Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs
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.
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.
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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