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We don’t even need to tell you that Miami's South Beach is synonymous with nightlife and the need to “par-tay.”

Miami Nightlife

Hoy Como Ayer

Enjoy live entertainment– everything from yesterday's boleros (love songs) to today's salsa – while you down cocktails and appetizers.

2212 SW 8th St., FL, 305-541-2631,
Tags: nightlife | bar

Nikki Beach

The first in what is now a jet-setting chain that stretches from Cabo San Lucas to Saint-Tropez sprawls along the oceanfront at the southern end of South Beach's sands. Lounge by day in a private cabana with VIP bottle service or sashay after dark into 0-1 (One Ocean) on the second floor. A seafood restaurant and raw bar provide sustenance to the fashionable, international crowd.

One Ocean Dr., FL, 305-538-1111,
Tags: nightlife | views | trendy | lounge | waterfront | dancing | things to do | bar menu | champagne


Dance downstairs or retreat to the quieter upstairs lounge when you need to recharge in this big, boom-boom, two-story venue. It even has a sidewalk-café outside. Theme nights, which range from the hugely popular “Planeta Macho” Latin party on Tuesdays to Sunday night karaoke, are all the rage here; check the website ahead of time to determines which theme is scheduled for the night you plan to party. Cover charges apply for the evenings that see the most traffic (Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays).

727 Lincoln Rd., FL, 305-535-1111,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | cover charge | gay

Skybar at the Shore Club

Miami’s electric nightlife scene gets sensual at South Beach’s glamorous Skybar at The Shore Club. Party-hardy celebrities (the likes of Jessica Simpson, Lindsey Lohan, and Matthew McConaughey) and fashionitas mingle in an intimate labyrinth of lantern-lit tropical gardens, poolside cabanas, and four full-service bars.

1901 Collins Ave., FL, 305-695-3100,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | smart splurge | trendy | nightclub | celebrity hangout

The News Lounge

At 55th Street Station, where a cool collection of businesses fueled the revitalization of the Upper East Side corridor along Biscayne Boulevard, this latest venture from restaurateur Mark Soyka (Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza, Soyka, News Café) is a welcome comrade. Inside it's a high-ceilinged saloon with Art Deco and industrial flourishes; outside, a patio with comfy couches, swings and a pool table creates a neighborhood chill zone that's both stylish and cozy.

55th Street Station, 5580 NE Fourth Ct., FL, 305-758-9932,
Tags: nightlife | lounge | patio | eclectic | billiards

The Vagabond

Depending on the night of the week, anything could happen at this downtown hipster hangout. The dress code is non-pretentious, the crowd young and artsy, and the prices affordable. In a nod to the lounge's cool factor, long-running Back Door Bamby ( a party known for playing “house, funk, disco, and everything in between”) jumped the causeway from South Beach to set up shop here on Saturdays. The outside patio, with its fire fountain, is a local favorite.

30 NE 14th St., FL, 305-379-0508,
Tags: nightlife | great value | patio | dancing | open late | eclectic

Tobacco Road

This small, former speakeasy still pulls in young and old alike with its varied music (especially blues), and its quality burgers and steaks.

626 S. Miami Ave., FL, 305-374-1198,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | bar | culinary

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