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Best Rooftop Bars in Miami

As we head Southeast to the beautiful city of Miami, one wonders how it is possible to soak up all the city has to offer. Although many enjoy running around finding clubs and bars, few actually know some of the hidden gems scattered around the city. Rooftop bars. Yes, scenic views, calm breezes and stunning crowds, rooftop bars will not only provide you a playground for fun but also impress your friends as you guide or show them what Miami has to offer. None of our lists are ever in ranking order.

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Altitude at SLS Brickell

The idea behind this 20,000 square foot pool deck and bar was to provide party goers a pool bar where you can lounge and hang out throughout the day and into the night. Here you can take gorgeous pictures of the sights around Miami Beach and Key Biscayne, while drinking a margarita and pondering a dip in the pool. The deck is free to the public — with the purchase of a day pass or cabana rental — so you don’t need to pay out for a room to enjoy an afternoon here.

Area 31

There perhaps no better feeling than standing at the edge of this bar on the 31st floor of the EPIC. Of course, going here on a Friday night means you’re sharing that feeling with a couple hundred other people, but who cares. Truth be told, I prefer a bar where everyone’s in a great mood. That’s nothing new in this city so grab whatever you enjoy drinking on a lovely night out and hang poolside, while appreciating that you’re living this good in February.

Vista

Unknown to many, the Buena Vista neighborhood was founded and named far before there were “rooftop bars” where people like you and me go to take in the “vistas.” The foreshadowing name comes to fruition as when arriving you’ll notice this terrace on the second floor of Vista Italian restaurant. Here you are able to survey the neighborhood, or enjoy Upper Buena Vista’s iconic ancient oak tree, tapas and a menu all with live music in the background.

Watr at the 1 Hotel

When your pool is known as having one of the best hotel pool views in the world, of course you need to be shooting some serious beverages to go along with it. Although this spot has quieted down, the bar still remains one of the most scenic spots on the beach.

When taking in the views, your treated to the Atlantic, while in the other you’ll see the expansive Miami skyline, blending the feel of an urban rooftop, oceanview, and trendy pool bar in one sun-soaked patio.

C-Level

When hittting Ocean Drive, an afternoon spent at the Clevelander’s rooftop bar is a must for new comers to the city and for the locals, a visit to this bar is sure to remind you why you live in this gorgeous city. As you stare out at the inviting blue-green waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Art Deco hotels, and the city behind you, you are taken back to the enchantment that first drew you to this wild beach city.

Juvia

The restaurant found on the top of the 1111 garage in South Beach is one of the great date-with-a-view spots in Miami. Not only is it one of the top date spots, but bewarned, the place is expensive and will quickly burn a hole in your wallet if you let your friends order multiple rounds of drinks and entres on you.

If looking for romance and a much lower bill, head over to this place for drinks. Relax and unwind by the ivy-covered walls outside, and relish in the award-winning design layout and views of the ocean.

No. 3 Social

With Wynwood building being what it is, a second-floor bar qualifies as a top tier rooftop establishment on its own. So rather than waiting for an elevator, you’ll just ascend a flight of stairs surrounded by beautiful tropical plants and come towards this big, purple space where you are reminded to “Socialize.” Perhaps no greater debate has ever existed, as one struggles between posting the perfect picture or following the rules that have been told to you. Good luck finding a healthy balance.

E11even

Perhaps nothing is quite as enoyable after spending all your money at E11even than making a quick retreat to the bar upstairs. You can gaze out towards Downtown, feel the cool breeze blowing upon you from down NW 11th Street, and savor an ice-cold beer or fancy cocktail. E11even also has fantastic bottle service availiable for those looking to drop real money. Then, once you’ve regained your composure, you have the option of enjoying some food or going back downstairs and to continue with your bad decision making. Click here for upcoming events at E11even so not to miss out!

Sugar

Way atop Brickell’s swanky East hotel rests one of the city’s premier rooftop bar, Sugar, with perfect views far out beyond Biscayne Bay to the east, north to Downtown, and south to the bright lights of Brickell. Completely encompassing this Balinese garden exists a mysterious but alluring feeling that makes you more than happy to be here. And if it’s raining, nothing to worry about. The party’s not ruined, make sure to head inside to the not-so-secret room to keep enjoying all the views without the rain.

Mr. C Coconut Grove

While you’re pounding shots at Sunday brunch or sipping mimosas, there’s a pretty good chance you’re enjoying yourself while doing it if doing it here. Mr. C’s bar provides a gorgeous view of Miami and hosts a elegant and sophisticated atmosphree while also staying light and upbeat. The latest sits atop the Mr. C hotel in Coconut Grove, where the nautical Cipriani décor gives way to a huge patio with sights that stretch far out over the lush, tropical landscape.

Astra

Although not the very first rooftop lounge in Wynwood, Astra is the very first to bring the garden styled view feel to Miami’s art district. This Greek-inspired scene has a west facing patio, ensuring you and your friends see the beautiful sunset. You’ll additionally notice the large trippy pink walls and pink butterflies that litter on the ground. The sunsets seem particularly heavenly when matched with what is possibly the best selection of Greek wines in the city.

Bloom Skybar

The bar located at the top of the Langford Hotel boasts one of the most divine panoramic views from the middle of the Miami skyline, provding partrons with spectacular drinks in inventive containers. If you find yourself looking for a great view or maybe an escape from the typical bar-on-a-curb scene, this is your place.

Miami Music Week 2019 Party Guide

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

BIG KAHUNA:

Firebeatz & Friends @ Mokai

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

Finding Nemo:

Damian Lazarus + Salome + Gad @ Wall at the W

Louis Vega & David Morales present the Kings of House @ Kimpton EPIC Hotel

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Wednesday, March 27th

BIG KAHUNA:

Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike @ Hyde Beach

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

Fisher & Friends Present “Catch and Release” @ Delano Beach Club

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)

Lineup: Fisher | Mason Maynard | Melé | Artists TBD

Finding Nemo:

Steve Aoki & Alok @ STORY

Yotto @ Treehouse

Drumcode Miami @ Space

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Thursday, March 28th

BIG KAHUNA:

All Gone Pete Tong @ Surfcomber Hotel

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)

Lineup: Pete Tong | Guy Gerber | Bedouin | Damian Lazarus | DJ Tennis | Chris Liebing | Axel Bowman | Krystal Klear | Melé | Themba

Dirty South @ Treehouse Miami

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)

Finding Nemo:

EDX presents No Xcuses @ Mokai

Desert Hearts Miami Music Week @ Floyd

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Friday, March 29th

BIG KAHUNA:

Ultra Music Festival Day 1 @ Virginia Key & Miami Marine Park

Set Times / Lineup: UMF Website

Dirtybird Players @ Space Miami

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

Finding Nemo:

Lee Foss, MK, & Friends @ Kimpton EPIC Hotel

Toolroom f/ Mark Knight, Chus & Ceballos, & Friends @ Surfcomber Hotel

Hernan Cattaneo & Nick Warren @ Treehouse

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Saturday, March 30th

BIG KAHUNA:

Ultra Music Festival Day 2 @ Virginia Key & Miami Marine Park

Set Times / Lineup: UMF Website

Claptone’s Epic Masquerade @ Kimpton Epic Hotel

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)

Lineup: Claptone | Dennis Ferrer | Weiss | Franky Rizardo | Mat.Joe | Dan Black

Guy Gerber @ WALL


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

Finding Nemo:

Dada Life presents The Magnificent Rave Spa @ Shore Club Hotel

Wake Your Mind @ W Miami Brickell

Black Book Records f/ Chris Lake @ Treehouse

Boris presents Transit Recordings @ The Hangar

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Sunday, March 31st

BIG KAHUNA:

Ultra Music Festival Day 3 @ Virginia Key & Miami Marine Park

Set Times / Lineup: UMF Website

Anjunabeats Pool Party @ Delano Beach Club

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)

Finding Nemo:

Benny Benassi w/ Kryder @ WALL at the W

FSOE Miami f/ Aly & Fila @ Treehouse

Eelke Kleijn Presents Days Like Nights @ Do Not Sit on the Furniture

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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!

Miami New Year’s Eve 2018 Party Guide

Christmas and Hanukkah have come and gone, and the post-holiday blues are accompanied by freezing temperatures and harsh winter weather.  Well, everywhere except South Florida.  Snowbirds, fly south and unite for some New Year’s Eve revelry.

Miami in winter NEVER disappoints, and for one last chance in 2017 you’ve got a tailor-made excuse to set aside all your past year’s disappointments and promise yourself that next year will be THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE, all while surrounding yourself with fun-loving strangers, pulsating music, and premium liquor as you dance all your cares away.  And there are few better cities in the world for doing this than in sunny Miami, one the world’s preeminent entertainment destinations, with hundreds of fabulous party options to suit any taste.

Discotech can most certainly assist with you finding year-end good fortune in a great party atmosphere.  Here our Top 3 picks for the best NYE nightclub parties/events around Magic City for you and your friends to close out 2017 and ring in 2018:

1) NYE 2018 w/ Nervo @ W South Beach

WET Pool at W South Beach is excited to announce world-renowned electronic music talent Nervo will be headlining an unforgettable start of a new year.  For the past several years Australian sisters Liv and Mim have been a regular mainstay in the World Top 100, and 2017 proved there’s no stopping their shine.   DJ Mag caught up with the busy duo to ask what they’ve been up to this year: “Touring like crazy. Think we’re nudging 200 shows this year. We had our NERVONation parties in Miami, Austria and Ibiza at Ushuaia, which have all been amazing. We have been busy working on new music and recently got a major sync with iPhone 8 for a track we did with Sofi Tukker called ‘Best Friend’.”  Partygoers will be elevated to an oasis of wonderment include premium open bar from 9:00 PM to midnight, champagne toast, and party favors; VIP table service packages inclusive of top-shelf spirits will range from $1,800 – $15,000.

Time: 9:00 PM – 4:30 AM

Venue: WET @ W Hotel (2201 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139)

2) NYE 2018 w/ G-Eazy + Halsey @ E11even

Is there anything that gives us more hope for 2018 than two young people in love?  Platinum recording artists and new paramours G-Eazy and Halsey took the 2017 radio charts by storm with their recent hit collaboration “Him & I,” but it’s the awwww-so-sweet music video for the song that everyone is talking about.  Miami snowbirds will join the two love birds as they perform live at E11even to ring in the new year; special guest DJ Irie will provide the dance beats.  Other perks include open bar from 9PM – 11PM, passed hors d’oeuvres, and champagne toast at midnight.

Time: 9:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: E11even (29 NE 11th St., Miami, FL 33132)

3) Alesso New Year’s Eve @ Story

On the heels of one the most ballyhooed performances at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival this past March, superstar DJ Alesso will have the honor of leading the fine folks of Story into the new year.  About his 2017, Alesso says: “The last year, I’ve been just in a very creative environment. I used to just think about what will work on a dance floor at a festival. Now, I try to put out a song that makes me really feel [something], that’s meant to come out through your headphones when you’re on your way to work, or off work in the car, [or] being with your friends. I’m just trying to make the most of each song wherever it goes, not trying to push it to a dance floor direction. If I want it to be a dance floor version down the road, I’ll just remix it.”   Expect the Swedish wunderkind to keep inspiring the world in 2018 and beyond, and expect one of Miami Beach’s most bumping nightclubs to party well beyond the stroke of midnight and into the first dawn of 2018.

Time: 9:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Story (136 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33139)

Honorable Mention:

Kygo & Demi Lovato @ Fontainebleau Hotel

Time: 9:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Fontainebleau Miami (4441 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140)

Life’s A Circus New Year’s Eve 2018 @ Nikki Beach

Time: 8:00 PM – 3:00 AM

Venue: Nikki Beach (1 Ocean Drive, Miami, FL 33139)

New Year’s Eve w/ Jamie Jones + The Martinez Brothers @ Space

Time: 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM

Venue: Space Miami (34 NE 11th Street, Miami, FL 33132)

NYE 2018 Party of the Century @ Ora

Time: 9:00 PM – 5:00 AM

Venue: Ora (2000 Collins Av, Miami, FL 33139)

More events and more venues for New Year’s Eve 2018 in Miami can be found on the Discotech app.  Have a safe night out with your friends, please don’t drink and drive, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Miami’s Best Latin Nightclubs for Salsa

Miami is known for many things, including — but not limited to — horrible drivers, corrupt politicians, and cocaine. But what gives the Magic City its sabor picante are all of the cubanos, dominicanos, venezolanos, colombianos, and other Latinos who call the 305 home.

Miami is one of the most diverse cities in America, and that diversity does wonders for our nightlife. The streets are a mecca of culture, and the Hispanics of Miami are the heartbeat of it all.

And if there is one thing los latinos of the 305 do better than anybody else, it’s throw tremendas pachangas. Just take a stroll through Hialeah or Calle Ocho on a Saturday night, and see for yourself.

That’s the beauty of living in Myami. Lets get ready to salsa!

1. Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-541-2631; hoycomoayer.us.

Hoy Como Ayer is all about las estrellas musicales and el sonido Latino. From Amaury Gutiérrez’s Latin Grammy Award-winning “Guajira con Tumbao” to Albita’s legendary “Fiesta Pa’los Rumberos” and the electronic mezcal of the Spam Allstars, every night is an over-the-top fiesta where the dancing never stops, the conga drums are always kickin’, and the Bacardi is flowing. Long live Hoy Como Ayer.

2. Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com.

Its original incarnation was born in 1935 and died in 1957. Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, and many more came through the Calle Ocho club, making it one of Miami’s hottest destinations. Back in September 2014, brothers Zack and Ben Bush decided to reopen Ball & Chain and restore its former glory. Since then, the place has become one of Calle Ocho’s most popular bars, attracting both old and young, Latin and gringo. Its backyard pineapple stage — that’s, yes, shaped like a pineapple — is the perfect place to sip a cocktail during the day or salsa your pants off at night. Its mix of vintage and modern has managed to charm Miami, turning Ball & Chain into a welcome destination for tourists and locals.

3. Club Tipico Dominicano, 1344 NW 36th St., Miami; 305-634-7819; clubtipicodominicano.com.

When it comes to discotecas, it doesn’t get more legit than Club Tipico Dominicano. By day, the Allapattah joint — which was established in 1987 — serves typical Dominican grub ranging from mangú to mondongo. Come nightfall, the restaurant transforms into una tremenda pachanga, where on weekends, hip-gyrating rumberos from all over the 305 gather for nonstop salsa, merengue, and bachata. But don’t miss Sunday night’s long-standing Domingo Playero, which features special guests; drink, bottle, and hookah specials; and a slew of DJs that keep the party running all night long. You might want to call in sick on Monday.

4. La Covacha, 10730 NW 25th St., Doral; 305-594-3717; lacovacha.com.

Sure, Doral may be nothing more than a collection of warehouses, businesses, and trucks — OK, downtown Doral and CityPlace Doral are slowly but surely transforming that image — but this commercial hot spot is also home to one of the best Latin clubs in the 305. Attracting reggaetoneros Alexis y Fido, Tony Dize, Chino y Nacho, and J Alvarez, as well as Oscar D’Leon, Tito el Bambino, and other salseros, this place has been bringing la rumba to the Magic City for more than two decades. And with nightly parties and drink specials, we’re pretty sure La Covacha will remain a mecca of Latin music for years to come.

5. El Patio Wynwood, 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; elpatiowynwood.com.

When El Patio Wynwood first opened, owners wanted to offer “something Latin, but funky and not commercial.” That’s what co-owner Nicolas Hoyos told New Times the day before the cozy outdoor venue celebrated its launch two years ago. With furniture literally imported from Colombia, El Patio has that cozy abuela vibe, while still offering a vibrant, upbeat atmosphere. Its owners worked closely with local Latin musician Mr. Pauer — who spins tropical beats on Sunday — to curate music that ranges from vintage salsa to modern Latin meets electronic. Combine that with a cheap happy hour and live bands, and you can’t go wrong.

6. Las Tabernas de Wancho, 2100 W. 76th St., Hialeah; 305-822-7833; lastabernasdewancho.com.

To get to Las Tabernas de Wancho, you’ll need to navigate the Palmetto, then exit, park, and head for the top floor of a nondescript shopping center in Hialeah. On the fifth story of said building, you’ll find three rooms: There’s La Rumbateka, which fits about 450 and plays mostly merengue and bachata. The most recent addition is Club 5 “Blue Moon,” a smaller space that draws a younger crowd with a mix of hip-hop, reggaeton, and techno. The last room, La Fonda Paisa, resembles a pueblito. Each room features a disco ball and bottle service, and by the time you take that last shot, you’ll wonder where this place has been all your life.

7. Punch Miami, 5580 NE Fourth Ct., Miami; 305-758-9932; punchmiami.com.

Though this is Miami, there are few Cuban-themed party halls. That’s where Punch Miami comes in — from the neon Cuban flag to the name and decor of the lounge, which was inspired by a taxi ride from the Havana airport and a stop at a rundown boxing ring. Taking over the former News Lounge space, Punch, which opened just about a year ago, is the brainchild of El Patio Wynwood’s Nicolas Hoyos and Beto Perez. Like El Patio, Punch plays music curated by Mr. Pauer, and “reasón” is the signature sound: “re” for reggeaton, “sa” for salsa, and “són” for son. And of course, Punch boasts some of the best happy hour specials in the 305, with $1 mojitos, $1 draft beers, and $10 mojito punch bowls from 5 to 9 p.m. ¡Fuácata!