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Miami Nightlife

New York might be the City That Never Sleeps, but 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 close around 0100 and nightclubs around 0600. The minimum age for admission to all clubs in Miami Beach (including South Beach) is 21 years - the minimum drinking age in Florida. It is advisable to carry ID and dress codes often require chic attire.

Bars in Miami

Bleau Bar

As you’d 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 does excellent cocktails including Bond’s favourite vodka martini, shaken not stirred.

Address: Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami, 33140
Telephone: +1 305 674 4760.

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 Dr, Miami, 33140


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: +1 305 538 4900.

Clubs in Miami


This club in the Edition Hotel has a huge dance floor, technocolour 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: , 2901 Collins Ave, Miami, 33140


Inside the Fontainebleau, 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'll 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.

Nikki Beach

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

Address: Miami Beach, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 538 1111.

Live music in Miami

Krystal Lounge

If your idea of a good night out involves twirling up a sweat to the latest Latin rhythms, try Krystal Lounge, which has a large dancefloor and hosts live bands and DJs playing authentic salsa music. One of Miami's more relaxed venues, the dress code isn't as strictly enforced as elsewhere – jeans are a possibility.

Address: Kendall, Sunset Strip Plaza, Miami, 33173
Telephone: +1 305 274 1112.

New World Center

Home to the New World Symphony, the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center is a striking glass and steel building offers more than 60 performances a year. The building has a dramatic rooftop garden with sea views and can be toured on Tuesday and Thursdays at 1600, and Friday and Saturdays at 1200.

Address: Miami Beach, 500 17th Street, Miami, 33139
Telephone: +1 305 673 3331.

The Stage

This uber cool live music venue in Miami's Design District is the place to go if rock and indie bands are your cup of tea, although the odd hip hop act has been known to tread the boards here too. The vibe is relaxed, the drinks huge and the crowd a little sweaty, but don't let that put you off – it's great fun.

Address: Wynwood, 170 North East 38th Street, Miami, 33137
Telephone: +1 305 576 9577.

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Featured Hotels


The Shore Club

It comes as no surprise that Miami's ultimate urban design hotel is located at South Beach. Stark modernism and the white-on-white décor of the 325 rooms and suites is softened by lush Moroccan-inspired tropical gardens. The Nobu restaurant and the Sky Bar are hugely popular with the city's cool crowd.

Hotel Shelley

Occupying one of South Beach's charming art deco buildings, the pistachio and cream Hotel Shelley is within striking distance of the beach and close to most major amenities. Rooms are cosy and comfortable, and all are decked out in soothing neutral hues. Popular with younger travellers, it doesn't compromise on style.

Freehand Miami

A bright and cheerful hostel that's a short walk from the Bass Museum, the Freehand Miami is a good choice for those on a budget and who don't mind sharing their sleeping quarters. The brightly coloured rooms sleep up to eight people in bunks and are both mixed and gender-specific if you prefer. The beach is a short walk away.

Whitelaw Hotel

Housed in a quaint art deco building in South Beach, the Whitelaw Hotel has become a favourite of hipster travellers who don't want to spend the earth on accommodation. Conveniently close to all of Miami Beach's major attractions, it boasts clean, spacious rooms and a friendly atmosphere.

Dream South Beach

Once you've seen the Dream South Beach's beautifully decorated rooms, all of which come complete with iPod docks, you'll begin to realise what a bargain this is. Housed inside a beautiful art deco building, the boutique hotel is small but highly stylish. A swimming pool and lounge occupy the roof.

The Tides

As the tallest and most elegant art deco hotel on Ocean Drive, The Tides offers genuine style for the incurably hip, with a minimalist interior that is sophisticated, spacious and sumptuous, decorated in soft tones of white, taupe and sand. The 45 suites all have incredible views of the beach.