephone: +1 305 531 2727
Website: https://freehandhotels.com/miami/broken-shaker

WunderBar

A painfully hip hangout in Miami Beach, the WunderBar is a small but chic affair inside the Circa 39 Hotel with blue-painted bar stools and a huge selection of rum. Crowds coo over the crafted cocktails and cabaret shows, but the coolest clientele chill under the cosy poolside cabanas.

Address: Miami Beach, 3900 Collins Avenue, Miami, 33140
Telephone: +1 305 503 1120
Website: http://www.circa39.com/eat-drink/wunderbar

Clubs in Miami

Basement

This club in the Edition Hotel has a huge dance floor, technicolour bowling lanes, and a 2,000-square-foot indoor ice skating rink illuminated in different shades of neon. It's 'mega dope' as one would say.

Address: Miami Beach, 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami, 33140
Telephone: +1 786 257 4600
Website: http://basementmiami.com

Liv

Located inside the Fontainebleau Hotel, Liv's domed ceiling once saw Sinatra swing but now swells with sweaty, cyber-eyed ravers for EDM megastars like David Guetta and Fatboy Slim. With three bars and exclusive, VIP table service, you will need to dress fine for entry, but once in, the dancefloor turns into a monstrous mess of arms and lasers.

Address: Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami, 33140
Telephone: +1 305 674 4680
Website: http://www.livnightclub.com

Nikki Beach

There might be branches in Ibiza and Saint Tropez, to name a few, but the original Nikki Beach still has a faithful following in its Miami hometown. Located on a glorious stretch of white sand, it has an indoor and outdoor dancefloors, fabulous cabanas and lounges which attract a young, glamorous crowd.

Address: Miami Beach, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 538 1111
Website: https://miami-beach.nikkibeach.com

Live music in Miami

Hoy Como Ayer

If your idea of a good night out involves twirling up a sweat to Latin rhythms, try Hoy Como Ayer. Located in Little Havana, the intimate venue regularity welcomes huge salsa artists and offers an authentic Latin music experience. Expect perfectly mixed mojitos and a night full of dancing.

Address: Little Havana, 2212 South West 8th Street , Miami, 33135
Telephone: +1 305 381 0042
Website: https://hoycomoayer.business.site

New World Center

Home to the New World Symphony, the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center is a striking glass and steel building that offers more than 60 performances a year. The building has a dramatic rooftop garden with sea views and can be toured on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1600, Fridays at 1300 and Sundays at 1500.

Address: Miami Beach, 500 17th Street, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 680 5866
Website: http://www.nws.edu

The Fillmore

This historic Art Deco live music venue in South Beach is the place to go for national acts as well as local singer-songwriters. The vibe is relaxed and intimate, the crowd is eclectic, and the drinks are delicious.

Address: Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 673 7300
Website: http://www.fillmoremb.com

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