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The best clubs in South Beach for partying like you’re famous

It’s all about bottle service, bass and being seen at the best clubs in South Beach

Falyn Wood
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Falyn Wood
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Ryan Pfeffer
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Over-the-top nightlife and wild daytime pool parties have defined South Beach for years. These days, the famed neighborhood is a bit tamer, with a recent push from the mayor to dampen the party vibes and draw more focus to cultural institutions like Miami Beach’s best museums and the area’s flourishing culinary scene. But make no mistake, Mr. Mayor: Ain’t no party like a South Beach party. And as long as revelers are flocking to the shores of South Beach to bask in its sun and splash in its ocean, so too will they come to pop bottles and shake ass in its clubs. From Vegas-style venues to underground dance dens, these are the best clubs in South Beach right now.

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While technically not within the geographical confines of South Beach, it’s close enough to count. These days, the legendary LIV continues to be packed with as many celebrities as average Joes. You might spend some serious cash but you also might trip and fall onto a Kardashian. No club—anywhere—books bigger names on a weekly basis than LIV. It would not be odd to see Travis Scott, David Guetta and Kanye West all onstage on a Sunday night. A night here is the closest thing you’ll ever find to partying inside an actual music video.

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  • South Beach
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This cozy “boutique nightclub” owned by electronic DJ Behrouz hides in plain sight. Because of that, this place tends to put the music first and is a reliable choice for club veterans looking to dance without being shoved by bottle service servers and elbowed by drunk bros. Another big draw? It’s small enough to meet everyone inside on any given night is a breath of fresh air in Miami’s megaclub landscape.

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Step one, take a club. Step two, put it on the beach. And that’s the simple yet efficient recipe for Nikki Beach. This place is the undisputed champ of day parties, with a crowd that prefers dancing in the sun at 2pm over a dark club at 2am. Speaking of day drinking: Ever wondered what would happen if brunch and a nightclub had a baby? Stop by Nikki Beach’s bumpin’ Sunday brunch and brace for costumed models and champagne sprayed over tables of pancakes and eggs.

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  • South Beach
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Twist is the iconic, quarter-century-old gay club that just won’t quit. South Beach nightlife started with the LGBTQ community so it’s fitting that this indulgent two-story disco remains one of the most popular clubs in South Beach. It’s hot and sweaty and so fun. And, if nothing else, the shirtlessness of Twist will motivate you to start that diet.

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  • Clubs
  • South Beach
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Oh, what fun! Mango’s promotes the side of Miami you see in movies—mojitos, salsa and half-naked dancers. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Lean into the kitsch at Ocean Drive’s most famous nightlife spot, keeping the torch of Latin music alive for more than 20 years. Decorated with tropical murals, the bar opens onto the street, making it feel like a party the moment you step in.

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  • Clubs
  • Miami Beach
  • price 3 of 4

A funky rainbow of music, bowling and plenty of alcohol, this is the place to be during Art Basel and Miami Music Week. The slightly bizarre but never boring Basement—housed in the bottom of the Edition—feels hip in an effortless way that’s so rare in a city full of clubs screaming for your attention. Name another club where you can dance, ice skate and bowl. We’ll wait.

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  • Nightlife
  • Clubs
  • South of Fifth
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LIV’s (not so) little cousin, Story resembles its counterpart in both scale and scope but has managed to carve out its own identity too. You’ll find a tad more hip-hop at Story in the bookings and music selection. Grammy-winning acts like Travis Scott stop by often and big-name DJs tear the house down on a weekly basis.

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  • South Beach

If it’s a Vegas-style bash with bottle service and champagne showers you seek, stop by Hyde Beach. Known for its packed daytime pool parties, on weekends, the festivities continue well into the night, with hard-hitting performers gracing the deck, especially during special occasions like Swim Week and Music Week (2 Chainz is the featured guest for this year’s Rolling Loud after party).

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  • Music venues
  • South Beach

The bookings at this dark, jungle-themed electronic club skew techno, but if you’re feeling like a change of pace, a second room usually offers a mellower vibe, from disco to house music. It’s intimate here, but the DJs go big, the space gets packed and an outdoor patio means you can always escape the madness for a quick breath of fresh air in between dancing your face off.

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