|As wild and crazy as South Beach is during the day, it is even moreso at night, and this is one of this destination's biggest appeals. With trendy hotels offering many types of amenities, you might be surprised to learn that the Hotel Chelsea has décor based upon the Japanese art of Feng Shui and offers complimentary beach yoga classes to further help you relax. Yet at night, it's all about excitement and the Hotel Chelsea goes full circle and provides guests with free passes to South Beach 's hottest nightclubs! The Breakwater Hotel also has a café with entertainment nightly that is popular with the South Beach nocturnal crowd.
Since clubs and bars open and close faster than you can say “South Beach,” the best way to orient yourself to the vibrant nightlife of Miami and South Beach is to pick up a copy of the Miami Herald's “Weekend” section on Fridays. This will give you a good idea of what is happening where, particularly if you are interested in a performance which requires a ticket purchase in advance.
For more sedate nightlife, Miami is home to the Jackie Gleason Theater ( Edison Hotel South Beach is nearby) as well as the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Miami Chamber Symphony, and the New World Symphony, each of which are excellent orchestras. In mid-2004, the Florida Grand Opera will open a new theater and feature top performers from Europe and America . The Miami City Ballet is also a highly acclaimed group featuring a prestigious season. The Shelborne Resort and the Tudor Hotel & Suites are both close to the Performing Arts Center.
Hot hangouts at the moment include the Rose Bar at the Delano where the in-crowd can be seen, as well as Mynt – an oversized living room with celebrities, models, and wannabes grooving to the latest dance tunes. The Casa Grande Suite Hotel, The New Clinton Hotel, and the Ritz Plaza put you in the heart of the best nightlife in town so there's no need to nominate a designated driver.
The club scene in South Beach is known to be VERY happening and also VERY hard to get into. Insiders recommend that you dress EXTREMELY HIP (all black should do) and arrive before midnight . The best Latin joint is La Covacha and a must-go for Friday nights. For a Sunday afternoon beach party ambiance, stop in at the Nikki Beach Club. Crobar offers theme nights and has become renowned for its Sunday gay night called Anthem.
And many of the restaurants in South Beach are a scene in and of themselves, so if you arrive for a late-night dinner, the Latin music is usually blasting and with good food, good drink, and good friends, you can while away the hours with no problem at all.