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By: Shayne Benowitz

The global art scene descends on Greater Miami & Miami Beach during Art Basel Miami Beach with world-renowned galleries, cutting-edge artists, deep-pocketed collectors and a slew of celebrities and socialites buzzing around town. That means one big party. From secret pop-up nightclubs to A-list VIP fêtes, Art Basel is an exciting week for Miami nightlife.

If you’re after a buzzy scene, Miami Beach’s trendy hotels are always a good place to start. From lobby bars and chic restaurants to onsite art installations, you can’t go wrong ducking into Faena Hotel Miami Beach, W South Beach or Soho Beach House while you’re out and about.

If you’re looking to rub elbows with the “in crowd” during a night out, here’s your guide to some of Miami’s hottest nightlife destination during Art Basel Miami Beach 2021.

Miami Beach

Strawberry Moon

A collaboration from Pharrell Williams and local nightlife impresario David Grutman, Strawberry Moon is a rooftop pool, lounge and restaurant at their Goodtime Hotel on Washington Avenue. This promises to be a prime spot for celeb-spotting during Miami Art Week. Their weekend pool parties are also helmed by major DJs for a wet and wild way to unwind.

Mila

Mila is a high-energy rooftop lounge, restaurant and mixology bar near Lincoln Road where dinner parties transform into DJ-fueled dance parties as the night progresses. It promises to be a prime place to pop bottles during Miami Art Week. Artists and designers have collaborated to create a Japanese wabi-sabi design concept, incorporating natural objects and processes.

Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION

Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION promises to be a hotspot for late-night Art Basel after-parties. The subterranean club/lounge is home to the intimate Discobox dance club, which has hosted everyone from Questlove to Carl Cox and Soul Clap. It also boasts an ice-skating rink and a four-lane bowling alley. Basement knows how to throw a serious party with a light-hearted, wild spirit.

LIV at Fontainebleau

For art lovers in search of the megaclub experience, all roads lead to LIV at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Going strong for over a decade, LIV is still fresh off a multi-million-dollar overhaul. Revelers can expect a star-studded Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 lineup with A-list DJs.

Broken Shaker

Broken Shaker is the ultimate spot for a chill party by day and night in Miami Beach. Set inside the Freehand Miami hotel's shaded courtyard with mix-and-match patio furniture and overhead string lighting, it’s full of subtropical charm. Founded by Gabe Orta and Elad Zvi, it’s also home to some of the most creative cocktails in the destination. During Art Basel Miami Beach 2021, expect a slew of hip parties and a cool crowd.

Wynwood

Racket

Wynwood hotspot Racket promises to be a high-energy scene during Miami Art Week. The indoor-outdoor, two-story cocktail bar, lounge and nightclub offers a wide variety of spaces and scenes to explore. DJs spin everything from hip-hop to house. In Miami Art Weeks past, DJ Jazzy Jeff has taken to the turntables.

Downtown Miami

Lost Boy

Downtown Miami’s nightlife scene is heating up with locally owned Lost Boy, a sprawling bar that feels like an eclectic ski lodge, complete with a pool table, dartboards and plenty of cozy spots to lounge. With a solid locals scene and a late-night food menu, we suspect that many Art Week nights out will end here.

Mama Tried

Located around the corner from Lost Boy, Mama Tried provides retro-glam vibes in Downtown Miami with a central bar and golden globe lights overhead. The energy ramps up late night with a DJ and a hip, artsy crowd that's ready to party. You can’t go wrong stopping by on a night out during Miami Art Week.

Little Haiti

The Anderson

You have to be in-the-know to find this hip little hideaway off the beaten path near the 79th Street Causeway and Little Haiti. And when you do, you’ll be rewarded with The Anderson’s retro 80s vibes, a chill outdoor patio and a DJ-fueled dance floor. The crowd is hip, local and out for a night of craft cocktails and delicious bites.

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