Miami is known for many things, including — but not limited to — horrible drivers, corrupt politicians, and cocaine. But what gives the Magic City its sabor picante
are all of the cubanos
, and other Latinos who call the 305 home.
Miami is one of the most diverse cities in America, and that diversity does wonders for our nightlife. The streets are a mecca of culture, and the Hispanics of Miami are the heartbeat of it all.
And if there is one thing los latinos
of the 305 do better than anybody else, it’s throw tremendas pachangas
. Just take a stroll through Hialeah or Calle Ocho on a Saturday night, and see for yourself.
That's the beauty of living in Myami
. That, and these seven clubs.
1. Hoy Como Ayer, 2212 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-541-2631; hoycomoayer.us.
Hoy Como Ayer is all about las estrellas musicales
and el sonido Latino
. From Amaury Gutiérrez's Latin Grammy Award-winning "Guajira con Tumbao" to Albita’s legendary "Fiesta Pa'los Rumberos" and the electronic mezcal of the Spam Allstars, every night is an over-the-top fiesta where the dancing never stops, the conga drums are always kickin', and the Bacardi is flowing. Long live Hoy Como Ayer.
2. Ball & Chain, 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com.
Its original incarnation was born in 1935 and died in 1957. Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, and many more came through the Calle Ocho club, making it one of Miami’s hottest destinations. Back in September 2014, brothers Zack and Ben Bush decided to reopen Ball & Chain and restore its former glory. Since then, the place has become one of Calle Ocho's most popular bars, attracting both old and young, Latin and gringo. Its backyard pineapple stage — that's, yes, shaped like a pineapple — is the perfect place to sip a cocktail during the day or salsa your pants off at night. Its mix of vintage and modern has managed to charm Miami, turning Ball & Chain into a welcome destination for tourists and locals.
3. Club Tipico Dominicano
, 1344 NW 36th St., Miami; 305-634-7819; clubtipicodominicano.com.
When it comes to discotecas
, it doesn't get more legit than Club Tipico Dominicano. By day, the Allapattah joint — which was established in 1987 — serves typical Dominican grub ranging from mangú to mondongo. Come nightfall, the restaurant transforms into una tremenda pachanga
, where on weekends, hip-gyrating rumberos
from all over the 305 gather for nonstop salsa, merengue, and bachata. But don’t miss Sunday night’s long-standing Domingo Playero, which features special guests; drink, bottle, and hookah specials; and a slew of DJs that keep the party running all night long. You might want to call in sick on Monday.