Dancing Queen: The Haute 5 Dance Clubs in Miami

WALL at the W

A throwback to carefree decadence, boutique lounge WALL at W South Beach has proven to be an impenetrably exclusive boite in the heart of South Beach. The hotspot is the latest project in Miami for restaurateurs and nightlife impresarios Karim Masri and Nicola Siervo, the masterminds behind KNR Group. Straying from the traditional concepts of South Florida nightlife, the venue provides an intimate hideaway where celebrities and locals alike can relax and escape from the mayhem of South Beach.

Get past the velvet ropes, walk through the beveled bronze doors, breeze past the champagne-swilling fashionable types and gaze upon the iconic interior design of Studio B’s, Anna Busta. The gold-and-black motif oozes glamour and edge, captivating and seducing with dark and textured walls, a lacquered bar, Cappellini stools and a ceiling of fine copper mesh. The focal point of the space is the vintage x-shaped gold sofa inspired by Le Corbusier, which has been re-imagined for South Beach. The space is illuminated with a sensual lighting scheme and eye-popping, Tron-inspired beams of color dramatize the setting.

Since opening in July 2009, WALL has been the choice venue for Miami’s most coveted events such as the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Super Bowl XLIV party, hosting top athletes and A-list celebrities. Vito Schnabel, Stavros Niarchos and Alex Dellal’s Art Basel Miami fete placed WALL at the center of the art and design world.  WALL also hosted the after party for HBO’s “Entourage” Bungalow premiere at W South Beach and consistently draws top DJ’s such as Q-Tip, who most recently celebrated his birthday at the famed lounge.

WALL is located in the W South Beach at 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, 33139.  Operating hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 11:30PM until 5:00AM.  To make table reservations call 305.938.3130. For more information visit www.wallmiami.com


If you’re looking for high-energy, this is it. Louis is inspired by a royal Parisian palace, featuring color schemes of black lacquered surfaces juxtaposed with eye-popping flashes of bright fuchsia, hot pinks, and canary yellow. French antiques are modernized with brilliant, high gloss facades, while modern lighting fixtures are coupled with vintage crystals and traditional shades. Check out this exclusive and eclectic venue on Tuesdays where you’re sure to spot a celeb or two.

Louis is located at the Gansevoort South Beach, at 2377 Collins Ave. For more information, call 305.604.1000 or visit http://www.louismiami.com/


LIV nightclub at Fontainebleau Miami Beach is THE place to be in Miami. The quintessential, 21 and older nightspot fuses the appeal of an ultra exclusive lounge and a high-energy nightclub. LIV is home to celebrities, VIPs and Miami’s local party crowd. Within over 18,000 square feet of striking architectural design and lavish decor, DJs spin everything from rock to hip hop to house.

For guests seeking ultra-VIP treatment, the nightclub offers six private skyboxes, each featuring European bottle service, a mini-bar and banquettes with secured purse drawers. A voyeuristic design throughout the nightclub allows people to see the entire venue from almost every point in the room, while edgy performance vignettes heat up the night with the nightclub scene’s sexiest dancers.

LIV is located at the Fontainebleau Hotel Miami, at 4441 Collins Ave. For more information, call 305 538.2000 or visit http://www.livnightclub.com/


If exclusivity could have a name, it would be Mynt. During its seven-year reign, this lounge has earned a reputation for the tightest door policy and most beautiful crowd in the Magic 

The list of celebrities that have passed through Mynt’s doors would fill a dozen Blackberries, but regulars include Ricky Martin, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, 
Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Mickey Rourke, Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Colin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx-sans the paparazzi, as the lounge enforces a strict no-entry policy. Check out this exaggeratedly beautiful lounge on Thursday, Fridays, or Saturdays.

Mynt is located at 1921 Collins Ave. For more information, call 305.695.1705 or visit http://www.myntlounge.com/web/


As dramatic as the former theatre it now resides in, SET is a favorite of socialites and the hautest in Miami. Its dramatic design was inspired by old Hollywood homes and features a glass fireplace and luxe fabrics. It’s following includes the likes of Gisele Bundchen, Spike Lee, Dave Navarro, and Julia Stiles, all who lace up their dancing shoes at this Miami hotspot.

SET is located at 320 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. For more information, call 305.531.2800 or visit www.setmiami.com