Miami may not be the largest city in the world, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in 24-hour party potential. The best clubs in Miami are some of the best in the world—and the best Miami parties are where you want to spend your nights. Sure, South Beach can be expensive, but there are more no-cover bars and clubs than you might realize. The 305 also births a lot of great musicians, and they love to show off for the community that raised them. Here, we showcase some of the best spots for a party every week and every month. There are other things to do in Miami, sure—but save them for the daylight hours.
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Best Miami parties and club nights
It’s “your girl’s favorite party,” as the flyers proudly proclaim, and honestly, the flyers aren’t wrong. This free Friday hot spot has been setting roofs on fire on a weekly basis for four years, but a recent switch in venue sees it tackling South Beach every first Friday of the month. Not that the move has made any spot of difference. DJs DZA and Pase Rock take the helm spinning the best in ’90s and early-2000s hip-hop, a perfect mix of party jams that attracts hipsters, weed-smokers, college kids, old-schoolers and people of all tastes and backgrounds. Sometimes it brings in featured guests, from classic Miami rapper Trick Daddy to DMC World Champion DJ Craze, but even on “low-key” nights, this packed house is anything but.
The 100-capacity bar in the back of a small taqueria might not be the first place you’d venture for a Monday night soiree, but if you’re walking the streets of the Wynwood Arts District, it downright better be. Every Monday, internationally renowned Miami DJs Oscar G and Lazaro Casanova turn this tiny hang into a hip-shaking paradise for no cover at all. Named for Oscar G’s Murk Records, the friendly duo share the bill. Casanova starts the night with top-shelf house music, followed by Oscar G’s blood-pumping Latin-infused style.
Kanye name-drops it, Lil Wayne raps about it and Drake basically called it hip-hop’s church. Every Sunday night, EDM party palace LIV becomes a haven for those with status and swagger. Floyd Mayweather and his money team make regular appearances, as do urban A-listers and a host of Instagram models. It’s expensive to get in—sometimes $100 or more—but if you charm security, you might be able to work your way through the door for nothing. Just make sure you arrive when doors open around 11:30pm, because this place will fill up fast.
Do those ladies have beards? If you’re passing the Corner cocktail bar on the last Sunday of the month, they most certainly do, and these drag queens are putting on the wildest show in the 305. A large crowd huddles on a tiny floor around a not-so standard lip sync where anything from life-size Jesus crosses to full-on Little Mermaids will appear. These queens are climbing on the bar ladders, they’re showing their full behinds, and there’s no cover at the door. They’re tasteless and fascinating and 100 percent magic.
The Spam Allstars are the kind of band that live and breathe what Miami is all about. The eight-piece fuses elements of sound from every cultural corner of the city, be it electronic, Latin, Caribbean, Cuban or Afro. Every Thursday, they take over the stage at Hoy Como Ayer for a performance that is fast-paced and eclectic, specially designed to make the whole room dance until the bartender calls last drinks—at 3:30am. If you’re looking for that Miami sound, this is where you’ll find it.
The Miami party scene is fickle, but this no-cover Tuesday weekly has been a dance-ready favorite for four years running. It’s one of the only shows in town giving locals a place to party past their bedtime on this side of Hump Day, often keeping the booze and beats flowing well past 3am. Slap & Tickle has a reputation for bringing up-and-coming, cutting-edge to Bardot’s intimate carpet. It’s run by local DJs, but the crew regularly books national and international acts, with past guests including experimental turntablist Gasslamp Killer and UK garage/house mistress Hannah Wants. Girls usually get in free, while men pay a $15 cover, unless there’s a major guest, and then tickets vary. Be warned: the Wednesday hangovers are legendary.
Every third Thursday of the month, promoter kings Poplife take over the backyard of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. They bring in super talented local bands and DJs—sometimes legendary acts such as Arthur Baker—for a fresh mix of live music and turntable action. For the standard $16 museum admission, you get the tunes for free, but tickets for drinks and barbecue snacks come at an additional charge.Since launching in 2015, it’s grown to be a regular who’s-who hang. Plus, the PAMM backyard, with its waterfront view, is absolutely stunning.
It’s always SAFE to dance when this roughly bimonthly party throws a no-bullshit banger. For nearly a decade, SAFE has booked internationally renowned up-and-coming house and techno artists, many of whom go on to become some of the biggest names in the scene. It makes its home in one of Miami’s leading house nightclubs. Together, fans know they can trust in the sound and enjoy an all-inclusive, no frills atmosphere. Tickets typically range from $15 to $25, depending on the artist. There are sometimes three events in a month, so follow SAFE on socials @SAFEmusic to be sure you never miss a show.
This beachside nightclub is a favorite of Miami’s gay community, but on Saturdays it opens up to dance music lovers of any sexual preference (not that they’re ever turning straight people away at the door). House and techno fans are in for a real treat as any Friday night offers an incredible array of alternative dance acts in a dive-ier environment than the shiny EDM vibe South Beach is known for. Produced by Link Miami Rebels, Trade Fridays has played host to everyone from Justin Martin to Adam Beyer, Ida Engberg, Art Department, and more. Ticket prices vary. Dress code is happily not required.
Miami’s big bills can bring a player down, but just because you ball on a budget doesn’t mean you don't ball. Sidebar’s Cherry Pop Saturday is for the stylish deal-stealer in you. There’s never a cover, and the drinks are good without costing a fortune. The tunes are always high-caliber and open-format, meaning you might hear a little bit of this and a little bit of that, whatever is hip and now mixed with some classics that never fail. The bar’s big backyard keeps the place vibin’ on an even keel, while the inside space offers video games and a pool table, if you’re feeling frisky.