The 5 Best Techno Clubs in South Beach

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!

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Electric Pickle

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.

Mynt Lounge

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.

Trade

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.

Treehouse

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.

LIV

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.

Ultra Music Festival 2017: What You Need to Know

This year’s biggest EDM festival is just around the corner, but are you prepared? This March, the Ultra Music Festival is descending on Miami for one insane weekend. It’s set to feature some of the biggest names in EDM and dance, including  Justice, The Prodigy, Martin Garrix and Carl Cox. If you’re not ready, then luckily we’ve put together a bit of a primer on this year’s Ultra. Here, we’ve got everything you need to know about Miami’s loudest weekend.

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When and where?

Ultra will kick off on Saturday, March 24, and run until Sunday the 26th. For all three days, the festival will be at Bayfront Park. It’s pretty hard to miss, though FYI the exact address is 301 North Biscayne Boulevard Miami, Florida.

Is my favorite artist going to be there?

Some of the biggest names this year include Justice, Underworld, Ice Cube, Major Lazer, Chase & Status, Rabbit in the Moon, Cypress Hill, KSHMR, Zhu, Adam Beyer, Galantis, and Zedd. Just skimming those names, you might have noticed something: this year Ultra is a little more hip hop/DJ oriented than usual. Previous years have been a little heavier on Indie rock and live electronic acts. There’s still plenty of that to be had, but it looks like the festival is banking on a slight change of tack to bring in more crowds. To see for yourself, check out the full lineup here.

Tickets are sold out?

If you’ve been procrastinating about getting tickets, then you may have heard some bad news. A few weeks back rumors were circulating that general admission tickets were either sold out, or close to it. On March 1, Billboard confirmed that general admission had sold out, leaving plenty of people pretty disappointed. However, don’t despair yet. At the time of writing, Ultra was still selling VIP packages, including the Tier 1 VIP 3 Day Pass. At a heavy $1249.95, it’s not exactly bargain basement, but for your money you get quite a few pretty decent perks. Some of these include access to VIP seating and dance areas, fewer lines and access to premium drinks and food. The VIP areas tend to have much better views of the stages, and in previous years the VIP bathrooms have always been noticeably less terrible than those used by general admission. Apart from the price, the only other big drawback to VIP is the fact that you need to be 21 to access the special areas, while general admission is open to everyone 18 and up. If you’re not sold on VIP but still want to party, then there’s always …

Other Miami Music Week events

Miami Music Week is more than just Ultra. For seven days, Miami is taken over by dozens of music festivals. Some of these include the Axtone Miami Pool Party on March 22, the Stereo Yacht Party on March 23, and Above & Beyond on the same day. A full list of events can be found using this handy map.

South Beach/ Miami Events in March 2017

If you think Miami gets quiet around this time of year, then think again. Right now, the weather is fantastic, and things are just starting to get fun around Miami and South Beach. Here’s our top picks for the best Miami and South Beach events for March, 2017!

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Carnaval Miami

Kicking off in late February and running until March 26, Carnaval Miami is an annual celebration of Latin culture with a family friendly vibe. Organized by Little Havana’s Kiwanis Club, Carnaval includes dozens of events, though there’s two that particularly stand out. On the first weekend of March, Carnaval On The Mile sees a colorful street festival take over Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables. However, this is just a warm up for the Calle Ocho Festival, which takes place on March 13, and runs on 8th Street from 8th Avenue. It’s the biggest annual street festival anywhere in Miami, and arguably the best! More information can be found at carnavalmiami.com.

 

Flamenco Festival Miami

If you can’t get enough of Miami’s Latin culture, then check out this gathering of world class flamenco performers at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami, from March 2 to 7. Find out more here.

 

Winter Party Festival

Also running from March 2-7, this massive party on Miami Beach celebrates the LGBTI community. More details including ticket prices are available at www.winterparty.com.

 

Miami International Film Festival

Now in its 34th year, the Miami International Film Festival brings together some of the best of world cinema. Given the caliber, the prices are great, and the package deals are a bargain. The festival runs from March 3 to the 12th. More details are available at www.miamifilmfestival.com.

 

Creole Carnival

Loved Calle Ocho? Well when it comes to music, Miami’s Caribbean community gives Carnaval Miami one serious run for its money. Creole Carnival takes place on March 12 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. There’s performers from across the Caribbean. More details are available here.

 

St. Patrick’s Day

What would March in Miami be without St. Pat’s? Most of Miami’s best bars and clubs offer some great, varied events on March 17. For some serious drinking, check out the annual Leprecrawl.

 

Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival

On March 18-19, the Hard Rock Stadium lives up to its name with this festival of R&B, soul, hip hop and jazz. Find out more at www.jazzinthegardens.com.

Ultra Music Festival

From March 18-20, let your hair down with the Ultra Music Festival, which features some of the world’s biggest names in EDM. Find out more at ultramusicfestival.com.

 

Deering Seafood Festival

Hungry? The Deering Seafood Festival showcases some of the best Miami cuisine, including cooking demos and more. Come hungry, leave stuffed to the brim. Find out more here.

 

Miami Open

Beginning on March 20 and running through to early April, the Miami Open brings the world’s best tennis players to Miami. More information can be found at miamiopen.com.

 

Miami-Dade County Fair

Referred to locals simply as “The Fair”, the Miami-Dade County Fair is a great day out for the whole family. For the kids (and kids at heart), don’t pass up the $25 unlimited rides pass. The fair starts on March 23, and continues into mid April. More details can be found here.