The Best Latin Clubs In Miami

ball and chain

Live music at Ball and Chain in Little Havana

Bar at El Santo

Bar at El Santo

CubaOcho

CubaOcho

Hoy Como Ayer

Hoy Como Ayer

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By: Shane Benowitz

Miami is all about Latin flair and you’ll find it across the city inside its best 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 to music halls, cocktail lounges and buzzy restaurants that transform into late night dance parties, here are some of our favorite Latin clubs in Miami.

Little Havana

El Santo
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 brand new speakeasy on Little Havana’s Calle Ocho. The brainchild of Miami nightlife vet 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 perfect for a high-energy night out dancing to live Latin music and DJ beats.

Mojitos at Ball & Chain
Mojitos at Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain

The historic Ball & Chain bar and music hall has been revived after sitting dormant for decades. Famous for its 1950s heyday when the likes of Count Basie, Billie Holiday and Chet Baker once performed there, Ball & Chain had reinvigorated the nightlife scene on Little Calle Ocho. The venue is designed with wood-paneled walls, green leather banquettes and lush palm fronds, along with a spacious back patio. Live music is the focal point, with acts ranging from Latin house DJs to salsa and live jazz. Expect expertly mixed mojitos here by Cuban mixology impresario Julio Cabrera. A tapas menu is also available, once you’ve worked up an appetite on the dance floor.

Live Music at Hoy Como Ayer
Live Music at Hoy Como Ayer

Hoy Como Ayer

After quietly closing during summer 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, yes, 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.

Entrance of CubaOcho
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
Bodega

Bodega

At Bodega on 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!

Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Mango’s Tropical Cafe

Mango’s Tropical Cafe

In South Beach on legendary Ocean Drive, Mango’s Tropical Café 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.

YUCA Restaurant
YUCA Restaurant

YUCA Restaurant

YUCA, an acronym for Young Urban Cuban-Americans, serves up contemporary Cuban and Nuevo Latino dishes at this stylish restaurant on Lincoln Road with ample outdoor seating. Expect an upscale, gourmet twist on classic Cuban dishes, such as the Croquetas De La Abuela, made with truffles, béchamel and Serrano ham, guava barbecue ribs and pan-fried corvina fish with a spicy tomato fondue. An upstairs ballroom hosts salsa lessons and live performances throughout the week. The floor-to-ceiling windows peer out on passersby on Lincoln Road and the Miami night sky for an inspiring setting to try your moves.

Wynwood & Allapattah

El Patio
El Patio

El Patio

El Patio has emerged as Wynwood’s destination for Latin-inflected nightlife. With an indoor-outdoor courtyard and ivy-laden latticework, lounge on floral patio furniture and sip craft cocktails in a setting that feels 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.

Club Tipico Dominicano
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 like oxtail, queso frito and mofongo by day. Come 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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