- Laurence Kidd
Everyone has their idea of what constitutes a perfect night out — whether it’s dinner and a movie, drinks at the bar, or live music to dance to, there’s always a way to spice it up and get the most out of the night. Here we profile seven popular places (and a few quirky ideas!) for a good time while out in Miami!
The second that you walk through the doors at the Lagniappe House in Wynwood, you are immersed by an antiquated New Orleans culture complete with jazz music, red wine, and a simple (yet authentic and delicious) American fare. The cozy, homey interior and well-lit patio provide a unique and lively atmosphere. Consider Lagniappe perfect for a romantic date or a night out with friends!
Lagniappe House. 3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL, USA +1 305 576 0108
Mansion is truly an iconic nightclub in the heart of Miami. Its stage has been graced by the presence of countless celebrities, including David Guetta, Deadmau5, P-Diddy, Jay-Z, Britney Spears and even the late Prince. This club is unlike any other and its interior design has been heralded as one of the most grandiose and expensive of its kind. Featuring the most technologically advanced lighting and sound systems of any U.S. nightclub, Mansion can be easily configured to accommodate events of any size. If you want to do something that epitomizes the fast-paced and electrifying atmosphere that Miami is known for, then Mansion is the place to go.
Mansion. 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA +1 (305) 680-9480
Ball and Chain
Did you think we forgot about Miami’s Latin influence? Not a chance! Little Havana has plenty to offer whether it’s fine dining, salsa dancing, or a lively bar scene. One destination that you can’t go wrong with for an authentic Latin experience is the Ball and Chain. Here you’ll find excellent tapas, a refreshing Cuba Libre, an intense salsa dance floor. Ball and Chain remains one of Little Havana’s hidden gems, but we couldn’t resist spreading the word. Get your dancing shoes on and don’t plan on leaving until the early morning hours.
Ball and Chain. 1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL, USA +1 305 643 7820
Bowlmor’s Strike Miami
Located in the Dolphin Mall, Bowlmor’s Strike Miami has been hailed as South Florida’s premier upscale bowling venue — it has even received the prestigious title of Miami’s “Best Bowling Alley” by the Miami New Times. The 37,000-square-foot venue features 34 lanes of bowling excitement, a first-class sports bar, a chic lounge for casual hangouts or private parties, and now, a new lazer tag arena. What makes Bowlmor so unique is its commitment to an atmosphere that can only be described as funky with an old school touch. Feel free to ‘roll like a rebel’ and party like a rock star!
Bowlmor Strike. Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th St, Miami, FL, USA +1 (305) 594-0200
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company
Founded in 2012, the Biscayne Bay Brewing Company is yet another intriguing place for a unique night out in Miami. Referred to as BBBC for short, they proudly serve their specialty craft beers in locations all over South Florida. While craft breweries of all shapes and sizes have begun popping up all across the country, few do it better than the BBBC. Some of the limited craft releases that you don’t want to miss out on include Buenas Noches, an American whiskey aged imperial stout, and La Salida, a unique bourbon barrel aged IPA.
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company. 8000 NW 25th St #500, Doral, FL, USA +1 305 381 5718
Whether you are an experienced video-gamer or an armature pin-baller, Arcade Odyssey should be on your radar while in Miami. Voted as the number one arcade in Florida, Arcade Odyssey offers everything from fighting games to gun-shooters and shoot’em-ups. Complete with both new and classic games, this gaming utopia is famous for its large assortment of pinball machines and an eclectic mix of Japanese titles. When planning your next night out, ask yourself this: when was the last time you took your friends or your partner to an arcade? When it comes to changing it up and being unique, Odyssey takes the cake.
Arcade Odyssey. Pine Lake Shopping Center, 12045 SW 117th Ave, Miami, FL +1 305 253 2722
O Cinema — Wynwood
A movie night out isn’t very unique — a movie night out at the O Cinema in Wynwood, though, adds a twist. Welcome to Miami’s most recognized indie cinema. Tired of watching the same played out Hollywood screenplays? Maybe it’s time to experience diverse genres, including foreign, art, classic and family films. The striking murals outside the nonprofit theater will lure you in and the funky indie atmosphere inside will influence you to a buy a ticket to one of the latest documentaries, indie films, or foreign films. You will surely come away feeling as if you’ve had a cultural education of sorts.
O Cinema Wynwood. 90 NW 29th St, Miami, FL, USA +1 305 571 9970
By Laurence Kidd