One of the truths about Miami is that if you find yourself in a six-month coma, when you wake up, everything about the city will be different. But perhaps no aspect of Miami feels as transient as our nightlife.
In the space of what feels like minutes, the hottest and most beloved clubs in town close for business. We've seen our fair share of that in the past year. The silver lining of all this is that new bars and clubs constantly pop up as well, giving us new and exciting spots to become attached to before they are inevitably ripped from our loving embrace by greedy developers and rising rent. But let's stay positive!
Since you can't tell your players without a scorecard, here are six new nightlife options and live music venues that we think you should pay a visit to.
7. The Bar at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; 1306miami.com.
Grand Central might be gone, but it is not forgotten. The owners behind that beloved music venue have opened a bar a short distance away called 1306. Open every night of the week from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the space you might have once known as White Room or Eve, 1306 looks to provide a luxurious setting to get your drink on. Virginia King of Broken Shaker designed the cocktail menu, and every happy hour features complimentary tapas when you order a drink. Poplife plans to promote live music in the courtyard for smaller, 400-capacity shows.
6. El Patio Wynwood, 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; facebook.com/elpatiowynwood.
When El Patio had its grand opening a couple of Fridays back, the line stretched out to the Wynwood street, with people desperate to dance outdoors to a live Latin band. The decor is meant to remind patrons of a Colombian grandmother's patio, with many of the furniture shipped straight from Colombia. Patio's music has been curated by local musician Mr. Pauer with reggae nights on Wednesday, salsa on Thursday, and electropico (described as "vintage salsa mixed with electronic music") on Friday and Saturday nights. There is a small food menu, and the drink selection was assembled by one of the co-owners, Beto Perez, who hails himself as one of the best mixologists in Colombia.
5. Icon, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-615-1666; iconmiami.com.
Mansion is gone. Long live Icon. After 11 years, the South Beach institution known as Mansion closed its doors, and this January, Icon took its place. The 30,000-square-foot space was redesigned by Miami's Thirlwall Designs with art deco themes in mind. The club's press release sets Icon's aims as "a multisensory experience that pushes boundaries through the innovative use of technology but preserves the features that make the venue iconic." DJs in Icon's first few weeks of existence have included Israeli dubstep producer Borgore, L.A. house mixmaster Deorro, actor and DJ Ruby Rose, and the provocateur Mickey Avalon.
4. Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-793-3882; rockwellmiami.com.
Opened during Art Basel on Washington Ave, Rockwell was designed by François Frossard to host up to 450 partiers. Chris Paciello, the club's owner, claimed in a press release that the space's former residents, Les Bains and Chaos, were a major inspiration. “I plan to re-create the energy and atmosphere that lived in the space while making a little magic of our own on a street that helped put Miami and myself on the map.”
3. The Bar Next Door, 2519 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-748-2828; woodtavernmiami.com.
When the people behind Wood Tavern wanted to create another bar next door, they settled on simplicity by calling the place, well, the Bar Next Door. Comparing it to Wood Tavern, owner Cesar Morales told New Times, "The Bar Next Door is sorta like the older brother that's more serious and went to college or something." It's got a low-key, unpretentious food menu of burgers, wings, and fries, and a more ambitious drink menu of microbrews and specialty cocktails.
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2. 28 Newsstand, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 28newsstand.com.
This new pop-up that stands in the site that once housed PS14 and Railroad Blues goes all out with its newsstand motif. The entrance is disguised with old magazines and chewing gum. Give the bouncer a nod and he slides open the magazine shelves to reveal a speakeasy. The bar serves specialty drinks in funky tiki cups that you can take home with you as a souvenir. Eager to keep the tradition of never knowing who will be on the cover of this week's issue, the proprietors urge you to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages to keep updated on what the night's theme, musical guest, drink and food menu, and even hours might be.
1. The Anderson Miami, 709 NE 79th St., Miami; 305-757-3368; theandersonmiami.com.
The Anderson isn't officially open yet, but we're already excited to see what it has in store. Planted in the former space of Magnum Lounge, in Miami's Little River neighborhood — which has had a growing arts scene for some time now — the Anderson's mission statement is simple: "The Anderson is a neighborhood bar for our neighbors. We don't see anything wrong with a little good food, good cocktails, and live music." We're currently working on a proper profile of the bar and will update you when a definitive opening date is confirmed. But for now, enjoy the mystery.