Where to Go Out at Night in Downtown Miami & Brickell

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By: Angela Caraway-Carlton

Downtown Miami & Brickell is all business during the day, but it truly comes alive at night, aglow in shimmering lights and bustling with activity. Take in a popular Broadway show or dance the night away at a concert. Join other die-hard sports fans as you cheer on the NBA’s Miami HEAT. Climb onboard a boat at sunset to see the last rays of magical light bounce off of the skyscrapers. Hungry? There are restaurants and bars to satisfy every craving and style, from casual happy hours to party-all-night clubs and quiet date-night spots.

Getting around Downtown Miami & Brickell is easy. You can pay to park, then walk to various locations – or hop on and off of the free Metromover train, which makes stops at such prime destinations as the FTX Arena and Bayside Marketplace. The Metromover runs until midnight, seven days a week.

Bayside night
Explore Bayside Marketplace

Shopping and Lifestyle Centers

Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace, a popular shopping and dining destination situated along Biscayne Bay, becomes even more dynamic at night. Energetic music flows throughout the open-air space, and entertainers perform for the crowds.

One of the most impressive vantage points of Miami towers high above Bayside Marketplace. When you take a twirl on the Sky Views Miami observation wheel, you’ll have unmatched views of Biscayne Bay, Bayfront Park and the Downtown Miami skyline. The gondolas are completely enclosed and climate-controlled – and for a special date, you can spring for the VIP gondola that’s fitted with leather bucket seats, a custom LED light show and a glass-bottom floor.

The waterfront patio of Hard Rock Cafe Miami at Bayside Marketplace offers another view of Biscayne Bay while you imbibe cocktails and boozy shakes and indulge in burgers and other casual fare.

To get a different perspective, book a sunset or dinner party cruise to see Miami from the water. Boats depart from the marina at Bayside Marketplace. Choose a leisurely cruise on the Island Queen to peep at multi-million dollar mansions – or join one of Capt Jimmy’s Fiesta Cruises for a nighttime disco party out on the water. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

Brickell City Centre
Find something for everyone at Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre

Brickell City Centre offers multiple levels of shopping, but it’s also a prime spot for nighttime entertainment and top-notch restaurants. Don’t miss EAST, Miami Hotel at Brickell City Centre – start with dinner at Quinto La Huella, and then head up to buzzy Sugar bar on the 40th floor for craft cocktails and breathtaking views of the city. CH’I offers a colorful and stylish setting for Latin-Chinese dishes. Pubbelly Sushi touts dishes and sushi infused with both Japanese and Latin flavors (don’t miss the butter krab roll). You’ll find great food and inventive beers at EST. 33 Thai Craft Brewery and Kitchen.

Top off the night at CMX Cinemas, a luxury movie theater. Check out the sports bar, or catch a flick with cocktails and food served to you as you relax in cushy seats.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Enjoy an evening of culture at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Entertainment

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

From sports to the symphony, there’s plenty to do in Downtown Miami & Brickell at night. Lovers of the arts can spend an enriching evening at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. This cultural gem hosts more than 300 events a year. Enjoy a touring Broadway musical, be entranced by the Florida Grand Opera and the New World Symphony, or let the graceful dancers of the Miami City Ballet move you.

FTX Arena

High-energy fans decked out in all-white attire cheer on the players at Miami HEAT basketball games at the FTX Arena. The arena is also a major concert venue, hosting today’s biggest stars.

Komodo dining area
Experience hotspot Komodo

Restaurants And Bars

EDGE Steak & Bar

You’re never far from great food and drink as you explore Downtown Miami & Brickell. Cozy up at a table at EDGE Steak & Bar, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, to enjoy a charcuterie board, steaks, Aussie lamb chops and fresh seafood.

Komodo

Another hotspot is Komodo, a multi-floor restaurant where you can sit in hanging “bird’s nests” that elevate the dining experience. Music fuels the evening here and encourages diners to linger.

Truluck’s Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab

Truluck’s Ocean's Finest Seafood and Crab is known for freshly caught seafood and tender steaks – and, in season, heaping plates of Florida stone crab claws. Arrive early in the evening for cocktail hour and live entertainment.

Novikov Miami

Novikov Miami draws a stylish crowd with its sophisticated Chinese/Japanese menu. Diners can choose from a colorful vegetable display and a seafood market where king crab reigns supreme. Regulars come for elevated dim sum such as saffron sweet corn dumplings and black truffle dumplings.

NIU Wine

Jumpstart your night out at a Downtown Miami bar. Wine lovers can slip away to NIU Wine, an intimate bar from the owners of NIU Kitchen, next door. This spot sets the tone for a romantic date night or a relaxed night out with friends. The bar leads the natural wine scene with a large selection by the glass and serves a rotating menu of small plates.

Lost Boy Dry Goods

If you want to hang out with the locals, head to low-key Lost Boy Dry Goods, a welcoming neighborhood bar that focuses on straightforward cocktails.

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