Top Miami Bars and Nightclubs

From the crowded clubs of South Beach to the glitzy rooftop bars downtown, the Miami nightlife is unparalleled.  These are the best bars and clubs to visit in the Magic City, whether you’re looking for all-night glamour or a low-key evening.

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Area 31

Area 31 dessert

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Located on the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel, Area 31’s Terrace Bar offers one of Miami’s best rooftop views. There’s just nothing quite like a sipping a Hialeah Hustle with the downtown skyline on one side and Biscayne Bay on the other. The popular Friday “chase the clock” deal—drinks go for $5 at 5 PM and increase by a dollar every hour—draws a friendly after-work crowd. The vibe is cosmopolitan yet relaxed, making Area 31 the perfect place to watch the sun set and soak up the Miami vibes.  

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Monty's Raw Bar

Monty's Raw Bar

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Grab a spot beneath a tiki hut and breathe in the bay air at this waterfront Coconut Grove institution. The menu at Monty’s features plenty of delicious tropical cocktails, but the most famous is the Pain Remover: an enticing mix of rum, coconut, pineapple, and orange juice served in three strengths “depending on how much pain you’re in.” The drinks may not cure whatever ails you, but the ultra-chill Key West atmosphere at Monty’s surely will.

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LIV Fontainebleau

LIV Fontainebleau

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Following a jaw-dropping $10 million renovation in 2017, LIV reasserted itself as Miami Beach’s most unmissable club. With 18,000 square feet of lounges, dance floors, and balcony space, LIV is a partier’s paradise. The vaulted dome ceiling is almost as glamorous as the guest list, occupied in large part by celebrities, athletes, and Miami socialites. The drinks are pricey and the dress code is strictly enforced, so leave the sandals at the beach and prepare to break the budget for bottle service. After a night of LIV-style luxury, you’ll be glad you did. 

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Ricky's South Beach

Drink at Ricky's South Beach

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 Visiting Ricky’s South Beach feels like walking into a dream sequence. A dream sequence that involves beer pong, funnel cake, Dance Dance Revolution, and possibly an attempt at karaoke. At this nostalgically '80s-themed bar-slash-arcade, you’ll find yourself living out your childhood fantasies with a craft cocktail in hand. The folks at Ricky’s thought of everything: table-tap beer pongs, build-your-own punch bowls, and endless opportunities to school your friends at air hockey. Thankfully, happy hour lasts from 5-10 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it.

 

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Mac's Club Deuce

Mac's Club Deuce Bar

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Mac’s Club Deuce is located in the heart of South Beach, but it’s miles away from the glitzy see-and-be-seen attitude that permeates much of Miami’s nightlife scene. This cozy dive bar, virtually unchanged since its opening in 1926, is like sunscreen for the soul. Everyone is welcome, the beer is cheap, the bartender is friendly, and the happy hour runs from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. In the city of endless summer, Mac’s Club Deuce is a dimly lit, chilled-out oasis.

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Gramps

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There’s always something fun on the roster at Gramps, from live music and comedy to the hippest weekly Bingo Night in town. The drinks are delicious and remarkably cheap, but the biggest draw is the creative and wide-ranging event list. Drop in at random and you might find yourself in the midst of an epic Trivia Thunderdome battle, a burlesque show, or a live screening of your favorite TV show. At Gramps, the endless surprises are half the fun.  

 

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Blackbird Ordinary

Blackbird Ordinary's signature drink the Blackbird

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Blackbird Ordinary takes cocktails seriously. The knowledgeable bartenders mix up some of the best drinks in Miami, including the signature Blackbird: a tempting combination of sweet tea vodka, blackberries and lemonade. The long, candle-lit bar is perfect for a romantic rendezvous or a glamorous night out. Feeling playful? Request a board game to pass the time while you await your drinks. The weekly Tuesday ladies’ night is particularly beloved among local barflies, but we think Blackbird Ordinary deserves a visit any day of the week.  

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BASEMENT Miami

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BASEMENT Miami is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Miami. Housed inside the elegant Miami Beach EDITION hotel, BASEMENT is a technicolor paradise. Bursts of color light up the dance floor, and neon signs with moody messages create plenty of photo-worthy moments. If you need a break from drinking and dancing the night away, BASEMENT has plenty more to offer, including a four-lane bowling alley and a 2,000 square foot ice skating rink. (Naturally, even the ice lights up.)

 

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Ball & Chain

Ball and Chain, Little Havana, Miami, Florida

 

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Step inside Miami’s colorful history at this Little Havana gem. Way back in 1935, the Ball & Chain Saloon opened its doors to Miami’s music lovers. For decades, the saloon has played host to countless music legends, including Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nat King Cole. Today, Ball & Chain remains as iconic as ever. Every night, Miamians crowd inside for tapas-style Cuban food, spectacular mojitos, and unparalleled live music. Come on a Saturday night, when the wild weekly La Pachanga dance party kicks the already-lively atmosphere into high gear

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The Electric Pickle

A laidback, friendly crowd packs into this cozy Wynwood venue where house, techno, and dance music reign supreme. Drinks are cheap by Miami standards and the custom sound system is one of the best in the entire city. The Electric Pickle aims to attract, in their own words, "the discerning music enthusiast"—but don’t take the phrase as a sign of snobbery. The Pickle is the kind of club where new friendships blossom every night over a couple of shots and a shared favorite song.

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Clevelander

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The Art Deco façade, the iconic neon lettering, that tempting poolside bar—the Clevelander is almost as much a South Beach landmark as the ocean itself. Located directly across the street from the beach, the Clevelander is the perfect place to lounge in style when you need a break from all that sunbathing. The see-and-be-seen, spring-break-all-the-time atmosphere makes the Clevelander a Miami hotspot all year long.

 

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Mango's Tropical Cafe

Exterior of Mango's Tropical cafe

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For an evening of extravagance, don’t miss Mango's Tropical Café. This over-the-top nightclub experience has garnered comparisons to the best of Caribbean and South American carnivals. Don't be surprised if you spot a bartender jump up onto the bar to join in the show. Start your night out with dinner and a cabaret performance, which you can catch nightly at 8 p.m. And, if you book ahead, you can even squeeze in some of the best salsa lessons in Miami (half-off mojitos included).

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Wet Willie's

Wet Willies

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If you're looking for an icy escape from the sweltering Miami Beach sun, Wet Willie's is your destination. Wet Willie’s specializes in frozen drinks, ranging from classics like Piña Colada and Sex on the Beach to boozy originals like Call-A-Cab and Attitude Improvement. Can’t decide? No worries—you’re more than welcome to mix and match flavors, and the staff will happily provide their own (highly informed) recommendations. With a deck overlooking Miami Beach and Ocean Drive, there’s no better place to chill out after a day in the sun.

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Titanic Brewery

Titanic Brewery might be best-known as a University of Miami student hub, but as Miami’s oldest brewpub, this cozy microbrewery has endeared itself to more than two decades of Coral Gables locals. The best way to experience each of Titanic’s signature drafts—all produced in-house and sold exclusively on-sight—is to order a beer flight. The kitchen whips up a delicious seafood dinner, so do yourself a favor and enjoy a meal, too.

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Skybar

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Skybar is all about variety. From the lush tropical Redroom Garden to the intimate Moroccan-themed Redroom, this multi-room cocktail destination provides an abundance of atmospheres to choose from. The glitzy poolside lounge is the star of the show, featuring plush outdoor seating and cabanas, two infinity pools, and countless cozy lanterns. Dress up, grab a drink, and try out two of Miami’s favorite pastimes: mingling and celeb-spotting.