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Out Concierge Miami: Nightlife

Out Concierge Miami: Nightlife

We don’t know how, but Josh Wood always knows the best spot for dancing, star sighting, or relaxing with friends.

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Bar 721
Friday nights start here
The former Laundry Bar cleans up its act. May the washers and dryers and cracky crowd rest in peace. My favorite night there is Fridays for Heaven. With an open vodka bar till 11 p.m., it?s a fun, trashy place to kick off the weekend with your go-go boy pals. Busiest from 10 p.m.?2 a.m. No cover. 305-532-1342; 721 Lincoln Lane North, Miami Beach

Clubby cocktails on Lincoln Road
Stark white and lit to the nines, Mova (formerly Halo) has helped revive the South Beach cocktail scene with long queues on weekends and a steady mid-week crowd. I like to saddle up to the bar and watch some of the hardest working (and arguably hottest) 'tenders in the biz muddle up fruits and infusions. Wednesdays (college night), Fridays and Saturdays are packed! 305-534-8181; 1625 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach

Lincon Road's perennially happening destination
Everyone Scores at Score. With an alfresco front bar and club in the back, it?s been South Beach?s gay ground zero for years. Every night has a theme and a mainstream DJ. Think pretty much the same programming as every major gay club in the US, except spiked with a little Latin flavor. I love Tuesday?s Planeta Macho. Truly Miami. While Saturday night is the place to dance. Thursday and Friday's are also particularly poppin'. Check their weekly schedule online. 305-535-1163; 727 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

South Pointe Park
South Beach chill zone
Call me Zen, but my favorite thing to do in Miami is to watch the giant cruise ships head out to sea. If you want to do something a bit off the beaten path for a contemplative moment or on a romantic date, grab a bottle of wine and head to South Pointe Park to watch the cruise ships leave at 5 p.m. Amazing. Southern tip of South Beach

The Delano
The scene that put Miami on the map
Philipe Starck at his best. Classic. This is the hotel bar scene that put Miami back on the map. If you can afford it, throw down a credit card on a cabana. It?s worth every cent?you?ll understand why the Delano has been the prototype for all other hotels in South Beach since. 305-672-2000; 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

The Palace
Ocean Drive's gay hang
Oh, the Palace. A gay bar on the beach. Can you beat it? After a long day at 12th street gay beach, and especially Friday to Sunday, everyone heads over to Palace for a drink in their Speedos and tanks. If you're lucky, a drag queen will lip-synch songs in traffic. 305-531-7234; 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

The Raleigh
A jetset pool scene bathed in Deco fabulousness
Great vibe and, without a doubt, the chicest spot in Miami. Thanks to Andre Balazs it?s as if the Chateau Marmont went to the beach. Sit by the most beautiful art deco pool in the world -- it?s shaped like a pineapple -- and have a martini. Psst, here?s a locals? secret: Order drinks by the pool and you can swim at the hotel all day. 305-534-6300; 1775 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Everybody's end up
Trashy. Campy. Tacky. Say what you want, but Twist is super fun. There are rooms upon rooms to wander, all with different music and vibes. Every tourist and drunk local in Miami seems to stop by here at some point -- it's busy every night of the week after midnight -- so you'll be bound to find someone you like. (Lords is only a block away after all?) The 'stripper hut' in the back yard is not to be missed. Open till 5 a.m. 305-538-9478; 1057 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

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