This club used to be a favorite of mine when it was called Level a few years ago... it has a very spacious dance floor and many levels of VIP entrance.... the best nights to go here do change, but I recently went on a Friday and had a great time. REgular admission is $25 as of July 07. The VIP bottle service tables start at $400, and that was for 2 bottles... the club has a lower level dance floor with 2 bars, a mid level table seating area with a bar in the rear, and then upper levels with other VIP tables and a bit of privacy. The energy here is amazing and they always spinning a great mix of techno and hip-hop, and tons of ladies around to dance with! TIPS for those who are new to this place:
1- If you don't reserve VIP, and don't bring a gorgeous date(s), don't expect to get in. I see alot of bitter reviews about not having fun here- but what did these people expect? Underdressed guys on a budget will not have fun here! Matt Damon, LeBron James, Terrell Owens- these have been my table neighbors at Mansion. This is not a place just anyone would expect to get into. If you are an attractive female then you will see the door quicker than any handsome gentleman.
2- Hugo. The infamous Mansion bouncer (I've also seen him at Opium). If you want to get into Mansion Miami without a reservation, Hugo is your best friend or worst enemy, you make the call.
Dress Code: Dress the part, look the part, act the part.
The Playwright Irish Pub is a great place for someone to visit who is from up North and doesn't exactly want to dress to impress- but wants to enjoy a few beers, and yet still be around some of the beautiful South Beach singles. I had been here many times and enjoyed the Cider they call Strongbow- its a must if you visit this Pub.
Dress Code: Irish Pub-esque, no need for designer Italian here!
Went there a few times, I've got mixed reviews on this place. One time a few celebrities were in the house, that was fun, but the other times, me being a bachelor, there was a serious lack of single females for my friends and I. This place does have theme nights of sorts (gay), the night I did enjoy was on a Thursday. This place was called CroBar for years and they've changed the name back to match the original marquee above the entrance.
Dress Code: On the good nights they'll pick you out from beyond the rope unless you have a reservation or are on the list. Please don't let the drag queen scare you. (s)He is very nice and will be the most likely to let single straight men in the club
The Shore Club is a hotel, with two excellent restaurants that I recommend by all means (Nobu: Asian; Ago:Italian) although you need to consider that they are both very expensive. The food quality, setting and service are definitely worth the prices though.
After a good meal, you can head to the Sky Bar (nightclub) or simply the few bars around the stunning pool and gardens, all also part of the Shore Club. Both these are hard to get into if you haven't had dinner there, don't know the bouncer or aren't a group of gorgeous five model girls, for example. This is the actual real South Beach scene, where the locals go to have post dinner drinks, to flirt, to see and to be seen.
Dress Code: Dress as trendy, sexy and good as you can. You'll regret it if you don't!
The Clevelander Hotel, a legendary landmark located in the heart of Miami Beach's historic Art Deco district, offers guests a front door entrance to America's favorite playground - South Beach. Located at the center of it all, on (in)famous Ocean Drive, the Clevelander has long been known as the hottest spot in South Beach.
For those who like to live it up, five pool side bars & stage, live performances and great music will keep you moving till the late night hours.
If the thrill of victory is more your style, catch the latest sports action at the best sports bar on ocean drive. With 13 screens, you won't miss a single score, while enjoying on one of several Clevelander specialty drinks.
Staff very friendly and drinks are expensive but about right for south beach, catch the happy hours(around 3-4 afternoon for 50% off),, great music some 80's mixed in and live music at the nights,, definately worth a drop in.
Dress Code: N/A
The Laundry Bar is predominantly gay-lesbian but is very straight-friendly. The Laundry Bar is a great time but be careful because the 2-4-1 happy hour could have you spinning like your laundry. Internet access, video games, and billiard tables are available.
Shown by a local I was staying with, this interesting little gem, hidden away, but has a interesting crowd and atmosphere about it, I was in hysterics on seeing the neon lit laundry machines on full cycle while people were chillin' at the bar
Dress Code: Smart and Tidy
IF you want nightlife and like clubs, I recommend 3 major clubs CROBAR, BED, STATECLUB. These three clubs have over 3 levels some go to 6. They stay open til 5am. In Miami anything goes! Or if you like the warm white sandy beaches this is the place as long as you can take the humidity? South Beach has rows and rows of out door cafe's and shopping.
Dress Code: DRESS CODE USUALLY ANYTHING GOES EXSPECIALLY FOR THE LADIES
This was my first time at Mango's but I had heard sooooo many things about it. It was a Tuesday night so I was expecting things to be dead and boring. But, there were lots of people and Sagi (my Israeli buddy) had never been to a Salsa club before so he was excited! There was a live band that played a little bit of everything from Salsa to Merengue to Bachata. They were great and the three female singers also danced around with little choreographed routines. There were quite a few people and the infamous half naked employees were dancing around selling $8 drinks. It was really lively for a Tuesday. Sagi and I squeezed out onto the dance floor and I attempted to teach him Merengue and Bachata. Poor Sagi... he tried! Nonetheless, we had a good ol' time. Mango's may be a bit of a tourist destination but the Latino presence surrounded us there and I would recommend it as a necessary destination when in South Beach.
Dress Code: casual (I wore jeans and a tank top with heels)
On a Sunday night... there's no better option than Nikki Beach. Great music, great atmosphere, lousy bartenders and great chicks!
Even in the afternoon... the place is already packed. The party begins outside, in the beach, with DJs playing it loud... and then, it's time to get "dressed" and go inside.
It's the most beautiful club in South Beach.
Dress Code: Because it's in the beach... you can see everything. A lot of people go with flip-flops and shorts, a lot of people go there like the Miami's plastic dress code... you know, it's South Beach. Plus everything in between.
The 1220 Bar is located in the lobby of the Tides Hotel, on Ocean Drive in South Beach. This stylish cocktail bar runs along one edge of the 1220 Restaurant, and continues outside, at the front of the hotel.
Sitting outside of an evening at the 1220 Bar is one of THE things to do in South Beach. Relaxing on a comfortable sofa or at a table, sipping a delicious cocktail and watching the beautiful people parade by is a must do!
They have a full cocktail menu of intriguing concoctions, along with the usual selection, plus a few wines by the glass (and bottle of course). You can order food as well and make a night of it.
Alex sampled a couple of their Mojito's and declared them the best he's ever had, which was backed up by the waiters claims that they make the BEST Mojito in Miami. I sipped on my Margherita and just soaked up the atmosphere.
Dress Code: Anything from a bikini to an evening gown seems to be appropriate for this bar
The Spire Bar is located on the roof top of 'The Hotel', on Collins Avenue, South Beach. It is the type of open air bar that you will not find in London, but instead somewhere like Miami that has great weather all year round.
It gets its name from the Tiffany Spire that shines above the bar, giving of a soft glow and helping to create a stylish atmosphere beneath the stars.
We visited the bar one evening for a pre-dinner drink. It wasn't crowded at that time, so we took a seat up at the bar. We got a friendly welcome from the barman and checked out the cocktail menu.
Alex chose one of the more adventurous cocktails and I stuck to something a little more sedate. We did get a surprise when the drinks arrived...they were glowing! There was a novelty 'ice cube' that changes colour...you could set it to be one colour or change intermittently - ok, a bit gimmicky, but it made us smile...and made for some cool photos!
Dress Code: No requirements, though you may want a light jumper/jacket if there is a breeze
One night during our stay in Miami we had drinks and dinner with Alex's Aunt and her husband, who live locally. They had chosen somewhere really nice to have dinner, and were keen to get there early for a drink. When we arrived, I could see why, as this was one special bar.
Part of Smith & Wollensky restaurant, the bar is located right by the water. The 'water' is actually the Government Cut shipping channel, and we arrived just in time to watch numerous large cruise ships heading off on Caribbean adventures.
The bar area is quite large, with some seating, room to sit or stand at the bar, and also a grassed area where you can mingle by the water. We pulled up a couple of seats at the bar and enjoyed the early evening sun.
We had been warned that mixed drinks were served very strong...and that was no lie.. I had a Gin & Tonic that must have been 85% gin! There was a cocktail menu and large wine selection, along with all of the usual mixed drinks and beer.
It was a perfect place to unwind after a long day, catch up on family gossip and watch the cruisers depart.
Dress Code: There was a mix of day time casual and more formal evening wear, so take your pick.
One night during our stay in Miami we had dinner with Alex's Aunt and her husband, who live locally. After dinner they were keen to take us for a drink at a fab newly renovated hotel bar - who were we to say no!
The bar in question was the Lounge Bar at the Setai Hotel. This a classy bar, with a fabulous tropical courtyard for those warmer nights.
We headed straight for the courtyard, which has a large central Asian-style pond surrounded in candle lit seating areas. We found a corner and took a seat, sending the men to the bar to get some drinks.
This is one seriously beautiful bar, with an amazing atmosphere. A place for a romantic drink, or to catch up with a few friends. It really is one of those places worth making the effort to check out. But make sure you bring your credit card...one round of drinks cost us 90USD...though it was worth every dime!
Dress Code: You will get away with smart casual, but dress to impress if you want
Rather limited menu - just bar snacks but it's a great spot to hang out with the locals. Friendly staff and cheap prices. (Cheap for Miami Beach) Opens daily at noon closes at 5 am. Friday there's usually a free buffet.
Dress Code: Dress code? Hey - it's South Beach!
When I walked in the Delano on Friday night, it just blew my mind! I entered in to see two gigantic column rows, with long, semi-transparent sheets hanging as partitions of the sections. There was awesome live music - a jazzy bongo/trumpet/sax/guitar and bass ensemble. The inside has pool tables, and plenty of places to sit or walk around. The bar is top notch (and it comes at a price!)
But the best part is the outside. After passing through a patio, and descending stone steps (with well-cared for grass strips between the each step and the base of the prior step) I entered into a fantastic (in the true sense of the word) courtyard. Beautiful trees with surreal decorations - including a gigantic chess set, beds, lounges, and cabanas. Past this area is a beautiful, shimmering pool, lined with cabanas. To get in the good ones, you have to buy a $500 bottle of wine. All of my expenses were on the company, but I would've gotten in trouble for $500 for a single bottle! Behind the pool is an outdoor bar, with plenty of tables, lounges, and beds, leading up to the sand of the beach. Surreal, and fantastic.
Even if you cannot afford the $15 martinis, just go in to check it out. There is no cover, and it's worth it just to walk around the Delano for an hour. You might even see a celebrity!
Dress Code: Look nice... I do not think shorts are allowed, but just about anything else is, just don't look like a bum. I wore jeans, black shoes, and a button down shirt.