Miami is known worldwide as one of the hottest spots on the planet for nightlife. If you plan on visiting this South Florida city, not only do you not want to miss the chance to spend time soaking up the sun and the sand, but you’ll really should take advantage what the city has to offer after dark.
Getting in to the top clubs
Miami nightlife may seem a little intimidating to the average person as the hottest clubs tend to be filled with people who look as if they’ve stepped out of a magazine cover, but confidence is key into getting inside. Of course, being extremely wealthy or extremely attractive will certainly help too.
If you’re hoping to rub elbows with celebrities, you’ll want to head to South Beach, just keep in mind that it may take a bit more effort to get in. Always dress to impress – women should think sexy yet sophisticated, showing some skin but not too much. Sparkle, glitz and glamour are always good. Of course, the guys have it easier – just don’t wear shorts, flip-flops or sneakers. Dark denim jeans are fine as long as they’re pressed, but a Cuban-style shirt paired with nice slacks is generally the best way to go.
When speaking to the doorman, always be polite, but act like you belong there. Acting meek, or going overboard by boasting or yelling, definitely won’t get you inside the door. Try speaking with your hotel concierge about getting you onto the guest list. The more upscale the hotel, the more likely this will work.
If you don’t care about the hottest clubs or running into celebrities, and really just want to enjoy some good drinks and good tunes, there are plenty of dive bars, pubs and other establishments that aren’t difficult to get into, or pretentious.
Ted’s Hideaway is a unique place that’s located just a half-block from the ocean in South Beach where you’ll find a variety of people, including everyone from starving artists to retired millionaires, and all are welcome. In North Miami, Billy’s Pub Too offers cheap drinks and bar games as kind of a “trashy” Cheers, where everyone knows your name. Tobacco Road in the Brickell district is the oldest bar in Miami and a top local music venue.
In addition to Tobacco Road there are many live music venues throughout the area, and they don’t just offer Latin or hip-hop. EDM rules the downtown clubs and the Design district, you’ll find great jazz at Churchill’s, and Sweat Records offer a rich indie-rock scene.
Where the hottest nightclubs are
If you’ve got money to burn and want to see what Miami’s top clubs are all about, Liv at the Fontainebleau Resort, was recently honored by Reuters as one of the world’s top ten nightclubs. This is high-energy nightclub has a state-of-the-art sound system and solid rotation of top DJs as well as beautiful clientele.
Bamboo in South Beach offers a sea of silver and white accentuated with crystal chandeliers and Buddha statues with internationally known DJs and choreographed dancers to add to the sophisticated scene. Clientele includes everyone from locals to celebrities, but VIP and table service is recommended for the best experience. The majority of the club is reserved and corded off for those who have bottle service, but be warned, you’ll need plenty of cash as a basic vodka cranberry will run you about $30 and a bottle of Grey Goose goes for close to $500.