South Florida is known for the best beach clubs and poolside bars. Here's our picks of the hottest places to enjoy the summer with cool cocktails, light bites, and entertainment.
The only bayside destination for watching the sunset over Miami’s downtown skyline, the Sunset Lounge by the poolside area features private cabanas created from curtains of living foliage, a tented adult–sized sandbox and a labyrinth garden with discrete "kissing corners." Guests enjoy poolside tunes that blend island- and South American-inspired beats.
Exclusive handcrafted specialty cocktail list includes infused Cachacas and flavored Caipirinhas made from exotic and local ingredients, as well as house-made sodas, syrups and juices. Light bites compliment these delicious signature cocktails.
Mondrian Hotel South Beach | 110 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL | mondrian-miami.com
Hyde Beach, a day and nightlife oceanfront location, offers more than 8,000 square feet of pool, beach and indoor-outdoor space. José Andrés cuisine, all inspired by the flavors and culture of Miami, features artful mixology and tasty small plates, including salads, sliders and sushi, at Hyde Beach in the SLS Hotel. You can also party all night long with rotating DJs every Saturday night starting at 10:00 PM over the summer.
SLS South Beach | 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, 33139 | hydebeach.com
Featuring a gorgeous 20,000 square foot private white sand beach overlooking Biscayne Bay, the Oasis Beach Club at the Mandarin Oriental is the perfect place to unwind and soak up the sun. Every Sunday throughout the summer, from noon to 6 p.m., the Oasis Beach Club hosts a pool and beach party where local residents and those in the know can engage in activities, such as beach games and spa treatments, while sipping on $8 cocktails and enjoying beach cuisine.
Mandarin Oriental | 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Florida 33131 | mandarinoriental.com
A sleek rooftop bar and lounge that features sweeping views of South Beach, HighBar is one of the top spots in Miami to enjoy those summer days and nights. Every Friday, from 7:00 PM to 2:00 AM, come party under the stars with your favorite DJ while sipping on delicious cocktails. You can also cool off by ending your weekend by the pool at HighBar’s Dream Sundays from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The heirloom tomato & watermelon salad, the “ugly burger”, and the popcorn milkshake are a few menu items not to be missed when enjoying the setting at HighBar.
Dream South Beach | 1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL | highbarmiami.com
Located across from the Murano Condominiums, this stunning oceanfront, members-only, beach club offers afternoon bites of French-Italian cuisine. La Piaggia also features a delicious brunch every Saturday that showcases many authentic French favorites, such as L’Omelette de Madame Poulette, an omelette with crème Fraiche potatoes, onions, ham, and Swiss cheese, Le Croque- Monsier, a hot ham and cheese grilled sandwich, and many more specialties. The party goes well into the evening as south beach's sexiest revelers dance the night away. Celebrity sighting are as plentiful as the Rosé being poured.
La Piaggia | 1000 S Pointe Drive, Miami Beach, FL | lapiaggiabeach.com
Famous for its reputation as South Beach Miami’s party playground, Nikki Beach Miami features fresh seafood and flavors of the South of France, spices of East Asia and South Beach's laissez- faire attitude. One of the only gourmet dining destinations in South Beach to offer beach and oceanfront dining, Nikki Beach Miami’s menu ranges from wood burning oven pizzas, delicious salads to creative sushi rolls and original seafood entrees. You can also party at Nikki Beach Miami while enjoying their decadent world famous Sunday Brunch, comprised of several stations featuring breakfast selections, sushi maki rolls and live cooking stations, including an omelet station, and a Koh Samui Asian Wok Station.
Nikki Beach Club | 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL | nikkibeachmiami.com
This timeless, luxury environment has become an iconic symbol of South Beach. Philippe Starck's Alice in Wonderland garden path gives you plenty of ways to escape either poolside or on the ocean. The Delano at South Beach hosts weekly pool parties every Tuesday this summer starting at 10PM.
Beach Club at the Delano Hotel | 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL | delano-hotel.com
Inspired by the lifestyle of the Côte d’Azur, this oceanfront restaurant features simple dishes of the South of France, live entertainment and a delicious selection of cocktails. La Cote will feature afternoon DJ performances Thursday through Sunday during the Summer.
La Cote at The FountaineBleau | 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL | fontainebleau.com
If you are lucky enough to be a member, Soho Beach House is the ultimate escape for the summer. While enjoying full waiter service, members can relax on lounge beds by the pool and or sip on rosé or relax on the white, sandy beach. The rooftop Taqueria and Tequila bar, Ocho, is the perfect place to fashionably spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Soho Beach House | 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL | www.sohobeachhouse.com
In the picturesque enclave of Sunny Isles Beach lies a hip little getaway overlooking the torquise waters of South Florida. During the summer, Solé on the Ocean hosts a weekly pool party each Sunday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM where guests can party to a soundtrack provided by DJ Baby Dre, sip on South Beach lemonade cocktails and enjoy Epicure Market for lunch. Come soak up the sun at the Alba Pool Party at Solé on the Ocean all summer long!
Sole on the Ocean | 17315 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach, FL | soleontheocean.com