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Top 10 Best Hotels in Miami / South Beach

You’re halfway through planning a trip to Miami, and you already know that you’re one of those destination party animals that wants a memorable experience full of luxury and modern amenities…. and you’re willing to open up the purse strings to get that. So then, it behooves you and your vacation companions to mobilize early in order to lock down a good room rate at one of Miami’s top hotels.  Take it from us experts: there are a handful of magnificent Miami resorts that are head and shoulders above the rest of crowded pack, ones that offer all the trappings you desire in the central location you want and are conveniently right smack dab in South Beach.

What are the best high-end / upscale luxury hotels in South Beach, Miami in 2020?

The Miami that most out-of-town visitors know is the South Beach one: steamy summer weather, 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. So South Floridians play that fiddle in harmonious tune, because more SoBe tourists mean more revenues generated and jobs created for the city’s residents.

Here, in order of our highly experienced and well-traveled Discotech customer service staff’s preferences, is our Top 10 list of high-end hotels you will want to visit – and stay at, if you can – on your next trip to Miami Beach:

1) Fontainbleau

Since opening its doors in 1954, the legendary Fontainbleau has held its place atop many a “Best Hotels in Miami” list. Fontainbleau looms largest among its peers in physical size – 1,504 rooms, most in Miami – but perhaps more importantly in history, reputation, and panache. Early-era entertainment icons Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley registered regular stays there while in town; a who’s who of contemporary stars such as Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, Ariana Grande, Gwyneth Paltrow, and even Miami resident J-Lo have recently booked stay-cations there. With multiple pools, twelve on-site dining experiences, and an endless array of luxury diversion options for visitors, the most stress you’ll encounter is choosing your daily agenda. No worries though, they’ve got a cure for that too: clear your scheduled and spend an entire day at Lapis, Fontainebleau’s 40,000-square-foot spa.

  • Room amenities: smartphone docks, marble showers, ocean-view balconies
  • 11 pools, including a kids’ water area and private cabana rental
  • On-premises nightclub (LIV)
  • World-class spa with hydrotherapy circuit and boutique
  • Three on-premises celebrity chef restaurants (Hakkasan, Scarpetta, StripSteak)
  • Well-equipped, modern gym and free (limited) fitness classes
  • Pet-friendly

2) 1 Hotel South Beach

Formerly Perry South Beach and the Gansevoort Miami Beach, the 1 Hotel South Beach in was renovated and relaunched under its current moniker in March 2015. The 1 Hotel brand is extremely eco-conscious, and sustainability permeates every facet of this jumbo-sized oceanfront resort: salvaged wood, hemp mattresses, organic linens, living walls, and even take-home socks instead of disposable slippers. If you think you’ll be roughing it in the woods like a tree-hugger though, you’ll be sadly mistaken. Airy rooms average 700 square feet – some of the largest in Miami – and are outfitted with Carrara marble soaking tubs and rainfall showers. Make time to check out the 18th-floor pool, an adults-only enclave next to to the hotel’s rooftop bar, which spoils guests with panoramic views of downtown Miami due west, the Atlantic Ocean due east, and the urban sprawl of the South Florida coastline due north and south.

  • Room amenities: Nespresso coffee machine, yoga mat, cotton robes, ocean-view balconies
  • Direct access to Miami Beach with chairs and umbrellas available
  • Four outdoor pools, including a large whirlpool
  • Three bars and on-premises celebrity chef restaurant (Beachcraft)
  • Full-service Bamford Spa
  • Lobby farm stand selling fresh fruit & vegetables
  • 14,000 square-foot Spartan Gym
  • Conference rooms and business center

3) Dream Hotel South Beach

One block from the Miami’s famed beaches in the center of the Art Deco District sits the center of the party: Dream Hotel South Beach. An upscale hotel designed specifically for Miami’s well-heeled party circuit clientele, the Dream boasts 107 rooms plus a guesthouse that doubles as an event space. Room decor is chic and modern, with a focus on the two things that matter to party animals the most: comfortable beds and high-pressure rainfall showers. Families would do well to steer clear of this property, as everything in it caters to freewheeling and hard-charging adults. On-site perks include a Mexican restaurant with an impressively extensive tequila list, a standard spa with any services required for hangover recovery, and a rooftop infinity pool with a bar that stays open late. The Dream Hotel is a party lover’s dream – an upscale, stylish, Instagram-worthy backdrop that is an ideal home base for a wild weekend of adventure in Magic City.

  • Room amenities: large flat-screen TVs, minibars, smartphone docks
  • Guesthouse with covered rooftop terrace available for stays or events
  • On-premise restaurant Naked Taco with cantina & advanced tequila tasting menu
  • Spa with wide range of treatments plus a boutique
  • Rooftop infinity pool with cabanas and pool bar
  • Pet-friendly

4) The Miami Beach EDITION

Ian Schrager’s buzzy Miami Beach EDITION opened in December 2014 with the goal of providing high-end yet hip accommodations to couples, families, and business professionals in search of South Florida sunshine. Along the way, the EDITION gained a reputation for attracting ultra-trendy travelers, including numerous A-list and B-list celebrities who have become fans of its 1950s retro glamor vibe. The 294 spacious rooms and bungalow-like suites are outfitted with an array of unique modern luxuries such as Beats Bluetooth speakers and copies of PAPER magazine; downstairs away from the rooms, the resort wows guests with delightful experiential treats: an on-site restaurant from Jean Georges Vongerichten; a tranquil full-service spa; two pools lined with lush tropical plantings and a hidden hammock garden called The Sandbox; and Basement, an underground nightclub complex that Drake once rented out entirely to skate laps with his celebrity crush Rihanna during Ultra / Miami Music Week. Oh, and did we mention EDITION has 70,000 square feet of pristine white sand and blue waves as its backyard?

  • Room amenities: in-room speakers, flat-screen TVs, balconies with ocean views
  • Beachfront with chairs and umbrellas
  • Two swimming pools with poolside food and drink service
  • On-premises celebrity chef restaurant (Matador)
  • On-premises nightclub, bowling alley, and ice-skating rink (Basement Miami)
  • Multiple bars indoors and outdoors
  • Spa with treatment rooms, hammam, infrared sauna, and salon
  • 24-hour fitness center with free weights and cardio machines
  • Nightly turndown service with free bottled water

5) SLS Hotel South Beach

Another trendy and upscale hotel for the trendy and upscale partying crowd, SLS South Beach boasts 140 beachfront rooms designed by the famous Philippe Starck featuring white, black, and pink hues and mirrors above the beds. The well-known on-site restaurants give the hotel cachet among foodies, while a legendary party pool scene and two bars keep the party going from morning until… the next morning. At night though, Miami’s craziest party people staying here opt for wilder nightclub scenes around the city, and so the scene at SLS Hotel resembles more a cool, hip, chill, low-key European-style ultra-lounge. Between the luxurious retro-inspired indoor areas and the sprawling pool deck, the entire venue has more than 8,000 square feet for partygoers to get their party vibes on no matter the time of day or their mood.

  • Room amenities: minibars, flat-screen TVs, oversized bathrooms with quality Ciel toiletries, couches, espresso machines
  • Serviced beach area with free loungers
  • Two pools, including a guest-only pool
  • On-premises dayclub (Hyde Beach) and nightclub (Hyde Lounge)
  • On-premises celebity chef restaurants (Katsuya, The Bazaar)
  • Two bars with popular happy hours, and a poolside bar
  • Full-service salon and poolside nail treatments
  • Small gym with cardio machines and free weights
  • Free drop-offs within a two-mile radius
  • Pet-friendly

6) The Setai

Erected on the property of the the circa 1937 Dempsey Vanderbilt Hotel, the Setai is a superlatively stylish Asian-themed beachfront resort with teak floors, lacquer furniture, and bronze and dark stone accents. While the property doesn’t appear to be much from the outside on the walk up, the hotel lobby is immaculate: jade, bronze, and stone architecture in alignment with Feng Sui practices, while each brick that lines the lobby floors was sourced from Shanghai and dates back to the Asian Art Deco period.  All of the 135 rooms on property are suites, airy and roomy enough to accommodate larger groups (average room size is 600 square feet). Away from the rooms, the theme of “finding one’s zen” stays rigidly on-brand: an indulgent spa features therapeutic indulges from Paris-based Thémaé, and three infinity pools side-by-side offer guests their choice of soothing waters at a precise 75, 80, and 90 degrees.

  • Room amenities: Duxiana beds, black granite baths, jacuzzi tubs, Acqua di Parma toiletries, flat-screen TV’s, minibars
  • Multiple award-winning restaurants plus a world-class wine cellar
  • Luxury spa
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Free yoga classes on the beach

7) W South Beach

Like many of the W Hotel properties around the world, the 401-room W South Beach is a high-energy luxury hotel with a sophisticated look and relaxed atmosphere popular with young professional twenty-somethings and new-family thirty-somethings with toddlers. Its lobby boasts eclectically designed interiors with an enviable collection of high-end contemporary art from famous names like Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, and Kenny Scharf (as well as a giant Instagram-worthy Hello Kitty fountain greeting visitors at the entrance). The Miami Beach sand and surf is just a stone’s throw away from the property, which cordons off a private area for W South Beach guests. The pool scene is everything and anything one could want from South Beach: tight bodies, six packs, cabanas, and a gorgeous crowd sipping mojitos to DJ-spun tunes.

  • Room amenities: kitchenettes, coffeemakers, minibars, outdoor spaces, hot tubs, balconies, Bliss toiletries
  • Two pools, including a semi-private adult-only pool
  • Two on-premises restaurants (Mr. Chow, RWSB)
  • On-premises nightclub (Wall at the W)
  • Bliss Spa with steam room, treatment rooms, and sauna
  • 24-hour gym with free fitness classes
  • Luxury car rental available
  • Pet-friendly, plus dog kits available

8) Faena Hotel Miami Beach

An ambitious design collaboration between hotelier Alan Faena and power couple costume designer Catherine Martin and film director Baz Luhrmann, the eponymous 179-room Faena Hotel Miami Beach is a prime oceanfront luxury resort and cultural complex showcasing stylish extravagance. This resort opened to a well-heeled crowd during Art Basel 2016, and its opulent and chic interior decor – including a Damien Hirst sculpture in the lobby – is a lasting homage to its roots. Faena has retained a cadre of loyal high-end clients – including a few celebrities – with luxe, colorful, well-decorated rooms boasting furnished balconies and spectacular shoreline vistas. In addition to exquisite decor, guests are wowed by two five-star restaurants, four bars, and immaculately serviced pool and beach areas.

  • Room amenities: minibars, flat-screen TVs, furnished sea-view balconies, large tubs, butler service (for suites)
  • Free loungers and umbrellas on beachfront
  • Outdoor pool with cabanas for rent
  • Huge spa has hammam and treatments with a holistic and high-tech edge
  • Four on-premises celebrity chef restaurants (Los Fuegos, Pao, Veranda, Gitano)
  • Four bars with great cocktails and stunning interior decor
  • Kids’ club with high-brow activities

9) Hotel Delano Miami Beach

The Delano South Beach has long been regarded as one of Miami’s top luxury hotels, its iconic white-on-white design making it a South Beach playground favored by glitterati since it was first designed and built by Philippe Starck in 1947. With one of the most envied locations within the South Beach entertainment hub, this beachfront boutique hotel paradise is just steps from some of South Beach’s most popular restaurants, shops, sites, and streets. A stay in one of its 195 all-white rooms doesn’t come cheap; for the price you pay though, Delano will live up to your expectations and its reputation of having an impeccable standard of luxury. The heated pool with its trendy bar/lounge scene is a household name among local and international upscale partiers.

  • Room amenities: white marble bathrooms, wraparound windows, walk-in closet, sofa chair, desk, minibar
  • Direct access to beach with comfy loungers
  • Large high-energy infinity pool
  • Two on-premises restaurants (Leymia, Umi)
  • On-premises dayclub (Delano Beach Club) and evening lounge (Delano Beach At Night)
  • Agua Spa with full-service therapeutic treatment menu
  • Fitness center with weights and cardio
  • Free bike rentals

10) Shelborne Wyndham Grand

Shelbourne Hotel Miami Beach

Thank to a 2014 overhaul to combine its Art Deco roots with modern luxury, the Shelborne South Beach has risen to become a popular pick for those seeking a less opulent (and slightly less expensive) but still stylish, upscale experience right on Collins Avenue. Standard rooms are smaller than those of the other hotels on this list; however, amenities are top-notch and include all the most important staples including beach access and a heated pool. The two best amenities by far are location and value for dollar spent: no matter the time of the year, room rates at this property are always competitive for an upscale beachfront option in South Beach. Most of its neighbors, including the Hotel Delano right next door, are consistently two to three times pricier. 

  • Room amenities: flat-screen TV, smartphone dock, coffee maker, minibar, balconies
  • Heated pool with cabanas available
  • On-premises restaurant (The Sarsaparilla Club)
  • Beach service includes chair and towel
  • Business center and meeting spaces

OK, so you’ve just scrolled through and wrapped up all your research to maximize your high-end South Beach hotel accommodation experience! What’s the next step? Line up your day or night party plans for your Miami trip well in advance, and set aside the appropriate budgets using our Discotech app. Our app – available in both the App Store and Google Play and featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp! – will put you and your crew another huge step closer to your hassle-free Miami vacation!

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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 Art Basel 2017 Weekend Party Guide

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

Art Basel Party f/ G-Eazy @ E11even

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)

Diplo Basel Edition @ LIV

Diplo Basel Edition @ LIV

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

Desert Hearts Art Basel Edition @ Trade Miami

Desert Hearts Art Basel Edition @ Trade

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 Basel Edition @ Story

Zedd @ Story

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

Art Basel Showcase @ Do Not Sit on the Furniture

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)

H.Wood Group Pop-Up f/ 50-Cent @ Ora

50 Cent @ Ora

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 f/ Duke Dumont @ Hyde Beach

Duke Dumont @ Hyde Beach

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)

Markus Schulz @ Heart

Markus Schulz @ Heart

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.

Miami 2017 Last-Minute Halloween Guide

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

Do Not Sit on Halloween @ Do Not Sit on the Furniture

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)

Halloween Costume Party @ Cameo

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

Sunset Funeral @ Delano Beach Club

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)

Chuckie’s Haunted Shipwreck (Night Swim) @ Hyde Beach

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

Freak Show @ E11even

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

Halloween on Lincoln Road @ Mr. Jones

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!