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What to Do in South Beach at Night

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.

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Nightclubs

 

LIV

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.

 

BASEMENT at the EDITION

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.

 

Mango’s Tropical Cafe

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.

 

Bars

 

The Regent Cocktail Club

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.

 

Ted’s Hideaway

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.

 

Special Events

 

Sunset cruise

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.

What to Do in Miami Beach in June 2018

Movies, mind-bending magic and motorbikes? Welcome to June in Miami! Watch out though, because this month, the legendary David Blaine will be hitting town to melt your brain and question reality. Plus, we’ve got the American Black Film Festival coming up, not to mention one of Florida’s best motorcycle races.

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Out in the Tropics

This eclectic performing arts festival began in late May, and will continue through until June 24. It’s an intriguing mix of drama, politics and sexuality always makes for a thought-provoking experience. The festival will be putting on various events across Miami throughout the month, though you never quite know what to expect. If you haven’t dipped your toes in this ocean of cutting edge drama, do so in June. Find out more here.

 

City Theater’s Summer Shorts

Now into its 22nd season, the City Theater’s summer shorts are always a blast. For anyone yet to partake, these short plays tend to run for around 10 minutes, delivering punchy performances that make a big impact in a short period of time. Tickets tend to start around $39, with shows running from June 1-30. Find out more here.

 

Motorcycle Road Racing Championship Cup Series

Ready to get some adrenaline pumping? Make your way over to the Homestead Miami Speedway on June 2-3 for one of Florida’s most exciting motor sports events. It’s always got a great, family friendly atmosphere, and promises a fun day out for everyone. More details can be found here.

 

David Blaine Live

Have you ever questioned reality? What is real, anyway? One thing that’s most definitely very real is the sense of existential uncertainly you’ll feel walking out of David Blaine’s upcoming live show in Miami on June 8. Tickets start at just $29, which is a bit of a steal given that Blaine is widely considered one of the best performing magicians in the world today. Just, go here and buy tickets.

 

The American Black Film Festival

From June 13-17, South Beach will host a five day celebration of the Black experience. The American Black Film Festival is all about promoting work by African Americans. This is arguably the country’s largest gathering of African American film and television enthusiasts. Various events will be taking place throughout the week at events in South Beach. Visit the official website for more information, including prices and special events.

Redland Summer Fruit Festival

Summertime in Florida is synonymous with fresh fruit and sunny days. So what better way to soak up summer than at the Redland Summer Fruit Festival? From June 23-4, this festival will be bringing you some of the sweetest produce of the sunshine state. Get all the details here.

A Guide to the Miami Beach Boardwalk

Just arrived in South Beach and overwhelmed by where to start? The Miami Beach Boardwalk is a great way to get oriented, and take in some of the best sites around South Beach and beyond. This walk runs along some of the prettiest beaches in Miami, not to mention a handful of notable cultural and entertainment sites.

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Getting There

The boardwalk itself runs north to south, from Nikki Beach (in the south) to Indian Beach Park (in the north). From the north, there’s access from 4601 Collins Ave, where you’ll find parking as well. Parking is likewise available near the southern-most entrance at 500 Ocean Drive. More details of other parking spots in between can be found here.

 

If you don’t have a car, make use of the free trolley bus, which runs to various points along the boardwalk. Of course, the best way to enjoy the boardwalk is on foot. The total trip from end to end is around 4 miles, making it perfect for a morning jog or afternoon stroll.

 

Southern Attractions

Starting at the southern-most end of the boardwalk, you’ll find yourself a Nikki Beach, with its beautiful views of the ocean and towering resorts. The Hilton and Marriott are both within a stone’s throw, while the nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas Ocean Beach Park is a nice place for a mellow meander. If you’re keen for side trips, the Jewish Museum of Florida is within walking distance. Otherwise, keep going further north, and you’ll run into the long strip of Lummus Park. If you’re hungry, stop by at CJs Crab Shack, a classic pit stop for cheap seafood. From here, you can get some great views of the Art Deco District to one side, and the beachfront to the other. You’re also now within a short walk of Mango’s Tropical Cafe, a legendary salsa club with fine Latin cuisine downstairs. You’ve also got the Wolfsonian Museum nearby, along with the historic Miami Beach Cinematheque. The latter is the place to be for art house films. Of course, to get a comprehensive tour of the area, don’t miss the Art Deco guided tour, which starts at the welcome center on 1001 Ocean Drive. Bike rentals are also available.

 

Northern Attractions

The northern edges of Lummus Park give way to the upper portion of the boardwalk, which continues with pleasant ocean views. Up ahead, you’ll likely run into Collins Park, not to mention the nearby (and newly redesigned) Shelborne South Beach. For some truly glorious views, take a break at the rooftop cocktail lounge at 1 Hotel. For a really good deal though, visit the Pool & Beach Bar at the Setai. On Friday and Saturday nights, they offer free tapas with any cocktail (the offer runs from around 5-7pm, so get in early). Further north, you’ll end up on Mid Beach, with its long beaches and towering skyline. You’ll know you’re nearing the end if you see the iconic Fontainebleau. For some truly impressive clubbing, the Fontainebleau’s LIV is one of the trendiest spots in town.

Finally, your journey ends at Indian Beach Park. This unassuming leisure area offers more walking trails, and some nice shaded spots on the lawn for a picnic.