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E11EVEN Miami
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The best clubs in Miami for the ultimate night out

Looking to party? The best clubs in Miami offer up a mix of day-drinking spots and fun lounges from Wynwood to South Beach.

By Falyn Freyman and Time Out Miami editors
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March 2021: Ahead of the anniversary of the day the world shut down (Has it really been a year?!), Miamians are ready to party. While the city teems with tourists and locals looking for the best clubs in Miami, the nightlife landscape has changed dramatically. E11EVEN is no longer the place to dance from sun up to sun down, but the 24/7 ultraclub has found a way around the countywide curfew. Day drinking is the new after-party and it’s happening indoors at hot spots like Space and outdoors at well-known party haunts like El Patio. Table reservations have also become somewhat of a requirement to keep things socially distanced. Below, the best clubs in Miami to party like it's...2019.

Locals are quick to remind folks that there’s much more to this city than the best clubs in Miami. And—sure—that’s true. But there’s a reason so many folks talk about our clubs: they’re pretty sweet. Some are downright amazing too. And, for better or worse, nightclubs are still a big part of Miami’s identity. So, yes, explore the best museums in Miami, make your way to the best Miami attractions and chow down on the best Cuban sandwich along the way. But at the end of the night, find a dance floor. Also, a quick tip: most of these clubs won’t hit their stride until well after midnight, so take a nap and grab a coffee. 

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Best clubs in Miami

E11even
Photograph: Courtesy E11even

1. E11even

Nightlife Clubs Park West

E11even is a lot of things. The 24-hour club (formerly and soon to be again) is part nightclub, part performance venue, part strip club and part rooftop restaurant (and as of recently, a vodka purveyor). There’s no nightclub in the world as over-the-top as E11even, even if the current curfew did limit its operating hours. The 4am revelry now takes place at 4pm, and all guests must secure a table reservation to party (no more loitering around the bar). An extensive renovation process was completed during the club’s imposed hiatus so most of the furnishings you see are brand-new.

Erick Morillo at Club Space
Photograph: Dan Vidal

2. Club Space

Nightlife Clubs Park West

For more than 16 years, Space has been Miami’s dark, after-hours club of choice. Last year, the 24-hour Downtown venue went through a programming renaissance too, booking techno and house icons like Black Madonna, Honey Dijon and plenty more. And now it’s experiencing a different kind of reinvention, welcoming folks to watch the sunset instead of its infamous terrace sunrises and limiting crowds by requiring table reservations. Riding solo? Check the club’s Instagram and read the comments section, which is seemingly operating as the classified ads for single clubbers.

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The Bar at 1306
Photograph: Courtesy the bar at 1306

3. ATV Records

Bars Omni

The closing of Wynwood’s longtime underground dance music institution the Electric Pickle broke ravers’ hearts from Miami and beyond. Fortunately, ATV has emerged in its place with help from the team behind much of the Pickle magic (read: the acts are still next-level). The Downtown spot retains several fixtures from that Wynwood venue, including the iconic spaceship disco ball and, of course, the bumping bass that helped make Pickle famous.

4. El Patio Wynwood

Restaurants Latin American Wynwood

El Patio is unlike anything in Wynwood—which, considering the depth of options in the trendy art district, is high praise. The mostly outdoor Latin bar manages to be intriguing enough for visiting tourists while maintaining a loyal following of locals. Expect a rotating set of DJs curating a masterful playlist of old school Latin, reggae, electro, and everything in between to guarantee hips never stop shaking. Add to all that one of Wynwood’s best daily happy hours ($5 cocktails and beer from 5 to 8pm) and you’ve got a place worth showing up early and staying late.

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Twist
Photography: Courtesy Twist

5. Twist

LGBTQ+ South Beach

Miami’s iconic gay club continues to be a safe haven for our city’s LGBTQ population while also welcoming any tolerant and smiling soul through its doors. Twist is a great place to let your hair down without worrying about the South Beach posturing that goes on at other velvet rope clubs. (True to its tagline: “Never a cover, always a groove.”) There are two levels and seven different bars inside serving two-for-one drinks daily from 3 to 8pm. It’s never a dull moment at Twist.

Do Not Sit On the Furniture
Photography: Courtesy DNSOTF

6. Do Not Sit On The Furniture

Nightlife Clubs South Beach

Designed more for dancing than sitting (hence the name), it’s packed tight and kept very dark, except for those moments when the gorgeous light fixture flashes and illuminates everything around you. Partially owned and operated by internationally renowned DJ-producer Behrouz and Electric Pickle’s Will Renuart, Do Not Sit has earned a reputation for top-tier guest acts and underground sensibilities. Recently, the team behind Do Not Sit has launched a series of outdoor pop-ups should you feel inclined to enjoy a DJ sesh poolside.

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