June 2019: Earlier this summer, Miami shed a collective tear over the loss of Wynwood Yard, the beloved outdoor bar, pop-up restaurant round-up and performance space. As such, we also had to say goodbye to its long-running Reggae Sunday day party. Alas, this is Miami and in the ashes of any party, day or night, rises another. Fresh in the mix of lit day parties in Miami is AfroCode at Barter Wynwood, where you can vibe to a chill mix of soca and afrobeats all day long—that is, if you bring your fashion A-game. We also added in a South Beach institution that continues to draw huge crowds along Ocean Drive: the always-rowdy weekend Drag Brunch and T-Dance at Palace Bar. Looking to let loose on the dancefloor sans booze? Daybreaker’s morning raves have become a phenomenon among Miami’s wellness set.
The best day parties in Miami are appealing for a couple reasons. One, unlike the best clubs in Miami, they allow you to fit in a full day of partying and still get home in time to catch your favorite TV show. Two, they allow partygoers to take full advantage of Miami’s best quality: our glorious sunny days. Look, staying up till sunrise has its place every once and a while. But we just don’t have that in us more than a couple times a year. So if you’re feeling a little too rambunctious for the best museums in Miami, you ticked off the list of best things to do in Miami, and you’re a little too impatient for the best happy hour deals in Miami, then aim for the sweet spot and hit up one of these gnarly day parties.
Best Miami day parties
Sundays at the lush Broken Shaker courtyard are never a bad idea. The weekly gathering consists of chilling, cocktail sipping and getting good and greasy with some perfectly-charred barbecue served poolside. Wait 30 minutes and then take a relaxing dip in the Freehand pool. Sun 3pm; free.
Ditch the tourists sightseeing around Wynwood and join the locals at the neighborhood watering hole for its laidback Sunday party. Find a spot along the wooden bleachers and chill with a $15 Red Stripe bucket. The music is old school and it’s a great way to send off the weekend in style. Sun 3pm; free.
The breezy Wynwood rooftop spot gets things started at 4pm on Saturday, dishing out tasty cocktails (discounted until 7pm) as DJs and live performers set the mood late into the night. If you really want to do up your Saturday, start the day off with brunch at Three, only a flight of stairs away. Saturday 4pm; free.
The iconic Palace—a bar that brought the drag brunch to Miami—returned to Ocean Drive after a brief hiatus and still delivers one of the wildest day parties around. On Saturday and Sunday, take your pick of two mimosa-fueled live drag show seatings, which are best reserved ahead. After you’ve had your fill of eggs benedict and sassy, nimble queens, stick around for the infamous “T-dance,” when the lights go down, the beats turn up and the go-go boys go wild. Sat & Sun 11:30am & 2pm; $45 plus tax and gratuity.
The Wharf’s programming fluctuates but it is always a safe bet that some serious day drinking is going down on the weekends. The waterfront bar packs in a day crowd and opens bright and early at noon Thursday through Sunday.
This sporadic barbecue set against Biscayne Bay brings an unlikely number of beautiful people to the Standard Spa pool. You can’t go for a dip, but this cool hang gives you plenty of other reasons to head to the Venetian Isles hotel: booze, grilled eats, tunes (usually courtesy of a big-name DJ) and some wild-card entertainment. Tarot readings? Pony rides? You’ll have to keep an eye out on the Standard’s website for future dates to find out. Sun 4pm–sundown; various dates.
Miami’s infamous bastion for 24-hour partying, Club Space slows things down every Saturday at 4:20pm (get it?), for a chilled out yoga flow on the terrace, set to an always excellent DJ mix from one of the house selectors. Come early or stay late to keep the blood pumping and party bumping, with endless opportunities to dance across the multi-floor megacomplex. Sat, 4:20pm; free.
Over in Little Havana, Ball & Chain starts the fiesta early on weekends with its Live Salsa Saturday party starting at noon and Sunday on the Ocho kicking off at 11:30am. Be prepared to dance to a mix of Latin music courtesy of a DJ and live bands. The house mojito (one of the city’s best, in our opinion) is also most refreshing on a sunny afternoon. Sat 12pm & Sun 11:30am; free.
El Patio’s Sunday party takes your average boozy brunch and blasts it into another dimension. The sancocho runs out quick but the booze flows all day long for as little as $5 a drink. Miami’s own Mr. Pauer keeps the dance floor busy with Latin tracks. Sun 1pm; free.
At Barter Wynwood—the eclectic and laidback watering hole where you can trade in your cool vintage items for craft cocktails—Saturday afternoons are for afrobeats and soca. The dress code is strictly fashion-forward at this weekly party that kicks off at 3 and keeps the music, dancing and good vibes going until 9pm. Sat 3pm; free before 4pm.
The South of Fifth restaurant and club offers two options on Sunday: a casual brunch and a late-afternoon party that goes all night. The day kicks off with a full spread that features carving stations and a dessert bar, plus flowing champagne and cocktails, available until 4pm in the dining room or at one of the beachside cabanas. Sun 11am–4pm.
Touting itself as an “early morning dance movement” across 25 cities, the Miami iteration of the global Daybreaker parties launched two years ago and has grown to become the franchise’s third-largest market in the world. The festivities begin with yoga and fitness activities and blossom into a full-fledged day rave, minus the drugs and alcohol. While the date and location are always a surprise, revelers can expect to sweat, dance and connect on the dance floor. The clever folks at Daybreaker abide by a well-honed, predetermined theme and choreographed dance moves, which organizers announce via their social media channels ahead of each party. Dates, location and other details TBA.
Part pool party, part daytime club, Hyde Beach at the SLS South Beach is where Miamians go when they want to dance in their bikinis and enjoy bottle service in the great outdoors. Grab a cocktail, some sangria and seek shelter when the bottle girls circle the pool for the ceremonial champagne shower. Fri and Sun noon; call 305-455-2990 for admission info.