Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs

Life can be hard for a Miami club kid. It's not all champagne and bathroom-stall snow showers. Sometimes your favorite place is marked by developers and reduced to rubble overnight. Sometimes you love a place but no one else seems to care, and it slowly fades into nothingness, prompting half-hearted queries like, "Is that place even still open?"

Many dance clubs have disappeared over the years, but Miami has never been a city of the past. It survives by looking forward, and quite a few dope spots have cropped up recently. For those who wish to keep the party going, we suggest one of these fabulous late-night faves.

Gareth Emery makes musical love to the crowd at Club Space.
Gareth Emery makes musical love to the crowd at Club Space.
Photo by George Martinez

1. Club Space. Space: The final frontier. It's the place all good nights go to transform into holy-shit-how-am-I-still-standing afternoons. This is a once-a-week establishment (open only Saturdays), but it's all-nighter vibes are illustrious and infamous. The Terrace is a hallowed place where you can dance well after the sun rises. The Ground is its new live music venue on the first floor. It's found renewed spirit since the guys behind III Points, Link, and Miami Rebels took over. The biggest names in trance and house music love to drop legendary, record-breaking sets at Space. It's more than 15 years old, and Miami is lucky to have it. 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; clubspace.com.

The gogo dancers give it their all at E11even.
The gogo dancers give it their all at E11even.
Photo by George Martinez

2. E11even. It's part cabaret, part megaclub, all rap-music-video fantasyland. E11even is the party that never stops. The 24-hour club has been open round-the-clock since February 2014. It's a hedonistic playground of the highest order. Yes, there are topless dancers, but there are also former Cirque du Soleil aerial performers and state-of-the-art lighting and sound. It's a double-decker party palace with a rooftop lounge and restaurant. It's constantly booking highly rated EDM acts. Drake performed at E11even's New Year's 2016 shindig. It's not your average bachelor-party spot, but it's basically every Miami nightlife stereotype rolled into one odd but undeniably delicious burrito. Everyone must go at least once — that's an official Miami rule. 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-829-2911; 11miami.com.

Heart is new to downtown.
Heart is new to downtown.
Photo Courtesy of Heart

3. Heart. If you can't wait till Saturday for Space to open, head to its sister club, Heart, Friday. It's the spot if you like techno in all of its many flavors. It's not as large as Space, but it has three levels of alternating sound and style. It hosts locals such as Oscar G and Lazaro Casanova and books international talent like Prok & Fitch, Markus Schulz, and Hot Since 82. Heart even let the Buygore crew kick it last Miami Music Week. 50 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-912-3099; heartnightclub.com.

Never a dull moment at Counter Corner, a monthly party at 1306.EXPAND
Never a dull moment at Counter Corner, a monthly party at 1306.
Karli Evans

4. 1306. Whether you want to chill out with a cocktail at the classy indoor bar or get down and dirty in the fresh air of the back patio, 1306 has something for everyone. Brought to you by the same people who made Grand Central a legend of downtown's old scene, this place has been known to book trivia nights, dancehall parties, big-ticket DJ sets, and the always-fabulous Counter Corner. When things get busy, they're really busy, but you can escape the madness on the front porch. 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami 305-377-2277; 1306miami.com.

Floyd Miami is the perfect balance between classy and sassy.
Floyd Miami is the perfect balance between classy and sassy.
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5. Floyd. Technically, it's part of Club Space, but Floyd boasts a whole different vibe. Craft cocktails and close quarters lend the dimly lit room a sultry mood, but if you come for one of the special events, the luxuriously decorated space rocks with the best of them. Offering genres ranging from lo-fi house to French-touch classics, Floyd is an elevated turn-up experience for those who like to boogie and look good doing it. 34 NE 11th St., Suite B; 786-618-9447; floydmiami.com.

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