Mansion: Saturday Night Fever
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.
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Automatic Slims: New locals bar
Automatic Slims is the new fashionable locals bar. Loud rock'n roll music, small space with very few tables, and a local crowd.
Let's see how long it lasts....
PS: The table service takes forever, so I would recommend for you to go order your drink at the bar
Dress Code: It is a bar, and a laidback one for South Beach standards... meaning: dress up and look good, but make it seem like you did not put too much effort into it =P
The Pool Bar at the Delano: Surrounded by Beauty...
One of the Ian Schrager's hotels, the Delano will take your breath away... wander around the lobby, and the bar paying close attention to every detail in Philip's Stark decoration.
As you make your way to the back, you'll also pass through the Blue Door, the fantastic restaurant where renowned chef Claude Troisgros, and an enchanting outside terrace make your dining experience unforgettable. That is if you can afford it....
You won't be disappointed by the garden and pool area either... the garden is designed as if it were indoors, with beds, sofas and tables. The stunning pool seems like it's constantly overflowing.
Enjoy a drink at the pool bar, relaxed on a lounging chair, or sitting at the table in the pool with your feet in the water. The bar area is very popular on Fridays and Saturdays.
Dress Code: Dress up to feel as beautiful as you can!
Segafredo Expresso: Segafredo's terrace
Don’t be mistaken by the name; this place is not a café, it’s a fashionable terrace in the heart of Lincoln Road. I’ll recommend a couple of glasses of chianti while enjoying the romantic atmosphere of the terrace, but don’t sit yourself to close to the Fontana di Trevi replica… it’s unpleasantly cold sometimes ;-)
Dress Code: The best way in wich to get a good service is by looking like if you were a music or tv producer. The impact is greater if you get to the place in the company of a lovely and gorgeous lady… at least, it worked for me :-p
Jazid: Jazz lounge
Jazzid consists of a lounge with live music downstairs, some type of jazz, and an upstairs lounge with a pool table and couches.
I especially recommend Jazid every last Wednesday of the month, when their brazilian party is going on: live brazilian jazz to which your hips will move by themselves, even if you DON"T know how dance to it.
Dress Code: Dress code is pretty open, as long as you have long pants if you're a man
Club Deuce: THE dive bar
Dive: (Slang). A disreputable entertainment establishment (Merriam-Webster)
If you had but one evening to see all of Miami Beach's multitudinous eccentricities encapsulated, you might well spend it here. Eclectic is too tame a word to describe the mix of South Beach denizens in this joint every night. From transsexual hookers to nightclub glitterati to down-and-out locals to visiting celebs, the Deuce attracts the funkiest, coolest, scariest crowd of any bar in south Florida.
As someone once put it: "This is the only place where you can sit at the bar with Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, a prostitute, a pimp, and a tattoo artist at the same time."
A dive bar at its best!
Dress Code: Come as you are!
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Delano Hotel: Fashion drinks at Delano’s
“A surrealist dream in three dimensions”. That’s how Vanity Fair describes Delano Hotel. I could not be more agree with that. The decoration has so many little details, the atmosphere is so special, that the combination of everything is difficult to explain.
However, the best part is the fabulous terrace, with an impressive swimming pool that “seems” to be overflowing continuously. It’s definitely one of my favorite nightlife spots in Miami.
Dress Code: I’ll suggest you to dress as trendy and gorgeous as you can.
Tobacco Road: Live music, great people
Tobacco Road is a huge bar, located at Miami downtown. It has the typical American Bar atmosphere, with live music, TV sets, and people drinking and having fun all night long. Just remember not to pay attention to the gambling machine at the end of the bar. You could easily spend the night playing card games, while laughing out laud with the jokes of the Puerto Rican folks ;-)
Dress Code: Dressy or casual; It doesn’t matter.
Jazid: Don’t miss the Brazilian music!
Jazid have a nice lounge upstairs and life Jazz and R&B music downstairs every night. The Brazilian night (last Wednesday of the month) is especially memorable. It’s impossible not to dance while listening to that wonderful music… although its difficult not to feel jealous about the way in which Brazilian people can dance :-p
Dress Code: casual
Purdy Lounge: Laid-back local hang-out
Another popular lounge I really enjoy.... this one with funky, comfortable furniture and a laid-back, pool-playing local crowd.
There is never a cover and thus it does get very packed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Dress Code: Casual to not so casual
The Delano: WOW
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.
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its uniquely So Be. Try the pineapple coconut martinis. They're $15 apiece, but worth it.
Dress Code: dress up if you want the bouncer to let you in. Dress in the So Be dress code (all or mostly black) if you're female, or wear something eye catching. For guys, pants and a button down shirt will normally do.
Delano Hotel: The scene at the Delano
The lobby and outside pool bars at the Delano Hotel are very popular places to hang out, have a drink and people watch. During high season in Miami, which is basically wintertime everywhere else, the hotel is packed, especially the outdoor area. The setting includes poolside cabanas which can be rented by day or night, poolside beds which are great for large groups to congregate, drinks in hand, for some serious people watching and the bar area which also contains a small dance floor.
My friends and I like this place, especially when the humidity has eased off enough to make sitting outside a pleasant experience. Its a mixture of locals and tourists here, with the northeastern visitors occupying the majority from December until about April. But, much like Miami, you'll find people from all over the world and everyone seems to be having a good time. Best of all, there is no cover charge.
Dress Code: Dress appropriately. Its S. Beach so the upscale all-black ensemble generally works best. That being said, there really is no dress code and they will pretty much let anyone, unless they decide not to. That sentence probably doesn't make much sense, but keep in mind this is South Beach and it makes up its own rules.
My suggestion to visitors is to avoid wearing any of the following: shorts, sandals and those flowered shirts which are so popular with tourists. If you're a hotel guest, you'll get away with it. If not, there's a chance they will stop you at the entrance.
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Opium Garden: Better know Someone
This place is a well known and longstanding nightclub in Miami. It's pretty exclusive, so if you're not there by 10PM, you better know someone or you aren't getting in without greasing one of the bouncers.
The venue as a whole is expansive, but the inside bar is tiny, crowded, and so loud the bar tenders can't hear your order. The outside is more spacious, with an outdoor Garden featuring a pagoda with couches and table to dance on, and 2 separate outdoor bars, where it's much easier to get a drink than inside. The entire venue is adorned in a far eastern motif, featuring flowing drapes, shining buddhas, and decorative lanterns. The crowd is definitely one of the better looking crowds in Miami.
Dress Code: Upscale, Trendy
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Blue Miami: Hidden Gem in Miami
This martini bar/lounge is most definitely a hidden gem in the Miami nightlife scene.
They have a martini menu that has every martini you've ever heard of, and many more you didn't know existed. The Mango Martini was delicious.
Nice hardwood floors, new bar stools, tables, and flat screens deck this place out in futuristic style. Everything is blue thus the name. The televisions play old black and white movies or sports giving it a very engaging yet cool feel.
There's a different DJ every night, each providing their own style.
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