Where To Party During Art Basel

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By: Shayne Benowitz

From exclusive fêtes to laidback local hotspots, this is the best of Miami’s nightlife during Art Basel.

The global art scene descends on Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach with world-renowned galleries, cutting edge artists, deep-pocketed collectors and a slew of celebrities and socialites buzzing through 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 looking for a buzzy scene, South Beach’s trendy hotels are always a good place to start. From lobby bars and trendy restaurants to onsite art installations, you can’t go wrong ducking into 1 Hotel, Faena, W South Beach, Soho Beach House, The Plymouth while you’re out and about during Miami Art Week. If you’re hoping to rub elbows with the “it crowd” during a night on the town, here’s your guide to some of Miami’s hottest nightlife destination during Art Basel Miami Beach 2018.

Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION

Basement at The Miami Beach EDITION promises to be a hot spot for late night Art Basel after parties. The subterranean club-lounge boasts the intimate Discobox dance club, which has hosted everyone from Questlove to 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.

Doheny Room at Delano

A South Beach classic, the Delano is always buzzing during Art Basel, whether it’s an exclusive soiree by the pool, an installation in the lobby or an impossible-to-get-into pop-up club. Doheny Room is the Delano’s newest nightlife destination just off the iconic Philippe Starck lobby, injecting fresh energy into the hotel during Basel. Tough door aside, the Delano is an essential stop during Art Basel—and who knows? You might get lucky at the velvet rope.

LIV at Fontainebleau

For art lovers in search of the megaclub experience, all roads lead to LIV at the Fontainebleau. Going strong for nearly a decade and fresh off a multi-million dollar overhaul, revelers can expect a star-studded Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 lineup with A-list DJs like David Guetta, Tiesto, Kaskade and Calvin Harris.

Gramps

There’s a little bit of everything rolled into Gramps: a spacious outdoor patio perfect for mingling with a bar, as well as a window to order pizza. Inside, the main room is outfitted with retro, diner-style red vinyl booths, a well-edited cocktail menu and plenty of craft beer to choose from. Another door leads to a room for live music, usually experimental rock bands and occasional comics. In short, there’s something for everyone and it’s sure to have some cool artist collaborations and activations during Miami Art Week 2018.

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 handsomely rewarded with retro 80s vibes, a chill outdoor patio and a DJ-fueled dance floor. The crowd is hip and local and out for a night of craft cocktail tippling and enjoying delicious grub from the bar menu, which includes everything from buffalo cauliflower bites to the pretzel burger with beer cheese. Expect fun alternative parties at The Anderson during Miami Art Week 2018 featuring underground DJs and artist collectives.

Mana Wynwood

Occupying a 100,000 square-foot warehouse space on the outskirts of Wynwood, Mana Wynwood has become the ultimate cultural event space hosting concerts, art shows and creative happenings. In year’s past, they’ve staged everything from a Kendrick Lamar concert to the HIVE pop-up lounge featuring a skate park, sculpture garden and live art installations during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Employees Only

One of New York City’s coolest cocktail clubs opened an outpost in the heart of South Beach. Count on Employees Only for an under-the-radar speakeasy scene inside a dimly lit bar serving expertly mixed cocktails, as well as an Eastern European bistro menu. If you can stay out late enough, the bar is famous for serving a round of complimentary homemade chicken noodle soup at around 4 a.m.

Sweet Liberty

Tucked away off Collins Park, Sweet Liberty is a favorite new South Beach locals' hideaway. The airy space has a kitschy, tropical-industrial vibe with exposed rafters and palm tree wallpaper set against a bar lined with glittering bottles. The brainchild of the late legendary local mixologist John Lermayer, Sweet Liberty boasts a killer cocktail menu complimented by delicious snacks like cauliflower nachos. The vibe is low key, yet spirited with a great lineup of live music and indie DJs.

Broken Shaker

Broken Shaker is the ultimate spot for a chill party by day and night in Mid Beach. Set inside The Freehand 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 city. During Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, expect a slew of hip parties and a cool crowd.

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