The great Will Smith once famously sang, "Party in the city where the heat is on/All night on the beach till the break of dawn."
Of course he was singing about Miami, and we really do love to push the limits of decent bedtimes.
Most clubs are content (read: legally obligated) to close at 5 a.m., but there are a handful of after-hours spots that party well into the next day. We've got your early-morning hookups right here.
1. Heart Nightclub. In the annals of late-night parties, Heart is number one. After opening in downtown's 24-hour district in late 2015, it quickly earned a reputation for marathon-DJ record-setting. Joseph Capriati famously performed a 25-hour nonstop set this past November. Eric Morillo brought the house down for 13 hours, Solomun gave the hungry crowd a solid 14 hours, and Miami's own Martinez Brothers played for a stunning 20. Adorned with disco balls and vivid-green vines, Heart is a must if you're looking to get lost in the beat. 50 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-912-3099; heartnightclub.com.
2. Club Space. Just as King of Diamonds is a renowned phenomenon of nightlife, so too is this after-hours king of the scene. Space has been a late-night/early-morning spot for more than a decade. Its highly publicized change of hands breathed new life into the classic club. The music-booking minds of III Points, Link, and Miami Rebels have taken its hallowed halls to hipper heights. The world's most beloved house, trance, and techno DJs make the rounds on the regular, and they speak of the beautiful Terrace as if it were a mythical unicorn that must be seen to be believed. Why not go see it? Space is open for special events and stays open anywhere from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the next afternoon. Watching the sun rise while drinking one of its free cafecitos is a Miami rite of passage. 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-357-6486; clubspace.com.
3. E11even. The biggest and shiniest member of the Miami after-hours club is E11even. This is the spot everyone has to check out at least once. Yes, it's part risqué cabaret, but it's also putting in work to attract a more cultured group of clubgoers. Drake has been known to make surprise appearances and even surprise performances. And, duh, there are sexy dancers downstairs. E11even is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so what's your excuse? 29 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-929-2911; 11miami.com.