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South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
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Just the other week, we here at Crossfade were all "everyone knows South Beach parties, but let's talk about the great clubs of downtown." And we did, and it was good. But we know what you really want to do.

Y'all wanna "party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach till the break of dawn." Well, calm down Big Willy Style ...

Here are South Beach's ten best dance clubs.

See also: Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs

South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
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10. Chalk

Do you like your dancing with a side of drinking games? Where else can you get your groove on and challenge a hottie to some pool or ping-pong? Chalk is that spot, and it's the "only green-friendly lounge on South Beach," so you're really being an environmental dance activist just walking through the door.

South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
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9. Don't Sit on the Furniture

This place is a baby, as in, it's pretty brand-spanking new, but it's already carving itself a place in the hearts of Dade County hipster house heads. It's small, it's dark, and it's wonderfully decorated. It's kind of weird when the lights come on and you suddenly see the faces you've been dancing shoulder to shoulder with for hours. But when it's dark and muggy, it's got that true underground magic.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Hipster Bars

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8. Score/Trade

The recently relocated Score made its name giving Miami's hottest boy divas their most sinfully delicious nightspot across the bridge. Now, Lincoln Road surely misses its friend of Dorothy, but Washington Avenue is happy to be the new home of debauchery. Oh, and Score expanded with Trade Nightclub earlier this month, and the clubs' combined powers prove one helluva good time.

See also: Score's Ten Most Memorable Moments

South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
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7. Mansion

This Opium Group cash cow is a classic. Even if the megaclub sometimes upsets the hipster community, Mansion's still got some of the sickest lighting in town. Plus, the place always boasts near-naked dancing ladies. If you're looking for a fist-pumping party, Mansion is one of the best.

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6. Wall

This place isn't the biggest club, but it is one of the highest-grossing bars in the entire country. If you want to mingle with SoBe's beautiful and successful types, there's nothing to top this spot's glossy, wild vibe. The boutique décor gives the lounge a sensual and futuristic air. And if you have a lil' too much fun, Wall is inside the W South Beach hotel. So you can score a room, crash, and come back the next night.

South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
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5. Cameo

Another Opium Group joint, where hip-hop heads go for their SoBe nights out. It seems as though every other day Cameo's got one of the hottest names in the rap game hitting the stage, whether it be a classic host or an up-and-coming star. Plus, there are real stripper poles with real girls sliding up and down from dusk till dawn. This is where classy meets the hood. Don't bother coming unless you're real.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Hip-Hop Clubs

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4. Nikki Beach

C'mon, who doesn't want to party on the beach? If you're looking to get down to great house without all the flashy nonsense, you've got to come straight to Nikki. This unique atmosphere is especially hot during the March chaos of Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week, as it's always sure to play host to some of the most respected names on the dance music scene.

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3. LIV

Everyone knows LIV is the tits. Even Rolling Stone considers this party palace to be the second best dance spot in the country. Everyone, from Calvin Harris to Lil Wayne, plays the Fontainebleau's fanciest club. It's world famous. It's in movies. It's the quintessential South Beach bottle-service joint. And we all know that's the truth.

See also: LIV Miami Makes $45-$60 Million in 2012, Fourth Highest Grossing Nightclub in U.S.

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South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

2. Treehouse

Have you ever wanted to party with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, but you just can't find enough pure pixie dust to get your feet off the ground? Don't worry, Treehouse is here to fulfill all your fantastical party needs. It's the underground king of SoBe, and probably one of the best dark rooms for dancing and other things in the whole city. Always bringing quality acts, Treehouse is a damn jewel.

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1. Story

We're going to give it up to Story. Owned and operated by the same great peeps who bring you LIV, this Collins Avenue megaclub is the bottle-service alternative. It's got a larger dance floor than the cramped LIV situation, but it has the same dedication to style and exclusivity. At Story, the bookers dig a little deeper with their musical selection, giving more underground artists, like Dirtybird's Claude VonStroke and Miami-bred Danny Daze, a chance to play in a bigger, sexier environment. For that, we commend it.

See also: Danny Daze on Underground Music and South Beach: "It's an Odd Mixture, It Kinda Works"

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