Best of Miami’s Nightlife Dining

Dine and dance into the wee hours at these Miami restaurants-come-nightclubs.


Whoever said you had to eat dinner at dinnertime? The nightlife in Miami, Fla., is all encompassing, starting with sundowners and ending with breakfast the next morning. Gone are the days when you move on from a restaurant to a hot club to continue your night out on the town. Nightlife dining is now the latest and greatest form of entertainment. From the Design District to Miami Beach and down to the Brickell area—there are some great Miami restaurants/nightclubs that offer it all.

Nikki Beach Club

Situated at the tip of South Beach Miami (SoBe) lies the famous Nikki Beach—party playground for visitors, celebrities and locals alike. This St. Tropez-style restaurant, beach club and Miami nightclub is where the fun starts even before the sun goes down. The main dining area extends across the beachfront, leading into the bar and club. The executive chef has certainly outdone himself as the food is truly amazing—delicious seafood, sushi, a raw bar and an array of entrées.

Feel like dancing the night away? Club Nikki is just the place to be among the many Miami nightclubs. VIP playground, champagne bar and ultra-lounge, Club Nikki is sexy and chic with bottle service only, which can set you back a few hundred dollars. For a more casual setting, Nikki Beach offers two additional bars and lounges with different DJs spinning up a storm throughout the night. The average entrée is $35.

1 Ocean Drive, tel. 305-538-1111. Nikki Beach hours: Mon. and Tues., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wed. and Thurs., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. to midnight; Sun., 11 to 5 a.m. Club Nikki hours: Sat. and Sun., 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

D’vine Hookah Lounge

If you’re up for a more cultural Miami dining experience in a relaxed setting, stop by D’vine Hookah Lounge. Here, old world meets new as the sweet smell of homemade tobacco mixed with fruit and molasses fills the air, giving you the impression you’ve entered a foreign country.

Decked out with large sofas, overstuffed pillows and earthy tones, D’vine has it all, including great prices. The hookah pipes even have real fruit and liquor inside the base. Not a hookah fan? Don’t despair. The bar, lounge and restaurant serve dishes from a variety of Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern countries. Its signature dish, “D’vine Mezze,” is a must. A platter of hummus, baba ganoosh, tabouli and grape leaves, it’s a great dish to share with friends or have all to yourself. The tapas are also outstanding. The average meal is around $20.

445 Lincoln Road, tel. 305-674-8525. Hours: Sun. to Thurs., 11 to 2 a.m.; Fri. to Sat., 11 to 5 a.m. (Kitchen closes at 1 a.m. or later if busy).

Grass Restaurant

Miami’s timeless Design District plays host to a number of great restaurants and bars and is fast becoming one of the trendiest parts of town. Hidden behind gated walls, Grass Restaurant is way more than your average late-night dining experience.

Sophisticated and chic, with a hint of the outdoors, the restaurant is sheltered by a huge thatched canopy under which you first get to satisfy your palate with its exceptional menu of Asian American cuisine, and then dance the rest of the night away. The bar itself is a focal point encompassing the outdoor theme of the restaurant. After dinner, the once quiet, laid-back restaurant evolves into one of Miami’s hottest nightspots, completing the evening as you become a part of Miami’s famous nightlife. Entrées range between $25 and $35.

28 NE 40th St., tel. 305-573-3355. Hours: Tues. to Fri., noon to 3:30 p.m. for lunch; Thurs. to Sat., 6 to 11 p.m. for dinner; Thurs. to Sat., 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. for late night menu and lounge.

Badrutt’s Place

Downtown Miami nightlife has been heating up lately. The Brickell area bustles with bars, restaurants and sidewalk cafés, and for the more sophisticated amongst us, there’s Badrutt’s Place, a stylish restaurant and lounge based on the famous Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in Switzerland. The décor is lavish, the food is contemporary Italian, and the experience is unforgettable. Enjoy your meal as world-renowned international DJs spin an eclectic mix of house and Latin music.

Whether you feel like tapas or a full meal, Badrutt’s will cater to your every wish, offering an extensive wine list and an unusual selection of signature cocktails, such as champagne mojitos and litchi martinis. For a real treat, pass by on Thursday evening for its famous champagne and oyster party (from 6 to 9 p.m). Attracting an elite, international crowd, Badrutt’s Place is the meeting place for the hip, trendy, sophisticated and chic. The average entrée is around $35.

1250 South Miami Ave., tel. 305-415-0070. Hours: Mon. to Fri., 11 to 3 a.m.; Sat., 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. (The kitchen closes at 1 a.m.)

Destinations: Miami

Themes: Culinary

Activities: Eat

User Comments

Great insight This article makes me want to take a few days off and see what all of the beautiful people are doing while Im at work! Great showcase of the best of Miami

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