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South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
February 19, 2019 | 9:15am
The days of Madonna sightings and Versace parties are gone, but the South Beach nightclub scene rages on. The players change, and institutions come and go. Velvet ropes line the street, then vanish, only to return under new blinking signs. The music shifts and styles evolve, but the energy and excitement remain.
Whether you're searching for rock, hip-hop, EDM, or Latin vibes; looking to down a beer or sip expensive champagne; dressed to the nines or keeping it casual, South Beach is the place to go when it's time to get shit poppin'. Here are our favorite after-dark haunts east of the mainland.
Story 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
We're giving 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 has a larger dance floor than cramped LIV, but the same dedication to style and exclusivity. At Story, the bookers dig a little deeper with their musical selections, giving more underground artists a chance to play in a bigger, sexier environment. For that, we commend it.
Voted New Times' Best Dance Club in 2018, this South Beach spot specializes in presenting unique house and techno stars. A Friday or Saturday here guarantees a wild night of dancing but at a more down-to-earth level than other Miami spots — the kitschy jungle atmosphere might have something to do with it. Be sure to check out what Treehouse has planned for Miami Music Week.
Basement 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
This hideaway in the Edition Hotel is a multiroom pleasure emporium of sensory overload. The club itself is dope enough, with a 330-person seatless dance floor and a bar that regularly bumps feel-good party jams. It's also the spot to catch special guest DJs from around the world, but the ancillary activities are what really push Basement over the edge. Where else can you bowl and ice-skate while getting this turnt? Nowhere in this city, babe.
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach