The Best Latin Clubs In Miami

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By: Shane Benowitz

Greater Miami & Miami Beach is all about Latin flair, and where better to find it than our Latin nightclubs. With a melting pot of cultures from across the Caribbean, Central and South America, Miami’s diverse population brings with it an electric nightlife scene.

From dance clubs and music halls to cocktail lounges and buzzy restaurants that transform into late-night dance parties, here are some of our favorite Latin clubs in Miami.

Little Havana

Dimly lit dining room at El Santo
Hidden speakeasy El Santo

Don Diablo Speakeasy at El Santo

Hidden under the cover of a hacienda-style Mexican restaurant and casual taqueria, Don Diablo is a speakeasy on Little Havana’s Calle Ocho. The brainchild of Roman Jones, the Latin hotspot’s interiors were inspired by the classic Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez vampire flick, From Dusk Till Dawn, complete with red fangs protruding from the wall, Virgin Mary iconography, an enormous coffin and dancing skeletons. The team behind Bar Lab created the tequila-focused cocktail menu that's perfect for a high-energy night out dancing to live Latin music and DJ beats.

Woman singing & playing a keyboard at Hoy Como Ayer
Live Music at Hoy Como Ayer

Hoy Como Ayer

After quietly closing during the summer of 2019, Hoy Como Ayer returned to Little Havana in the fall of that year, reclaiming its mantle as a legendary Latin nightclub. You’ll find live music, strong rum and, of course, dancing at this beloved institution. Reserve a table and prepare to be entertained by an evening filled with anything from a seven-piece band to a soulful crooner. You won’t be seated long as the rhythms of salsa and rumba get you on your feet. If names like Celia Cruz and Benny More don’t ring a bell, then you’ll get an education in the Cuban music greats here.

Classic car parked in front of CubaOcho's entrance
Entrance of CubaOcho

CubaOcho

The CubaOcho Museum & Performing Arts Center is a true Little Havana treasure. By day, explore the collection of antique artwork and furniture from the 19th to mid-20th century. Ask the owner to show you pieces that Frank Sinatra formerly owned. It’s a place for locals to congregate over cigars in the outdoor courtyard and to quaff rum at the wooden bar—arguably the most extensive rum bar in Miami. Weekend evenings come alive with live music ranging from jazz to salsa and everything in between. Cut a rug or watch the locals shimmy in this intimate setting.

South Beach

Bodega's colorful taqueria
Enter the blue bathroom door to get into Bodega's secret speakeasy

Bodega

At Bodega in South Beach, tacos come with a twist. The food truck-like façade is a front for a secret speakeasy nightclub. Specializing in tequila cocktails, this club has an approachable, yet high-energy vibe with late night dancing to live DJs. You’ll enjoy an open format mix of Latin, house and hip-hop music on a night out at Bodega. And remember, when hunger strikes, the taco stand is right outside!

Lively performers at Mango’s Tropical Cafe
A fun experience at Mango’s Tropical Cafe

Mango’s Tropical Cafe

In South Beach on legendary Ocean Drive, Mango’s Tropical Cafe is one of those Miami institutions everyone has to experience at least once. Step inside to the sounds of salsa and flamenco music and, chances are, a woman bedecked in ruffles and a full headdress will be tangoing on the bar with a man in skintight sequin pants. Order a piña colada and enjoy the show, or hop on the dance floor to try out your own moves.

Wynwood & Allapattah

El Patio's cozy lounge
Laid-back vibes at El Patio

El Patio

El Patio has emerged as Wynwood’s destination for Latin nightlife. With its indoor-outdoor courtyard and ivy-covered latticework, this is a good place to lounge on floral patio furniture and sip craft cocktails in a setting that makes you feel like you’re on abuela’s patio. With an elevated stage and plenty of room to rumba, the laid-back bar regularly hosts Latin musicians and DJs, making it a popular spot among Miami’s hip locals.

Couples dancing salsa at Club Tipico Dominicano
Latin music & Dominican specialties at Club Tipico Dominicano

Club Tipico Dominicano

For a taste of the Dominican Republic’s nightlife spirit, head to Allapattah’s longstanding Club Tipico Dominicano. Established in 1985, it’s a restaurant for Dominican specialties such as oxtail, queso frito and mofongo by day. If you arrive “late night” on the weekend, it transforms into a high-energy dance club with house DJs spinning Latin favorites. It’s especially popular for Sunday night parties hosted by local radio station 106.7 El Zol, featuring live guest musicians and DJs spinning late night.

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