Where to Find the Best Beach Parties in South Beach

Looking for the best places to enjoy Miami’s nightlife? Miami Beach visitors notoriously flock to Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue, which contain the city’s best bars, clubs, and restaurants. Below is a list of places you should investigate during your trip.

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Clevelander

This well-known landmark hotel and bar is famous for having a pool in the middle of the front patio, where guests commonly dangle their feet, or even dive right into the pool at this haute hangout.

 

Mango’s Tropical Cafe

This is a U.S. version of Havana clubs of days past: salsa bands, sexy dancers in tight leopard-print hot pants, frothy tropical drinks and boisterous, lively atmosphere.

 

Nikki Beach Miami

Situated directly on the beach, Nikki Beach serves up seafood and craft cocktails to the rich and famous. If you are interested in a slightly more subdued scene, venture upstairs to the Pearl Champagne Lounge. This upscale lounge is best known for serving champagne along with snacks and small plates in a bright, calming setting.

 

Crobar

Crobar is a South Beach mainstay, a cavernous, chaotic atmosphere that will keep you dancing until the sun comes up. The club also draws its popularity from the many famous DJ’s and party hosts that frequent it.

 

Jazid

This small venue offers live jazz music every night, often with a Latin beat that caters to clubbers with a more refined taste.

What to Do in South Beach July 2018

This July, South Beach will be coming alive with art and music, plus the world’s biggest mango festival! Don’t miss any of the action this month, and check out our list of the best events in and around South Beach for July.

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Within Genres at the Perez Art Museum

From July 1 through to the end of August, the Perez Art Museum will be putting on an exhibition that spans five genres. The ‘Within Genres’ exhibition will highlight work in still life, portraiture, landscape, scenes from everyday life and history pieces. Entry is $16 per head. More details on the exhibition can be found here.

 

America’s Birthday Bash

Celebrate this 4th of July at America’s Birthday Bash. The party starts mid-afternoon on July 4, with drinks and food available. The event is family friendly, and will include a kids’ zone to keep the little ones occupied. Don’t miss the 9pm fireworks.

 

Erasure Concert

Two days after America’s birthday, synthpop legends Erasure will be hitting Miami as part of their World Beyond Tour. The event starts at 8.30pm on Friday, July 6. Ticket prices vary considerably, so check the official site for all the details.

 

Overtown Music and Arts Festival

Just across from South Beach, the community of Overtown celebrates local culture and development during its annual Music and Arts Festival. This year, Overtown invites visitors to check out the best of local talent on July 14, with live music, art and food. The community’s best restaurants will be offering a wide variety of international foods, while activities will also be available for the kids. Best of all, entry is free!

Get all the details here.

 

International Mango Festival

Who doesn’t love mangoes? For two days over July 14-15, the Fairchild Tropical Garden will be putting on its 26th annual International Mango Festival. Along with the world’s largest display of mangoes, the festival will also feature tastings, food demos, kid’s activities and lectures on the humble mango. Plus, don’t miss Mangoville, a market featuring everything mango-related, including, or course, plenty of mangoes. General admission is $25, though the event is free for garden members. Find more details here.

 

Miami Swim Week

One of Miami’s biggest fashion events of the year, Swim Week celebrates all things swimwear from July 14 to 17. The main event of the week is SwimShow 2018, a trade fair that brings the most cutting edge swimwear and resortwear to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Find out more here.

 

International Ballet Festival

Need a bit of high class? More than 200 performers from 20 international ballet companies will descend on Miami this July 28 through to August 19. Performances will be taking place at numerous locations across Miami, so check out the official site for all the details.

 

Summer Butterfly Walk

On July 28, the Deering Estate will be offering visitors the chance to explore a verdant tropical preserve on a beautiful stretch of Biscayne Bay – all in search of butterflies! The Summer Butterfly Walk is a great opportunity to see rare species of butterflies that gather here every year. Adult admission is $12, with daily tours running from 11am to 12pm. Find out more here.

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.