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Miami Nightlife and Entertainment - Drink, Dance, and Live La Vida

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a city with nightlife as dazzling and diverse as Miami's. A multitude of exclusive bars and lavish clubs line the streets of South Beach, attracting the glamorous "see and be seen" crowd. But it's not all velvet-roped glam. Dive bars and live Latin music venues offer after-hours entertainment that's low on cost and big on fun.

Hotel bars

 

You don't have to stay in one of South Beach's exclusive hotels to rub elbows with the pretty and privileged, you can simply visit one of their bars. These spots usually go above and beyond when it comes to showcasing Miami's natural beauty, often offering sweeping terraces that overlook the ocean or pathways to the beach.

 

Crown Room at Thompson Miami Beach

 

This is a stunning example of Miami's Art Deco heritage. You can enjoy specially crafted cocktails at the sexy white marble bar, or cozy up on one of the plush sofas and catch up with friends.

 

4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 33140Tel: +1 786 605 4041

 

Crown Room at Thompson Miami Beach website

 

Skybar at Shore Club South Beach

 

For an otherworldly experience, step out onto Skybar's terrace decorated to resemble an intimate and exotic living room. Bougainvillea and passion flowers act as a tropical backdrop to creative cocktails and DJ entertainment.

 

1901 Collins Ave., South Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 695 3100

 

Skybar at Shore Club South Beach website

Nightclubs

 

If you're looking to do some serious stargazing - of the celebrity kind, that is - your best bet is to head to one of Miami's renowned nightclubs. The stomping grounds of Hollywood's young elite as well as a platform for world-famous DJs, Miami's clubs feature pulsating music, jam-packed dance floors, and drink menus as long as they are inventive.

 

Liv

 

Located in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, Liv is one of Miami's hottest spots for dancing until dawn. The 18,000-square-foot club is lavishly decorated and features private skyboxes for VIP service.

 

4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach 33140. Tel: +1 305 674 4680

 

Liv website

 

Nikki Beach Miami Beach

 

A Miami landmark noted for its signature beach club, Nikki Beach is a top spot for dancing under the stars. Outdoor tiki bars and cabanas provide a retro and kitschy setting for disco, dance, and lounge-music nights.

 

1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 538 1111

 

Nikki Beach Miami Beach website

 

Dive bars

 

While the celebrity magazines would have you believe that Miami nightlife is all bottle service and VIP rooms, there's a thriving dive bar scene that offers more casual outing options. Long-standing and newly minted alike, there are locales that date back to the days of Al Capone, as well as craft brewpubs that serve local suds with classic grub.

 

Mac's Club Deuce

 

The Deuce, as it's locally known, is famous for its 2-for-1 happy hour that runs daily from 8 AM to 7 PM, and for attracting glitzy patrons like Cameron Diaz and Kate Moss.

 

222 14th St., Miami Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 531 6200

 

Mac's Club Deuce website

 

The Abbey Brewing Company

 

A Miami favorite, this brewpub features its own award-winning beers as well as rare European specialty brews. There's a laid-back, Old World ambiance here, with wood beam ceilings, cozy sofas, and a dartboard.

 

1115 16th St., Miami Beach 33139. Tel: +1 305 538 8110

 

The Abbey Brewing Company website

 

Live Latin music

 

The cultural influence that travels north from Latin America doesn't stop at food and cigars. Miami's live music scene is loaded with venues that showcase Latin bands and DJs that specialize in infectious beats ranging from Afro-Cuban fusion to Latin jazz and contemporary electronica. Throw in a signature cocktail like a mojito or a Pisco Sour, and you'll have an authentic Latin evening.

 

Hoy Como Ayer

 

At Hoy Como Ayer, which means "today as yesterday," you're guaranteed nightly live music. Pop in and catch Latin masters like renowned Cuban singer Malena Burke and in-house hip-hop-funk-electronica band Spam Allstars.

 

2212 SW 8th St., Miami 33135. Tel: +1 305 541 2631

 

Hoy Como Ayer website