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.

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 Justin Bieber and Eva Longoria 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 Electric Pickle 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.


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Bodega is South Beach's newest taqueria bringing cheap eats and stiff drinks to locals and tourists alike. It's vibrant interior makes you hungry for those delicious pork belly tacos everyone's raving about. But it isn't just tacos. Try their...  Read More


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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


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Nikki Beach Miami


 

In every sense, Nikki is a beach club, from its tiki bars and cabanas to its Survivor-meets-Fantasy Island decor. That doesn't mean you should bring your toddlers here (though it is very pleasant and quiet during the day). Awesome DJs spin top...  Read More


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Opened in late 2012, Story is the masterful creation of MMG, the powerhouse behind Miami's LIV. Just as posh but somewhat less crowded than its sister club, Story provides an incredible, over-the-top theatrical night club experience with wild...  Read More


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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


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It's a dance club. It's a bowling alley. It's a skating rink. It's a bar. It's Basement, and it's one of Miami's hottest places for a night of total debauchery and pure fun. Located inside the Edition Hotel in Mid-Beach, Basement is the literal...  Read More


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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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