The nightlife on South Beach is so extensive that there’s an almost endless list of places to go and things to do. If listening to live music happens to be among your favorite nightlife activities, the city of Miami has you covered. The music selection in Miami is almost as diverse as the city itself, and that means you’ll have plenty of good options at your disposal, no matter what type of music you prefer. If you’re having trouble finding the right place for you, here are a few of the top places in Miami to listen to live music.
Bayfront Park Amphitheater
The Klipsch Amphitheater in Bayfront Park may be the best place in Miami to kick back, relax, and listen to music on a sunny day or a warm evening. There are seats close to the stage, as well as a hilly lawn where guests can set up a blanket to lay down and enjoy something to eat and drink during the show. Some of Miami’s best food trucks usually set up shop nearby so there are plenty of great food options available. The Amphitheater plays host to music festivals of all kinds of genres, from rock to rap and reggae to jazz, so it’s just a matter of time until the Bayfront Amphitheater will host a show that interests you.
If you don’t mind a dive bar, you’ll like going to Churchill’s. You’ll hear mostly local bands, but sometimes you’ll be privy to an up-and-coming artist before they hit it big, giving you the chance to say you saw them way back when. It’s not the prettiest place on the inside, but Churchill’s has cheap drinks, good pub fare, and plenty to do outside of its music, such as playing pool, the Space Invaders video game, or watching sports, although music is typically Churchill’s main attraction.
This place does not have a sign outside its entrance, so you have to know where to find it in Miami’s Design District. Of course, this just means that everyone who finds their way to Bardot on any given night of the week is there to enjoy one of Miami’s best music venues. The sound system is out of this world and unlike anything you’ve heard in any club or music venue you’ve visited before. The types of musicians who perform at Bardot changes from one night to the next, but it often includes local musicians, indie pop, hip-hop, and well-known DJs who make the walls inside vibrate.
The Regent Cocktail Club
If you want a more laid back and classy musical environment, check out the Regent Cocktail Club inside the Gale Hotel on South Beach. Aside from having a beautiful 1920s ambiance and some of the most skilled bartenders on South Beach, the Regent Cocktail Club also offers live music via its elegant piano almost every night of the week. If you want to relax with a world-class cocktail and listen to beautifully played jazz music in an old-time speakeasy, this is the place for you.
Admittedly, Miami isn’t the most Irish city in the country. It’s incredibly multicultural, but much of that culture comes from the Caribbean and Latin America, not from our Irish friends across the pond. Nevertheless, Miami is known for its nightlife, making it a great place to party 365 days out of the year. Of course, this includes one of the year’s ultimate party days: St. Patrick’s Day. So while Miami may not be all that Irish, here are some great places in Miami to party on St. Patrick’s Day.
37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival
A great way to get your St. Patrick’s Day celebration underway is attending the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Coral Gables. Taking place at the plush Ponce Circle Park on Saturday, March 12th from 12 PM to 6 PM, the festival is free to attend is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. There will be Irish music galore, Irish dancers, Irish arts & crafts, and plenty of Irish delicacies for you to enjoy, including corned beef & cabbage, shepherd’s pie, soda bread, and authentic Irish coffee. For the kids, there will be a merry-go-round, bounce house, rock climbing, and a giant slide. Finally, for those who want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the old-fashioned way, there will also be a full service bar.
John Martin’s is one of South Florida’s most popular Irish pubs and restaurants, and this year it will be hosting its 27th annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. Starting at noon on St. Patrick’s Day, St. Martin’s will have a host of Irish musical performances, including everything from bagpipes to the Irish fiddle. Then at 9 PM, the musical keys get handed over to a DJ, who will take partiers well into the night. Of course, being a much-celebrated Irish bar, John Martin’s will have plenty of Guinness flowing to go along with fantastic appetizers that will ensure your taste buds are more than satisfied all St. Patrick’s Day long.
Fado Irish Pub Miami in Mary Brickell Village
Located right in downtown Miami, Fado Irish Pub has become one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day destinations in South Florida over the past few years. At this Irish bar in Mary Brickell Village, the party starts on Saturday March 12th and lasts all week. On Saturday the 12th, Fado is hosting the largest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day party in Miami, featuring a duel between DJs, as DJ BL Stylz battles DJ LS from Miami’s Battle 96 radio station. Fado will keep the party going all week long, including pub trivia on Tuesday the 15th that includes a grand prize of $1,000 and a happy hour from 6 to 9 PM on Wednesday the 16th that includes a raffle benefiting the non-profit organization Alfalit International. Then on St. Patrick’s Day, Fado will be opening early for brunch from 10 AM to 12 PM, followed by a party on the patio, with the outdoor festival at Mary Brickell Village kicking off at 5 PM and St. Patty’s Day celebrations lasting well into the night.
One of the highlights of the calendar year for those who are visiting or live in Miami is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, taking place from February 24 – 28. Over those five days, there is a smorgasbord of meals, tastings, seminars, and events for lovers of fine food and drink. The festival would be over by the time we run through everything it has to offer, but here are a few of the highlights food and wine lovers may be most interested in checking out.
Seaside Eats, Wednesday February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Be there with chef Robert Irvine for the start of the festival, which is taking place at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, representing an expansion of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This will be a casual, walk-around tasting in a beautiful setting featuring some of the best restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area: the perfect way to begin an amazing weekend of food and drink.
Paella & Tapas by the Pool, Thursday February 25, 7:00 p.m.
For the second straight year at South Beach Wine and Food Festival, chef Jose Andres will be hosting this event that brings together some of the best food creators in South Florida. Taking place at the SLS Hotel, Andres will be preparing his special brand of paella, while the chefs he invites will be creating a unique variety of tapas dishes. If you enjoy eating Spanish food in a beautiful setting, this is an event worth checking out.
Amstel Light Burger Bash, Friday February 26, 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Rachel Ray, this is the 10th anniversary of the Burger Bash presented by Amstel Light. Celebrity judges will be on hand on the beach behind the Ritz Carlton to hand out this year’s Very Best Burger Award. While they judge, you can walk around tasting the latest creations from some of the world’s best burger chefs, while also sipping on Amstel beers and Florida wines courtesy of Southern Wines & Spirits. If you enjoy burgers, beer, and beaches, this event has everything you could ever want.
Croquetas and Champagne, Saturday February 27, 10:00 p.m.
For some late-night fun at Palm Court Miami’s Design District, check out Croquetas and Champagne, hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. In addition to the iconic Vongerichten, some of the best chefs from South Florida will be present, creating some delectable variations of croqueta and flan, the perfect dessert options after a day at the festival. If that’s not enough, the champagne will be flowing and Latin rock band Suenalo will be setting the mood and giving guests some music they can dance to with their dessert.
Southern Kitchen Brunch, Sunday February 28, 11:30 a.m.
If you can handle getting up relatively early after a night of partying, the Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood is a great event. The Grammy Award-winning Yearwood is coming to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel and bringing with her an array of chefs that will be cooking up Southern delicacies for what should be an unforgettable brunch. For a fine mix of food and music on a Sunday morning, be sure to attend the Southern Kitchen Brunch.
For information on all of the events of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival and how to sign up, visit www.sobefest.com.
If you consider yourself a social butterfly, then Miami may be the place for you. Even if you can’t live there and soak up all that South Beach has to offer year round, paying a visit to Miami should be on the agenda of anyone who likes to get out there and have a good time. The nightlife and social scene in Miami are second to none, and they’re available to you 365 days a year. The possibilities are almost endless, but here are a few of the most top social hotspots in Miami.
Located on the former site of the club Vagabond, Steam combines the laid back vibe that Vagabond was known for with a more up-tempo and high-energy type of club. This club features a dance floor, state-of-the-art sound system, and top-notch DJs on the inside, as well as a spacious and relaxed outdoor space that’s perfect for a low-key hangout or a planned party. On top of giving you the choice between dance floor and outdoor lounge, Steam is also known for having friendly and professional personnel, reasonably priced drinks, and being free of a cover charge most nights. It’s a casual club that makes you feel welcome and allows you to be yourself and have fun. Come once and there’s a good chance you’ll want to come back.
Haven is a unique blend of restaurant, lounge, and nightclub, making it one of Miami’s most popular venues night after night. The food Haven serves is organic but of the utmost quality, making it a great place to grab a bite to eat. However, the drinks may be even better, as Haven is home to some of the best mixologists in Miami who do nothing but make high-end cocktails. With food and drink well covered, Haven also creates a fantastic atmosphere with neon lights, a video wall, and great music. Whether you want to dance, drink, and have fun or relax with a nice meal, Haven has you covered, and because the club spares no expense when it comes to décor, you’ll be entranced at the beautiful setting around you no matter what your reason is for visiting this South Beach hot spot.
The latest twist on the traditional nightclub can be found on the bottom floor of the Miami Beach EDITION hotel. The club that’s appropriately called Basement offers hotel guests and other visitors a nightclub and a whole lot more. First and foremost, Basement is a nightclub very much in the style of Studio 54, welcoming top-flight DJs who crank out tunes amidst a fantastic light show that gives guests the energy and motivation they need to dance the night away. But that’s not all Basement offers; the club is also home to a bowling alley and an ice skating rink. The bowling alley features luminescent bowling balls, lighting effects, and massive LED screens, blowing away any bowling alley you’ve ever visited before. Meanwhile, the skating rink is 2,000 square feet, providing plenty of space for guests to skate while enjoying the type of music and light display often reserved for nightclubs. With so much to do beyond the average nightclub, Basement has quickly become a popular hangout spot on South Beach.
Miami is well known as a place where people can go to relax and take it easy, and there’s no better way to relax and enjoy yourself than with a cocktail in hand. Fortunately, Miami is not a BYOB type of city. Just about anywhere you go in Miami, there’s a poolside bar, a cocktail lounge, or some place nearby where you can get an adult beverage. The options are nearly endless and it’s hard to go wrong wherever you go, but here are some of the best places in Miami to enjoy a cocktail.
Regent Cocktail Club
In some ways, having a drink at the Regent Cocktail Club inside the Gale South Beach hotel is like going back in time. This place creates a delightful atmosphere with the playing of soulful jazz music and an old-school vibe that makes it one of the classiest cocktail destinations on South Beach. The Regent is also home to some of the best bartenders in Miami, as they create unique and delicious variations of classic cocktails on a daily basis. The service, the setting, and the drinks are all top of the line and among the best you’ll find in Miami.
Ball & Chain
If you find yourself in Little Havana, the place to go for a cocktail is Ball & Chain. This place was a happening jazz club when it first opened in 1935, and remained so until it closed in 1957. Fortunately, it was brought back to life in 2014 and has picked up where it left off nearly six decades earlier. Ball & Chain remains a great location to listen to live jazz music, and it has a food and drink menu that is as unique as the bar’s history. The Cuban influence is obvious in the type of signature cocktails they make, giving customers a wide array of unique and tasty options. Between that and the history of the club, Ball & Chain is truly a special place.
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room at the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach is one of the newest cocktail bars in Miami, and it may be the most unique bar you ever step foot in. This place takes mixology to the next level, treating homemade cocktails as if they are prescription medications. If guests need a stress reliever, a painkiller, or an aphrodisiac, there are cocktails at the Drawing Room specifically designed to solve those problems through the right combination of alcohol, fruit, Japanese herbs, and perhaps a few special ingredients. This is undoubtedly one of the most innovative cocktail bars in Miami, and a place worth checking out whether there’s something that ails you or not.
Finally, if you’re in Miami but in the mood for a little taste of New Orleans, simply find your way to the Corner on the outskirts of downtown Miami. The place is a little on the small side, but the ambiance is reminiscent of a New Orleans speakeasy, as are the cocktails offered, which can go toe to toe with any bar on Bourbon Street. Of course, there’s enough South Florida culture in the bar to keep you from thinking you’ve left Miami. Perhaps the best part about the Corner is the fact that it stays open more or less until the sun comes up, closing at 5 a.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on weekends, so if you want one last drink or feel like partying all night, find your way to the Corner.
Miami is a city known for its great nightlife, so what better place to be on the ultimate party night: New Year’s Eve. South Beach is a great place to party on a random weeknight any time of year, and so on New Year’s Eve, Miami is the best place to be this side of Times Square. If you plan on being in Miami as we ring in 2016, there will be an endless list of places to party, but here are five of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Miami.
Billy Joel Concert
This will be the first time that legendary musician Billy Joel has ever performed in South Florida to ring in a new year, would could make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Piano Man will be playing all the hits from his extraordinary career at BB&T Center in Sunrise, which is just a short drive from downtown Miami. The concert starts at 9:30, but should last until at least midnight, considering all the hits Joel has had in his career. Afterwards, there’ll still be plenty of time to find some more traditional New Years Eve parties, giving you the best of both worlds.
Nikki Beach’s Glitz and Glam
For a genuine Miami Beach party on New Year’s Eve, check out Nikki Beach’s Glitz and Glam party near the southern tip of South Beach. Aside from being in a beautiful location and being able to feel the sand between your toes, the Glitz and Glam will have a New York-style ball drop, signature South Beach entertainment, and more than enough champagne to go around. If you’re interested in partying at the beach on New Year’s Eve, party at Nikki Beach, the high-end nightclub that’s actually on the beach.
Clevelander South Beach
One of the best hotels in South Beach will be throwing one of the city’s best New Year’s Eve parties. The hotel’s stunning pool and patio will be ground zero for what is being called Glow New Year’s Eve 2016. There will be unbelievable neon and LED light displays and great DJs supplying the entertainment, not to mention an oceanfront locale that will give guests a perfect view of the fireworks display put on by the city of Miami. Space is limited, but pre-sale tickets start at a mere $25.
Pitbull’s New Years Eve Revolution
One of Miami’s favorite sons, Pitbull, will be throwing a New Year’s Eve party at Bayfront Park in the heart of downtown Miami. The party is being dubbed Pitbull’s New Years Eve Revolution, and will be part of the New Year’s Eve coverage on FOX television. Entry into what will be one of the biggest and best New Years Eve parties in South Florida is free, and once you get there you’ll be privy to great food, an eye-popping fireworks display, and performances from some A-list entertainers. Pitbull’s Revolution starts at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Five Star New Years Eve Party
If you want to shoot for the stars with your New Year’s Eve plans, then you’ll want to make plans to attend Miami’s Five Star New Year’s Eve Party. Tickets may be a bit pricy, but you’ll be gaining entry into one of the best and most exclusive parties in Miami. The party takes place on Watson Island, just off the coast from downtown Miami, giving you an amazing view back across the water towards the city’s skyline. A ticket to the party gives you a high-class dinner, cocktails, and even a breakfast after the ball drops. In the meantime, you’ll be treated to premium drinks from talented bartenders and performances from a slew of amazing DJs. If you want to celebrate the New Year with class and style, this is the party to go to.
With Halloween right around the corner, visitors and residents of Miami should be starting to formulate plans for how they’re going to spend the final night of October. Unlike other parts of the country, the weather in Miami should not dissuade anybody from getting out of the house and enjoying themselves on Halloween night. With Halloween falling on a Saturday night this year, there’s even more reason to do something fun on a holiday centered on fantasy and imagination. Here are a few places people in Miami may want to consider celebrating Halloween.
Like many zoos around the country, the Miami Zoo enjoys taking on a more haunted vibe this time of year, creating a variety of events geared towards both children and adults. The Miami Zoo is putting on events for kids this weekend, and then Friday and Saturday night Halloween weekend it’s putting on Spooky Zoo Nights. This will be a family-friendly event from 7 to 11 p.m. featuring scary tram rides, a Halloween-themed carousel, and story telling around a fire. Just like the zoo is during the day, a trip to the zoo at night on Halloween weekend will be fun for the entire family.
It’s only natural that you’ll gravitate to the beach while in Miami, and Halloween night is no different. Lummus Park will be hosting a Nightmare on the Beach party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. It goes without saying that this is a 21 and older party, and tickets should be purchased beforehand with proceeds benefitting The Little Lighthouse Foundation. If you put on a costume and head to the beach, you’re bound to have a great time with an open bar and food being provided by some of the best restaurants in Miami. Between the costumes, the food and drink, the performers, and whatever else may pop up during a Halloween party, Nightmare on the Beach figures to be a memorable evening.
The Coconut Grove part of Miami at CocoWalk will be home to activities for both children and adults all day long on Halloween. The afternoon from 2 to 7 p.m. is the time for kids to enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests, an up-close magician, tattoo and balloon artists, and even their very own dance party. Starting at 6 p.m. the kids will start to head on home and a DJ will start to take over the entertainment that’s geared more towards adults having a more traditional Halloween party. Then starting at 11 p.m., those in costume can dance to techno music at CocoWalk into the early morning hours to bring their Halloween celebration to a fitting conclusion.
Dylan’s Candy Bar
For just a few dollars at the door, you can celebrate Halloween in a candy store, which would have seemed like a dream come true when you were young. Of course, with the party getting underway at 10 p.m., Dylan’s will be hosting a Halloween party for adults. As you might expected, there will be a live DJ and contests for the best costumes, but Dylan’s will add its own unique twist on Halloween with special candy cocktails that will make you feel like a kid again, giving you a great venue to celebrate Halloween this year.