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.
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. 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.
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 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.
Fridays at the Anderson. You will always find a party if you head to South Beach on a Friday night. But if you're looking for a free alternative to the velvet ropes while still being able to feel like you're near the ocean, head to Miami's Upper Eastside. The neighborhood lounge has a quirky Caribbean-themed back patio where you can dip your toes in the sand with a cocktail from the outside tiki bar. For an upbeat vibe and '80s decor, head inside to the main room and dance the night away to eclectic jams ranging from New Wave to disco, hip-hop, and beyond. Music nerds, this is something you definitely don't want to miss. Start your night here, and just wing the rest. Don't forget to check out the bar's arcade games and funky memorabilia. 709 NE 79th St., Miami; 305-757-3368; theandersonmiami.com. Admission is free.
Sunset Sessions at Atton Brickell Miami. The sweltering afternoon heat beckons some day-drinking and poolside fiestas. It's no secret that some of the city's famed pool parties will burn a hole in your wallet, but we've uncovered this gem. The laid-back, no-cover weekly rooftop pool party at this Brickell hotel offers half-off drinks from its Vista Bar. Snag a lounge chair or a luxurious cabana, order some bites, and enjoy music by the pool with a live DJ every Saturday. The breathtaking views of Brickell from the top will almost make you forget about its hellish streets below. 2 to 7 p.m. at 1500 SW First Ave., Miami; 786-600-2600; attonbrickellmiami.com. Admission is free.
Saturdays at Club Space. You've probably heard this downtown club in the 24-hour district was sold to a group of Miami music vets who are reinvigorating the legendary spot. But one thing remains constant: night-crawlers are still welcoming the morning sun on the Terrace of this legendary techno and house oasis. A visit to this famed after-hours spot is an absolute must. New Times recently dubbed Space the best dance club in town and claimed, "They say you're not a real Miamian until you've seen the sun rise on its famous Terrace, so what are you waiting for?" 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-495-8712; clubspace.com. Ticket prices vary by week.
Sundays on the Ocho at Ball & Chain. This Calle Ocho landmark has redefined the meaning of "Sunday Funday." The spicy Little Havana spot has authentic Cuban flair and is the perfect place to spend your day with free live music by the Ball & Chain Trio and Vlade Divak, drink specials, and all-ages fun. Plus, the club's monthly Pineapple Sunday is a showcase of an array of acts on the gigantic Pineapple Stage (the next one is set for September 17). If the impending Monday woes don't get you down, stick around for the nighttime party, Salsero Sundays, beginning at 6 p.m. If your salsa moves are rusty, don't fret: The club offers a free salsa class at 9 p.m. where you can then put those moves to the test on the dance floor and party the night away with DJ Jorge Charun. Noon at 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.
Made You Look at Purdy Lounge. If you're willing to record Game of Thrones and steer clear of spoilers on social media for the remainder of your Sunday, keep reading. South Beach's Purdy Lounge is a no-cover, 17-year-old institution, and its Sunday nights are a guaranteed good time. Though Chocolate Sundays at Purdy were a favorite, the venue's newest Sunday-night iteration, Made You Look, offers sounds from Louie Arson, Sharpsound, Manuvers, Pazmal, and Telescope Thieves. The Sunset Harbour lounge was recently revamped with funky retro decor and a new craft cocktail menu. New Times recently dubbed this spot one of the best bars in Miami Beach and one of the best dance clubs in South Beach. 10 p.m. at 1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-4622; purdylounge.com. Admission is free.
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