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; heartnightclub.com.

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; thehangar305.com.

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.

 

Miamians help celebrate Libertine's Grand Opening in June of 2015.
Miamians help celebrate Libertine's Grand Opening in June of 2015.
Photo by Ben Thacker

3. Libertine, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-363-2120; libertinemiami.com.

Sometimes you want to get a little dirty, but you want to do it in a classy way. Libertine knows that feeling, and it will bring a chicness to your 5 a.m. rager any Thursday through Saturday. The inside of this after-hours lounge is dark and intimate with touches of French elegance from the candle-lit entrance to the chandelier — even the faux fireplace and library are adorable. Serving specialty cocktails with a side of genre-hopping DJs (Jellybean Benitez recently started a residency there), it's the perfect place to go when you want to forget the sun. It doesn't have a bedtime, which means it stays awake as long as you do. 

The gogo dancers give it their all at E11even.
The gogo dancers give it their all at E11even.
Photo by George Martinez

2. E11even, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-829-2911; 11miami.com.

Part cabaret, part megaclub, all rap music video fantasy land. E11even is the party that never stops – literally. The 24-hour club has never closed since it first opened in February of 2014. It's a hedonistic playground of the highest order. Yes, there are topless dancers, but there's also former Cirque Du Soleil aerial performers and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. It's a double-decker party palace with a rooftop lounge and restaurant. It's constantly booking high-rate EDM acts. Drake performed at E11even's New Year's 2016 shindig. It's not your average bachelor-party spot, but it's basically every Miami nightlife stereotype rolled into one odd but undeniably delicious burrito. Everyone has got to go at least once. That's an official Miami rule. 

Gareth Emery makes musical love to the crowd at Club Space.
Gareth Emery makes musical love to the crowd at Club Space.
Photo by George Martinez

1. Club Space; 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; clubspace.com.

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. This is a once-a-week establishment (open only on Saturdays). Still, there's not another dance floor in the 305 that can touch the all-nighter vibes of the illustrious and infamous Terrace, where you can literally dance well after the sun rises. It's got some grime on it, but that's part of its charm. The biggest names in trance and house music look forward to the chance to drop legendary, sometimes record-breaking sets at Space. It's more than 15 years old, and Miami is lucky to have it.

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