The Ten Best Weekly Parties in Miami

In 2015, New Times declared, "The weekly party has all but gone the way of the dinosaur in South Florida, killed not by a massive comet rocketing to Earth but by some combination of bottle service, a tourist-driven market, and a serious lack of people willing to take the risk of getting a regularly scheduled gathering on the calendar." While that sentiment remains valid, there's still a handful of clubs and bars in Miami willing to take the risk.

If you're looking for Miami's top spots for fun every night, here are the ten best weekly parties from South Beach to Wynwood.

Miami's very own Karla Croqueta.EXPAND
Miami's very own Karla Croqueta.
Photo by Karli Evans

1. Double Stubble at Gramps. Dubbed one of Miami's best LGBT and queer dance parties and one of the top drag shows in town, Double Stubble at Gramps is the glitter and sparkle every Thursday night needs. You can count on resident DJs Mystic Bill, Hottpants, and Terence Tabeau to keep the dance floor moving until 2 a.m. with funky and fabulous disco beats. The weekly kiki features $8 Clément Rhum double daiquiris that'll have you screaming for the rotating drag shows on the catwalk at 10 and 11:30 p.m. Keep in mind, you better bring tip money for the performers. Double Stubble, shanteyou stay. Every other party, sashay away. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays at 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.

You better not be sitting here.EXPAND
You better not be sitting here.
Photo by Chris Carter

2. Gathering at Do Not Sit on the Furniture. If you thought not being allowed to sit on the furniture was just your grandma being overprotective with her plastic slipcovers, think again. This dimly lit intimate spot, better known to beat-heads as Do Not Sit, is the place to come dance every Wednesday night. There's an incredible sound system and DJs to boot. 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 423 16th St., Miami Beach; 510-550-5067; donotsitonthefurniture.com.

The Love Below's new home, Las Rosas.EXPAND
The Love Below's new home, Las Rosas.
Courtesy of Las Rosas

3. The Love Below at Las Rosas. The famed Tuesday night party was a mainstay at the Electric Pickle for more than two years. But this past May, the Love Below moved west and relaunched at its new home in Allapattah, Las Rosas. Despite the move, it's better than ever. Plus, there's more room to dance. The party, which celebrates its third anniversary this month, was started by Pazmal, Telescope Thieves, Manuvers, Jun-Ill, Sharpsound, Louie Arson, and Jerrious B, a group of Miami-based DJs and producers. The party's rotating lineup of resident DJs and guests brings an eclectic fusion of R&B, hip-hop throwbacks, and house music.  Check out the Love Below Hour mixes on the event's SoundCloud page to get a feel for what to expect. 10 p.m. Tuesdays at 2898 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 786-780-2700; lasrosasbar.com. Admission is free.

Miami's best Latin club.
Miami's best Latin club.
Photo courtesy of Ball and Chain

4. La Pachanga at Ball & Chain. This Eighth Street beauty, recently voted by readers the best Latin club in town in New Times' Best of Miami 2018, has a packed calendar of weekly programming. But its weekly party, La Pachanga, is the spot for Saturday night dancing that makes your body hurt so good, waking up for Sunday morning brunch is not an option. La Pachanga features live performances outside on the Pineapple stage and DJs spinning inside on the dance floor until 3 a.m. Are you really partying in Miami if you aren't getting down to Latin beats at Ball and Chain? The answer is no. 10 p.m. Saturdays at 1513 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-643-7820; ballandchainmiami.com. Admission is free.

Where will you be next Tuesday?EXPAND
Where will you be next Tuesday?
Photo by Chris Carter

5. Rum & Bass at Coyo Taco. Rum & Bass has been a staple of the back room of Miami's best taco spot since 2015. Coyo Taco, dubbed one of Miami's most unlikely music venues by New Times for its nondescript bar, hosts the weekly party presented by Walshy Fire every Tuesday night starting at 10 p.m. It's the place to be for those looking to let off some steam and dance a whole lot. Miami can get down for free at Rum & Bass, and ladies can take advantage of the open bar until 11 p.m. There's no better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than with a little rum and bass at Coyo Taco. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays at 2300 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-8228; coyo-taco.com. RSVP via rumandbass.eventbrite.com. Admission is free.

Come boogie in the backyard.EXPAND
Come boogie in the backyard.
Photo by Jessica Gibbs

6. Backyard Boogie at Wood Tavern. Day drinking is really the only way to cope with impending Monday woes, and there's no better place to do it than the backyard of one of Wynwood's best clubs. The laid-back party has been a Sunday staple for years and is one of the bar's longest-running weekly events. It offers $15 ice cold buckets of Tecate and Sunday punches from 3 p.m. to midnight. On the decks, Spinser Tracy and Lumin spin the classics every week, rain or shine. Don't forget to try your hand at giant Jenga. 3 p.m. to midnight Sundays at 2531 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-748-2828; woodtavern.com. Admission is free.

Come vibe under the recently added shaded tent at the Wynwood Yard.EXPAND
Come vibe under the recently added shaded tent at the Wynwood Yard.
Photo by Jessica Gibbs

7. Reggae Sundays at the Wynwood Yard. Sunday daytime parties in Miami are definitely a thing, and there definitely isn't a shortage of them. But this weekly all-ages outdoor event was singled out as Sunday's best vibes in New Times' Best of Miami 2018, which said: "Kulcha Shok's Reggae Sundays at the Wynwood Yard are the best way to bridge the gap between weekend relaxation and getting a head start on the week ahead." Reggae Sundays, also known as Church, got their start in 2006 at the now-defunct Jazid and have been the go-to for reggae lovers for more than a decade. Every Sunday from 2 p.m. to midnight, catch live reggae bands and DJs at this weekly Wynwood party. 2 p.m. to midnight Sundays at 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-351-0366; thewynwoodyard.com. Admission is free.

Come score at Basement.
Come score at Basement.
Photo by George Martinez

8. Bad Company at Basement. When there's ice skating and bowling involved, it's a sure shot. In 2017, New Times dubbed Basement the best spot to party on a Wednesday for its ladies night. But we're here to introduce you to Basement's newest weekly party, Bad Company. Every Tuesday starting at 10 p.m., slide through for your dose of hip-hop, R&B, and more, courtesy of Brenmar. 10 p.m. Tuesdays at 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4548; basementmiami.com. Admission is free for ladies.

You'll have "no regerts" about spending your Thursday night at Mama Tried.EXPAND
You'll have "no regerts" about spending your Thursday night at Mama Tried.
Photo by Adam DelGiudice Photography

9. Satan's River at Mama Tried. This cool, new late-night cranny in downtown Miami is doing something our city has never experienced before and didn't know it needed: a country music night done right. (Line dancing at the now-defunct World of Beer Kendall location does not count, y'all.) The retro-meets-dive decor of this neighborhood spot is everything one could want in a bar, with a pool table dimly lighted by funky globe-shaped fixtures and plenty of seating to boot. The laid-back Thursday night hoedown features country music sets by Jacuzzi Boys' bassist Danny Kokomo and Nick County starting at 10 p.m. Like the sign inside says, you'll have "no regerts" about spending your Thursday nights here. Mama tried starting a country music night in Miami, and it worked. 10 p.m. Thursdays at 207 NE First St., Miami; 786-803-8087; mamatriedmia.com. Admission is free.

Brother Dan.
Brother Dan.
Photo by Nikki Vetsch

10. Terrestrial Funk at Gramps. This free Tuesday night party at Gramps is the laid-back weekday spot to unwind after a hard day. Every Tuesday beginning at 9 p.m., catch Brother Dan and guest DJs bringing "sounds from around the globe" on the patio. Inside the bar, join Miami's favorite chonga, Karla Croqueta, for trivia starting at 9:30. Brother Dan was recently singled out as the best DJ in Miami by New Times, which said: "In a city where EDM and house music reign supreme, Edenburg has become a soul and funk mixmaster. DJ'ing under the moniker Brother Dan, he blends left-field soul, funk, disco, electronic, and more to create a sound not typically heard on Miami's dance floors." Terrestrial Funk with Brother Dan will also take place at the bar every first Saturday of the month starting at 10 p.m. 9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 p.m. every first Saturday of the month at 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free.

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