Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music and concerts in Miami

Clubs

The best clubs in Miami

Miami nightlife is a hedonist’s paradise of glitz, glamor, ultralounges and megaclubs (with a few options for the less adventurous too). Read on for our guide to going loco in SoFlo…

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Nightlife

Where to hear jazz and Latin

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The best clubs in Miami

Nikki Beach Club

The quintessential beach club, Nikki is an outdoor fantasyland sprawling over a stretch of sand with tiki bars, lounge chairs and torches. Decorated with beautiful people, it’s like the Playboy mansion meets Survivor, where the fittest (as in toned, firm breasts and butts) don’t merely survive, they flourish. Buxom beauties attract well-oiled, deep-pocketed sugar daddies, and the studs also get rewarded for their packaging. In addition to the restaurant and beach club, there’s a club and lounge where the party gets started during daylight hours during Amazing Sundays: thongs and bikinis are de rigueur.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Grand Central

This hipster enclave boasts an open, warehouse-like space in what was formerly a railroad station

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Jazid

Smoky and sultry, illuminated by flickering candelabra, Jazid is a small club with a cool vibe. It’s the kind of place where you might hear Sade’s Smooth Operator on constant rotation. Downstairs, local musicians perform modern jazz, soul and Latin, with tables close to the stage. Upstairs, there’s a DJ spinning soul and funk. A simple formula of good music and no attitude has ensured Jazid has outlasted many a South Beach failure. Other clubs, please take note. 

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Bamboo

No, that admission price range is not a typo. Clubgoers who can shell out the dough are happy to pay as much as $2,500 for a reserved table at this South Beach hotspot, which took over the historic Paris Theater in early 2012. Melding many of the 27,000-square-foot space’s original art deco details with elements of over-the-top luxury (think crushed velvet drapes, marble tables, white crocodile banquettes and a two-ton Swarovski crystal chandelier) have made this one of the city’s hottest after-dark tickets. The club’s regular roster of A-list party hosts (such as Snoop Dogg and Flo Rida) bring in the club’s highest-priced tickets. 

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Rec Room

The late-night subterranean lounge at the Gale Hotel brings everything you loved about hanging out in your childhood best friend’s basement into the new millennium, including an extensive vinyl collection from which nightly DJs spin their sets.

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The best bars for live music

Bars

The Corner

Occupying an unassuming space in a not-yet-thriving area of Downtown, The Corner is a surprisingly upscale throwback to the cocktail bars of old, complete with a vintage wooden bar. Yes, there’s beer. And live music too. But the extensive cocktail list—which boasts more than a dozen signature drinks, divided into "Classique" and "Nouveau" categories—is the best reason to venture here. For a true Miami experience, try the Floridita daiquiri, the Corner’s take on a Hemingway daiquiri (made with rum, grapefruit juice, rum, lime, rum, maraschino liqueur, and more rum).

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Jazid

Smoky and sultry, illuminated by flickering candelabra, Jazid is a small club with a cool vibe. It’s the kind of place where you might hear Sade’s Smooth Operator on constant rotation. Downstairs, local musicians perform modern jazz, soul and Latin, with tables close to the stage. Upstairs, there’s a DJ spinning soul and funk. A simple formula of good music and no attitude has ensured Jazid has outlasted many a South Beach failure. Other clubs, please take note. 

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Tobacco Road

Al Capone once drank and gambled at the century-old Road, which holds the oldest liquor license in Miami-Dade County. These days it’s renowned as a live music venue—blues legends such as John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy have played here. But even when the stages are silent, the former speakeasy still qualifies as one of the finest—and grittiest—drinking establishments around. The food’s good, too: stop by on Tuesday for the $13 lobster special. Patrons are advised to heed the management’s advice and drink responsibly… using both hands.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater for the Performing Arts

Comedian Jackie Gleason put Miami in the spotlight in the 1960s when he taped his TV show here. Back then, Sinatra and his pack were in the audience. Today, the crowds are as eclectic as the program. Recent performers include Il Volo, Alice in Chains and Sarah Silverman.

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Fadó Irish Pub

For a perfectly poured Guinness, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Fadó, a family-friendly tavern in Mary Brickell Village. For those sitting on the outdoor deck, it’s Fido-friendly too. Everything about this casual eaterie screams "Erin Go Bragh!" from the all-day Irish breakfast and Gaelic steak boxty (a brandy-soaked slab of meat topped with onion, mushroom and green peppercorn sauce) to the live Irish music, which ranges from traditional to pop. Don’t be surprised to find Fadó’s doors open earlier than officially posted either; if there’s soccer or rugby on TV, they’re going to screen it.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant

A heartwarmingly inauthentic ye olde Miami pubbe, providing a home from home for the Beach’s expat Brits and Irish (there are more of them than you’d think). Hand pumps deliver proper draught beer, served in pints; Premiership footie is shown on the telly. There are a couple of pool tables, live music evenings and a kitchen that rustles up decent English-style pub food.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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