HALLS and our intrepid party reporters hit dance floors coast-to-coast to find the coolest ongoing parties in the country. It was a hard job, but somebody had to do it. On our trip, we uncovered the coolest hot spots in Miami where serious dancers seriously get down. We’re talkin’ places that really know how to party. So join us and get ready to let the cool in. It’s gonna be Mentho-Lyptical.
This packed loft-style dance party brings you back to the days when hip hop was fun. Remember those jams that brought the house down in the very best way? They’re alive and well at the Garret, where a motley crowd of indie kids and urbanites are ready to rock right along with you.
The Garret / Grand Central, 697 N Miami Ave, Miami
As it’s affectionately called, the Slap varies musically from week to week. Regardless of what they’re playing, the intimate underground space commands you to dance with strangers and friends.
Tuesday nights at the Electric Pickle, 2826 North Miami Ave MIA
The (((SHAKE))) & BassHead Music crews have brought their arsenal of dubstep and booty bass to downtown Miami. They feature international headliners and edgy local talent on a system that carries the sub bass straight to your bones. No holds barred: people get down and dirty.
Monthly Thursdays at The Vagabond. 30 NE 14th St. MIA
This one’s on the downlow. It has no online presence and has only spread by word of mouth (till now?). For those looking for something in the club, this one is different. Dancers groove hard in silence to candlelight. That’s all we can tell you.
Mondays 9:30-11pm at 167 Collins Ave
This South Beach spot is well known for giving dancers a juicey bite of latin rhythms. A 2 hour class starts off the night to give both experienced dancers and beginners a big boost. The real party heats up at 11pm and goes till late.
Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights, 8:30pm at Yuca Lounge, 501 Lincoln Rd, South Beach
Big guest DJs pack this giant, cavernous venue for those times you want a big club experience. Celebrities and pretty people abound.
Wednesday nights at LIV
Once a year, downtown Miami’s is overtaken by several stages of some of the biggest names in electronic dance music. This year, the outdoor festival expands into two weekends to coincide with the beginning and end of Miami Music Week. Expect David Guetta, deadmau5, Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, as well as all the enormous sounds and general ridiculousness you can imagine will come along for THAT ride.
March 15-17 + March 22-24
Miami’s most serious salsa dancers congregate here every Wednesday night, with a refresher class for the less experienced at 8pm. Resident DJ Alex Gutiérrez is always on deck along with Jammin’ Johnny, Frank Banderas and guests who won’t let your feet stop moving till they hurt.
Wednesdays 8 p.m. Salsa lessons for the rookies and after 10 p.m. for the pros. Alcazaba, 50 Alhambra Plaza, Coral Gables
Boteco Miami believes in Salsa for Everyone. Jump in and learn to dance for free every Monday night. You officially have no excuse not to.
Mondays 9.30-midnight at Boteco 916 NE 79th St, MIA
Eccentrix Sound imports DJs and artists from aound the world to launch dancehall, reggae, and soca beats straight onto your backside. Bring your biggest moves to this one — ain’t no one holding back on this floor.
Monthly Saturdays at Grand Central, 697 N Miami Ave, Miami