From mega clubs to underground laboratories of cutting edge techno, Miami’s club scene has well earned its reputation as among the best in the country. It’s diverse, with pretty much something for everyone. That said, here’s our five top picks for the best techno clubs around South Beach. Enjoy!
When talking about clubs in Miami, it’s hard to avoid mentioning Electric Pickle. Since 2009, this place has become the crown jewel of any night out for anyone looking for some solid techno and house. Not everyone can quite put their finger on why, but there’s just something about Electric Pickle that blows the competition out of the water. Perhaps its the custom Dynacord sound system that makes this relatively small club punch above its weight. Maybe it’s the intimate atmosphere, or that slightly edgy vibe – that feeling that anything could go down in this place. Heck, Electric Pickle’s enduring popularity might even just come down to the prices, which are exceptionally reasonable for a club of this caliber. Whatever the reason behind Electric Pickle’s appeal, this place is a non negotiable must visit for anyone passing through Miami.
This South Beach favorite is yet another heavy hitter. Mynt Lounge has an air of exclusivity about it, and much has been made of the fact that its frequented by a number of celebrities. Jennifer Lopez, Sean Penn, Jamie Fox and Giselle Bundchen have all reportedly walked through these doors. However, one big drawback for techno lovers is the fact that although Mynt’s DJs are great at what they do, what they do isn’t always techno. A night here tends to be pretty hip hop heavy, though they still pump out a reasonable mix of house. Even if that doesn’t sound like your scene, it’s worth checking this place out for some of its more unique features, such as the aromatherapy system that bathes the dance floor in invigorating scents.
Located in the heart of South Beach, Trade has a bit of a mixed reputation. It’s unpretentious, and always pumps out a great mix of EDM. The DJs always know what they’re doing. Plus, the drink specials can be surprisingly good value. However, a few things let Trade down. For one, the sound system isn’t as great as somewhere like Electric Pickle, and the floor isn’t exactly spacious. Expect to have about as much room to breathe as you would on the NYC subway. Also, this place is all about EDM – so if you want a little variety you’ll have to go elsewhere. For the rest of us though, this place is a gem.
A local secret, this underground style club doesn’t look that promising from outside. Inside, however, you’ll find a solid lineup of EDM. The DJs are consistently brilliant, and the crowd tends to be a loyal mix of locals, meaning it doesn’t feel like a tourist trap. The only one big downside is that prices tend to be a bit ridiculous. If you can deal with that though, this is a fun night out.
If you want to pretend you’re in Vegas, then LIV is the place. The place is legendary for its top end luxury, and also for its pretty harsh door staff. Good luck getting in if you’re not a celebrity. If you do get past the door, expect to blow through a few grand on a slow night here.