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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.

While many of us are mourning the impending closure of one of our favorites (Purdy Lounge), we know that Miami still has plenty of party left in many other hotspots.

If you want the full-on SoBe celebrity treatment, you'll have to make your way to a place like Story and Basement. They're the types of places to go if you've never been to Miami and are dying for one of those "only in Miami" stories to take back as a souvenir–plus you have the best odds of running into a celeb.

Places like the 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, you'll want to check out one of the newest additions to our list.


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Bodega is South Beach's newest taqueria bringing cheap eats and stiff drinks to locals and tourists alike. Its vibrant interior makes you hungry for those delicious pork belly tacos everyone's raving about. But it isn't just tacos. Try their Queso Frito con Salsa Ranchero for starters--it's their take on mozzarella sticks with a kick. Opt for a BBQ Carnitas Torta or maybe an Hongos Torta if you're vegetarian--torta being a Mexican-style sandwich that is hearty and delicious always. Check out their daily specials, ranging from Mahi Ceviche to Huevos Rancheros Tacos. Oh, and if you get thirsty, step through the blue door and find yourself inside the speakeasy for plenty of tequila-infused cocktails and good times!

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Bodega's got tacos on one side, and plenty of tequila-infused dancing on the other. Bring your dancing shoes for sure.

Priscilla's expert tip: Go to Bodega on a Saturday night if you're looking to party after your tacos (be prepared for the crowds, though), but if you're strictly hankering for tacos, go by on a different night.

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When work is done and you're looking for someplace to play, a place where you can drink and maybe enjoy some trivia or karaoke or even the occasional lecture, Gramps is where you want to be. This more-than-just-for-hipsters enclave has it all, which explains why it's become not only one of the most popular spots in Wynwood but both the destination and default of barflies from all around Miami. Live music is commonplace on weekends, and there's also Bingo and a Ladies Night throughout the week. Drinks will run you about the same as most well-frequented spots but you can always catch drink specials during happy hour.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: When you love to dance but don't want to feel like you're in an overpriced warehouse, there's the down-to-earth hip vibes of Gramps.

Priscilla's expert tip: Check the events calendar on Facebook to find out what's going on for the week, then plan your visit(s) accordingly.

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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 tunes constantly, and great global food makes for terrific nibbling. Plus, a never-ending parade of SoBe's famously beautiful models, society pagers and jet-setters ensure that standard goings-on never get stale. The campy vibe is irresistible, and excellent disco, lounge and dance music are certain to put you in a party mood. And as a bonus, dancing in the sand burns a lot of calories, which is a great way to keep those cocktail calories in check.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Ditch the high heels you wear at other clubs and dance barefoot in the sand at this tropical, outdoor dance club and lounge.

Priscilla's expert tip: Make sure you've got a bikini underneath in case you want to mosey over to the beach for an incredible, post-dance night sunrise.

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Miami's LGBTQ+ community is strong, and with a strong community come places where the community cannot only gather, but party! Twist has been a solid fixture on the SoBe gay scene for decades and continues to sparkle. It's a multilevel wonderland of disco dance floors and drag queens, fire tunes and fireball shots. Locals and tourists pack this place in night after night. Dance indoors or outside, on your own or with some new friends (because you're bound to make a few at this joint). And if and when you do need a break, there's plenty of areas to sit and relax and enjoy the view.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: You can't make a top 10 list of Miami dance clubs without including this iconic, queer-friendly disco. The party goes late here every night.

Priscilla's expert tip: This joint has 7 different bars and many rooms to explore. Get here early and often so you can explore every experience.

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One of the best casual hipster-esque lounges in Miami, Blackbird Ordinary offers its patrons a fully stocked bar with expert bartenders who mix your favorite drinks to perfection. DJ's provide the music on most nights while local funk and reggae bands and other national acts set the scene on others. There's a dance floor for those with the appropriate skills set. Blackbird goes out of its way to make its visitors feel like regulars, even if its their first go-round. They have pool tables, spacious comfortable booths, and even board games to entertain you while you wait for your meal. If you enjoyed this space when it was called Transit Lounge, you'll definitely dig the Blackbird.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: We dare you to find a better and more Miami-style dance night experience in the entire city than Hoy Como Ayer.

Priscilla's expert tip: Ladies should especially come here on Tuesdays for free booze 10pm-1:30am.

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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 audiophiles fit well within its 2 rooms, and spill out over into their back patio, allowing for 3 different ambiances on any given night. The crowd here is always lively, the tunes are always on point and you'll often catch acts here that are on the verge of blowing up. This is definitely the type of place to take your girlfriends out for a night of dancing, a place to meet new dance partners, a place to lose yourself in the music.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: The theatrical vibe at this South Beach fixture is unreal, making it a must for our list.

Priscilla's expert tip: Keep in mind that the upstairs bar is fairly limited. Keep your complicated orders downstairs, and opt for a beer on the second floor.

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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 laser light shows, beautiful dancers in all forms of dress and all the powerful house music you'll ever need. With over 60 VIP tables, it's best to come here and enjoy the full experience, complete with private tables and expensive Grey Goose bottles. While it gets busy, especially on Saturdays, you won't have trouble finding some room to move on the dance floor. Make sure to explore all three floors of the club as there's a different vibe on each.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Story has taken over as one of the Magic City's most legendary dance clubs, hosting the likes of Drake, Steve Aoki, and Nas.

Priscilla's expert tip: If you can get a hold of a promoter to take you in, do it. You'll want as much VIP access here as possible to have the best time.

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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 at one time the Ball & Chain Tavern, and serving as a venue for legendary performers like Billie Holiday and Chet Baker. These days, the Ball & Chain is once again serving as a live music and dance venue, with a full bar, a fine drink menu, and tapas for when the mood strikes. While they're still just starting out, there's no doubt that larger acts will be hitting the stage here in no time.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Ball & Chain has proven itself to be one of the best places in town to dance sans pretension, with incredible cocktails to boot.

Priscilla's expert tip: Get here early to start your dance night off with a delicious Cuban dinner, then order drinks and hit the dance floor!

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Some people love to find themselves surrounded by hundreds of people, all dancing to the same beat, and we get that. But for the crowd that prefers a more intimate, late-night setting with all the right music, there's Do Not Sit On The Furniture. This SoBe joint has proven itself a staple among the locals, having opened back in 2013. The crowds here are lively–"they've paid to get in and they're going to make the most of their time by swaying to the sounds of the DJs and swirling around classic cocktails. Ultimately, it's up to you whether or not you finally do utilize any of the furniture, but we recommend doing as the name advises to have the best time here.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: Impeccable underground tunes, late nights, and just enough dance floor to dance with nearly everyone that walks through the doors make this a local's fave.

Priscilla's expert tip: Check out their website for live recordings from DNSOTF nights to see if it's the sort of music you want to dance to (but we have a feeling it definitely is).

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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 basement of this posh, beachfront hotel. It's a popular spot for the 305's who's who, attracting the likes of celebs (think Drake and Wilmer Valderrama among others). World-class DJs are frequently found here as well (hello, Questlove!) As if all that weren't enough, the place is beautiful and perfect for a night of Instagramming. In short, it doesn't really get much better (or more Miami) in town than spending a night in the sea-level city's only real Basement.

Recommended for Dance Clubs because: A dance club that doubles as a bowling alley and skating rink means there's never a chance to get bored. Bring all your friends STAT.

Priscilla's expert tip: Check the calendar for events (there's literally something going on here every night). You just might get to see an amazing performance by a guest DJ or rub elbows with a celeb.

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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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