Best of Miami Florida Nightlife: Weekend Hot Spots

In a city so sprawling, it's difficult to pin down the best of Miami, Fla., nightlife. Weekend hot spots can give the weary worker or the trendy tourist a place to fulfill their salsa-soaked fantasies, spot celebrities making the rounds or just sit down with a group of friends and enjoy a refreshing adult beverage or three.

You can be assured that no matter what your desire, you will find a neon-bathed venue to satisfy it. After a relaxing day sunning on the beach or a rough week at the cubicle farm, be sure to check out one of these bars or clubs for some scorching Miami nightlife adventure.

Wall at the W Hotel

This steamy Miami nightclub on West South Beach spotlights top-name DJs from across the country, which probably explains why the packed dance floor throbs every weekend to a hip-hop soundtrack. This hot spot is not for the thrifty or the shorts-and-ballcap crowd. Prepare to be silently judged on the pedigree of your outfit's designer. 2201 Collins Avenue.

Bongo's Cuban Café

Owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, this throwback venue to Havana's heyday will be the most likely place to park for celebrity spotting on any given weekend. Part restaurant, part dance club, Bongo's offers both live Latin music and DJ-driven dance mixes. And being right next to the Miami Heat's home arena, this Miami nightclub is a great place to get your groove on after catching an NBA game. 601 Biscayne Boulevard.

LIV at Fontainebleau Hotel

A high-energy fusion of dance club and lounge luxury, this chic nightclub inside one of Miami Beach's most famous hotels gives a neon-tinged nod to Miami's colorful past while integrating its high-tech music system and special effects. Big spenders can reserve one of the six private skyboxes that gives a birds-eye-view of the club's interior. But don't get burned; the writhing crowd of passionate dancers can really heat things up on weekend nights. 4441 Collins Avenue.

The Florida Room

If the tinkling of piano keys is more your musical style, you'll want to drop in to this cozy lounge nestled in the Delano Hotel. With a Lucite grand piano as its centerpiece, The Florida Room has hosted such luminaries as Lenny Kravitz and Jamie Foxx, performing under its mirrored ceilings and custom chandeliers. Not all Miami nightlife has a heavy beat. 1685 Collins Avenue.


If you love craft beer, you'll love this chill Miami nightlife hotspot. Operating in a restored wood-framed house, this cozy pub serves as a great place to meet a group of friends on a weekend night or just sit at the bar and sample some of its nearly 200 specialty beers. You'll never know what type of music you'll hear playing over the killer sound system: old school funk, blues or soul, classic and contemporary rock, new wave/indie or electronica. Just one rule: No hip-hop! Occasional live shows are also scheduled. Fear not if you are a wine lover; Abraxas offers a full wine list of vintages from all over the world. 407 Meridian Avenue.

No matter what type of party scene you're seeking, the Miami nightlife will have you covered. And if you love all of it, check out more than one of these weekend hot spots in this diverse and thriving South Florida metropolis.

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