Best of Miami 2016 Preview: Best Dance Club

Best Of 2016 is around the corner.
Best Of 2016 is around the corner.
Photo by Karli Evans

Each year, we here at New Times pool our collective noggins and try to come up with the best places, people, and things this city has to offer. And next Tuesday, you'll have a chance to see just what we came up with when our Best of Miami 2016 issue goes live online. With more than 400 winners ranging from bookstores to strip clubs, our Best of Miami issue will be your guide to the city.

A healthy chunk of our winners come from the music and nightlife category, something Miami knows a thing or two about. So, to get your attention, we're previewing some winners today. Check out who took the cake for Best Dance Club below, and see who our readers selected as well. 

And the winner is...
And the winner is...
Photo Courtesy of Heart

Best Dance Club
Heart Nightclub

In 2005, a club called Nocturnal opened in the space at 50 NE 11th St. At the time, the owners were looking to jump into the 24-hour party business that had made Space so successful a couple of doors down. Still, even after an $11 million build-out, Nocturnal never really found its footing and struggled as the king of 11th Street continued to lure patrons looking to party until sunrise. That changed in 2015 when the venue was rechristened Heart (following a brief incarnation as Koi). Instead of taking on the behemoth that is Space, Heart has positioned itself as a complement of sorts. If Saturdays belong to Space, then Fridays belong to Heart. Instead of concentrating on traditional house, Heart tends to focus on minimal, techno, or other off-kilter dance genres. Instead of competing, Heart is adding to 11th Street's partying environs. DJs such as Miss Kittin, John Digweed, Jesse Rose, Nicole Moudaber, and others have already gotten Heart beating. Under its semitransparent tenting on the rooftop, partygoers bathe in the Saturday-morning sunrise before calling it quits. And a wide-open dance floor (a rarity these days in Miami) welcomes everyone to try out their best moves — whether it's just bobbing your head or breaking out those truly spastic body movements.

Readers' choice: Basement Miami

50 NE 11th St., Miami, 33132 
305-912-3099
heartnightclub.com

Best of Miami 2016: A full list of the 2016 winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 14, and the complete issue will be available on newsstands Thursday, June 16. Celebrate with us at the Best of Miami Launch Party at the Rusty Pelican on Thursday, June 16. Tickets cost $45. Visit microapp.miaminewtimes.com/bestofparty/2016/

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