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.