"When one club closes, another one opens."
That seems to be the Golden Rule when it comes to Miami's fickle nightlife scene. Just take a look at the past 12 months.
Within the last year alone, the Magic City has lost several party gems, and with it, some of our favorite weekly bashes, DJs, and hangout spots. But at the same time, new clubs have risen from the ashes of the fallen.
While nothing can replace the forgotten memories and drunken shenanigans that took place at these nightlife havens, there are new (and by new we mean late 2013 and beyond) clubs to be excited about.
Here are Miami's five best new dance clubs.
See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs
Coming from the masterminds behind Wynwood's first club the Electric Pickle, Behrouz and Will Renuart's Do Not Sit On the Furniture is the spot for house heads looking for a gritter nightlife experience on SoBe, sans flashy lights and, well, furniture. And by furniture, we mean no pretentious VIP tables or snotty bottle service. In the words of Behrouz himself, the only thing you'll find at Don't Sit is "a good sound system, proper DJ booth, and no bullshit." That whole "no-nonsense" 'tude and DJ bookings that have included Gavin Hardkiss, Jessie Perez, and some of the best underground acts in the biz merited the music hall New Times' pick for Best Small Music Venue of 2014.
See also: Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs
Last September, Score announced that it was relocating from it's home of 15 years on Lincoln Road to SoBe's main stretch, Washington Avenue. Along with the move, the legendary gay club also announced it was expanding with the opening of Trade Nightclub. Almost a year later, Trade has become the Best Underground Club in the Magic City, and it all has to do with the beat freaks behind Link/Miami Rebels. On almost any given night, you'll find Marcel Dettmann, Audiofly, tINI, Francesca Lombardo, Cajmere, Thugfucker, and a slew of underground head spinners dropping hits from behind the DJ booth onto the club's custom sound system. Amid the commercial EDM powerhouses that dominate the Beach, Trade is the where diehard deep house fans come to party.
On the complete end of the spectrum is Miami's Vegas-style nightclub, Adore. Owned by nightlife impresario, Cy Waits, everything about this place screams VIP. From the velvet red carpet entrance to the bouquet of fresh flowers in the lou to the half-a-million dollar, custom-made 3D LED globe that floats atop the wooden dance floor, those lucky enough to make it pass the golden, leather-bound doors into the exclusive club are treated like royalty. While the wow factor definitely lies within the décor, the DJ bookings and acts, which have included everyone from the Weeknd to Diplo, aren't too bad either.
See also: South Beach's Ten Best Pool Party Spots
With 32 "conversation lounges," a hydraulic stage, and rooftop lounge, E11even is a 24-hour "upscale nightclub, meets Cirque du Soleil, meets international cabaret." It was named the Best VIP Room of 2014. And adding to its party cred are the Slap & Tickle dudes. On Sunday mornings, Pirate Stereo and Santiago Caballero take over the club's afterhours with some of the best underground beats you'll ever hear at 4 a.m. So when you're done staring at the sexy lady dancers, head to the roof for killer tunes and one of the best views of the city.
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1. The Nest
The Vagabond shattered the hearts of party animals across the 305 when it abruptly shut its doors back in April, leaving a gap in the Downtown MIA club scene. But there was a savior for those yearning for a legit late night hangout: the Nest. What opened as a pop-up spot during this year's Winter Music Conference has become the city's Best Venue for Local Acts. That's because music is the driving force behind the Nest. In it's four months of existence, local faves Galactic Effect and Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions have left their mark at the Nest, and Niko Javan and Roosevelt Collier host a weekly Monday and Wednesday night party. In the near future, Steam nightclub will takeover the former Vagabond space. Who knows? Maybe NE 14th Street will once again become the party epicenter of Downtown.
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