Headed to Miami / South Beach for a hen (bachelorette) party soon? In addition to dayclubs and nightclubs, you’ll need to plan other afternoon and early-evening group activities for the bachelorette and her group that are fun and memorable, while still giving you the most value for your money spent.
The Miami that most out-of-town visitors know is the South Beach one: steamy summer temps, white and neon tones, sheer opulence, fast money, stylish excess, and glitzy sensory overload. Of course, the locals and insiders are happy to deliver upon those stereotypes, because that’s the version that tourists pay handsomely to witness and be a part of. And South Floridians surely play that fiddle in harmonious tune, because more tourists to Miami in general and SoBe specifically mean more revenues generated and jobs created for the state’s sun-kissed residents!
Why is planning a bachelorette party so hard?
Your bachelorette has just chosen the Magic City as the destination city and assembled her final list; now, you as the Maid of Honor are on the hook to make magic happen. So you let out a big sigh, open up your laptop and hop on the internets, and get to work on mapping out this epic weekend in Miami. You’re about halfway through planning the shindig, and you’ve already locked down a great room rate at one of Miami’s top hotels. As you start your search on activities, you know you’re not totally a lost kitten – you’ve partied in Miami a few times in the past with and without the bride-to-be, and you’ve got numerous friends in high and low places who are willing to offer sound and not-so-sound recommendations – but of course you wouldn’t mind having a professional to guide you. You know, someone totally plugged who can take all those half-formed suggestions floating around and give you accurate, actionable answers?
Look, we know you’re here for a good time, not a long time… so you’ll need some expert guidance to help narrow down your choices to round out your ideal hen-do agenda. Here, in order of our highly experienced customer service staff’s preferences, is our Discotech Top 10 list of best and most entertaining bachelorette party activities that your classy group of ladies would do well to line up during your few days in the Magic City:
1) Dance Your Face (and Heels) Off – Nightclubs
- Venue (Location): Varies by price and music type (click here for recommendations)
- Cost Per Person: Free (certain guest lists); $10-100 (discounted guest lists & presale tickets); $200 and up (VIP tables)
- Time Length of Activity: 4-5 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 10:00PM-12:00AM (avoid long lines and waits)
Seems predictable, but sorry not sorry ladies: you know you LOVE to dance, so this activity must make the Top 10 of any bachelorette party list in any city. Whether your Saturday or Sunday mornings/afternoons figure to be calm ones or crazy ones, it MUST necessarily be followed by (or preceded by) an epic high-energy night filled with music and mirth. A word of caution though: when it comes to nightlife in Miami, the “good guys / gals” don’t always win: villains and shady characters run amok in the South Beach streets, and they’ve long made large fortunes and long-term careers taking advantage of visitors through cryptic double-speak and sleight of hand, and false expectations.
Enter Discotech – your ultimate solution for lining up the bachelorette party – or “hen do” as they say if you’re from the U.K./Europe – dayclub and nightclub festivities. We’re deep into this Miami nightlife game, and we know how to plan things to a “T” ladies. We’ve helped THOUSANDS of satisfied clients with their bachelorette party needs in Miami, Vegas, Los Angeles, and other cities; we’ve been featured on BBC Travel and we are also highly reviewed on Yelp! and in both the App Store and Google Play.
2) Life’s a Beach – Miami Beaches
- Venue (Location): Varies by location / atmosphere
- Cost Per Person: Free (parking fees for pay lots)
- Time To Set Aside: 3-4 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 9:00AM-12:00AM or 3:00PM-6:00PM (avoid the sun’s strongest midday rays so you don’t turn into a lobster)
Let’s face it: the bachelorette chose Miami because she wanted the beaches with her betches. The best thing about the beaches in South Florida is that ALL of them are open to the public, and they’re all free. Whether your hen party is searching for an isolated destination or wants to spend a day at a busy “see and be seen” strip of sand and surf, Miami caters to all tastes and offers a variety of beaches to choose from. Some beaches in Miami are dotted with palm trees to provide a shady respite from the heat, while others are perfect for quickly getting that pre-wedding golden suntan that will make those wedding pics pop off. Some have serene and glassy waters that call for a good book; others boast rolling, crashing waves that scream out for watersports action photos. The one thing that all South Florida beaches have in common is their stunning and well-groomed natural beauty, and many area beaches likewise offer plenty of water activities and proximity to restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues to appease visiting tourists. Here our our Top beaches around South Florida:
- Lummus Park Beach – People-watching, volleyball, sunbathing
- South Beach – Trendy, close to restaurants / nightclubs, younger “party” tourist crowd
- Haulover Beach – LGBTQ-friendly, surfing, nude sunbathing
- South Pointe Park Pier – Fishing, kid-friendly, local families beach
- 12th Street Beach – LGBTQ-friendly, tourist crowd, close to restaurants / nightclubs
- Sunny Isles Beach – Snorkeling, diving, kid-friendly
- 21st–45th Street Beach – Sunbathing, strolling, smaller crowds
- Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park – Windsurfing, kayaking, quiet atmosphere
- Fort Lauderdale Beach – Skating, jogging, younger (under 21) crowds
- Oleta River State Recreational Area – Swimming, canoeing, bicycling, nature views
3) Make a Splash – Dayclubs / Pool Parties
- Venue (Location): Varies by price and music type (click here for recommendations)
- Cost Per Person: Free (certain guest lists); $5-100 (discounted guest lists & presale tickets); $200 and up (VIP loungers, daybeds, & cabanas)
- Time Length of Activity: 4-5 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 11:30AM-1:30PM (avoid long lines and waits)
Pool parties are a legendary daytime activity that epitomizes the sumptuously debaucherous surfside feel of Miami Beach, and the ones here are arguably second-best only to those of Las Vegas. At least one of these day parties on your bachelorette weekend agenda is a must; even for girls who don’t like nightclubs, the eye candy, sunshine, cool plunges to beat the heat (and did we mention eye candy?) make it worth it. For any bachelor party larger than four 4-5 ladies, it’s a no-brainer to book a cabana or daybed with bottle service in order to maximize the fun; for a smaller hen-do or one that wants variety, we suggest purchasing presale tickets or signing up for guest lists. Find one of the hottest events going on that weekend using our Discotech app, and go see one of your favorite DJs or performing artists. For a Saturday day party, Hyde Beach and Nikki Beach are the best party scenes especially if money ain’t a thang: between the killer music lineups, badass surroundings, and (did we mention) eye candy, these two venues are head-and-shoulders above the rest if your bride-to-be is into nothing but the best.
4) Relax, Don’t Do It – Day Spa / Massage / Salon
- Venue (Location): Varies by price and services offered
- Cost Per Person: $50 and up
- Time To Set Aside: 2-4 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 9:00AM-1:00PM (right when you wake up, to combat hangovers)
Every bachelorette party will need some downtime to rest and recover from the festivities of the night before… or the night to come. Spas, massages, and salons are the go-to group daytime activity if your the bachelorette is craving a relaxing atmosphere and a serene respite from all the chaos of the past months’ wedding planning. Most of four-star and five-star hotel properties along Miami Beach offer luxurious spa packages for you and your ladies to wind down, so it’s merely a matter of finding the one that fits your style and price point. For example: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers unique treatments influenced by ancient Chinese medicine; Tierra Santa Healing House at The Faena specializes in Native American natural / holistic treatments; Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau is known for its hydrothermal therapy offerings. So throw on your comfiest robe, grab a glass of champagne, clear your mind of clutter, assume your favorite position of relaxation, and let your chosen spa take care of the rest. The well-deserved pampering will leave your crew of wild ones fully refreshed and ready to tackle on another exciting night in Miami.
5) I’m on a Boat! – Yacht Party / Booze Cruise
- Venue (Location): Varies by price, music type, and services offered (Miami Party4U and South Beach Party Boats are two of most popular party boats; Propel Yachts is a highly rated luxury private charter service)
- Cost Per Person: $100 and up
- Time To Set Aside: 5 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 2:00-2:30PM (allows full day party plus enough downtime to recover for evening dinner / entertainment plans)
Open bar on the open seas? We had you at “Hello!” amirite! Say thanks but no thanks to the crowded tourist trap beaches and enjoy an all-inclusive booze cruise boat party around Biscayne Bay with fabulous views of the iconic Miami skyline in the distance. Enjoy a magnificent sightseeing experience full of lazy crystal blue waves on your way to an island or sandbar 30 minutes from the beach… then three hours of high-energy party access on a private island or sandbar. Upon your arrival, the crew turns the music up and unloads water toys – stand-up paddle boards, floaties, water trampolines, and water mats, snorkel gear – for you and the gents to enjoy while sipping cold drinks and mingling on the boat deck or in the water to make new friends. What’s included in most party boat packages:
- Round Trip Transportation: Bus departs 45 mins before boat party starts
- 3 Hours Full Open Bar: Spirits (Vodka, Rum, Whiskey, Gin, Tequila), Juices and Sodas.
- Food: Light Snacks
- Sandbar Swim Stop with Water Activities
- DJ playing open format music (R&B, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, House, Top 40)
- Emcee promoting Champagne Showers, Twerking Competitions, Wet T-shirt Contests
- Iconic views / photo ops with Biscayne Bay / Miami skyline backdrop
6) Nom, nom, nom! – Little Havana Food Tour
- Venue (Location): Various stops on Calle Ocho, Little Havana
- Cost Per Person: $59 and up (includes food samples at each tour stop)
- Time To Set Aside: 2.5-3 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 12:00PM (3-hour tours start at this time)
If the way to the bachelorette’s heart is through her stomach, then you’ll need to set aside a few midday hours for an epic “Only in Miami” experience like this. With its numerous cultural landmarks and small businesses, Little Havana is well-known for its plethora of historic, political, and artistic contributions to broader American culture. A 3-hour tour of this famed Miami neighborhood is the most ideal excursion, and expert tour guides will delve deep into the history and traditions of Caribbean-influenced local customs… which of course includes introducing you to some of the most delectable food and snacks in the world along your journey. The tour begins with a short history lesson at the Bay of Pigs monument and quickly proceeds to the famed Calle Ocho, with visits to one of the oldest farmers’ markets on the continent to learn about hard-to-find Caribbean tropical fruits and a cigar factory to watch taqueros hand roll tobacco leaves into the finest cigars. After the sightseeing and history lessons, the culinary onslaught soon begins:
- A coffee shop visit for a cortada, or a small cup of high-octane Cuban coffee
- Fresh-squeezed tropical juices made to order by local street vendors
- Fresh baked pastries, and/or a Cuban sandwich or empanada
- Small plates of ropa vieja, mofongo, pescado escabeche, or other main dish staples from around the Caribbean
- Classic cocktails (mojitos, Cuba Libres) at a Cuban Socialista-style cantina
- Desserts (Cuban ice cream, flan, dark chocolate)
Added bonus: as you dine and drink and savor the flavors, your tour guide will share the origins, ingredients, and customs surrounding each of the culinary stops. And she’ll even tell you where in the neighborhood to go for salsa / merengue lessons and attractive Don Juan charmers, should the charms of Calle Ocho seduce you and the girls into extending your visit deeper into the hot Latin night.
7) Put It in the Bag – Shopping
- Venue (Location): Lincoln Road Mall (South Beach)
- Cost Per Person: Free to stroll (Shopping… that’s another story)
- Time To Set Aside: 2-3 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 2:00PM-6:00PM (good post-lunch or pre-dinner activity, plus downtime to recover for late-night entertainment plans)
Miami has plenty of activities for you to do “’til you drop” and of course shopping is one of them. Located on Lincoln Road between restaurant-laden Alton Road and nightclub-laden Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road Mall is a high-end pedestrian walk and outdoor shopping center. Originally designed with Art Deco flair in the 1950s, the Lincoln Road shopping metropolis received a major modernization overhaul in 1997 that produced a resurgence in its popularity; in 2011, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, enshrining its status as a cultural hub in Miami. Shoppers can expect to find big-brand fashion retail giants – Banana Republic, Gap, Macy’s, Lululemon Athletica, Sephora – alongside chic local boutiques, each carrying their latest warm-weather fashions to appeal to the eyes and wallets of wealthy Miamians and well-heeled tourists. Interspersed among the shops are a bevvy of restaurant options from fast food to fine dining (most of them a tad overpriced, unfortunately); the Lincoln Road also hosts morning yoga classes throughout the year, outdoor concerts when whether permits, and farmers & artisan crafts market on Sundays where you might just find that perfect piece of jewelry or accessory to complement your matching bridesmaids dresses.
8) Get Wet… Again! – Jet Skiing
- Venue (Location): Jet Ski Tours of Miami (Biscayne Bay)
- Cost Per Person: $149 and up
- Time To Set Aside: 1.5-2 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 3:00PM-6:00PM (allows enough downtime to recover for evening dinner / entertainment plans)
Admit it: every time you see pics or videos of Kim Kardashian or Kendall Jenner on those jet skis, you’ve hoped to someday reenact those glamorous scenes. Now is your chance to do so with the girls, while at the same time taking in a Miami sightseeing tour from a very unique angle. You’ll mount and ride Yamaha wave runners at top speed as you hop around Biscayne Bay to visit six islands, zoom past the Port of Miami and wave “Bon Voyage” to all the jealous passengers on the decks of the cruise ships, and – if you’re lucky – catch glimpses of dolphins playing or a peaceful manatee backstroking in the water. Tourist hotspots Star Island and Sir Flagler Island are stops along the route, along with hundreds of other Instagram-worthy scenes. Make sure at least one of the ladies has a waterproof camera phone in tow, line up some friendly wagers for jet ski races among the crew to see who’s buying the evening’s first round of drinks, and get gassed up for some fun in the South Florida sun.
9) Murals & Mojitos – Wynwood Art Tour / Bar Crawl
- Venue: Wynwood Art & Bar Tour (Wynwood)
- Cost Per Person: $60
- Time To Set Aside: 4 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 5:30PM (start time for early tour; ensure you return early enough to rest, shower, and grab a bite before going out)
So you’ve done a few of the other items on this list, and now your bachelorette party might be in need of a brief window of a low-key and somewhat high-brow activity – less thrill and more chill. Fear not, there are a handful of fun daytime activities that don’t require participants to sign an injury waiver. One of these is the Wynwood Art & Bar Crawl, which takes dazzled guests on a walking tour of 4-5 local bars in between marveling at the neighborhood’s world-famous multi-story wall murals. Although specific murals are constantly changing, the area is filled with permanent must-see fixtures from international street art superstars like David Walker and Interesni Kazki. An experienced tour guide will give you the 101 on the marvelous works of art and the artists, their stories, and their cutting-edge techniques, as well as the story of how Wynwood itself as transformed into one of the hippest art and entertainment districts in the world. And after all the artsy download, you’ve got plenty of friendly watering holes in the neighborhood to try out your newfound knowledge as part of your drink-and-chat game. As a courtesy, here are some of the more popular bars and breweries to check out when the Art Walk bar crawl ends:
- Centro Wynwood (turns into a happening club starting around sunset)
- The Dirty Rabbit
- Wood Tavern
- R House Wynwood
- Barter Wynwood
- Concrete Beach Brewery
- Veza Sur Brewery
- J. Wakefield Brewery
- Wynwood Brewing Co.
10) Break a Sweat – Group Dance Class
- Venue (Location): Vixen Workout (Overtown / Downtown Miami)
- Cost Per Person: $20 and up
- Time Length of Activity: 1.5 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 9:00AM – 11:30AM (burn some calories before a hearty brunch)
Got some gym rats and health nuts in the party demanding to break a healthy sweat at some point in the weekend? Perhaps the last thing you or the bride-to-be want to do is work out while on your Miami vacation… unless it’s a fun group class that’s a perfect female bonding activity for a Miami bachelorette bash. Taught by professional modern dancers and featured in the New York Times and Vogue magazine, Vixen Workout – VXN – is a convenient short trip across the causeway from South Beach and covers all the basic movements and techniques for getting pulses racing while recreating smashing hip-hop / pop video dance routines. At Vixen Workout, you’ll get to dance to killer music, learn popular modern moves you’re sure to apply immediately on Tik Tok or at Miami’s nightclubs, glean expert confidence-building tips on how to look fierce and move fiercer like your favorite Hollywood starlet, and construct a high-energy choreographed routine for the bride-to-be to show off to her fiancee… and for the bridal party show off to friends and strangers at future house parties. Like J. Lo at the Super Bowl halftime show, it’ll be the bachelorette’s time to shine… with her maid of honor Shakira and her backup dancers in tow, of course.
Bonus Activity: Men at Work – Male Revue Show
- Venue (Location): Hunk-O-Mania Miami (South Beach)
- Cost Per Person: $20 and up
- Time Length of Activity: 2-3 hours
- Best Time of Day to Go: 7:00PM-10:00PM (show start times for most revues are in evenings)
They call it “Magic City” for a reason, so it’s no cause for shame at all if the bachelorette party wants to include a more magical ride on the naughty side. Male revue shows are the quintessential way to get the pulses racing, and Miami is home to Hunk-O-Mania, one of the best male revue shows in the world. Yes you’ll get your fill of good-looking Adonises of all races with chiseled physiques and washboard abs, but along with that you’ll also get expertly choreographed high-energy dance routines that ooze charisma, athleticism, swagger, and sex appeal. For many of the shows, you’ll also be offered the opportunity to snap photos with the hunks of your choice as well as treat the bride-to-be to an up-close-and-personal lap dance. And along with such multi-sensory delights, a bit of light internet research beforehand can yield plenty of “bang for your buck” in the form of discounts and bundling packages that include limo rides, fancy dinners, and cocktails as value-added side dishes to your lip-smacking main course.
In conclusion: Miami is definitely a bachelorette party destination where a lot of good times can be had by a group of ladies along all points of the budget spectrum. It is a magical beachfront oasis where both indoor and outdoor activities can spice up any hen party agenda… if you know the lay of the land. Your friends and nightlife guides here at Discotech are an essential part of that equation – we help you browse and book free guest lists and cheap presale tickets or VIP bottle service for the hottest nightclubs and pool parties in Miami. What are you waiting for? Download our app now – featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp! – in the App Store or Google Play.
The Ultra Music Festival or “Ultra” is Miami’s outdoor electronic dance music (EDM) festival that takes place every March. As EDM has surged in popularity worldwide over the past decade and a half, this ubiquitous festival and global multicultural gathering has grown from a one-day concert for the first eight years of its existence into a two-day affair, and then in 2017 became a three-day morning-to-midnight event. The 2019 version of UMF is to millennials what Woodstock was to Baby Boomers: a music-infused touchstone that defines an entire generation, as well as one of the premier party destinations for Spring Break college kids and wealthy foreign travelers alike (attendance for this year’s event is expected to top 200,000+ revelers).
Notably, this year’s UMF – scheduled for 29-31 March – has moved location from Bayfront Park adjacent to downtown Miami, where it was held since 2012, across the Biscayne Bay to Virginia Key (cue Brickell’s exasperated local residents nodding and clapping furiously). Above and beyond the handful of official events organized by the UMF planners and the WMC planners, the rest of the city’s local hotspots and businesses join in on the party, with performances by over 1,000 artists in over 200 events held in various venues from nightclubs to bars to restaurants to hotel pools to public areas such as Lincoln Road and the Miami beaches.
Discotech is your one-stop shop for discovering events and getting VIP access not only to the Ultra Music Festival itself but to all of the hottest 2019 Miami Music Week side-piece parties happening in and around the Magic City. In homage to Australian DJ Fisher – one of 2018’s breakout music artists and a favorite among the Discotech team – here are the biggest EDM sea creatures swimming in Miami’s waters this week that you humble fishermen (or fisherwomen) should set your nets and cages to catch. And, if you’re willing to dive down into deeper waters, there are also plenty of great underground acts playing all around town at smaller venues, with reasonably priced tickets still available.
Tuesday, March 26th
When Miami Music Week swarms into town, even the city’s renowned hip-hop community steps back and defers to the global electronic dance music scene. Such is the case with Mokai, one of Miami’s flagship hip-hop nightclubs that recently rose to notoriety via some memorable rap artist performances and a handful crazy marketing stunts, including a wayward VIP bottle presentation involving a live horse. Mokai opens it doors for the early arrivers to MMW 2019 to get their quick-and-early EDM fix through a special headline performance by up-and-coming Dutch artists Firebeatz.
Time: 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Venue: Mokai (Address: 235 23rd St, Miami, FL 33139)
Lineup: Firebeatz | Artists TBD
Wednesday, March 27th
Hyde Beach was the scene of a memorable Ultra afterparty in 2017 featuring Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike rocking the house to an epic confetti shower paying homage to Miami’s infamous spring thunderstorms. So, it’s no surprise that the now world-famous duo have been invited back by the SLS brass to kick off their five days of much-hyped MMW 2019 event programming featuring one heavy-hitting electronic act after another.
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Venue: Hyde Beach @ the SLS Hotel (Address: 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
Lineup: Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike | Artists TBD
One of EDM’s hottest names and most colorful characters will be ‘Losing It’ midweek at South Beach’s legendary Delano Beach Club. Grammy-nominated tech-house phenom Fisher brings his Catch & Release pool party to South Florida in his only live performance of MMW 2019. The captain of the ship will be joined by a crew of capable deck hands, including Mason Maynard, Melé, and more to be announced. Hook. Line. Sinker.
Time: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Venue: Delano Beach Club (Address: 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
Thursday, March 28th
As Miami Music Week draws near, the waters of the pristine coastal city become muddied by myriads of events and shows, but each year one party stands out as the must-attend event of the week: All Gone Pete Tong, which returns to its home at The Surfcomber. Over the past decade, Legendary BBC Radio 1 Host and master curator Pete Tong has hosted his can’t miss event, presenting the biggest stars and hottest emerging talent, with established name artists playing alongside electronica’s brightest up-and-comers. Backstage serves as the ultimate industry hangout spot, where label heads, managers, DJs, promoters and the who’s who of dance music all congregate for an impromptu summit under the sunny Miami skies.
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00PM
Venue: Surfcomber Hotel (Address: 1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
It has been an amazing ride for the Grammy Nominated DJ/Producer Dirty South aka Dragan Roganovic. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, he relocated to Melbourne, Australia when he was 13. When he started his musical journey, he couldn’t even afford turntables, but he managed to improvise with used NEC Hi-Fi and tape decks. By steady hustling, he was able to graduate to a computer, audio software, and keyboards, and his first official production was released in 2004. Fifteen years later, he is a staple at electronic music festivals worldwide, and in the biggest festival of the year he returns to his simpler roots with an open-to-close set at Treehouse, one of South Florida’s best underground electronic venues.
Time: 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM
Venue: Treehouse (Address: 323 23rd St, Miami, FL 33139)
Friday, March 29th
Set Times / Lineup: UMF Website
The Dirtybird Players are a fixture in the Miami electronic scene year-round, but Miami Music Week is always their chance to showcase their growth and flex their muscle to international visitors and fans. This year they have chosen the iconic Space Nightclub as their venue; with three large rooms featuring 20+ artists, this event promises to be even bigger and better than ever before, and packing enough variety to keep music heads and their eardrums fixated late into the night and into the early morning… (and maybe even ’til the afternoon???)
Times: 11:00 PM – 11:00AM
Venue: Space (Address: 34 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132)
Lineup: Ardalan | Bruno Furlan | Christian Martin | Claude VonStroke | Ardalan | Billy Kenny | DJ Glen | Doorly | Eddy M | Eli Brown | Joeski | Justin Martin | Mason Maynard| Matthias Tanzmann | OMNOM | Sacha Robotti| Shiba San | Steve Darko | Vnessa | Volkodor | Walker & Royce | Will Clarke
Saturday, March 30th
Set Times / Lineup: UMF Website
Blurring the line between dreamscape and reality, The Masquerade events have seen Claptone take his inimitable soiree to all four corners of the world, selling out world-class venues along the way. Shrouded in intrigue, the masked figure behind the decks keeps his focus firmly on the music. As he invites the wildest partygoers to unlock their minds and experience a world like no other, crazy ideas will materialize out of thin air and grand dreams will come to life. One thing is for sure – Miami will never be the same after Claptone’s Masquerade has stopped by.
To ensure that this is an event not to be missed, the masked crusader has assembled a suitably heavyweight line-up to keep the magic flowing from start to finish. Up first is New York’s finest, Dennis Ferrer, who will be bringing his unique blend of house and techno to proceedings; UK house aficionado Weiss will be delivering tunes to match the sun-kissed vibe. One of the scene’s hottest names, Franky Rizardo, will no doubt have a few tricks up his sleeve, while Berlin’s Mat.Joe complete the line up with their inimitable brand of ‘crispy urban house’.
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Venue: Kimpton EPIC Hotel (Address: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131)
This event showcases the prodigious talents of Guy Gerber, arguably the most acclaimed Israeli EDM artist today. Gerber rocked the house with an earsplitting set at WALL during last year’s Miami Music Week, and we’re hoping the sequel will be just as riveting.
Time: 11:30 PM – 5:00 AM
Venue: WALL at the W (Address: 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
Lineup: Guy Gerber | Birds of Mind
Sunday, March 31st
Set Times / Lineup: UMF Website
With two days of Ultra in the books, the Sunday hotel pool parties will be packed as revelers running on fumes seek to soak in some sun and recharge their batteries from the night before… or just go straight from last night’s fiesta to grab some gasoline in the form of Cuban coffee and then wheel on over to the next venue. A ten-hour set at poolside at the Delano by Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats label squad – a rainbow coalition of top-shelf progressive house talent including Andrew Bayer, Grum, and ilan Bluestone, will be just what the doctor ordered to wind the party down… or perhaps to turn the party up, depending on your MMW sleep schedule.
Time: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Venue: Delano Beach Club (Address: 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
Lineup: Andrew Bayer | Gabriel & Dresden | Grum | ilan Bluestone | Jason Ross | Sunny Lax | Oliver Smith
Time: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Venue: Hyde Beach (Address: 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139)
Apart from the above big fish, you’ll find over 50+ more world-class venues and colorfully electric special events for Miami Music Week swimming around in our Discotech mobile app or desktop webapp. We look forward to helping you reel in an epic MMW experience and become a part of partying history!
The annual Art Basel Miami art fair weekend has now kicked off, and the celebrities, creatives, and fashionistas have been spotted roaming the streets and filling up the “it” venues all over South Beach. Maybe you just don’t like art all that much, or maybe you’re just not in the market to write six-figure checks for contemporary art pieces… but rest assured, there are plenty of fabulous events around town to party like Leo and the boys this weekend, if you’ve got a bit of spare change lying around in your couch cushions.
Here are our picks for the can’t-miss scenes on the Art Basel Weekend canvas, along with links to presale tickets and tables purchase:
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Partygoers & art aficionados from around the globe can “EXPER11ENCE THE ART OF NIGHTLIFE” at E11even all week. On Thursday night, the hybrid dance club/gentlemen’s club venue pairs a live performance from Oakland’s hottest rapper and mainstream crossover sensation G-Eazy with world-class cirque-style theatrics featuring aerialists, acrobats, and contortionists. Miami’s only 24/7 nightlife destination is sure to be packed with celebrities and models this evening as Art Basel kicks into high gear.
Time: 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Venue: E11even (29 NE 11th St, Miami FL 33132)
On Monday evening this week, Diplo, the musician and producer, stood on the back terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay with Jeremy Scott, the noted fashion designer. Long candlelit white tables had been set for dinner. “I just bought a bunch of land in Jamaica, and I’m going to turn it into a creative commune,” he said. Diplo hit the art fair early Tuesday morning to browse pieces for his estate, despite a 2 a.m. D.J. gig in a parking lot in downtown Miami with his pal Virgil Abloh, the designer of the fashion brand Off-White. On Thursday night, the 2017 Wynn Las Vegas resident DJ headlines South Beach’s most well-known and longest-running upscale nightclub, which figures to be one the hardest-to-score nightlife tickets of the entire Art Basel weekend. All in a week’s work for one of electronic dance music’s brightest stars.
Time: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Venue: LIV @ the Fontainbleau Hotel (4441 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33141)
Friday, December 8th, 2017
Contemporary art trends may go out of style quickly, but House, Techno, & Love most certainly do not. The Desert Hearts City Hearts Tour has timed its Miami tour stop with Art Basel weekend, and their event at no-frills locals’ favorite Trade – co-hosted by locals’ favorite promoters Link Miami Rebels – will serve as a showcase for their newer music coming out on Desert Hearts Records in 2018. With momentum still riding from their summer Desert Hearts Festival and November City Hearts Festival in Los Angeles, this crew is pouring everything into their record label to take their love vibe to the far reaches of the world. Their launch into the far reaches of the galaxy begins Friday in Miami, and where better to make some memorable magic than in Magic City itself?
Time: 11:00 PM – 4:00AM
Venue: Trade Miami (1439 Washington Ave, Miami, FL 33139)
Zedd, the DJ/producer who landed on this month’s December 2017 cover of Forbes Magazine, has a backstory that many contemporary art fans and Art Basel attendees can appreciate. To distinguish himself from competing DJs with similar sounds, he created a graphics-heavy live show that feels like watching a video game projected onto a movie screen, with a custom visual for each song. A cable runs from his computer to the front of the house, where a team of technicians makes sure everything synchs up, including the program’s lasers and pyrotechnics. Early on he became known as the anti-DJ of the DJ universe, which ironically (hey, artists love that irony!) led him to surging popularity, longstanding Vegas residencies, mainstream radio success, and collaborations with megastars such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Alessia Cara.
Time: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Venue: Story (136 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139)
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
The Playroom crew from NYC descends upon Miami to host a special Art Basel event featuring Behrouz and friends. Playroom serves as a liaison between many artists & DJs, club/ venue owners, event and festival producers, and a niche crowd of sophisticated house and tech house music enthusiasts. Its focus is on cutting edge music, the quality people that comprise the magnetic community associated with it, and the positive vibe that it creates. Behrouz’s Art Basel sets have become legendary over the years, and this industry insiders’ party is sure to be a fabulous networking event as well as a colorful foray into the emotional and artistic journey of electronic sound.
Time: 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Venue: Do Not Sit On The Furniture (423 16th Street, Miami, FL 33139)
Famed Los Angeles promotions team H.Wood Group puts together a “modest” Art Basel pop-up event featuring a not-so-modest headlining act: super-duper-megastar 50 Cent. “Fitty” will be supported on the turntables by DJ Fred Matters from the H.Wood team’s Hollywood karaoke hotspot Blind Dragon. Probably not on the guest list for tonight’s festivities: Wendy Williams.
Time: 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Venue: Ora (2000 Collins Av, Miami, FL 33139)
Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Corona Electric Beach is a popular traveling “fun in the sun” experience featuring world-renowned DJs, and for Art Basel weekend on South Beach it will feature electronic artist Duke Dumont, who has played one of the most pivotal roles in making UK deep house the thundering global juggernaut it is today. The British superstar will not be the only draw for SLS Hotel’s famous Sunday party, as Bisco Smith will be hosting and presenting a unique live art installation. Bisco is a contemporary visual artist from Queens, New York with roots in music, graffiti, and street art. Bisco works in a variety of formats, including canvas and large outdoor murals, and is known for his “visual freestyle”—characterized as a blend of graffiti deconstruction, gestural abstraction, and lyric-based stylewriting. Made predominantly with a black and white color palette, his art visually captures the rhythms of music and the energy of the moment through its spontaneous marks and abstracted text.
Time: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Venue: Hyde Beach @ The SLS Hotel (1701 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139)
Art Basel weekend closes out with a global trance music legend putting on a thunderous spectacle in his own hometown. Miami Heat superfan Markus Schulz – known for his marathon 10-12 hour DJ sets – waves goodbye to the visiting artists and creatives and hands the city back to the home team with a pulsating DJ set that surely will not end until after the sun comes up. In true Basel fashion, expect to see an artist tinkering with works in progress while still producing high-level performance pieces, as Mr. Schulz gets some warm-up reps in advance of his forthcoming New Year’s Eve open-to-close extravaganza at the renowned Avalon nightclub in Los Angeles.
Time: 11:00 PM – ???
Venue: Heart (50 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132)
More events and more venues for Art Basel Weekend 2017 in Miami can be found on the Discotech app.
October in Miami means you put off thinking about Halloween for as long as possible because hey, what if it rains that day? But lo and behold, the South Florida weather for Halloween 2017 is turning out to be picture-perfect, so now you’re scrambling to DIY your costume – ripping sleeves off and cutting skirts shorter, of course – and line up your skin-flaunting party plans.
As the locals say, “Tranquilo, Tranquilo!” No need to stress – there are plenty of great Halloween events with tickets still available. Here are our recommended Miami monsters balls, with links to presale tickets and tables purchase:
Saturday, October 28th
West Coast legend Doc Martin headlines the second of two spook-tastic holiday events at Do Not Sit. Martin is a pillar of the west coast underground electronic scene, with years of experience and residencies at some of dance music’s most storied venues including New York’s famed Twilo and LA’s Metropolitan.
Time: 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Venue: Do Not Sit On The Furniture (423 16th Street, Miami, FL 33139)
One of South Beach’s most well-known and longest-running hip-hop nightclubs gets in on the Halloween festivities, and the scene figures to be as grimy as a graveyard and as lit as a jack-o-lantern on Grandma’s porch. Costumes are not required but are strongly encouraged; prizes will be awarded for best in show.
Time: 11:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Venue: Cameo (1445 Washington Ave, Miami, FL 33139)
Sunday, October 29
If you’re superhuman enough to rise from the dead after a late-night-to-early-morning South Beach Saturday partying sesh, then the Delano on Sunday is the place to rest your beat-up corpse. As with all SBE-hosted events, the party will start out chill but get turnt quickly, and the sun-kissed bikini-clad talent will be in full effect… so try to sober up a bit and not look too much like The Walking Dead (unless that’s your costume, of course).
Time: 2:00 PM – 11:00PM
Venue: Delano Beach Club (1685 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139)
Hyde Beach’s new monthly nighttime pool party is getting in the Halloween mood. With help from the renowned party-starting DJ Chuckie – fresh off his summer residency at Marquee in Las Vegas – the Halloween Night Swim will have a haunted shipwreck theme, featuring fire-breathers, live theatrics, champagne showers… and pirates, plenty of pirates. Spooky meets sexy at this quintessential South Beach pool party spot, and there will be plenty of booty to plunder. ARRGGHHH, matey!
Time: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Venue: Hyde Beach (1701 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139)
Monday, October 30
Come One, Come All, Ladies and Gentlemen: the Freak Show rolls into E11EVEN Miami, and Mondays are the ideal night to try out this hybrid strip club/dance club. Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind experience and witness a series of the most spectacular live shows ever performed inside a nightclub with world-class aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, and dancers. The freaks come out at night, but they stay dancing until the dawn….
Time: 5:00 PM – 5:00 AM
Venue: E11even (29 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132)
Tuesday, October 31
Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen. Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!” Brand new ultra-lounge Mr. Jones has taken over the space formerly known as SET on Lincoln Road, and it hosts a Halloween soirée full of ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. DJ Apache will spin the latest hip-hop, and creepy sexy entertainers will command all zombies to rise from against the walls and stagger onto the dance floor. Passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary welcome drinks will be provided from 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
Time: 8:30 PM – 1:00 AM
Venue: Mr. Jones (320 Lincoln Rd, Miami, FL 33139)
More events and more venues for Halloween Week in Miami – including non-costume parties – can be found in our app at https://app.discotech.me/miami/events . Happy haunting!
When: Saturday and Sunday afternoons
What to wear: Swimsuits, sunscreen, and your game face. Swim Club at Hyde Beach is insane.
What to drink: If you want to keep your wits about you, it’d be smart to go slow. But Miami is a hard town to do that in, so just be pure. Take a shot, grab a drink, and sip it.
If you’re in Miami, it’s a must to hit up a pool party. There’s no better choice than Swim Club at Hyde Beach. The venue’s third location after Las Vegas and Los Angeles, this Hyde is surely stepping it up. On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy music from a rotating lineup of DJs that includes William Geslin and Patrick Pizzorini, in addition to YSL. And if you’re tired of just wading the pool, Hyde Beach’s oceanfront location leaves you steps away from fully enjoying the sands of South Beach.
Book tables for Hyde Beach Nightswim directly on the discotech nightlife app.
Buying presale tickets at Hyde Lounge ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.
Buying presale tickets at Hyde Beach ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.
Spraying bottles of overpriced Champagne in nightclub VIP sections is so yesterday—now there’s a gun that actually shoots bubbly at your fellow partygoers.
The hedonistic after-hours weapon was created by a French company called Extra-Night, and has already been sold to Miami nightclubs Seaspice and Hyde Beach by Champagne Gun distributor Jeremy Touitou, who’s also known as “The King of Sparklers.”
Touitou earned that enviable moniker for selling sparklers that nightclubs like Miami’s LIV attach to Champagne magnums triumphantly presented to buyers by sexy bottle service waitresses. It’s a venerable VIP section spectacle that spurs even more marked-up bottle sales from other revelers who want in on the wallet-draining fun.
The Miami New Times reports that the $459 gun attaches to a magnum of Champagne, which is shaken up and can shoot for about 45 seconds. The bubbly blaster is available in gold, rose gold or chrome finishes, and sprays up to 23 feet.
Check out this champagne-soaked video to see how it all goes down.
Order yours at champagnegun.com.
Tired of hearing your girlfriends talk about the same old Vegas bachelorette party? “Like OMG it was so fun!!! We hit up Michelle’s promoter and he got us a free table to see Tiesto and all we had to do was pretend we were into some guys.” Well, we have an alternative for you and it goes by the name of South Beach Miami where brides and her besties have recently been flocking to escape the chaos of Vegas but still party it up for one last hoorah. The home of J.Lo, Will Smith, and many celebrities alike, South Beach offers the best in nightlife, elaborate feasts, and of course, the infamous beaches.
Here’s our guide to the ultimate Miami bachelorette weekend:
WHERE TO STAY?
Miami offers some of the best beach-front luxurious hotels with a chic and sexy ambiance.
Situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach. A total of 1,504 guestrooms offer luxurious comfort and amenities, from deluxe guestrooms and three bedroom suites, to breathtaking penthouses. The 20-acres oceanfront hotel features an expansive poolscape, a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach, state-of-the-art conference and event facilities, one chic nightlife venue, including LIV®, the ultra-exclusive and high-energy nightclub, home to celebrities and VIPS, and the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa.
At the direction of culinary celebrities from around the globe, Fontainebleau offers 12 fine dining and casual restaurants, bars and lounges. Signature dining experiences include Scarpetta by Scott Conant, the James Beard award recipient who has created a regional Italian menu combining the simplicity of Italy’s cucina rustica with the refined flavors of fine cuisine; Hakkasan, globally recognized as the pioneering concept that single-handedly changed the face of Chinese cuisine; Michael Mina 74, created uniquely for Fontainebleau, delivers a sophisticated, playful and inventive small plates-driven menu; and StripSteak by Michael Mina, the newest partnership with award-winning chef and restauranteur Michael Mina, will be a steakhouse for today’s adventurous diner.
With its soaring lobby and subtle seductions, Delano is the hotel that changed South Beach forever. Designed by Philippe Starck, Delano South Beach balances eclectic details with grand public spaces that are playful, elegant, quietly theatrical and filled with all-night energy – proof that the new rules of chic are simplicity with a crisp, clean and modern sense of ease. Delano’s signature South Beach restaurant, Bianca, features an inventive Italian menu offering local, farm-to-table organic ingredients, while Umi Sushi and Sake Bar provides a casual dining experience, perfect for group dining. Sip one of the infamous cocktails and enjoy people-watching at the sophisticated Rose Bar. Delano Beach Club is the ultimate in poolside luxury, serving meals and cocktails from day into night. The subterranean lounge, FDR, serves as an ideal nightlife destination for the perfect night out in Miami’s South Beach. Unwind and rejuvenate at agua Spa, Delano’s rooftop wellness center where guests can enjoy traditional spa classics and luxurious pampering.
The brainchild of Sam Nazarian, SLS Hotels has created a new paradigm in the luxury hotel experience that speaks to a global, sophisticated audience. Taking service and luxury standards from traditional 5-star hotels and injecting elements of creativity and community, SLS delivers a guest experience that seamlessly delivers service, style and fun. SLS Hotels are currently open in Beverly Hills, South Beach, and Las Vegas and are coming soon to New York City, The Bahamas, Seattle, and Philadelphia. SLS also houses the acclaimed Hyde Beach Day and Night Club.
WHERE TO EAT AND PARTY?
The Bâoli Group features three high standard gastronomic venues, Bâoli Cannes, Bâoli Beach (France) and Bâoli Miami. Each transforms into a partying paradise where conviviality reigns in between the stars and the international jetsetters. Bâoli Cannes has been the flagship locale of the budding Bâoli brand since 1999 and became an instant hit amongst A-list clientele and the movers-and-shakers of the French Riviera.
The opening of Bâoli in Miami rang in a new era of nightlife and dining on South Beach’s shores: The venue imported France’s trademark sophistication and seamlessly merged it with Miami’s unique vibrancy and sass. Situated on one of the country’s most iconic streets Collins Avenue; the restaurant, lounge and club tempts and teases at any hour. Dinner patrons will take their palates on a culinary expedition, exploring unique Mediterranean and Asian flavors and when night falls, the inviting restaurant revamps into a playground for the nocturnal.
The Bâoli brand has played host to some of the world’s most famous DJ’s in both Miami and Cannes including Bob Sinclair, David Guetta, Timatti, Mitch LJ, Tito, Michael Cleis, Nico De Andrea, AcE aka Trey Smith, A$AP Rocky, Infinity Inc, B Crazy, and AVICII among many others.
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Seaspice is a seafood brasserie and lounge, where elegance lies in simplicity at its purest. It is a celebration of all the senses that marks the return to the core values of hospitality. The menu embraces the idea of comfort food while elevating it to new heights by introducing sophisticated techniques and heartfelt commitment to quality produce. The venue houses two wood burning ovens catering to our signature bread, handcrafted pizzettas, and our signature casseroles. The home of the seafood casserole, Seaspice continues to deliver the signature fare that has become part of the eatery’s recognition.
Located on the banks of the Miami River, the restaurant captures the essence of a waterfront experience by enveloping an outdoor lounge with an indoor dining room, both engaging stunning views of Miami’s downtown skyline. There are several dining accommodations offered. The interior main dining room and bar, an exterior courtyard, outdoor bar, a covered patio, and the new introduction to Seaspice, Modern Garden, featuring a Crudo bar and hot-stone concept. The specialty at Modern Garden, Crudos, offers a contemporary interpretation of exquisite raw fish and seafood flavored in olive oil, seasalt, citrus and fresh herbs. The hot stones feature a unique dining concept that involve searing prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood on a 850 degree volcanic stone slab served at your table. The space is outfitted with a distinctive architecturally designed sculpture which composes an art installation that is both visually engaging as well as space defining. An added bonus; 550 feet of private docking space.
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Already an icon in LA and Vegas, Hyde’s first Miami location keeps it celebrated style and energy going all day and all night in the heart of South Beach at The SLS Hotel. Hyde Beach offers artful mixology and cuisine from Jose Andrés — all in an over 8,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor space with a gorgeous pool and beach access.
- Hyde’s First Day and Nightlife Oceanfront Location
- More than 8,000 Square Feet of Pool, Beach and Indoor-Outdoor Space
- Offers Artful Mixology and José Andrés Cuisine Inspired by the Local Community
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One of South Beach’s most elite clubs, Nikki Beach is located directly on the beach. With torches, palm trees, sand under your feet and the sky as your roof, it doesn’t get much better than this. Sunday afternoons are best, when everyone lazily wanders in to sip drinks after a day at the beach and the Sunday night singles scene really gets things sizzling. Sure it’s the beach, but dress to impress when coming for a night out, or you might not get in. While the club has limited hours of operation, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and all day on Sunday. Nikki Beach not only features both an outdoor club and a more intimate indoor space, but also a restaurant and lounge area complete with beds and hammocks. The club offers an experience geared towards the daytime (lounging, drinking, eating, and dancing) and the night, with outdoor parties on the weekends and all night parties on Sunday nights at the indoor club.
You can make daybed or cabana reservations here!
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