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By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami Beach is a playground for dining, arts and culture, spas and restaurants. Many of the hottest spots are found inside hotels. Whether it’s a laid-back local cocktail bar, a glitzy, see-and-be-seen scene, a DJ-fueled pool party or a late-night rooftop hangout, you’ll have a good time at these hot Miami Beach hotels.

Bowl, dance and skate at Basement

Basement, Miami Beach EDITION

When it comes to nightlife, hotelier Ian Schrager and the team behind his Miami Beach EDITION hotel think outside the box. Their semi-subterranean Basement nightlife complex is home to a four-lane bowling alley and a small ice-skating rink – lit up Miami-style in neon lights and anchored by a bar. And while the crowd-favorite Discobox dance club (inspired by Schrager’s legendary Studio 54) is on hiatus indefinitely, you can still hit up Basement for a swirl on the rink or a friendly bowling competition. 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

Enjoy a cocktail on Freehand's cozy patio

The Broken Shaker and 27 Restaurant, Freehand Miami

The Freehand Miami hotel and its Broken Shaker cocktail bar – set inside the historic Art Deco hostel’s kitschy and lush courtyard patio with a pool – arguably ushered in Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s modern-day mixology movement with its garden-to-glass approach to cocktail creation. The hip hostel with a local pulse is also home to 27 Restaurant, with equally inventive cuisine inspired by Miami’s melting pot of cultures, from Caribbean and South American to Jewish comfort food. For those checking into the hostel, the Freehand boasts some of the most affordable rates in town with stylish private and shared rooms. 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Faena TheaterCatch a cabaret performance at Faena Theater

Faena District

There’s only one hotel in Miami Beach with an entire eight-block district named for it – and that’s Faena. Conceived by flamboyant Argentinean hotelier and developer Alan Faena, the Faena District is home to two hotels, luxury condominiums, as well as two art and shopping centers: the Faena Forum and Faena Bazaar. The Faena Hotel Miami Beach is a fantastical world of contemporary art, lavish design and fine dining. With show-stopping works on display by legendary pop artist Damien Hirst and a gilded cathedral-like entrance with murals by Juan Gatti, the hotel is a work of art unto itself. Restaurants include Los Fuegos by Argentinean grill master Francis Mallmann. The second hotel in the district, Casa Faena, was built in 1928, with the building's design, decor and amenities steeped in Miami Beach's early Spanish architectural roots. You’ll also find the Faena Theater, which stages cabaret performances, the Living Room bar and a speakeasy-style lounge. 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

Stunning Asian fusion presentations at Jaya

Jaya, The Setai

One of South Beach’s most upscale destinations, The Setai, is home to Jaya, a restaurant celebrating Asian culture. The menu is inspired by the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, India, Korea, China and Japan. Set inside an elegant dining room, as well as a tranquil interior courtyard with sleek grey banquettes, palm trees and dark reflection pools, the restaurant offers the chance to sample a little bit of everything. Highlights include pork bao buns, an Indian Thali platter with small pots filled with chicken, fish and steamed vegetables, Chinese dim sum and more. There’s a sophisticated mixology program to match the delicate cuisine, and the setting simply can’t be beat. 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

LIV dj
Spend an unforgettable night at LIV

LIV, Fontainebleau Miami Beach

When it comes to an epic party, there’s no place like LIV. Located inside the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach resort, the 18,000-square-foot megaclub boasts a domed ceiling, impressive light shows, and VIP tables lining the dance floor and mezzanine. World-class DJs like David Guetta, Steve Angello and Tiësto are regulars on the lineup, laying down the beats that make the crowd bounce. That’s when the confetti starts flying and glow sticks come out. Bring your A game, dress to impress and purchase your tickets in advance – this is one of the hottest, most exclusive velvet ropes in town. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

Choose from a variety of artistic cocktails

Minibar, Urbanica The Meridian Hotel

Mini Bar at Urbanica The Meridian Hotel might be tiny, as the name suggests, but it’s a total vibe. Consisting of a small wrap-around bar with a yellow tufted banquette wall and high-top tables, it’s outfitted with Spanish tile floors and green-and-black palm tree print wallpaper. They’ve even carved out space for a DJ and turntables. It’s a popular locals’ spot and the courtyard blooming with bougainvillea expands the intimate space, adding to the feeling of being in a friend’s backyard. 418 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Serena Rooftop
Enjoy upscale Mexican dishes in a colorful setting

Serena Rooftop, Moxy South Beach

A popular spot on Washington Avenue is the Moxy South Beach hotel and its Serena Rooftop bar and Mexican restaurant adjacent to the pool deck. The colorful outdoor restaurant has a variety of tables and lounge areas surrounded by potted plants with a cast iron canopy decorated with colorful bougainvillea and twinkling lights. Highlights from the menu’s upscale fare include the verde scallop ceviche, squash blossom quesadillas and the Oaxacan-style short rib “guisado.” And you can’t go wrong bellying up to the wraparound indoor-outdoor bar for a frozen Paloma or Margarita. 915 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Try Watr at the 1 Rooftop's creative sushi rolls

Watr at the Rooftop, 1 Hotel South Beach

1 Hotel South Beach is home to a chic rooftop bar boasting breathtaking views, spreading from the Atlantic Ocean to South Beach’s Art Deco rooftops and all the way to Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami. It’s no exaggeration to say that Watr at the Rooftop will remind you why you’re vacationing in Miami Beach. Whether you book a poolside cabana by day or mingle with South Beach scenesters by night, this is the place to live out your “rosé all day” dreams while nibbling on creative sushi rolls like the Watr roll, made with shrimp tempura, tuna and crab. 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

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