Miami's Best Bachelorette Party Stops by Neighborhood

Drag Brunch at Palace Bar.
Drag Brunch at Palace Bar. Karli Evans
click to enlarge Drag Brunch at Palace Bar. - KARLI EVANS
Drag Brunch at Palace Bar.
Karli Evans
When it's time to gather your girls for one last hurrah before "I do," there's perhaps no better city for letting your guard down, donning your gaudy bride-to-be flair, and waving your freak flag than Miami. Here are our tried-and-true picks for the ultimate Magic City bachelorette day-to-night adventure. We've broken it down by neighborhood to keep the Uber fares low, but feel free to mix and match for a full-on Miami party experience.

Miami Beach

Start Early: Drag brunch at Palace Bar. "Every queen needs a Palace" is this Ocean Drive institution's motto. Choose one of two mimosa-fueled live drag show seatings Saturday or Sunday; then stick around for the famous "T-dance" featuring DJs and go-go boys. 1052 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-7234;

Fuel Up: Tots and cocktails at Sweet Liberty. Be sure to reserve a table at this award-winning SoBe cocktail lounge that also offers elevated, hearty bar snacks and on-point DJs. Wash down your perfectly crisp Japanese mayo-coated tater tots with the aptly named gin cocktail She Said Yes. 237 20th St., Suite B, Miami Beach; 305-763-8217;

Finish Late: Dance and bowl at Basement at the Edition. Take your ladies to this hip spot underneath the ultra-cool Edition hotel for excellent people-watching, amazing music, and a unique late-night experience. Bowling costs $50 per lane per hour and can accommodate up to eight people. 901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4600;
click to enlarge El Patio in Wynwood. - KARLI EVANS
El Patio in Wynwood.
Karli Evans

Start Early: Get thirsty on a Cycle Party bike ride. Each party bike can fit up to 15 guests and includes a "pilot" and music. Hop on a private Wynwood bar crawl or brewery tour, which lasts about two hours and takes you to some of this eclectic neighborhood's can't-miss spots, including Gramps, Concrete Beach, and Veza Sur. Don't forget to stop for some group photos in front of Wynwood's iconic murals. 305-526-4309;

Fuel Up: Be the scene at Kyu. At one of Miami's most buzzed-about restaurants, there's almost always a line of flashy cars in the valet area. Get in on the action by reserving one of Kyu's coveted 16-seat hightop tables. Order celebratory champagne for the table, or try out a few inventive cocktails. Just don't sleep on the Korean fried chicken. 251 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-577-0150;

Finish Late: Drop it low at El Patio. Wynwood is saturated with bars and clubs whose beats spill onto the crowded sidewalks, but El Patio is the stop for a guaranteed bumping Latin dance party in a tropical indoor-outdoor setting. 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241;
Dinner and a show at El Tucán in Brickell. - COURTESY OF WORKSHOP COLLECTIVE
Dinner and a show at El Tucán in Brickell.
Courtesy of Workshop Collective

Start Early: Bougie-boozy brunch at Bazaar Mar by José Andrés at SLS Brickell. If you and the squad are ready to splurge, look no further than Bazaar Mar at the SLS Brickell. Be sure to snap those Insta-perfect group photos at this super-luxe spot designed by Philippe Starck before things get too sloppy later. Fixed pricing options include several sea-inspired food stations and vary depending upon the level of caviar and unlimited champagne you choose. 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-615-5859;

Fuel Up: Dinner and a show at El Tucán. This hot spot takes the old concept of dinner and a show and completely decks it out Miami-style. The multilevel, ornate dining room and stage ooze Old-World elegance, while the talent bookings have included everyone from the renowned Cuban cabaret El Tropicana to Miami's own Rick Ross. Plan your party accordingly: El Tucán is closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in March. 1111 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-535-0065;

Finish Late: Get messy at Blackbird Ordinary. Bar-hopping in Brickell is best concluded at this 5 a.m. staple famous for its ladies' nights and jam-packed weekend revelry. The massive patio with domed views of the night sky frequently offers live music, while the shoulder-to-shoulder bar inside means you're pretty much guaranteed to strike up some fun conversations and impromptu dance-offs. 729 SW First Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307;
Los Altos on Calle Ocho. - ADDISON SMITH
Los Altos on Calle Ocho.
Addison Smith
Little Havana/Downtown

Start Early: Apéritif on the water at Kiki on the River. Nothing screams, "I'm about to walk down the aisle!" quite like a twinkling dining room dripping in crystal and florals, all overlooking the water. Such is the ambiance at Kiki on the River, which boasts an adorable apéritif menu featuring festive bubbly cocktails such as the Blanc and the Sparkling Blossom and Greek-inspired snacks from 5 p.m. to sunset. 450 NW North River Dr., Miami; 786-502-3243;

Fuel Up: Tapas and salsa at Ball & Chain. This multistage venue for live music with a salsa edge is a Calle Ocho institution. For larger parties, reserve a table with bottle service, and order your chicharrones and mojito with a side of live jazz. Once your stomachs have been sufficiently lined with greasy Caribbean fare, head outside to dance off the calories. 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820;

Finish Late: Bottle service with a view at Los Altos. Hidden above a legendary Calle Ocho taco shop, Los Altos raises the nightlife bar in Little Havana, offering a new rooftop option that promises a late-night fiesta infused with the cultural heritage of Mexico. Cozy up with your crew in one of the nine velvet-upholstered banquettes or dance the night away at this sprawling indoor-outdoor venue that features authentic imported design elements and killer views of downtown. 521 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-874-7414.
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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami.
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