Miami's Five Best Underground Dance Clubs

Escape the megaclubs for a night. Go underground.
Escape the megaclubs for a night. Go underground.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

Miami's megaclubs are definitely something we'd recommend everyone experience at least once -- if they can afford it. Often referred to as "Vegas style," South Beach was actually providing this kind of entertainment long before Sin City jumped on the EDM bandwagon.

But unlike Las Vegas, Miami also boasts lots of underground dance spots, with clubs on either side of the causeway pushing the limits of electronic dance music. They proudly use genre tags like techno, house, glitch, Italo disco, nu-disco, and others, refusing to adhere to catch-all terminology. These are the nightlife venues where clubbers who have grown tired of chart-approved formulas can find something a little deeper.

Here is a guide to Miami's five best underground dance clubs.

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The Pickle, a Wynwood dance institution.
The Pickle, a Wynwood dance institution.
Photo by George Martinez/gmartnx.com

Electric Pickle

Named one of the best dance clubs in America by Rolling Stone and ranked among DJ Mag's Top 100 Clubs in the world, Electric Pickle has been a beacon for Miami's house and techno scenes since 2009. It's the longest-operating club in Wynwood, and for good reason: A custom Dynacord sound system gives the small space a big wallop that's sometimes hard to find at much bigger clubs. Highlights during WMC and Miami Music Week 2015 include DJ Three's Hallucienda party, which returns to Miami on Thursday, March 26, after a five-year hiatus, and veterans Frank & Tony's exclusive appearance during the week on Wednesday, March 25.

See also: Electric Pickle: "It's Been a Magical Six Years"

Get down and Delicious at Trade.
Get down and Delicious at Trade.
Photo by Yesenia Hernandez

Trade

When gay mecca Score was pushed out of Lincoln Road, some people felt it just wouldn't be the same. But Score is still racking up points, and its move into Liquid's former location at 1439 Washington Ave. meant the club had space to launch a sister venue too. In October 2013, Trade opened on the second floor, directly above Score. And while it is decidedly gay-friendly (in the way that all big-city dance music venues are), it's a come-as-you-are spot that also books an impressive array of acts thanks to party promoters Link Miami Rebels. During WMC and MMW 2015, don't miss Düsseldorf-based label Desolat's showcase on Sunday, March 29, with Guti, Martin Buttrich, and Francisco Allendes; or Trade's two-room throwdown with Nicole Moudaber, Maya Jane Coles, Philipp Jung of M.A.N.D.Y., and Bob Moses on Saturday, March 28.

See also: Five Signs This Club Sucks



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