Where to Party During Art Basel

By: Shayne Benowitz

Here’s your guide to the best of Miami’s nightlife during Art Basel.

The global art scene descends on Miami during Art Basel with world-renowned galleries, cutting edge artists, deep-pocketed collectors and a slew of celebrities and socialites flitting through town. That means one big party!

From the infamous Le Baron pop-up nightclub (where will it be this year?) to A-list VIP fêtes, Art Basel is an exciting week for Miami nightlife. If you’re hoping to rub elbows with the “it crowd,” here’s your guide to some of Miami’s hottest nightlife destination during Basel.

Where to Dance All Night

Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION

A popular spot for locals and visitors alike, Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION promises to be a hot spot for Art Basel after parties. With the intimate Discobox dance club, hosting everyone from Questlove to Soul Clap, an ice skating rink and a four-lane bowling alley, Basement knows how to throw a serious party with a light-hearted spirit.

FDR at Delano

A South Beach classic, the Delano is always buzzing during Art Basel, whether it be an exclusive soiree by the pool, an installation in the lobby or an impossible-to-get-into pop-up club at FDR. Yes, they’ve hosted the Le Baron pop-up on more than one occasion. Tough door aside, the Delano is an essential stop during Art Basel—and who knows? You might get lucky at the velvet rope.

Pearl Champagne Lounge at Nikki Beach

A lounge dedicated exclusively to bottles of bubbles and VIPs, Pearl at Nikki Beach tends to have a strong lineup of swanky private parties during Art Basel. With an oceanfront South of Fifth address and iced out décor, it’s a posh spot for a pricey party.

Rec Room at The Gale

Always popular during Art Basel and year round, Rec Room at The Gale has solidified its status as a perennial South Beach hotspot. Expect a stellar DJ lineup, exciting collaborations and strong parties every night in this hip and intimate subterranean lounge.

Where to Schmooze with the Glitterati

1 Hotel Rooftop

With a sexy rooftop lounge 17 stories high jutting towards the Atlantic Ocean boasting sweeping 360 degree views, the 1 Hotel Rooftop will no doubt host its fair share of Art Basel shindigs. The space, with an infinity pool, bar and restaurant, is a chic place for sunbathing by day and cocktail clinking after sunset.

Sugar at EAST Miami

Expect Sugar, the rooftop bar perched atop the 40th floor at EAST Miami in Brickell, to be quite the place to see and be seen during Art Basel. Showcasing panoramic city views and featuring a menu of Asian tapas and colorful cocktails, Sugar is part of the new Brickell City Centre


With a whimsical poolscape overlooking Biscayne Bay and a design scheme inspired by Sleeping Beauty’s castle, the Mondrian always delivers strong Art Basel programming. Whether it’s a pool party featuring a Friends With You installation or evening parties with New York’s Saturdays Surf, the Mondrian is committed to an artful good time.

Where to Hangout in the Wynwood Scene 


For a party without the pretense, venture to Wynwood. This mural-splashed neighborhood filled with galleries is the heart of Miami’s cutting edge, contemporary art scene. Gramps is the neighborhood’s laidback, rock ‘n roll bar with killer cocktails and an eclectic crowd. Chances are they’ll be co-opting some chill parties with under the radar spirits or beer brands for fun times in Wynwood during Art Basel.


For music lovers, Bardot is the hot ticket during Art Basel, hosting shows by a wide variety of notable artists. While the vibe of this midtown club is more laid back than the South Beach scene, it doesn’t necessarily mean the door is more relaxed. The good news is, most of these parties are open to the public. Just purchase a ticket online ahead of time.

Electric Pickle

Your best bet for a crazy underground electronic dance music party paired with trippy performance art is the Electric Pickle. The space is dark, sweaty and surprisingly cavernous with an outdoor patio, often crammed with party people. This is the place to get down and let go of inhibitions during Art Basel.

HIVE Pop-up Lounge at Mana Wynwood

Partake in a triple threat of craft cocktails, killer art and great music. This year's HIVE pop-up lounge will feature a variety of DJs and live music performances, a skate park, sculpture garden, live art installations, cocktail demonstrations and more. Check out a mixology competition featuring bartenders from Miami's best local watering holes. A great place to go late night or even during the day, the pop-up lounge is sure to be a showstopper. Admission is free and the event is taking place at Mana Wynwood, 2250 NW 2nd Avenue, from Nov. 30 until Dec. 4, 2016.

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