Sway, Shake, and Shimmy at Miami's 10 Best Dance Clubs

Few pursuits tap into the pleasures of nightlife more than dancing. Giving yourself over to the rhythms, the lights, and the energy is a total release. When you want that feeling, look into this list to find the best dance clubs in Miami. World-renowned (or just plain amazing and local) DJs get the crowds moving, and other patrons ensure that there's plenty to see along the way.

To follow the crowds, head to Club Space and see what all of Miami has experienced at least once before. If you're looking for something with a more tropical flavor, check out Mango's right on Ocean Drive. It's the type of place you've seen in tourism commercials for South Beach, full of color and professional dancers and salsa and cha cha cha. 

If you want the full-on SoBe celebrity treatment, you'll have to make your way to a place like Story or LIV. Both of these have had the likes of P.Diddy, Jay-Z and Brittney Spears in their midst. These are the tough to breach velvet rope-type joints that will not allow you to walk in if you just stepped out of the ocean (unless of course you're supermodel Giselle Bundchen).

Places like Purdy Lounge and Grand Central bring dance club nights to the more laid back hipster masses of Miami. And if you're looking for a truly unforgettable but wholly unpretentious good dance time, there's nothing quite like Hoy Como Ayer in Little Havana.

House came out of nowhere one day, simply starting with a campaign that invited partygoers to apply for a key to a "house party." Then guests began to arrive to this slightly off the beaten path club and, after giving a password, were granted...  Read More

Club Space

When Miami's hottest DJs hit Downtown Miami, you'll almost always find them at this legendary locale that's always a hit with the EDM-loving crowd. In the main room, where professional DJs with names like Roland and the Lizard Man keep the party...  Read More


Live music, album/CD release parties, DJ bashes and other activities of a musical nature await at this hip Wynwood lounge. Bardot fills a void in Miami culture by providing the venue and the menu, which includes funk, electronic, blues,...  Read More

Avoid the crowds on Ocean Drive and head to Purdy Lounge, an off-the-beaten-path night club with a loyal following. If the glitzy South Beach-and-Downtown club scene grows old or if you are simply not in the mood for the usual nocturnal fray,...  Read More

Located in South Beach, the uber-upscale Mynt Lounge is a staple among Miami dance clubs with a reputation for attracting high rollers and celebrity elite. Those fortunate enough to get in (either by meeting their criteria of "elegance, chic,...  Read More

A unique Miami experience awaits visitors to this dance club's spirited location in the heart of South Beach. Situated on the waterfront right on Ocean Drive, Mango's Tropical Café offers a Havana heyday-style party where Latin tunes and live...  Read More

Hoy Como Ayer

At the epicenter of Latin culture in Miami, Hoy Como Ayer blends past and present together beautifully inside its lively locale in the heart of Little Havana. Its name translates to "today, as yesterday," and from the photos of classic singers...  Read More

While the Fountainbleau remains one of the most breathtakingly luxurious hotels in all of Miami, it's not surprising that LIV, the hot-to-trot nightclub held within, is also one of Miami's crown jewels for an evening of dancing in decadence. LIV...  Read More

The Electric Pickle opened up well over a decade ago, and unlike many of the surrounding places that have come and gone, this hip joint doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. The Pickle is a music and dance lover's dream. 300...  Read More

The original Ball & Chain opened in 1935, when Calle Ocho was simply known as the Tamiami Trail, through which farmers would send oranges and other crops east to the Downtown Miami area. It has survived decades of reinvention, calling itself...  Read More


Meet Priscilla Blossom

Pris Blossom is a freelance writer and feminist mama with a love for travel, writing, music, film, craft beer, yoga, museums, cultural anthropology, and her awesome kid.

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