Miami There are a great many reasons why one might find themselves stuck in Miami, but chief among them is that on any given night (and 24 hours a day on the weekend), there will be a full-on raging party at a club that looks likes it belongs in a TV show or a movie -- which, by the way, get almost everything else wrong about this city. So to save you about 10 years of your life, we've checked out them all, and found THE Miami spots to party at every night of the week, and all day on the weekends. More Stuff You Will Like
Tantra (address and info) South Beach The fact that you even have to think about where to go out on a Monday probably means you've lived here too long. But the folks at Tantra are like the anti-Bon Jovi and don’t hate Mondays at all! This long-standing Monday party is the only time of the week this place is even open anymore, and the food is still as good as it was when it was served seven days a week. After dinner, head over to the lounge and enjoy a couple bottles surrounded by red velvet and gold Buddha statues. Continue Reading
Semilla (address and info) South Beach Traditionally the only real lag for a sorta self-respecting seven-day-a-week South Beach partier was Tuesday. Too early for the weekend to kick off, and too late for the service industry off-night. So thank goodness for Fred Joulin, the French chef who opened Semilla a couple years ago. After people get finished dining on short rib with bone-in marrow and all varieties of truffled creations, the line starts forming outside where Phantoms and Ferraris can once again park right in front on Alton Rd.
Bâoli (address and info) South Beach A typical boyfriend might think Wednesday night is a pretty safe time to go out of town. But that boyfriend wouldn’t know much about Miami. The best Wednesday party is actually CALLED "My Boyfriend’s Out of Town," and, aside from its blatant endorsement of infidelity, is also the odd party in Miami where the men are as attractive as the women. This Cannes-born resto-club knows its sushi menu tastes a little better with a light dusting of magnesium powder, so about once an hour it cuts the lights and bottle girls bounce through the crowd lighting the place up with sparklers. Afterwards, they’ll often dance on the bar, but sadly won’t be pouring you any free shots.
Villa Azur (address and info) South Beach Remember your parents' dinner parties? Where they’d invite over the Ochmoneks, and mom would make you help her plate some REALLY dry pot roast that everyone tried to pretend wasn’t inedible? Then they’d talk for, like, four hours about politics? This is just like that. Just replace the Ochmoneks with “a ton of models,” “dry pot roast” with “2ft seafood towers filled with shots of vodka," and “talk about politics” with “dance on tables.” Throw in the mandatory bottle girls with sparklers, and a few magnums of rosé, and you've got the best dinner party in Miami. And the best place to go on Thursday.
STORY (address and info) South Beach Look, any South Beach club on a Friday is going to be a good time. But the ongoing Friday party at STORY will TYPICALLY be headlined by a DJ so well known you'll recognize his songs from a car commercial. Or it’ll be Danny Avila. STORY’s not exactly all-access, but it's generally easier to get into than LIV and gives you another place to go after enjoying the bounty of restaurants in SoFi, or before hitting Big Pink right across the street.
Hyde Beach at SLS (address and info) South Beach The phrase “sitting by a pool in Miami with a fruity drink” has become a cliché when people talk about where they’d rather be. So if you REALLY want to lose friends on Instagram, head to Swim Club Saturdays at the SLS when you can lounge on one of the daybeds next to the Hyde Beach Club, and get all 2015 by sipping a CRAFT fruity drink, like pitchers of cucumber melon margaritas: Avión silver tequila, Cointreau, lime, watermelon, and cucumber.
E11EVEN (address and info) Downtown Would you expect us to send you anywhere other than a strip club on a Saturday? Or at least to E11EVEN anyway, which is your best Saturday night bet for a few reasons, chief among them: it’s not really a strip club. It’s more of a regular club with topless dancers whom you can give dollars to. Or you can opt to hang out on the rooftop lounge at Touché, have a few drinks, and head back down to the club for the banging after-hours sets that get going around 3am. Pro tip: set an alarm on your phone for 6am that says, “Go home!" This place never closes so if you’re not careful you may end up being there after sunrise.
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Club Space (address and info) Downtown Though we wouldn’t necessarily call this a GOOD idea, per se, if you have no plans for Sunday and don’t have much respect for Monday, hitting up Club Space after the sun comes up is a time-honored Miami tradition.
Bagatelle (address and info) South Beach Bottles of Champagne delivered to your tables by girls carrying sparklers? Psh... you can get that at some of the nicer Taco Bells in Miami. But can you get them delivered by a girl dressed as Supergirl? Sure, why not, says Bagatelle, which takes the top spot for brunch parties thanks not only to its mountainous spread of seafood, but also for the cast of characters it gets to bring you your bubbly.
Shore Club (address and info) South Beach Though Miami generally owns Vegas in every conceivable way, one point we’ll concede is the variety of pool parties. But while Shore Club is more or less the only hotel with a good weekly chlorine rager, it still stands up to any in the desert. Models in heels and bikinis strut the pool deck, and if you manage to snag one of the poolside cabanas or day beds, then order a pitcher of mojitos, you might be able to convince one of them to join you. At least until the drink is finished.
LIV (address and info) Miami Beach Wanted to check out LIV but didn’t feel like dealing with belittling doormen/spending your kid’s college tuition on a table? Head over Sunday night for LIV’s weekly hip-hop party. It’s easily the classiest hip-hop event in the city, and while the crowd isn’t as large as on Friday and Saturday, the sounds, ambience, and décor are the same. And it’s the best way to see America’s best club with MINIMAL bullshit. Yeah, we said minimal. It's still South Beach after all. Sign up here for our daily Miami email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town. Matt Meltzer is a staff writer for Thrillist and cannot get you on the list at any of these places. Though your chances severely improve if you follow him on Twitter: @mmeltrez.
1. Tantra Restaurant and Lounge1445 Pennsylvania Ave, Miami Beach
2. Semilla Eatery and Bar1330 Alton Road, Miami
3. Bâoli1906 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
4. Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge309 23rd St, Miami Beach
5. Story136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
6. Hyde South Beach1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
7. E11EVEN Miami29 NE 11th St, Miami
8. Club Space34 NE 11th St, Miami
9. Bagatelle Miami Beach2000 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
10. Terrazza at the Shore Club1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
11. LIV Nightclub4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Global fare, drinks and hookah are offered at this Monday-only establishment amid water walls and DJ sets. It is considered the place to party in Miami on the first night of the week, so sign up for bottle service and bask in the red velvet vibes.
This Alton Rd eatery's got some of SoFla's best craft brews on tap. With organic eats and happy hour specials, this gastropub has plenty of local character.
Contrary to what you might think, Baoli is a club that'll actually feed you something other than vodka. The outdoor space may be the main attraction, but the food isn't half bad, and once it hits midnight things go off completely.
From a couple nightlife/restaurant veterans and actor Olivier Martinez (aka, the dude who banged Diane Lane in a hallway), comes Villa Azur: a stately-but-relaxing French eatery aiming to capture the "glamour and allure found in the French Riviera" by hiring a ketchup-hating Franco-designer to dress up the sprawling indoor/outdoor space with vintage chandeliers, mod leather couches, and antique wood fixtures.
Amnesia wasn't Neverending, so now it's Story, which employed the help of David Grutman (LIV, Arkadia) to add even more purple lights, stadium-style leather lounges, and half-naked bottle-service chicks while the massive venue rotates big-name spinners like Tiesto and Kaskade.
Oh, you thought you knew all there was to know about SLS? Well now you need to learn yourself on Hyde, the LA superlounge whose infinitely more low-key Miami version basically looks like a swank rec/sun room complete with cushy orange couches, hula girl lamps, a tile-lined patio and pool, plus a foosball table whose players are princesses and punk rockers.
Burlesque performances? Check. Big-name DJs? Yeah. LED screens, a stage with a (cough, cough) pole, plus straight-off-the-carving board eats like pulled pork sliders 24 HOURSA DAY?! Miami's hottest dayclub, E11EVEN, is delivering all of the above, plus bottle service, and scantily clad dancers who are wayyy more likely to hang out if you buy said bottle service and post up in one the leather booths lining the dance floor/balcony.
This over-the-top club is located in a multi-story warehouse, and comes complete with live DJs and a rooftop terrace. Thanks to its 24-hours license, lots of lasers, and pretty lights, the after-after-after-hours club is Miami's greatest freak show, and likely the only 10+-year-old club that can lay claim to such subsisting fame.
Chic European decor and modern French fare make this a trendy spot for jet-setters to flock to. They host one of the best brunch parties in Miami, with towers of seafood and champagne served by girls dressed in an endless variety of costumes.
Terrazza at Shore Club offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in both indoor and outdoor spaces that overlook the club’s infamous pool. The Italian menu is comprised of handmade brick oven pizzas, homemade pastas, fresh salads, and wood-fired, dry-aged steaks and chops. Opt for the Bufalina pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, grated Parmesan, and basil, or the branzino with sautéed kale, cannellini beans, bacon, garlic, and salsa verde.
Part of the 'Bleau's Vegas-style resort, LIV is a massive, 18000-square-foot vaguely amphitheatrical club laid out in a multi-layered, nearly circular design that presents zero obstacles to voyeurs, performers, and DJs -- Calvin Harris, Steve Angello, and Sander Van Doorn -- from seeing and being seen from from almost anywhere. And since “getting a table at LIV” is basically Miami for “my weekend’s gonna be way cooler than yours,” the two-story megaclub in the Fontainebleau is definitely a top contender.