The seemingly endless traffic nightmare is over. The crowds have gone home.
That's right — Memorial Day weekend came and went, and now the locals have reclaimed South Beach. The nightclubs are back to business as usual, booking superfamous international DJs and catering to the bottle-popping, fist-pumping tiki-tiki music crowd.
From Venezuela to France, DJs worldwide come here to drop beats and bleep-bloops in our back yard. If electronic dance music were a religion, Miami Beach would be a mashup of Mecca, Vatican City, and Jerusalem.
Best South Beach Club Parties
Here are the six best club parties on South Beach this weekend.
Fur Coat. As part of Kontrol. 11 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-8411; mansionmiami.com. Tickets cost $15 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Is Venezuela the next Sweden, a breeding ground for internationally accessible house music and groove funk? If Sergio Muñoz and Israel Sunshine are any indication, the answer is a very definitive yes.
Digital Fridays. 11 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Cameo Nightclub, 1445 Washington Ave., Miami; 305-532-2667; cameomiami.com. Tickets cost $25 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Whether it's a touring DJ or resident Christian Falero, Cameo's Friday-night house-music party is one of the best on the Beach. This weekend, Falero will take the decks and spin some of the finest EDM you'll hear all summer.
Knife Party. As part of Super Fridays. 11 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-8411; mansionmiami.com. Tickets cost $45 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Australians are wild. Don't believe us? Clearly, you don't know Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire, two electro rockers turned dubstep DJs from Perth. These guys go hard with the womp-womp, and they're taking over Mansion this weekend.
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Cedric Gervais's Birthday Sh*t Show. 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com. Tickets cost $50 to $75 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. He was only 14 when he landed his first residency at Papa Gaio in St. Tropez. Today, Gervais has his very own so-called Sh*t Show. Happy birthday, Cedric! Miami loves you like we love "Molly."
Junior Sanchez. 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Wall Lounge, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-938-3131; wallmiami.com. Tickets cost $60 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Junior Sanchez has worked with everybody. The dude has produced tracks for Katy Perry, Mya, and even Daft Punk. But as he told MTV News last year: "I tend to borrow from a lot of different genres, because my palette is really pretty wide with music." So his extensive and varied resumé shouldn't come as a surprise.
Hook N Sling. As part of Cirque de Mansion. 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-8411; mansionmiami.com. Tickets cost $25 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Be it Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Wednesday, there's always a party on South Beach. And on this hump day, Hook N Sling is your guide.