The player's change and institutions come and go.
Velvet ropes line the street, then vanish, only to return again under new blinking signs.
The music changes, styles evolve, but the energy and excitement remains.
you're looking for rock, hip-hop, or EDM; whether you're looking to
down a beer or sip expensive champagne; whether you're dressed to the
nines or keeping it casual, South Beach is the place to go when it's
time to get shit poppin'.
are our favorite after-dark haunts east of I-95, for now.
10. Purdy Lounge, 1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-4622; purdylounge.com.
Sunday doesn't have to be the saddest night of the week.
Not when you head to this beach-side bar for the illness of Chocolate Sundays. It's old school hip-hop vibes in a no pretension environment.
Thursday is ladies night where women drink free from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Wednesday is the time for industry insiders to get 50 percent off from 11 p.m. to close.
This is one place on SoBe that you don't have to worry about dress codes and highfalutin attitudes. Come here when you're ready to get real.
2212 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-541-2631; hoycomoayer.us.
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Hoy Como Ayer is all about las estrellas musicales and el sonido Latino.
From Amaury Gutiérrez's Latin Grammy Award-winning "Guajira con Tumbao" to Albita's legendary "Fiesta Pa'los Rumberos" and the electronic mezcal of the Spam Allstars, every night is an over-the-top fiesta where the dancing never stops, the conga drums are always kickin', and the Bacardi is flowing.
Long live Hoy Como Ayer.
8. Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-793-3882; rockwellmiami.com.
From the mind of SoBe nightlife impresario Chris Paciello comes a new exclusive spot where tastes are expensive and style is high.
Paciello was a man about town in the roaring '90s, known for his ability to attract celebrities like a magnetic. And he's hoping that, with Rockwell, he can bring some of that lush era atmosphere back to Washington Ave.
It's not all about big name DJs, but the grand opening did pull big stars from Lenny Kravitz to Lupe Fiasco, Timbaland and more.
This is the kind of place every tourist dreams of experiencing when they arrive at Miami International.
7. Treehouse, 323 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-674-4478; treehousemiami.com.
Have you ever wanted to party with Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, but you just can't find enough pure pixie dust to get your feet off the ground?
Don't worry, Treehouse is here to fulfill all your fantastical party needs.
It's the underground king of SoBe, and probably one of the best dark rooms for dancing (and other things) in the whole city. Always bringing quality acts, Treehouse is a damn jewel.
6. FDR, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-924-4071; morganshotelgroup.com.
There's a party going on below the Delano's beautiful lobby.
The intimate club is full of comfy couches and shadowy corners for lovers or celebrities to find some escape.
Fridays heat up to Latin hits, Saturdays are all about dancing, and Monday is when hip-hop reigns. This is a spot for the cool kids to let loose, so come well dressed and ready to party.
5. Do Not Sit on the Furniture, 423 16th St., Miami Beach; 510-551-5067; facebook.com/DoNotSit.
After over two years in operation, Do Not Sit has carved itself a place in the hearts of Dade County hipster house heads.
It's small, it's dark, and it's wonderfully decorated.
It's kind of weird when the lights come on and you suddenly see the faces you've been dancing shoulder to shoulder with for hours.
But when it's dark and muggy, it's got that true underground magic, a place that puts music first, and welcomes all willing to dance.
4. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com.
Everyone knows LIV is the tits. Even Rolling Stone once called it the second best dance spot in the country.
Everyone, from Calvin Harris to Lil Wayne, plays the Fontainebleau's fanciest club. On any given Sunday, you're liable to see some of the biggest names in hip-hop take the stage just for shits and giggles.
If a star's in town — from Bieber to Future — chances are they're stopping by LIV.
It's world famous. It's in movies. It's the quintessential South Beach bottle-service joint. And we all know that's the truth
3. Trade, 1439 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-531-6666; trademia.com.
Walk off Washington Avenue through the velvet rope and up the stairs to the second-floor house haven.
It's dark, minimally decorated, just a few lights strobing to set the mood.
It's all about the music here, and the menu offers up international house and techno talent on a regular basis.
Friday nights are dominated by the Link Miami Rebels crews and always a good night to check the spot.
2. Basement, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4548; basementmiami.com.
This hideaway in the Edition Hotel is a multi-room pleasure emporium of sensory overload.
The club itself is dope enough, a 330-person seatless dancefloor and bar that regularly bumps feel-good party jams at weekly functions like Wednesday's Jelly with DZA, Friday's Discobox, and more.
It's also the spot to catch special guest DJs from all around the world, but what really pushed Basement over the edge are the ancillary activities.
Where else can you bowl and ice skate while getting this turnt? Nowhere in this city, babe.
1. Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2424; storymiami.com.
We're going to give it up to Story. Owned and operated by the same great peeps who bring you LIV, this Collins Avenue megaclub is the bottle-service alternative.
It's got a larger dance floor than the cramped LIV situation, but it has the same dedication to style and exclusivity.
At Story, the bookers dig a little deeper with their musical selection, giving more underground artists a chance to play in a bigger, sexier environment. For that, we commend it.