Five Miami Clubs That Don't Suck

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The Electric Pickle
Miami is inseparable from her nightlife and clubs. But she's also a gold-digging, glamor-drunk whore. Ninety percent of the establishments around town (especially in South Beach) cater to people with a truly masochistic approach to nightlife, and it's all because of that inane Miamian need to feel VIP.

They love the kind of ostentatious, exclusionary club where you have to dress like a Prada ad, wait two hours in line outside the velvet ropes, fighting for the guestlist Nazi's attention, only to get inside so you can wait another hour at the bar to pay for a $20 drink as you listen to god-awful Top 40 bullshit.

Here are Crossfade's picks for Miami clubs that don't suck.       



1. The Electric Pickle
Since opening its doors two years ago, this small Wynwood club has become a major mecca for underground EDM fans both local and international. That has a lot to do with the consistent quality of bookings -- sometimes several stellar international DJ bookings a week from the likes of Carl Craig and Greg Wilson to Wolf + Lamb and Jamie Jones. (Not to mention a whole slew of lineups during WMC and Miami Music Week.) But it also has everything to do with the establishment's cool-as-shit attitude toward its patrons, providing an intimate, come-as-you-are unpretentious vibe where anyone can feel at home.



2. The Vagabond
With its colorful cast of regulars (performance artists and flamboyant hipsters alike), the Vagabond is Miami's closest equivalent to what the downtown NYC scene must have been like in the late '70s and early '80s. Accordingly, the club also offers nonstop quality bookings, from live acts like Junior Boys and Glass Candy to star DJs like Louie Vega and Vagabond co-owner John Digweed.



3. Eve
The downtown Miami space formerly known as White Room has been an active purveyor of electronic music for the last several years. And as Eve, the place is definitely continuing the trend. The emphasis is on dubstep, bass, and underground hip-hop, which is fine with us. Especially considering how few outlets Miami has for these styles of music.



4. Grand Central
With its monolithic warehouse-like space, high-end soundsystem, and seizure-inducing light show, Grand Central is the closest thing to a "megaclub" on this list. But what makes it akin to Crossfade's other clubs that don't suck is the fact that it caters to downtown Miami patrons' appetite for quality undeground music and an unpretentious door policy. Besides killer DJ bookings including Josh Wink and Tiefschwarz, Grand Central is also one of the few venues of its size to book Latin artists like Bomba Estereo and Los Amigos Invisibles.



5. Treehouse
This is the latest addition to Miami's shortlist of reedeming nightlife establishments. Plus, it's our only pick that's located on South Beach. Treehouse hasn't been open long, but it's already become a major favorite with local EDM fans, thanks to several killer lineups over the last year, including stellar WMC and Miami Music Week headliners like Goldie, Danny Howels, and Steve Bug.

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noneya
noneya

the pickle doesn't show any love much less sincere appreciation for either patron business or the people who put it on the map. rude and pompous to many people in the biz who performed there or who frequented aquabooty along the years (we know who built the rapport on THAT team). no door drama? umm huh uhh--menofinkso. i've both seen and experienced it personally once-shame-on-you or twice-shame-on me and thus would NEVER EVER go back. and that has nothing to do with door comps by the way as i've NEVER had an issue with helping to foot the bill for the talent.

the proprietors are rude and totally ungrateful, and one is a spoiled rotten childish brat, the other socially defunct--even their patrons talk $hit on them. i don't care what biz dev skills they may have, they both need PR lessons.

zhenglishu
zhenglishu

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Patron1
Patron1

Decent list though Tree House is a pretty crappy venue for its size and being super uncomfortable. The had V1Ram there a show that had atleast 1000+ people in the building where in reality the club shouldn't have more than 500 people in it. It was wall to wall and extrememly uncomfortable not to mention that a disaster looked like it could happen what with 50 people trying to exit through the patio door and another 60 people were trying to get back in the club,

Park West - GC
Park West - GC

Grand Central is well designed and it is well run. Good choice.

Theeeeone
Theeeeone

this has got to be the stupidest list...every single mediocre hipster hangout is in there. its kinda sad that you fucks will accept anything your spoon fed.

Nemo
Nemo

care to give your list? if it stacks up, i'll make no bones about it. lists are lists and they're always up for debate. however, i personally dig three out of these five and frequent them regularly so i may be a bit biased. i'd put vagabond up top most nights when it is not riddled with poseurs due to some lame euro dj.

john
john

You going to offer any alternatives or just argue that Miami should be burned to the ground?

Mia139
Mia139

Love the list although the Pickle was ultra snobby & pretentious at the door the weekend of Ultra. Not sure if I'll be going back. Maybe bad karma for ditching my ALWAYS awesome Vagabond that night. :-/

Mia139
Mia139

Love the list although the Pickle was ultra snobby & pretentious at the door the weekend of Ultra. Not sure if I'll be going back. Maybe bad karma for ditching my ALWAYS awesome Vagabond that night. :-/

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