Miami Nightlife & Collins Avenue Clubs

LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel

LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel

While getting into a top restaurant might require reservations and a 40 minute wait, one way or another you will eventually be seated, but Miami’s nightclub scene is a much different ball game.

Exclusivity is not only a regular practice, it is a business model, especially when referring to the line up of clubs along Collins Avenue.

Adore Nightclub in South Beach

CandleBar at Adore Nightclub in South Beach

Such hotspots as LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel mix ultra-VIP features like private skyboxes and secured banquettes with a voyeuristic appeal created by see through walls which project throughout the clubs 18,000 square foot space. Voted Best VIP Room of 2009, LIV Nightclub is a top competitor in the South Beach nightlife circus. Dress upscale for a night at LIV, but don’t expect to get in the first time.

Mynt Lounge

Mynt Lounge

Next door to Rokbar is probably the epitome of Collins Avenue exclusivity. Only two words are needed when describing the seemingly impenetrable velvet ropes of Collins Avenue nightclubs: Mynt Lounge. With an average bottle price ranging from $500-$1000 and the hottest celebrities on the planet frequently passing through, having a good time will not be a challenge at Mynt – though getting in is an entirely different obstacle.

FDR Lounge

FDR Lounge at the Delano Hotel

Possibly the hottest new lounge on Collins Avenue is FDR Lounge at the Delano hotel. Nightlife star Chris Paciello heads up the operation which attracts the A-list each night it opens. The entrance is on the north side of the Delano and leads to the underground lounge.

Collins Avenue nightclubs offer an alternative to the madness of Ocean Drive. Supremely posh, Collins Avenue is definitely the place to on any given Saturday night in South Beach.

Much like Ibiza, South Beach is a world famous vacation destination for fans of electronic dance music who gather at the top nightclubs and music festivals to witness performances by the biggest DJs in the industry year round. Here is our guide to the Top Ten Nightclubs in town with a bonus tip about the best nights to party!

LIV / 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach / 305-674-4680

The biggest and most popular Miami Beach nightclub is located at the Fontainebleau Hotel & Spa where a roster of top international DJs and celebrities perform nightly. With over 18,000 square feet of lavish design & architectural elegance, LIV sets the bar for Vegas-style nightclubbing as high as it gets! The club offers three full bars, VIP table service and private skyboxes. Hot nights – Wednesdays & Saturdays.

MANSION / 1235 Washington Avenue, South Beach / 305-695-8411

Perhaps the most famous nightclub in the Art Deco District, Mansion attracts the best names in EDM and hip-hop all year long. Offering a sexy private balcony, VIP table service and a deliberately crowded dance floor, Mansion is perhaps the best example of the South Beach nightlife scene you’re likely to find. If you only have one night to party – make it Mansion. Popular Wednesdays for Cirque du Mansion and Thursdays for the Kontrol Party, the door policy gets more restrictive past midnight. Hot nights – Thursdays & Fridays.

Traveler's Tip

Getting into a South Beach Club does not require paying a middle man. Simply telephone the club box office or log onto the website or Facebook page to make reservations.

STORY / 136 Collins Avenue, South Beach / 305-538-2424

One of the most exceptional nightclub locations south of Fifth Street, Story books the biggest names in the EDM business (and frequently sells out). Reinventing a venue that means so much to the South Beach club scene – the space was formerly known as Opium Garden, Amnesia and Prive. The entire club was fully refurbished for millions of dollars including retrofitting a roof on top of what once was a popular alfresco dance space that managed to tick off neighbors who didn’t like hearing house music all night long. Hot nights – Fridays and Saturdays.

BAMBOO / 550 Washington Avenue, South Beach / 305-695-4771

The historic Art Deco Theater called The Paris is home to South Beach’s prime nightspot which has been fully refurbished to include two full service bars and a VIP foyer and patio lounge. Musical operations fall under the careful stewardship of Rafael Ximenez and Mikio (collectively known as Plastik Funk) and the talented Hungarian musical talents of Crazibiza. Popular Tuesdays for Industry Night, Bamboo has fast taken hold of the Washington Avenue club scene. Hot night – Tuesday.

HYDE BEACH at the SLS HOTEL / 1701 Collins Avenue South Beach / 305-674-1701

The brand new SLS Hotel South Beach has quickly vaulted to the top of the nightclub HOT list with the advent of Hyde Beach, an indoor and outdoor party space with over 8,000 square feet of pool, beach and patio play zones. Serving Wednesday through Sunday 11am-sunset and opened late nights weekends until 2am, the club offers a menu of innovative tropical cocktails and tasty snacks dreamed up by celebrated Chef Jose Andres who was deeply inspired by the flavors and culture of Miami! Hot nights – Saturdays & Sundays.

FDR at the DELANO / 1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach / 305-924-4071

Sexy and secluded, this lower lobby speakeasy is more lounge than traditional nightclub, but don’t let that distinction fool you – this place attracts top DJs and celebrities who often drop in to entertain! The lounge space is sophisticated and sexy with an old school vibe that’s meant to pay tribute to a bygone era of glamour and excitement. Open every day but Sunday, the club hosts a Trap Jungle Party Mondays that’s always popular and NY loves FDR Fridays featuring some amazing “out of town” talent! Hot nights – Mondays & Fridays.

BAOLI MIAMI / 1960 Collins Avenue, South Beach / 305-674-8822

Sophisticated and sexy, Baoli Miami is a nightclub that takes its inspiration from the French Riviera where sister nightspot Baoli Cannes is the jet setter’s go-to restaurant and dance club. South Beach’s resto-lounge sizzles on Wednesday nights when the My Boyfriend is Out of Town Party attracts a great looking crowd who drink, dance and seek romance by table-hopping and air-kissing feverishly until 2am. Hot night – Wednesday.

WALL at the W SOUTH BEACH HOTEL / 2201 Collins Avenue, South Beach 305-938-3130

Newly refurbished and hotter than ever, this popular petite dance lounge at the W Hotel South Beach is dedicated to a level of sophistication and luxury that sets it apart from the rest of the nightclub scene. A great place to star search, the main lounge area has a small dance floor, a very VIP vibe and a popular Tuesday night bash called Favela Beach. Entrance is tucked away out back by the pool area lounge called WET – a bit tricky to find but definitely worth the effort once you do. Hot nights – Tuesdays & Thursdays.