Affordable Nightlife Options in Miami

By: Carissa Chesanek

Miami offers a wide variety of frugal fun for night owls.

The beaches, for one, are a reliable option for daytime diversion, but memorable, cost-effective Miami nights are well within reach—if you know where to look. While there are plenty of high-priced dining institutions and fancy mega nightclubs that’ll cost a pretty penny, there are also plenty of ways to have fun at night at an affordable price.

Miami Beach

You don’t have to break the bank to be a part of South Beach’s happening nightlife. In fact, epic city views are always free at crowd-pleasing lounges like the Mondrian’s Sunset Lounge. Not only does this hotspot offer striking panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and Miami’s downtown skyline, you can sip on refreshing margaritas and Caipirinhas for $5 starting at 5 p.m.

You’ll find plenty of clubs that have a pricey entrance fee past its velvet ropes, but there are some that don’t, including the Delano’s swanky FDR lounge.

HaVen South Beach is a great spot for late night drinking and mingling inside its funky digital lounge and you don’t normally have to pay a cover charge.

There are also some music venues that don’t charge to get in, including Miami Beach’s infamous Jazid, a jazz club hosting an impressive selection of local bands and talent seven nights a week.

Almost every hotspot has drink deals for the happy hour crowd, including Meat Market on Lincoln Road, serving $7 specialty cocktails every Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. And make sure you check out our list of happy hour hotspots on Miami Beach.

For family-friendly fun, the Miami Beach SoundScape Cinema Series is a great option. It’s located in a 2.5-acre outdoor park and projects movies on a massive 7,000 square foot wall for free. The venue also hosts concerts complemented by state-of-the-art visual and audio technology, from the New World Center. Bring a few chairs and a picnic for the whole family to share and enjoy the show.

While Miami has lots of topnotch attractions to see, there’s still one simple (and free!) activity that never seems to get old: people watching. Stroll along Lincoln Road or Ocean Drive to take in all the sights.


Check out a trendy reoccurring event called "PAMM Third Thursdays: Poplife Social". The Pérez Art Museum Miami hosts this monthly social event, mixing music with art alongside tasty drink and food specials from the museum’s signature American eatery Verde, a Stephen Starr restaurant. Live music acts, DJs and gallery exhibits take place while guests mix and mingle outside overlooking the bay. The series runs from March until September every third Thursday of each month from 6 until 9 p.m. and is free with museum admission ($16 per person, members free).

And ladies, you’re really in luck because there are quite a few spots in the Downtown/Brickell area like Bin No. 18, offering not only half-price drinks but free sips—and in this case free bubbly, every Wednesday from 7 - 9 p.m.

Wynwood and the Design District

A great music venue, The Stage is located in the Design District and showcases musicians from all over; expect a nominal cover charge for entry.

Check the free art walk in the Wynwood Arts District. On any given day, stroll along these contemporary art-filled streets with psychedelic murals splashed on walls and weave in and out of roughly 70 different galleries. Then on the second Saturday of every month, galleries in the area extend their hours for viewing, while live music and entertainment fills the streets and a few local food trucks serve gourmet food on-the-go to hungry art aficionados.

Little Havana

An iconic monthly event in Little Havana that’s fun for the whole family, the Viernes Culturales Arts & Cultural Festival fills the streets with music, dancing, entertainment and much more. Local galleries open their doors for visitors to stop in and check out the traditional and contemporary art on display, while many restaurants near by offer inexpensive Latin cuisine for when you grow hungry. There is also a free walking tour that discusses the rich history of Little Havana.

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