Miami's Six Best Latin Clubs

Nowhere does Latin clubs like Miami.
Nowhere does Latin clubs like Miami.
Photo by Karli Evans

Miami is known for many things, including but not limited to horrible drivers, corrupt politicians, and cocaine. But the one thing that gives the Magic City its sabor picante are all of the Cubanos, Dominicanos, Venezolanos, Colombianos, and other Latinos that call the 305 home. Miami is one of the most diverse cities in America, and that diversity does wonders for our nightlife.

Because if there is one thing the Hispanics of Miami do better than anybody else, it's throw tremenda pachangas. Just take a stroll through Hialeah or Calle Ocho on a Saturday night and see for yourself.

Guess that's the beauty of living in Miyami. That, and these six clubs.

El Patio is quickly becoming one of Wynwood's coolest spots.
El Patio is quickly becoming one of Wynwood's coolest spots.
Photo by Karli Evans

6. El Patio167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; facebook.com/elpatiowynwood.

Wynwood's newest spot, El Patio, wanted to offer "something Latin but funky and not commercial." That's what co-owner Nicolas Hoyos told us the day before the cozy outdoor venue celebrated its grand opening. With furniture literally imported from Colombia, El Patio has that cozy abuela vibe while still offering a vibrant, upbeat atmosphere. Patio's owners worked closely with local Latin musician Mr. Pauer to curate music that ranges from vintage salsa to modern Latin meets electronic. Tuesday nights feature old-school Latin. Wednesday nights belong to reggae, and on Thursdays salsa reigns supreme. Combine that with a cheap happy hour and live bands, and you can't go wrong with El Patio. 

Feneiva, opening for Kinky at La Covacha.
Feneiva, opening for Kinky at La Covacha.
Photo by Luz Elena Silva

5. La Covacha, 10730 NW 25th St., Doral; 305-594-3717; lacovacha.com.
Sure, Doral may be nothing more than a collection of warehouses, businesses, and trucks, but this commercial hot spot is also home to one of the best Latin clubs in the 305. Attracting reggaetoneros Alexis y Fido, Tony Dize, Chino y Nacho, and J Alvarez, as well as Oscar D'Leon, Tito el Bambino, and other salseros, this place has been bringing la rumba to the Magic City for over two decades. And with nightly parties and drink specials, we're pretty sure La Covacha will remain a mecca of Latin music for many years to come.

 

From the outside, it doesn't look like much.
From the outside, it doesn't look like much.
Photo Courtesy of Las Tabernas De Wancho

4. Las Tabernas De Wancho, 2100 W . 76th St. #512, Hialeah; 305-822-7833; lastabernasdewancho.com.

To get to Las Tabernas De Wancho, you'll need to navigate your way to the top floor of a seemingly nondescript shopping center in Hialeah. On the fifth floor, you'll find three rooms: There's Cuna Del Sol, which fits about 450 and plays mostly merengue and bachatas. The most recent addition is Club 5, a smaller space that brings in a younger crowd with hip-hop, reggaeton, and techno. The last room, Tropical Crossover, resembles a pueblito. Each room features aguardiente bottle service and by the time the bottle is empty, you'll wonder where this place has been all your life.

Tucán will take you back in time.
Tucán will take you back in time.
Photo by Greg Lotus

3. El Tucán, 1111 SW  First Ave., Miami; 305-535-0065; eltucanmiami.com .

When El Tucán opened in Brickell last October, it promised to take us back in time. “It's like that Old-World feeling of dinner and a show,” creative director Emilia Menocal told us. Pure '40s Havana glam was what we were promised. And El Tucán delivered. On New Year's Eve, Tucán hosted the first ever U.S. performance of the famed Cuban cabaret, El Tropicana de Cuba, and the club continues to bring in acclaimed Latin talent. A few weeks ago, the Cuban Grammy-winner Albita stopped by to sing. And Tucán's house talent includes Miami local Yoli Mayor, who's quickly earning a local buzz thanks to her nickname of the Cuban Adele. You can also eat dinner at Tucán. But we wouldn't recommend filling up on steak. It'll make it hard to dance later. 

Ball & Chain is the place to be on Calle Ocho.
Ball & Chain is the place to be on Calle Ocho.
Photo by Gil Bitton

2Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com.

Its original incarnation was born in 1935 and died in 1957. Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, and many more came through the Calle Ocho club to make it one of Miami's hottest destinations. Back in September 2014, brothers Zack and Ben Bush decided to reopen Ball & Chain to restore it back to its former glory. It's since become Calle Ocho's most popular bar, attracting both old and young, Latin and gringo. Its backyard pineapple stage — that's, yes, shaped like a pineapple — is the perfect place to sip a cocktail during the day or salsa your pants off at night. Its mix of vintage and modern has managed to charm Miami, turning Ball & Chain into a welcome destination for tourists and locals. 

No one does it like Hoy Como Ayer.
No one does it like Hoy Como Ayer.
Photo Courtesy of Hoy Como Ayer

1. Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-541-2631; hoycomoayer.us.
Hoy Como Ayer is all about las estrellas musicales and el sonido Latino. From Amaury Gutiérrez's Latin Grammy Award-winning "Guajira con Tumbao" to Albita's legendary "Fiesta Pa'los Rumberos" and the electronic mezcal of the Spam Allstars, every night is an over-the-top fiesta where the dancing never stops, the conga drums are always kickin', and the Bacardi is flowing. Long live Hoy Como Ayer.

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