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Best Memorial Day Parties in Miami / South Beach 2018

Memorial Day is the time we honor the men and women who have lost their lives serving our country. Our soldiers are gone, but not forgotten. Yet it’s no secret we use this holiday weekend to go all-out in true Miami fashion. From poppin’ bottles on yachts to going buck wild on South Beach, this town will be raging for at least four days straight. It’s a guaranteed Tuesday-crawl-into-work sort of deal. Who’s ready? Things are about to get crazy. Here are the ten best Memorial Day weekend parties.

Rock the Yacht All-White Party. Most days, we’re rockin’ the 9-to-5. But on Memorial Day weekend, you can rock the yacht and your best white outfit aboard the South Beach Lady, a fancy, four-level luxury vessel. The 3.5-hour floating party will offer sounds by DJ Prince, a light buffet, bottle service, and other swanky fixings. At the time of this writing, the site warned there were only 19 tickets left, so act fast. The yacht will depart from 401 Biscayne Blvd. at 11:30 p.m. sharp. Forget your problems at sea, and party in luxury. 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, May 25, aboard the South Beach Lady, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 347-581-4943. Tickets cost $75 to $1,000 plus fees via eventbrite.com.

Best of the Best Music Fest. Best of the Best will return for a 12th year when it takes over Bayfront Park Sunday, May 27. The Memorial Day weekend fest, self-described as the “biggest reggae festival in North America,” will feature Mavado, Aidonia, Capleton, Masicka, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Kerwin Dubois, Hood Celebrityy, Romain Virgo, and many others. If the revelry on South Beach has left you broke and unable to toke, you can still win tickets to the fest here. Friday, May 25, be sure to pass by the Best of the Best preparty at Fate Nightclub. 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday, May 27, at Bayfront Park, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-358-7550. Tickets cost $52 to $499 plus fees via bestofthebestconcert.com/tickets.

Trina at Studio 23. In 2017, New Times declared Trina “The One and Only Queen of Hip-Hop,” and the sentiment stands. Trina is a staple of Miami music, and the Magic City will forever be indebted to the Diamond Princess’ contributions. Her 1999 track “Da Baddest Bitch” was recently dubbed by New Times as one of the 15 songs that made Miami. Have we driven home how important Trina is, people? Watching her perform live is the epitome of what we call a “Miami dream.” And if you haven’t experienced one yet, here’s your chance to see the rapper in action. She’s set to kick off Memorial Day weekend with a free show (if you arrive by 12:30 a.m.) at Studio 23, so don’t you dare miss it. 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Studio 23 Miami, 247 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-401-5438. Admission is free before 12:30 a.m. and costs $20 plus fees after 12:30 via eventbrite.com.

Memorial Day Weekend All-White Party With Ashanti. If there’s any way we would want to spend our Memorial Day weekend, it’s with Ashanti while looking fly in our all-white ensembles. Self-described as the “biggest and sexiest all-white party ever,” the bacchanal will feature sounds by DJ Tight and DJ Q305, as well as a special performance by Ashanti. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Sport of Kings Theatre, 501 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. Tickets cost $24 to $620.05 via eventbrite.com.

Pool Parties. On Memorial Day weekend, there’s bound to be a party wherever you turn. Thousands of revelers will descend upon Miami Beach for the holiday weekend in search of a good time. And some of the best times are spent poolside. If you’re not partying in your bathing suit, you’re doing it all wrong. You have a few options: There’s the Aquafete Miami pool party, the Miami Nice 2018 Soak-n-wet Mansion Pool Party, or the Wet & Juicy Pool Party. Crowds are said to be heavy at the Clevelander South Beach Hotel & Bar, which can mean only one thing: It’s probably your best place to start.

Islands Fever. Getting liquored up at no cost is a rarity. If you play your cards right, you can find a few spots offering free drinks. The Islands Fever Memorial Day weekend foam fete will offer free drinks until midnight, three foam machines (but if you’re not down with that sort of thing, there will be a dry side), live DJs, and one hell of a time. 11 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Tickets cost $10 to $30 plus fees via eventbrite.com.

What are the best clubs to party in Miami / South Beach?

There are plenty of fun places to party when visiting Miami, but if nightlife isn’t numero uno on your list then you’re doing it all wrong, amigo. (OK OK, I will concede that nightlife can be second to Miami’s famed private yacht parties. But I digress….)

Along with NYC, LA, and Las Vegas, Miami sits on the top tier of nightlife cities in the U.S., if not the entire world. For these top-tier cities, a diverse array of out-of-towners visit specifically to partake in late nights out, and so the nightlife scene is crazy on the weekends and does not let up much during the week. That being said, as you would expect, your pool of weekday options is smaller, the hotspots are less obvious and always changing, and you’re more apt to be surrounded by locals (who are less likely to be interested in meeting and mingling with tourists). In addition, Miami’s glitterati and socialite circles prefer to go out Mon/Tue/Wed to enjoy a higher degree of privacy/exclusivity, as do the local working-class twentysomethings who spend their weekends toiling within Miami’s massive service & tourism industries.

There are numerous nightlife options featuring an eclectic array of music styles – electronic, hip-hop, Brazilian/Latin – at Miami’s numerous traditional dance nightclubs. You can use the Discotech app – to search events by the specific dates you’ll be in town and buy tickets, sign up for guest lists, or even reserve tables if you’re feeling super-fancy. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our guide to Miami nightlife here –Miami / South Beach Nightlife Guide . Note that most clubs that are open on weekends also have one signature weeknight for which they are known to draw bigger crowds, e.g. Mokai or Rockwell on Mondays, Do Not Sit on Wednesdays, and Ora on Thursdays. After perusing the app to get ideas, don’t hesitate to ask a local for further guidance.

Apart from traditional dance clubs, the most crowded mid-week spots to party will be where the locals hang out: happy hour bars in Brickell and Coconut Grove, restaurants and hipster/artist lounges in up-and-coming Wynwood, and of course Miami’s famous (infamous?) strip clubs: Tootsies, King of Diamonds, G5ive, and E11even, the latter of which is actually a hybrid strip/dance club concept worth checking out on any day of the week. And of course, during high tourist season (March through June), even the South Beach tourist trap bars will be as packed with college kids and European and South American visitors during the week as they are on the weekends.

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!

Best South Beach Pool Parties / Dayclubs 2017

Catching rays in our designer bikinis, sippin’ juicy umbrella drinks, and chillin’ by the pool. This is one case where the stereotype is true: Miami knows how to have fun in the sun.

A lot of it has to do with that whole carefree vibe you get from living in Miami, but the reason we’re always walking around half-naked and tan is because

of all the kick-ass pool parties we’re able to crash — especially in South Beach. Yes, it’s a bit of a tourist trap, but every Miamian has a soft spot for South Beach even if they won’t admit it.

So next time you feel like crossing the bridge and getting wet, keep in mind these ten best pool party spots on SoBe. Now go get your splash on.

1. The Standard Spa – 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717

The beach is one of Miami’s greatest treasures, but every trip there ends with grains of sand stuck in places we didn’t even know existed. At the Standard’s pool, though, relaxing on one of the many lounge chairs or on the makeshift beach — sans sand, of course — is like spending a day on South Beach. That’s because the infinity pool, equipped with an underwater sound system, is so close to the water that if you stand at just the right angle, it seems to disappear into the bay. Being that the Standard is a spa within itself, you know there’s bound to be lots of pampering, like the Arctic Plunge, a 50-degree minipool that claims to “increase your heart rate and kickstart your circulation.” If sitting in an ice box for the recommended minute isn’t your thing, the Roman waterfall hot tub will warm your insides with eight feet of 103-degree water to “alleviate pain and detoxify” the body. With a waterfront wooden deck, the Standard also offers paddleboarding lessons. All of this fun comes with a pretty hefty price tag — $75 for a day pass Monday through Thursday and $150 Friday through Sunday and holidays or the equivalent in spa spending — but at least you won’t have sand glued to your body for days.

2. The Freehand Miami – 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727

The Freehand Miami gained popularity thanks to Gabriel Orta and the rest of the mixologists at the Broken Shaker, but Miami Beach’s first upscale hostel has also made a name for itself with its intimate pool parties. With a Ping-Pong table, colorful decor, tasty cocktails, and themed splash bashes that present some of the best underground DJs in the 305, the Freehand is a welcome escape from reality. The party continues ’round the clock at this millennial tourist hub, but the monthly Full Moon Night Swims are particularly special and provide a rare opportunity for visitors to mix with the locals. During the monthly events, Miami-based artisans showcase their creations beneath the glow of lanterns and a breathtaking full moon.

3. 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop – 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000

There’s no more beautiful view than a Miami sunset, and a rooftop view is even better. The 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop pool makes it easy to take in the orange, lilac, and pink afterglow of a hot Miami day. Take a dip at dusk for a refreshing respite from the humidity and stress of rush-hour traffic. The rooftop pool is open to nonguests after 6 p.m., DJs begin spinning as early as 3 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. After a long day at work and a stressful commute, you’ll fall in love with the city you call home when you view it from poolside heaven.

4. Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel – 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701

A ten-foot, 700-pound rubber ducky is not something you would expect to find at a swanky boutique hotel. At Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel, however, a giant silver statue of a rubber ducky sits on the east end of the hotel guest pool, right before the garden and beach pool. Designer Philippe Stark imagined both swimming pools to resemble a bath tub, hence the ducky. In other words, he wanted to make all of your childhood fantasies come true. Pool access for nonguests depends upon availability Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the entrance fee is at the doorman’s discretion.

5. Raleigh Hotel – 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-6300

The wow factor at the Raleigh is its 1940s-era crest-shaped swimming pool. Named one of 12 over-the-top Pools by Forbes, the two-tiered pool with a vintage diving board has made the Raleigh the highlight of Chanel fashion shows, the cover of magazine spreads, and the talk of some of the hottest pool parties around town. Lined with lounge chairs, curtain-covered canopies, and striped umbrellas, the pool prioritizes hotel guests, but passes are available for nonguests while space allows. Passes cost $30 Monday through Thursday and $60 Friday through Sunday. A poolside chair, towels, and Wi-Fi access are included, along with DJs playing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

6. Clevelander South Beach Hotel & Bar – 1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-532-4006

You’ve driven by the Clevelander when showing visitors around town, but maybe you thought you were too cool to hit up a South Beach tourist staple. Admit it: Bouncing beach balls in the pool and playing tourist for the day looks pretty fun. The folks at the Clevelander want you to play with the out-of-towners; their pool is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. Memorial Day crowds were heavy, but try this spot on an off-weekend for drinks with new friends you’ll never see again.

7. Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-2000

Surrounded by chaise longues, freestanding linen umbrellas, and canopied daybeds, the pool at the iconic Delano is as posh as the decor. Take a stroll through the Alice in Wonderland-themed garden path to behold its 7,000 square feet of refreshing, clear cure for the summertime blues. Access to the pool is available with a cabana rental, but non-guests are better off attending Delano Beach Club after 7 p.m., when live entertainment heats up as the night cools down. And when hunger strikes, you can always grab a tasty bite at Bianca, the Delano’s indoor/outdoor restaurant which happens to be steps away from the pool.

8. Mondrian South Beach – 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500

The Mondrian does things differently, even when it comes to its pool. Named Miami’s best hotel by New Times, the modern yet whimsical hotel extends its eclectic and detail-oriented style outside to its pool area. It’s open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis, but hotel guests get priority, and nonguests must spend at least $50 on food and drinks. For $500, you can get a day bed for up to six people, or fork over $800 for a cabana to accommodate more guests. DJs spin tunes poolside every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m., so choose a special occasion, split the cost among friends, and take a daycation.

9. Shore Club Hotel – 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-3100

One of the biggest dilemmas you’ll encounter at the Shore Club is deciding which of the two elevated-edge infinity pools to dive into first. Well, the answer is based on the type of person you are. If you’re more of a laid-back lounger, you’ll likely pick the pool that’s closest to the hotel. With lounge chairs and colorful, Moroccan-inspired beds, the vibe whispers relaxation. If you’re more adventuresome, chances are you’ll dip your toes into the pool that overlooks the beach. Feet away from the shore, you’ll spot banana boats and Jet Skis zooming across the horizon. Located between the pools and draped with sheer curtains is Rumbar, where you’ll get the best of both worlds. The pool is strictly for hotel guests only, so you’ll have to book a room (or get sneaky).

10. Highbar at Dream Hotel South Beach – 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-4747

South Beach’s luxurious pools can seem out of reach for the average partygoer in Miami, but Highbar at Dream Hotel in South Beach offers the perfect staycation option for those who are “broke with expensive taste.” The infinity pool area, adorned in white retro decor with golden accents, stands 70 feet above the ocean, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic. Highbar’s Naked Taco offers topnotch Mexican cuisine, and unlike most SoBe hotel pools, Highbar is open to the public and there’s no cover. It’s like getting the Cancun experience without having to pay for the getaway.

Hyde Beach Miami Debuts Weekly Nightswim

When: Saturday and Sunday afternoons
Admission: Varies
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.

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Best Miami / South Beach Pool Parties This Summer

It’s summer. You’ve got a long weekend coming up. You’re in South Beach for the weekend, looking for the best pool parties in Miami.

All of this can only mean one thing.

Well, six actually.

As in these six new pool parties that we’ve taken the liberty of compiling for you. Some involve barbecues. Some involve dancing. All involve water and you jumping in and out of it like the world is about to end.

Come on in. Water’s fine…

The Confidante
Every Saturday, this is where you’ll sip rose, dance to the DJ, eat burgers and brush up on your cannonball technique. Bungalows are also up for grabs, so maybe grab one of those, too. Saturdays, 2-10pm, no cover, 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-424-1234

Mondrian
Watching the sun set into the bay as you sip vodka drinks, your head and shoulders peeking out of the refreshing pool’s water while DJ-spun sounds emanate from the surrounding speakers. There are worse ways to summer. Sat-Sun, 1-8pm, no cover, 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach, 305-514-1500

Shore Club
If it’s a daybed you seek, it’s a daybed you’ll rent at Sessions Sunday Pool Party. Once you land on that poolside lounger with a front-row view of the deep end, you’ll bob to live music and sip mojitos. Then you’ll eventually have to leave. Sundays, 1pm, no cover, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-695-3100

Shelborne
The Shelborne takes two things that should always be tandem (barbecues and pool parties) and adds in a weekly revolving bar pop-up. Some weeks will be Jamaican-flavored barbecue and beers. Others will be Mexican with tequila. No wrong turns here. Sundays, noon-sundown, no cover, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 786-636-2012

Delano
They call it Privileged Sundays, which is fitting because it entails floating in a pool, DJs (of course), in-pool performers, mini spa services like massages, plus plenty of rum. And then there’s you, right in the middle of it all. Sundays, 2pm, no cover, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-672-2000

Hyde Beach
Head to the pool just before sunset, get sprayed by champagne, dance, dance some more, then get some champagne in you instead of on you. It’s called Night Swim Rendezvous, which explains everything. Sundays, 4-11pm, no cover, Hyde Beach atSLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-674-1701

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Miami Swim Week 2017 Party Guide

Swim Week is, once again, fast upon us.

And so as our fair city gears up for this most important of annual gatherings, we’d like to take this opportunity to present you with a definitive guide to five of the Miami Swim Week Parties you’re better off hitting this year than not.

There will be champagne. There will be poolside burgers. There will bikinis. And there will be you, smack in the middle of it all, reveling in the wonders of champagne, poolside burgers and bikinis.

Tweak your schedule accordingly, because here we go…

Luau
A garden outfitted in string lights, Broken Shaker drinks with umbrellas, Hawaiian-themed tunes and models sporting colorful Krelwear knit bikinis give this first-time event its luau flavor. The sun and the water also help. July 19, 6-9pm, no cover,Freehand, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, 305-531-2727, RSVP here

Planet Fashion
New this year is Planet Fashion, a weekend’s worth of shows at SLS South Beach. Brands like Roberto Cavalli, Nash Beach, Versace, DSquared2 and OMG Miami Swimwear will all make their way down the catwalk, while you look on in awe. Or joy. Or however you end up looking at things. July 20-22, 7pm nightly, no cover, SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-674-1701, RSVP here

Style Saves
Instagram-famous models Rocky Barnes and Paulina Vega will be present and accounted for in iShine 365 bikinis. The official after party, new this year, is at Story and will be equally Instagramable. July 21, 9pm-midnight, $150, Setai, 2001 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-520-6000, tickets here

Escape Miami
Here’s a party where you can watch people strut down runways in swimwear, then get a tattoo, then have a tarot card reading, then sip gratis beer, prosecco or bourbon drinks, then take advantage of the new men’s grooming services available in the lounge. Other than that, normal party. July 22, noon-5pm, no cover, Shelborne, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, 305-531-1271, RSVP here

Lazy Sunday BBQ
It may not be official, but this unofficial close to swim week isn’t a bad way to say farewell. Poolside rose, burgers on the grill, the band Poolside playing as the sun sets, another tarot card reader, henna tattoos and plenty more bikinis long after the shows wrap. We’re detecting a theme here. July 23, 3-8:30pm, no cover, Standard Spa, 40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, 305-673-1717, RSVP here

Best Hip Hop Clubs in Miami & South Beach

Miami is not known for its hip-hop clubs. Miami is is home of some of the most legendary EDM nightclubs, and hip hop has definitely taken a back seat. 

While we certainly have some work to do if we want to catch up to places like Atlanta or Houston, there are venues out there giving temporary and permanent homes to hip-hop acts, both local and national.

Many of the clubs on this list have a diverse array of programming that extends well beyond hip-hop, but all of the clubs below offer a haven for hip hop fans and rappers alike.

Rockwell

Founded by Chris Paciello, Rockwell aims to bring a unique entertainment experience to its audience. As Paciello said “Rockwell is bringing something different. We are not another megaclub. We are not DJ driven, we are focusing on the experience.” From a mixed musical format to a variety of live performances, the Miami Beach club have always tried to focus on bringing great experiences to a smaller, selective crowd with just a capacity to hold 450. Where quantity lacks, Rockwell’s quality surely makes up for it. One of the best Hip Hop clubs in town, Rockwell will give you a great night to remember. Get bottle service at Rockwell for guaranteed entry!

E11even

E11even is a one-of-a-kind 24/7 show, and night venue featuring alluring performances with stunning entertainers. During the day, E11even operates as a bar and lounge serving food and drinks. Every night during weekends, exotic acts and spectacular theatrics take the multiple stages at E11even. Essentially, this venue is a nightclub/strip club hybrid. Hip Hop and nightlife lovers, you do not want to miss out on E11even. We also have a free guestlist on most nights. Click here for tickets, guestlist, and bottle service at E11even.

Mokai

With a capacity of only 220, Mokai is definitely one of the smaller clubs in town, but that doesn’t stop it from being  a great Hip Hop venue. While the venue is essentially a bar without a real dance floor, you will still find plenty of space for you to dance and have a great time. Mokai does not have big name DJ’s playing regularly but rest assured, the music gets pretty turnt. If you feel too sober to party on, a grand showcase bar will set you up with anything you need to loosen up. The line gets pretty long on busy nights so make sure you arrive early or get a table to avoid long waiting time.

Purdy Lounge

A local and tourist favorite; this off-the-beaten-path venue is a Hip Hop lovers gem. With no cover and best priced drinks in the area, many people flock to Purdy for a more conservative night out. Everyone is equal at Purdy and there is no VIP status. The crowd is a more laidback one but everyone there still knows how to have a good time. If you want a time out from the usually more aggressive and intense nightclub experiences, but still want to listen to some good Hip Hop and have a good time, Purdy would be your undisputed first choice.

Dream

A staple in the South Beach nightlife scene, Dream has regularly attracted celebrities such as Lebron James, Kim Kardashian and Usher since its opening back in 2007. The DJs spinning in the club are mostly locals that have made a name for themselves in the Hip Hop world, but occasionally major players like 50 cent and Memphis Bleek do fly in to take over the helm. A state-of-art sound system and LED lighting sets the perfect vibe for partygoers to dance the night away. As their website claims, Dream is “Exclusive yet unpretentious, sexy yet sinful, classic yet very contemporary.” Book your table for Dream and get ready for a memorable South Beach experience.

Doheny Room

The newest addition to the South Beach nightlife scene, the Doheny Room at the Delano hopes to emulate the success of its West Coast brother. Introducing a unique setting with a strong tropical vibe, lush green and flamingo pink accents perfectly complement the neon touches and pop art across the venue. Dark walls, velvet, chic furnishings add to its sophistication and brings out a classy ambience to make you feel like being in a carefully crafted movie set. Moving on to the music, resident DJs from other venues are flown in once in a while to keep things interesting. If you haven’t visited this place yet, make sure you sign up for the guestlist or book bottle service here.

Story

While Story mainly plays dance music on most nights, they do occasionally feature some top tier Hip Hop talent. OT Genesis, Young Money president Mack Maine, Ne-Yo, Jim Jones, Bryson Tiller are just some of the names that have graced the club. A 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 you need to double check on the artist or DJ though because most nights are going to be EDM at story. 

Bonus: LIV Miami

One of the best clubs in the city and probably the world, MMG Nightlife’s LIV is definitely a place you don’t want to miss out. While most nights do feature top talent playing EDM or Top 40, Sundays at LIV are lit with the best hip hop music. A lavishly decorated 18000 square feet venue with state-of-the-art sound systems and lighting, LIV promises you a night to remember. The venue is undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation which will end by September 2017, multiple improvements will be made to enhance top quality technology and advancements can add to customers’ experience. Check out future events and book bottle service at Liv here!

 

 

LIV Miami Closing for Renovations this Summer

One of South Beach’s most name-dropped nightclubs is closing for the summer. Why?

Because it’s hard being famous. Around every corner lurks a TMZ camera waiting to catch the stars at their worst, which explains why the plastic surgery biz is so booming even though people like Courteney Cox eventually wake up and realize how ridiculous they look and stop the insanity. And while mangling your face to look like a melted Barbie isn’t so hot, a refresher after 10 seasons isn’t such a bad idea. And that is why LIV, the celebrity of clubland, the celebrity magnet, is closing for the summer break equivalent of a boob job and butt lift.

OK, so the famous nightclub is really just getting a major makeover. And with 10 seasons in the business and many more to come, it’s time, says owner Dave Grutman.

“Even though LIV has no competition in the market, we care so much about the guest experience, we think it’s important to do this renovation and stay at the top of our game,” Grutman said. “Remember, we are not just a nightclub, we are the club that the world looks at as the standard.”

The last weekend at LIV is going to be July 4th weekend, with Kaskade on 7/1 and Kevin Hart on 7/2. When will Liv Miami reopen? Liv will debut its new look sometime after Labor Day in September.

The makeover will include new floors, bars and LED wall installations with a $10 million sticker price, according to the Miami New Times. Grutman has also commissioned a New York City design firm to create a huge remote-controlled light fixture, the New Times reports.

Space (MI) Promo Code

We do not currently have a promo code for Space. You can buy presale tickets to events at Space here.

Buying presale tickets at Space ensures that you’ll get in – ticket holders also get expedited entry.

You can book table service / cabanas directly on our free mobile app, or on our webapp.