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The Ten Best Clubs in Wynwood

On any given weekend, Wynwood — Miami's former industrial district turned trendy arts hub — is crawling with revelers in search of a fun spot to party and a selfie in front of a mural. Though the most exclusive clubs are still primarily located in Miami Beach, the mainland is where the real fun happens.

From taco shops to bars, these are the ten best places to party in Wynwood.
click to enlarge Upstairs in the Bolero Room at the Electric Pickle. - PHOTO BY KARLI EVANS
Upstairs in the Bolero Room at the Electric Pickle.
Photo by Karli Evans
1. The Electric Pickle. Produce at Publix has a shelf life longer than most clubs in Miami. But the Electric Pickle has withstood the test of time and remained a Wynwood favorite since 2009. But after nearly ten years of sweating and ass-shaking at this dance institution, the neighborhood's longest-running nightclub will close its doors in June 2019. Pay your respects and spend one last decadent night dancing in the upstairs Bolero Room before it closes forever. Long live the Pickle. 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com.
click to enlarge Get down at Gramps. - PHOTO BY MONICA MCGIVERN
Get down at Gramps.
Photo by Monica McGivern
2. Gramps. Think of Gramps as your kid on the honor roll: You're proud of her above-average success and can't stop boasting about his accomplishments. A pillar of Miami's music scene, this Wynwood gem has consistently booked some of the best shows in town and has ranked on New Times' lists of Miami's best outdoor music venues and best rock clubs. Its backroom, Shirley's, was also named best intimate spot to catch live music. The squat orange spot on NW 24th Street is divided into three areas: The main room is equipped with a large bar, comfy booths, and arcade games. Shirley's is where you can catch smaller shows, while the larger ones are usually held on the spacious patio, which boasts a covered dance area, an additional bar, and a pizza stand. Double Stubble, the bar's Thursday-night dance party and drag show, is where you'll find the real Wynwood fun. 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com.
3. Las Rosas. Though technically not in Wynwood, this rock bar on NW Seventh Avenue in Allapattah is just a hop, skip, and a jump west of the epicenter of the vibrant arts district. There's free parking behind the bar — try finding that in Wynwood. Whether you're looking to shoot some pool, play arcade games, or catch local bands in Las Rosas' backroom, this dimly lit spot with a dive-bar vibe supplies nothing but the essentials. Grab a seat at one of the booths in the main room, throw back a few tequila cocktails, and escape the Wynwood chaos at this low-key neighborhood joint. The backyard also offers plenty of seating. 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 786-780-2700; lasrosasbar.com.
click to enlarge Try trading your vintage goods for a chance to score a bar tab at Barter. - PHOTO BY KARLI EVANS
Try trading your vintage goods for a chance to score a bar tab at Barter.
Photo by Karli Evans
4. Barter. Feeling thirsty and have a bunch of old stuff you want to purge? Here’s your chance to trade your vintage items at Wynwood’s new hangout, Barter, for a chance to score a bar tab. The indoor/outdoor spot, which opened in December 2018 in the former King Automotive repair shop, serves lunch, dinner, and tasty cocktails along with a solid rotation of weekly programming. Now's the time to start sweet-talking your abuela. 255 NW 27th Ter., Miami; 305-310-9720; barterwynwood.com.
click to enlarge PHOTO BY ALEXANDER OLIVA
Photo by Alexander Oliva
5. Rácket. This superchic cocktail bar, located on NW 24th Street just steps from Gramps, is an upscale spot to sip craft cocktails. A sophisticated reprieve from the area's boisterous weekend antics, Rácket is by far one of the area's nicest spots to hang. The elegant space, which is divided into two areas, boasts a small tiki-inspired rum and tequila bar and a few seating options in the covered atrium. In the main room, guests can shoot pool, play arcade games, dance to '00s hip-hop, and order drinks from what's described on Rácket's site as a "central sky-lit, live wood-edge, rolled steel island bar." Pero, like, superfancy, bro. 150 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-637-2987; racketwynwood.com.