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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Being in Miami, there are tons of clubs in the surrounding area, which many people end up going to. There are also popular bars closer to campus, only 20 minutes away as opposed to 30. There are also nights where popular clubs are 18+ so that everyone can enjoy. On the weekends, the school has busses into Coconut Grove, a popular place for nightlife close to campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most parties seem to take place in fraternities, which brings up all the issues of over drinking and sexual assault, however many people throw personal parties that are more enjoyable experiences for groups of friends.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are definitely a lot of options. Lots of parties on weekends; clubs on weekdays and weekends; tailgates and so on. Transportation is great with free buses to the grove from like 10pm-2AM on Thurs-Sat. Plus Ubers are everywhere.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Frat parties are extremely hard to get into as a guy. Even if you bring girl to guy ratios of 3:1, likely to get turned away. If you are let in, $20 plus. TO go regularly, have to be a girl or be in the frat. The best and most open parties are definitely the tailgates before football games, They are great!

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I wouldn't say it has a positive impact

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If you have any interest in coming to Miami for college, you've probably already heard about the nightlife. Celebrities flock to South Beach every weekend to party at some of the hottest clubs in the world, with UM students dancing by their sides. The Miami area has two primary areas for nightlife. First, there's Coconut Grove, which is mostly composed of shops, restaurants, and bars, and is about a 10-minute drive from campus. Most of the popular bars students attend are located here. Truly serious partiers will head to the clubs and 24-hour party atmosphere of South Beach, one of Miami's most famous cultural areas and a fixture in the nightlife scene of South Florida.

There are other, quieter bars around campus, but to say you're "going out" at UM generally means either SoBe or the Grove. Attire for South Beach is usually pretty chic, depending on the theme of the club you're hitting up. For the bars in the Grove, dress however you feel. There are some great drink specials in the Grove, and it doesn't take long to hear from friends which spots are carding and which don't mind a decent fake ID. South Beach is absurdly expensive, which reflects the ritzy crowd it attracts nightly. You'll want at least a few $20s whenever you head to South Beach, and that may only get you in the door and a couple of overpriced drinks. If you figure out when the specials and happy hours are in the Grove, you can make a few bucks go a long way. The bars in the Grove are most popular on weekends and Thursday nights, but South Beach never slows down. As far as other parties go, most are outshined by the excellent spots around town, but there are usually a few house parties just outside campus that survive.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Coconut Grove
  • South Beach
Student Favorites
  • Crobar
  • Monty's
  • Mr. Moe's
  • Opium
  • Oxygen
  • Sandbar
  • The Tavern
  • Titanic
Other Places to Check Out
  • Club Space
  • Deep
  • Delano
  • Fat Tuesday's
  • Level
  • Life
  • Quench
  • Señor Frog's
  • Space
  • Tobacco Road
  • Ultra Lounge
  • Voyage
  • Wet Willie's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Century Club
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • Miami New Times
  • Street Magazine
Closing Time
3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
The Tavern
Organization Parties
The only organizations throwing popular parties around campus are the fraternities, who host events at their houses on occasion. If there are other parties, you’ll find a flyer on your windshield, under the door of your room, or jammed into the side of your car. The only other groups who would even think about trying to compete with the clubs and bars in the area are the school newspaper and radio station, who sometimes partner to sponsor house parties.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Nikki Beach

This outdoor beach club is a refreshing alternative to the crowded, sweaty dark rooms featured in other clubs. Nikki Beach is a cross between club and resort. The partying literally never stops, as you can always find people out in the mornings and afternoons enjoying cocktails and the sights of the beautiful people around them. This spot is considered one of the most exclusive clubs in Miami, so entry will probably be denied to most college students; those who get in never want to leave. This club has more of a tourist and visitor crowd, because anyone who lived this 24-hour hedonistic lifestyle for more than a couple days would probably get burnt out pretty quickly. Sample features include: Sushi hour, Retro `80s, "Winter in Miami," Indio Loco, New-Style Brunch, "Tangerine Dreams"

1 Ocean Dr.

South Beach

(305) 538-1111


Yet another South Beach hotspot, Opium competes mainly with clubs like Crobar, Space, Level, and the tons of other popular places. Opium advertises a lot with fliers around campus, and so it appears to be more popular at first glance. Opium is one of the big-name clubs, like Crobar, that everyone has to try once, but most people end up going to a smaller spot.

136 Collins Ave.

South Beach

(305) 531-5535


B.E.D. is a rare example of when a theme-reliant club succeeds. This club has grown to be one of the top spots in South Beach, due largely to the innovative idea of serving patrons dinner not at tables or chairs, but in bed. If you don't come with enough people, you might have to share your bed with another party, which isn't always a bad thing. Ordering from the fancy menu is mandatory upon entry, and food alone can cost you $50, not including the drink minimums. Sunday: Closed. Sample theme nights include: Secret Society R&B and Hip Hop, Disco Jazz Night, Abstrakt Fridays-Vintage Funk & Soul, SKIN-Rock-Dance Mix

929 Washington Ave.

South Beach

(305) 532-9070


Crobar is one of the more popular clubs in South Beach, but it's not really considered one of the best. Its location on a crowded corner in the heart of SoBe certainly adds to its popularity, but the majority of students seem to try Crobar once and settle into some lesser-known, yet nicer, South Beach nightspot. Hours: 10 p.m-5 a.m. Capactity: 1200. Ages: 21+

1445 Washington Ave.

South Beach

(305) 531-8225

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Tavern

This favorite of UM students is known for its cheap drinks, generous specials, and fairly lenient ID checking. There's a happy hour every weeknight before 8 p.m., but the best special is all-you-can-drink on Monday nights for $10. Other nights basically feature various beers at cheap prices, except for Sunday night, when the combination of $5 pitchers and beer pong ensures an interesting evening.

3416 Main Hwy.

Coconut Grove

(305) 447-3884


Titanic is rare for a Miami bar in that it's not in the Grove or South Beach. But this spot became popular because of its location right next to campus, and because it's the only bar within reasonable walking distance of UM. It has become popular with the UM crowd because of its great live music, relaxed atmosphere, and lack of a cover charge. Titanic brews its own beer, some of which it names after UM traditions, and there are plenty of specials and happy hour drinks. With no cover charge, and no minimum age for entry, it won't hurt to walk down the street and give Titanic a try.

5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd.

Coral Gables

(305) 667-2537


Sandbar, is a top destination for UM students looking to drink and have a good time without the hectic pace of a club in South Beach. For the most part a bar is a bar, but Sandbar stays popular because of its specials and theme nights. The White Trash Bash every Tuesday is a fun theme for students with hokey trailer park attire on hand, and $1.50 cans. The biggest weeknight for a college bar is Thursday, so Sandbar offers $3 bottles and a special late-night happy hour from 2 a.m.-5 a.m. with $2 bottles. Other specials include Monday night football and Karaoke Wednesdays.

3064 Grand Ave.

Coconut Grove

(305) 444-5270


Monty's is a tough sell for those who've never been there. The location, although in the Grove, is pretty far removed from the heart of the bar scene. The most popular area is out on the deck by the water, which clashes with the dark, smoky atmosphere of most of the local drinking spots. But Monty's is one of the hottest locales for early evening drinking, especially with mixed drinks like the Painkiller. This isn't really a late-night hangout, so there aren't many specials or theme nights, but few weekends go by without gathering on the deck at Monty's for "pre-gaming."

2550 S. Bayshore Dr.

Coconut Grove

(305) 858-1431

Mr. Moe's

Mr. Moe's has a pretty cool log cabin décor and the attitude to match. Wednesday nights are especially interesting with a bull riding theme, and Karaoke night on Tuesdays is always fun. Like a lot of other bars, Mr. Moe's has happy hour every night from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and features a ton of TVs for sporting events. The food is actually pretty good, and fairly cheap for the Grove, and so the place stays open as a restaurant during the day before turning into the typical bar at night, with a mid-western slant.

3131 Commodore Plaza

Coconut Grove

(305) 442-1114

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Café Demetrio

Although you won't find wild dancing and barely-dressed hotties at this coffeehouse, Café Demetrio provides a quiet but cool atmosphere for students who prefer coffee and a good book to blaring techno tunes and fake IDs. This quaint coffee bar in downtown Coral Gables is popular among the artsy crowd and brings in live bands to spice things up on Friday and Saturday nights. There's even a chess tournament night on the first Monday of every month. Make sure to check out the gourmet coffee and snacks at this local landmark.

300 Alhambra Circle

Coral Gables

(305) 448-4949

Books and Books

Okay, so hanging out at a bookstore probably doesn't appeal to the bar and club crowd, but if you're into art or writing or poetry, then you'll want to make Books and Books a priority. This 20-year-old independent bookstore was a hit with locals long before Barnes and Noble became a nationally-recognized name. The location in beautiful downtown Coral Gables has hosted an incredible list of celebrity authors and poets like Martin Ames, Allen Ginsburg, Jamaica Kincaid, Salman Rushdie, Kurt Vonnegut, Judy Blume, Walter Cronkite, Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Rudy Giuliani, Rosie O'Donnell, Cindy Crawford, and Mariel Hemingway. The store keeps a pretty up-to-date listing of upcoming readings and events on its Web site, so be sure to check and see if anyone cool is coming soon. Books and Books also looks to entertain its loyal patrons with live music and a nice café.

265 Aragon Ave.

Coral Gables

(305) 442-4408

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 87 responses

  • 33% Ultra
  • 14% Ultra and Homecoming
  • 13% Ultra and Tailgates
  • 8% Clubs on south beach
  • 7% UM vs. FSU
  • 6% Tailgates
  • 5% Homecoming
  • 5% Spring Break
  • 5% Ultra, Tailgates and spring break
  • 2% Personal Parties
  • 1% Ultra and UM v. FSU
  • 1% Miami Music Week

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 176 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 181 responses

  • 19% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 50% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 18% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 4% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 9% Parties? What parties?



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