Are you having severe No-chella and “No Miami Music Week!” withdrawals and missing all the “UNTZ UNTZ” due to this pandemic quarantine? No worries, we’re here to help you out, and to prepare you for that glorious day in the near future when your favorite nightclubs reopen. Check out our guide below to the hottest electronic music nightclub venues in Miami, updated for 2020.
What are the best EDM clubs / venues in Miami in 2020?
Miami has rightfully earned its reputation as a must-visit mecca for electronic dance music fans. Its annual Ultra Music Festival, one of EDM’s crown jewel festivals attended by 200K+ revelers, is to millennials what Woodstock was to Baby Boomers: a music-infused experiential touchstone that defines an entire generation. Additionally, the city’s aerial, social, and economic proximity to Latin America – where EDM has surged in popularity over the last 5+ years – has strongly influenced the owners of Miami’s upscale entertainment venues to cater to the tastes of these visiting wealthy pleasure and business travelers.
Looking to go on an epic bass-dropping bender at one (or more) of the most happening EDM nightclubs in the Magic City? We’ve got you covered like an umbrella in a South Beach thunderstorm. A city of international influence and global meeting point to blend together the best of world’s diverse cultures, Miami is home to some of the top electronic nightclubs in the nation. Here are the best ones that you MUST make time to visit while in town.
1. Space – Downtown/Brickell
This downtown Miami all-night rage fest is one of the most well-known electronic music meccas on the planet, and your parents probably partied here and won’t tell you the story about it until you have kids of your own. Space Miami originally launched on South Beach in the mid-’90s, but the scene was such a sh*tshow (in a good way) that its owners soon moved it to downtown, in effect revitalizing that entire part of the city for after-hours entertainment. Today Space Miami might be aging ever so slightly, but it’s still the de facto mothership of today’s mainstream electronic music generation. III Points, Link Miami Rebels, and other world-famous electronic music promotions groups board the Space craft every weekend to breathe alien-level electricity into the cavernous venue. Open from 11PM until ???? (legit though, 6AM is early), Club Space brings world-class house and techno DJs to perform fantasy marathon sets every. single. weekend. Bonus: their VIP bottle service is a stupendous experience, with some of the most professional venue management and service staff we’ve seen across ALL of nightlife around the world. They say you’re not a real EDM clubhead until you’ve seen the sun rise on the famous Terrace of this venue… so are you ready for an out-of-this-world experience? All aboard the mothership!
2. LIV – Mid-Beach
Arguably the best nightlife venue in the city and indisputably one of the best in the world, MMG Nightlife’s LIV is definitely a place any serious nightlife aficionado needs to visit at least once in his/her life. While some nights – Sundays for example – do feature top talent spinning hip-hop and even some of rap’s biggest superstars gracing the stage for live performances, most Fridays and some Saturdays at LIV are reserved for electronic house music… and the venue’s world-class reputation surely draws world-class EDM talent, including the likes of Steve Aoki, Cedric Gervais, and even an icon like Tiesto if he’s swinging through town. A lavishly decorated 18,000 square foot venue with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting, LIV promises all visitors a night to remember regardless of music genre. As an added bonus, the venue completed a multi-million dollar renovation in 2018, with multiple aesthetic improvements and technology advancements to enhance customers’ experience.
3. Story – South Beach
While LIV’s sister property Story plays hip-hop on most nights, several times a month it features some top-tier and up-and-coming EDM talent. A good rule of thumb is this: when Story’s big sister property LIV is playing hip-hop, little sister – it’s roughly have the size – goes with the electronic music…. and vice versa. Nervo, Krewella, and even megastar Calvin Harris are just some of the marquee names that have graced the stage of this coveted venue. A longstanding favorite for locals and tourists alike, Story offers a high-end experience and premium bottle service along with aerial dancers and a great sound system to set the perfect tone for you to have a great night out. If you’re in town and looking for special events with big names, be sure to check this venue out. However, just make sure to double-check on the artist or DJ in our app before you go, to make 100% sure your beloved EDM tunes are on deck.
4. E11even – Downtown/Brickell
E11even is a one-of-a-kind 24/7 show and nightlife venue featuring alluring, pulsating performances with stunning live entertainers. During the day, E11even operates as a multi-level bar and lounge serving top-quality food and strong cocktails. On weekend evenings, exotic acts, spectacular theatrics, and big-name music artists of both the hip-hop and EDM variety – it’s about half and half among the genres, so check the schedule before you plan the trek! – take the multiple stages to whip the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd into a frenzy. You might have already heard, but E11even is a nightclub/strip club hybrid, a novel concept that has to be seen in person for its greatness to be fully understood and appreciated. EDM lovers – they do book monster acts especially on big weekends like Ultra Music Festival Week – and nightlife lovers in general around the world will love this spot. You do not want to miss out on E11even on your next Miami vacation, and Discotech offers a free guestlist on certain nights, in addition to presale tickets and of course the VIP experience.
5. Wynwood Factory – Wynwood
The new-ish Wynwood Factory, which conducted its much ballyhooed Grand Opening during Art Basel 2018, is composed of four different event spaces and nightclub concepts, open air creative spaces for concerts and food and art festivals, and a 20,000 square foot terrace overlooking the Wynwood Arts District, Downtown Miami, and the glistening shores of Miami Beach. Run by Space Miami and the now defunct Heart Nightclub founder Louis Puig, this massive electronic music complex is a favorite among locals for its polite and accommodating service staff. More importantly though, “The Factory” has become a driving force behind the Wynwood art, music, and entertainment scene that has taken the entire world by storm. Its recurring EDM events such as Relic and Ethics draw international heavy hitter DJs, but it truly earns its worldwide acclaim during big event weekends such as Yacht Week, Swim Week, and the aforementioned Art Basel when out-of-towners flood the Magic City streets in search of that unforgettable Miami magic.
6. Treehouse – Mid-Beach
Miami’s army of loyal EDM heads have their childhood fantasy fulfilled: having a multi-room Treehouse perched up right in their backyard. Nominated as a TOP 100 Club Worldwide by DJ MAG and Best Dance Club by Miami New Times in 2018, Treehouse Miami sports quite the ironic sky-high moniker, given that it’s an epicenter of the worldwide underground deep house and techno movement. The “Come as you Are” venue has no dress code and is a dark, dank, unglamorous meat-grinder of with a sweatbox of a dance floor…. in other words, perfect for all Deep House, Tech-house, industrial house, and dark techno lovers to enjoy. Would’ve thought that the most low-key spot in South Beach would put you so high above the treetops, electronic music lovers?
7. Basement – Mid-Beach
Basement is truly one of Miami’s best-kept secrets. I mean… where else can you drink, party, bowl, and roller-skate (or ice-skate) as a breather from rocking out to hard electronic and Top 40 radio rhythms on a pulsating dance floor? The place is so fire that none other than Drake once rented out the entire place to skate laps with his celebrity crush Rihanna during Ultra / Miami Music Week. It’s a rather intimate space with not too much room so things can get VERY cramped; we recommend you and your crew cop VIP table service and get there early enough (before midnight) to avoid the long line. Dubbed one of Miami’s most exclusive clubs by the Miami New Times, this adult playground is not to be missed.
8. Mynt Lounge – Mid-Beach
You’re so mint, baby…. and you’re ready for the Miami nightlife scene to feel just how fresh you are. So, sport your finest duds and mosey on over to the newly renovated Mynt Lounge, one of the most chic hangouts on South Beach. Boasting “the strictest door policies in the cityI – sorry gents, unlike other SoBe nightclubs, you REALLY do need to dress to impress here – Mynt is fast becoming one of those Miami spots with its fair share of celebrity sightings. No need to be famous to get in with no hassle though: all you need to do is either grab a bite next door at Mynt’s sister restaurant/lounge hybrid, Myn-tu, or else book VIP bottle service – arguably the most reasonably priced of the cadre of high-class Miami Beach nightclubs – to be living that movie star lifestyle. A VIP table among the elite is a great investment here, because the decor and seating arrangement at Mynt are ultra-lush, plus a thick velvet rope and a set of burly bouncers divide the purely fabulous from the wannabes, hangers-on, and hoping-to-be-minted (pun intended). And of course, house music is the soundtrack of choice to whip the crowd up into a frenzy under flickering lights and mesmerizing balloon-like light fixtures hanging from Mynt’s opulent ceiling.
9. The Ground – Downtown/Brickell
For all the wonderful venues the Miami entertainment district boasts, the one thing it might have a shortage of – outside of the Latin-infused Calle Ocho, of course – are those quality live music venues. That’s why The Ground makes our Top 10 list: this darling little sibling club to Space – located on the same premises and run by the same management – is one of those PHENOMENAL live music hotspots. Be forewarned, though: the unique vibe at The Ground is a complete curveball from the predictable nightlife fastballs that South Beach deals on a nightly basis. Brick arches and dark mood lighting give this tiny room an intimate cocktail-bar feel that’s super-rare in Miami. For such a small venue, the sound system punches way above its weight, which makes electronic music concerts here – along with the hip-hop, metal, and Latin concerts that rotate through its doors – a true treat to the ears. Those looking to cut a rug in addition to hearing their favorite up-and-coming artists won’t be disappointed either, because the talent bookers are the same folks behind Space and are true professionals when it comes to matching artist sound with the venue acoustics to get the crowd swaying. If your favorite EDM artist happens to be playing here, drop what you’re doing and score cheap tickets on our app for an experience you won’t regret.
10. Hyde Lounge – South Beach
If you’re looking to celebrate at one of South Beach’s best pool party spots, look no further than Hyde Lounge at the super-swank SLS Hotel on Ocean Drive. During the daytime, this venue – known in the morning and afternoon hours as Hyde Beach – is the closest that Miami comes to an all-out, Vegas-style mega pool party. At night though, Miami’s craziest party people opt for wilder nightclub scenes around the city, and so the scene at Hyde resembles, a cool, hip, chill, European-style electronic-music infused ultra-lounge. Between the luxurious retro-inspired indoor area and the sprawling pool deck, the entire venue has more than 8,000 square feet for partygoers to get their party vibes on no matter the time of day. We suggest you give Hyde Lounge a go if you’ve gone too hard or taken in too much sun during the day, and you want a relaxed but not sleepy evening atmosphere that still gives you the option to turn up to EDM if the alcohol suddenly grabs a hold of you.