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Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs

You can't beat the Garret. Don't even trip.
You can't beat the Garret. Don't even trip.
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People all over the world love Miami. To outsiders, this place is one never-ending party, and we'd be full of it not to concede that some locals see it that way too.

Of course, the stereotype is some all-night party on South Beach, in some swank club full of models who don't speak English. But that's only half the story.

If we're being real, we've had some of the most memorable nights on the other side of the bridge. Downtown may not be as flashy, but it knows what's up, and these five dance clubs are more than worth the admission price -- when there is one.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Hipster Bars

Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs
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5. Vagabond

If what you want from a night out is a low-key, posi-vibes experience, Vagabond is the spot. Get down on the nice and big dance floor, where it's never too cramped to bust a serious move, a rare quality in Miami. Enjoy plenty of drinks, because the prices won't bust your budget. And when you get too sweaty, cool down on the patio with even more great music. You can even satisfy your munchies with on-site grillin'.

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4. Electric Pickle

It's not just us who love Electric Pickle. This local sensation makes waves on a national scale. The Pickle was recently named one of the top 50 clubs in the country by none other than Rolling Stone, and once you stop in, it's not hard to see why. With a great rotation of local, national, and international acts, the Pickle provides some of the grooviest sets from the most respected names on the house and tech scenes.

Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs
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3. Grand Central

Talk about top notch. If you're a real music lover, you might consider Grand Central one of the greatest venues in the entire Miami area. It's not that they bring a constant stream of serious dance-scene talent (which they do), they've got the punk, rock, indie, and hip-hop scenes covered too. If you're a fancy motherfucker, you might not get your flashy fix, but if you're looking for a no-nonsense good time, you've come to the right place. All we need is four walls, a killer sound system, and that LED screen backdrop. Massive.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Hip-Hop Clubs

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Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs
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2. Space

Space: The final frontier. No, literally. Space is the place all good nights go to transform into holy-shit-how-am-I-still-standing afternoons. There's not another dance floor in the 305 that can touch the all-nighter vibes of the illustrious Terrace, where you can literally dance well into the next day. The biggest names in trance and house music look forward to the chance to drop legendary, sometimes record-breaking sets in Space. Miami is lucky to have it.

Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs
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1. The Garret

OK, hold the phone. This place does not get the love it deserves. If you've never been to Peachfuzz Fridays, you better check your head. It's your girl's favorite party, bro, serving up the best in fresh and classic hip-hop beats. But then the club brings it hard with Saturday's His & Hers, brought to you by Poplife. And yo, listen, you need to start making the monthly Slow Roast Thursdays a staple of your musical diet, because Craze and Louie Arson are murdering it on the regular. Best thing is, most nights at the Garrett are totally freesies! You know you can't beat the Garret. Don't even trip.

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