Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs

There's always an excuse to dance.
There's always an excuse to dance.
Photo by George Martinez

Being a Miami club kid can be a hard life. It's not all Champagne and bathroom-stall snow showers. Sometimes, your favorite place is marked by developers and turned into rubble overnight. Sometimes, you love a place but no one else seems to care, and it slowly crumbles into faded nothingness, prompting half-hearted queries like:  Is that place even still open?

This is a list we're refreshing that was originally posted in 2013, and sadly most of the establishments originally named on this article have come and gone. But Miami has never been a city of the past. We survive by looking forward, and quite a few dope spots cropped up in the wake of sweetly sleeping giants. For those who wish to keep the party going, we suggest one of these fabulous late-night faves.

Basically, just go to NE 11th Street and see what you can find.

Heart is new to the downtown area.
Heart is new to the downtown area.
Photo Courtesy of Heart

5. Heart, 50 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-912-3099;

If you can't wait until Saturday for Space to open, why not head to its sister club, Heart, on Friday? It's the place to go if you like techno in all its many flavors. It's not as large as Space, but it's got three levels of alternating sound and style. It plays host to locals like Oscar G and Lazaro Casanova, but it also books international talent, from Prok & Fitch to Markus Schulz, and Hot Since 82, and Heart even let the Buygore crew kick it last MMW.

The crowd bows to Baauer at the Hangar.
The crowd bows to Baauer at the Hangar.
Photo by Karli Evans

4. The Hangar, 60 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-702-3257;

When Skrillex came to Miami looking to play a dubstep set on his birthday, he chose this airplane-themed club in the 24-hour district. The cozy space has become a haven for bass-ridden DJs, and because of that, you're likely to find a fresher-faced clientele. Things will definitely get loud and rowdy, but it won't be pretentious. It's primarily an event space, so check the schedule to see what's coming up next.

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