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.
Timing is everything at Bagatelle: arrive too early and you’ll miss the party, arrive too late and you’ll walk into a cloud of smoke just before the lights are turned on and the curtains are drawn to reveal the daylight. What starts as a typical brunch slowly builds into a full-on blowout, culminating in guests dancing on tables and sexy French servers swinging napkins in the air while the rosé flows. Sun noon–6pm.