Here's to partying in the 305.
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Miami is synonymous with nightlife, and partying is in our DNA. This city breeds night-crawlers, and 2 a.m. last call is a foreign concept. On any given night, you're guaranteed to find a party. The options seem endless. But what fetes stand above the rest? We factored in cover charges, drink specials, musical styles, and vibes to determine the best party in Miami every night of the week. This certainly isn't an exhaustive list of what the city's nightlife offers, but it's a place to start.
This one is for you, jazz lovers.
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Miami Jazz Jam at Churchill’s Pub.
If you're reading this list, you probably turned up pretty hard last weekend. And the weekend before that. So you might want to ease into the week with some easy listening. This dive bar in Little Haiti is home to one of the best spots in Miami to catch live jazz. There's a reason this weekly jazz jam has been around for more than 17 years. Every Monday around 9 p.m., the Fernando Ulibarri Group performs, often with surprise guests. The pub sets up tables in front of the stage for jazz aficionados to sit back and relax with a cold one and enjoy a night of smooth tunes. But if you need a dash of weird on your Monday night, head to the back patio stage for the Theatre de Underground open mike. 9 p.m. Mondays at 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Cover is $5 for 21+ and $10 for ages 18 to 21.
The Love Below at Electric Pickle.
It's going down in the Bolero Room.
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Started by a collection of DJs and producers including Manuvers, Pazmal, Gamma Bot, Telescope Thieves, Jun-Ill, Sharpsound, and Louie Arson, this party celebrated its second anniversary in July, and we have a feeling it's here to stay. The free Tuesday-night bash offers two-for-one well drinks until midnight, so be sure to come thirsty. The beats bumping through the speakers upstairs in the dark and sexy Bolero Room are quite the departure from what you'd expect to hear at some Miami clubs. "We want to let people know that there's other options besides your generic EDM and hip-hop parties," Pazmal tells New Times
. "We aim to play tunes that you can't play at other parties." 10 p.m. at 2826 N Miami Ave., Miami; 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com. Admission is free.
A weekly ritual that's nothing but good vibes.
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Jelly Wednesdays at Basement Miami.
If we told you there was a place to ice-skate, bowl, and drink slushies, you'd probably think you'd need a signed field trip form to attend. Well, there is, and you don't. Head down the stairs of the superchic Edition Hotel to its subterranean disco, where a night of midweek debauchery awaits. This treasure trove of fun boasts a silent disco and offers ladies a night of complimentary bowling, ice-skating on the minirink, and slushies from 10 p.m. to midnight. Hosted by DJ DZA, the hip-hop and R&B party incorporates some of the best jams from the early 2000s and is here to give Miami a weekly ritual that's nothing but good vibes. The award for Miami's best adult playground goes to Basement in Miami Beach. 10 p.m. at 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4548; basementmiami.com. Admission is free.
Double Stubble is what Thursday nights are all about.
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Double Stubble at Gramps.
Described as "Studio 54 realness" by resident DJ Hottpants on a recent visit, this free Thursday-night dance party is where you come to get down to the groovy disco beats of Mystic Bill, Hottpants, and Terence Tabeau. Between DJ sets, you'll witness some of Miami's fiercest queens turn it out with two rotating drag performances hosted by Kurt Fowl, so don't forget your dollar bills. Earlier this year, New Times
named this night one of the ten best LGBT and queer parties in Miami
. And if you're looking to drunkenly belt out a few tunes, head inside the bar and join host Juju Pie for Let's Sang karaoke. 8 p.m. at 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.