LIV at the Fontainebleau
If you’re looking for the hottest nightlife destination in America with a non-stop series of world-class DJs such as Erick Morillo and Tiësto, and a beautiful crowd to party with, this gorgeous club is for you.
LIV Nightclub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel is 18,000-square feet of high-energy excitement in a gorgeous setting. Its six private glass-enclosed skyboxes are complimented by a blazing light show emanating from the $100,000 domed LED ceiling that covers the entire club and is synchronized to the music.
Dual curving staircases cascade down around the DJ booth which overlooks the main floor. And that floor stays very crowded most of the time as LIV is one of the most popular clubs in all of Miami Beach.
The team working the door at LIV are all equipped with iPads containing continuously updated guestlist and table reservation information, along with scanning units which are made up of touch-iPods with a laser scanner attachment. If you’d like to be included on a future guestlist, just give them your email address and they’ll set you up. The door people tell us this technology makes the door operation run much smoother and eliminates entrance delays that are often associated with high-end nightclubs, especially here in Miami Beach.
Once you’re inside the same “big room” where Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin once entertained Hollywood stars in the early 1960s, expect to see a beautiful crowd and some of the best DJs in the world, including Erick Morillo, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, and many more.
For those seeking an ultra-VIP evening, LIV’s six private skyboxes feature European bottle service, a mini-bar and banquettes with secured purse drawers for the ladies.
Table reservations are strongly recommended, as even getting to the front of the crowd where the doorman can notice you can be a major undertaking. But, the good news is that the Fontainebleau’s “Bleu Bar” is right in the same area and offers a more relaxed attitude compared to the frenzy that often happens at the entrance of LIV.
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
In the 1930s it was a supper club. In the 1940s it was part of the Paramount movie theater chain. But, in the 1980’s it finally heard the siren song of nightlife and it’s now one of the hottest nightclubs in town—Mansion.
From Glam Slam to Level, the space at 1235 Washington Avenue has seen it share of nightclub incarnations, but none truly compare to its current state, Mansion.
Mansion opened its doors in the spring of 2004 under the stewardship of Eric Milon, who has given Miami such clubs as the Living Room, Opium Garden and Privé, not to mention his current nightlife holdings, Set and Louis at the Gansevoort South hotel. Offering a glimpse of how the other half lives, Mansion features everything from three ultra-posh rooms to French maid-dressed waitresses.
t’s nightlife served up on a silver platter. And who better to celebrate the good life than celebrities. With celebrity guest host like Paris Hilton, Missy Elliott and Diddy, to name just a few, Mansion is where the big names come to play when they are in town. Whether it’s hip-hop or house, you’ll find your groove at this posh Miami Beach super spot.
Mansion is located at 1235 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.532.1525
Wall Lounge at the W South Beach
2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
This lounge at the W South Beach Hotel has become one of the most exclusive addresses in Miami Beach thanks to the efforts of South Beach’s top nightlife stars.
Possibly the most exclusive address in Miami Beach, Wall Lounge is a 3,500-square-foot nightclub tucked neatly away within the oceanfront W South Beach Hotel on Collins Avenue.
An oversize gold sofa with room for 32 serves as the club’s centerpiece, and its gold and black patterned walls, lacquered bar, Cappellini stools and copper mesh ceiling provide the flash and glam. But the real key to Wall’s success is its operators—Opium Group, along with Nicola Siervo and Karim Masri, who between them have given us such premier South Beach venues as Joia, Mynt, Hotel Astor, Quattro, and most recently, Mokai.
Michael Capponi’s weekly parties bring in the cream of Miami Beach society to mingle with the global hedonists who pass through the W South Beach hotel.
Wall Lounge is located in the W South Beach Hotel at 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.938.3131.
2325 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
You have to hand it to the Opium Group, they produce top-tier nightclubs in the best locations—this time at the oceanfront Gansevoort South Hotel on Collins Avenue.
Eric Milon’s Opium Group has once again produced a top-notch nightlife venue with their new Louis at the Gansevoort hotel. With the demise of Privé and Opium Garden, the stand-and-model crowd needed a new place to call their own.
With inspiration drawn from 18th century European opulence, the club’s décor exudes a chic decadence yet sports a few modern twists, such as graffiti art scrawled on the walls, French electro-punk ambiance and a gorgeous staff dressed in military styled uniforms.
Approaching the velvet ropes at Louis isn’t for the faint of heart, so dress you best, put your best foot forward, and maybe, just maybe the rope gods will smile upon you for a brief moment.
Louis’ main competition comes from the nearby Wall Lounge at the W South Beach hotel, which, of course, the Opium Group also has a hand in.
Louis is located on the entry level of the Gansevoort South Hotel at 2325 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.531.4600
Rose Bar at the Delano Hotel
1685 Collins, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
If your night on the town calls for something upscale and glamorous, put on your best designer jeans and taxi over to the Delano’s Rose Bar.
Anchored in the center of Ian Schrager’s posh hotel, Rose Bar is dimly lit with tea candles and welcomes the cool ocean air through its open doors. Gauzy white curtains dance in the breeze creating an ambiance that is second to none.
If it’s high-class Miami you’re looking to absorb, then x marks the spot at Rose Bar. Among the mix of patrons you’ll find South Beach’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, grown up club kids, model set and tourists who came to get a glimpse at the legendary hotel.
Rose Bar is located at 1685 Collins, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.672.2000
Kill Your Idol in Miami Beach
222 Española Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139
For those of you who might still remember the 1980s, we direct your attention to the kitschy little bar on Espanola Way where you’ll find us trying to outsmart the Playboy Pinball Machine while devouring flawless Philly cheesesteaks… Kill Your Idol. If free drinks, cool people and retro pop art brings a smile to your face, stop by this Friday, May 21 around 8pm to check out “Pop Shop Don’t Stop” an exhibition of New York City Street Art from the 80s to today.
The opening night party celebrates the works of Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, Paolo Buggiani, and Linus Coraggio. DJ Edwin Adams and Cub will spin era-appropriate tunes and the bar will serve all you early birds free drinks from 8 – 9pm. May 21 would have been Pop Shop Graffiti Artist Keith Haring’s 52nd birthday though he died at the end of the decade best captured by his work. Three panels that comprised the 10 panel sign in front of his SoHo shop have been preserved and will be on display on South Beach before they travel on to Europe.
KILL YOUR IDOL
222 Espanola Way
Miami Beach, FL
SkyBar At Shore Club South Beach
1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139
Located outside in back of the Shore Club, SkyBar is centered around the luxurious hotel’s gorgeous pool. With lounging couches and oversized pillows strategically placed throughout, it’s easy to sit back and relax as you count the stars and sip champagne in true South Beach style.
Inside, the Red Room serves as SkyBar’s more exclusive area. The room is aglow with red lights and the bar is always packed with some of South Beach’s prettiest people. The Red Room is the place to be on Wednesday nights, but be sure to check out Friday nights by the pool for a little conversation and star gazing.
SkyBar is located at 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.695.3100
34 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132
Downtown’s club scene has taken great strides from a desolate warehouse destination to a thriving hipster scene now that the nearby Wynwood Arts District has a burgeoning gallery, restaurant and bar circuit attracting Miami’s monied crowd. While the early devotees of Club SPACE see this gentrification as the death of cool, there is little room to argue with the increased traffic, sophisticated nightlife and additional security currently in place in the now popular (and populated) area.
SPACE comprises a multi-room mega club with different formats indoors and out. Originally a desolate warehouse, the venue features state of the art lighting and sound equipment and a permit to do business around the clock – something completely remarkable on the nightlife scene where the city government often battles with promoters over noise levels late at night. Parties that start in the lounge gradually work their way out to the Terrace where the after-hours crowd dons sunglasses to shield them as they dance into the Miami dawn.
SPACE attracts the biggest names in world music who join an evolving cast of talented resident DJS who included Oscar G, Edgar V, and Ivano Bellini who over the years have warmed up the night for Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha & Digweed and Deep Dish Danny Tenaglia. With recored-breaking attendance levels set at the WMC and Ultra events, SPACE remains at the top of its game for large format clubs in the roster of nightspots all across the world. Visitors to South Beach should plan at least one night exploring the alternate universe of Downtown Miami’s most exciting warehouse dance venue – SPACE Miami. More at www.clubspace.com.
Mynt Miami Beach
1921 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
After being featured in nearly every fashion and entertainment magazine around, Mynt has garnered a reputation as one of the most discerning clubs in all of Miami Beach. The door staff makes sure Mynt’s guests are rich, beautiful and famous, which produces enough eye candy to keep you entertained well into the wee hours of the morning.
To stay on top of the ever-evolving nature of Miami’s nightclub game, Mynt closes down each year to revamp its interior design. Its latest decor is a chic green tone with sleek, modern furniture. Mynt embodies the spirit of Miami, and it’s patrons cater to that spirit as well, as you’ll find the cities top models and most celebrated celebrities dancing to house in the main room or dropping it like it’s hot downstairs in the designated hip-hop lounge.
Where else in the world would you find sexy models atop a bar showering the crowds below with expensive champagne? Only at Mynt and only in Miami.
Mynt is located at 1921 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 786.276.6132
Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar
1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
A trip to Miami Beach just wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the legendary Clevelander. But this indoor/outdoor bar isn’t just a tourist hang. Many locals catch the game while they enjoy a bucket or two of beers.
Resting on the corner of Ocean Drive, The Clevelander is one of those amazing Art Deco buildings that create the colorful backdrop that is South Beach.Not only does it have a prime location, it also has just completed a multi-million dollar renovation that added an entire new wing to the hotel.
Possibly one of the most recognizable buildings in South Florida, The Clevelander has been featured in numerous films, music videos and commercials. Whether you want to compete in a sexy swimsuit competition, take a dip in the Art Deco pool, go for a spin on the dance floor or mix and mingle at the glowing neon bar, you’ll find your niche at this South Beach mainstay.
And when it’s time to call it a night, just head upstairs and book a room, as this nightspot is also a hotel. Enjoy convenience, color and celebration all wrapped up in this one location.
The Clevelander is located at 1020 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 800.815.6829
Mac’s Club Deuce
222 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami has plenty of dive bars, but none of them rise to the level of Mac’s Club Deuce which is world-famous for the bold-faced clientele who stop by every so often to sample the “high-life in low places” lifestyle.
In a town where rejection at the velvet rope is the norm, The Deuce will welcome you with open arms. You’ll also find sassy-yet-friendly bartenders, a well-stocked jukebox, drinks strong enough to plaster you to the wall, and people from all over the world coming together in this locals bar.
The Deuce has been around since the 1920s, and was once used by the Miami Vice crew for location shooting. We wouldn’t be surprised to see The Deuce in a future Quentin Tarantino film either.
One of the Deuce’s bartenders, Melissa Burley, has even published a 96 page edition of 450 Club Deuce photographs covering the last 13 years in hardcover. It comes sealed with a Deuce sticker, coaster, matchbook, and temporary tattoo for $40.
Check its reviews around the internet and you’ll see why we highly recommend a night at Club Deuce.
Mac’s Club Deuce is located at 222 14th Street, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.531.6200
Nikki Beach Miami
1 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
It’s a beautiful Sunday in Miami Beach, which means you simply must head over to Nikki Beach for the Sunday afternoon beach soiree. This is the daytime playground for Miami’s elite, models set, dedicated night crawlers and jet setters.
Sip on a tropical drink as you lounge in a hammock with the sand between your toes and a gentle ocean breeze blowing through your hair.
Stick around after the sun goes down, because that’s when the party gets kickin’, and not just on Sunday, most every other night of the week as well.
Nikki Beach’s open-air atmosphere, eclectic music and gourmet menu make it an international hotspot, as it has locations around the world. Lift a glass of champagne and pay homage to the first of its kind here in Miami.
Nikki Beach Club is located at 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.538.1231
760 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
ife is better with a frozen drink in hand, and at Wet Willie’s on Ocean Drive, there are enough frozen concoctions to keep your taste buds in a permanent state of bliss.
Stop by on the weekend before, after or during your trip to the beach. Bathing suit attire is welcomed at this full-time party atmosphere fueled by frozen goodness.
The upstairs deck is key for spying passersby as they stroll down South Beach’s most infamous street.
If you’re looking for a sure-fire good time, we suggest the Call a Cab made with pure grain alcohol. But if you’re looking for something that packs a little less punch, sip on the delicious Pina Colada. This is what the true Miami Beach lifestyle is all about.
Wet Willie’s is located at 760 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. Phone: 305.532.5650
Also check out: Getting into Miami Beach Clubs – It’s not always easy, but this article will show you the way.