South Beach isn’t just pretty beaches and nice views. This is one of the world’s best nightlife scenes. No visit to south Beach is complete without a night on the town, so check out these ideas for some of the best stuff to do around South Beach at night.
One of the world’s best dance clubs hands down, LIV is the kind of place where A-list celebrities rub shoulders with the millionaires of Miami. Even if that doesn’t sound like your scene, LIV is just as technically impressive as it is luxurious. Its current incarnation is the result of a $10 million makeover, with every inch of the club designed to produce a sensory overload.
If LIV is all exclusivity and decadence, BASEMENT is the far end of the spectrum. Designed by nightclub legend Ian Schrager, BASEMENT is more than just disco nostalgia. This dance club/ice rink/bowling alley is welcoming, light-hearted and always fun. Bring some friends and try your hand at a game or two of bowling, then hit the dance floor to party into the night. They usually have a good lineup of special events, too.
An icon of South Beach, Mango’s is what happens when a Gilded Age Havana nightclub trades pretentiousness for unrepentant anarchy. This is the kind of place where everything smells like spilled mojito, and the dancer on the bar keeps knocking over your tequila. Their anything-goes parties are accompanied by some great Caribbean food at the on-site restaurant, where they put on great shows most days of the week. They also offer good value dance classes.
Another cocktail bar, The Regent boasts an ever-changing drinks menu that’ll have you coming back night after night. Along with their daily cocktail specials, this Cuban-themed club also has an enviable stockpile of rare, unusual and indie rums.
Sick of expensive cocktail bars and pontifical clubs? Ted’s Hideaway is a welcome breath of fresh air in a scene that can sometimes feel a bit elitist. This dive bar barely has a dress code, and doesn’t care who you know or whether you have a reservation. Their happy hour specials are generous by Miami standards, and they have a nice variety of beers.
For something really romantic, South Beach happens to be a great place for sunset cruises. Most run for a few hours each night, offering stunning views of the city skyline from the water. Waterplay USA usually has good deals, and runs regular cruises all-year round.
City lights fly-over
For a truly impressive start to the night out, take to the skies and watch the city lights twinkle below from your own private helicopter or small plane. At around $200 for an hour, air tours don’t come cheap, but are generally highly rated by locals and tourists alike. It’s a great way to wrap up a vacation in Miami, and an even better way to kick off a date to remember.