Florida: possibly the most beloved state in the U.S. Why? – You know why. Its immaculate, eternal sunshine exterior is not a front. It’s a philosophy. – “In sunshine we trust” – and all the fun that goes with it. This versatile, subtropical gem is famous for its natural sceneries, theme parks, and beaches – during the daytime. After dark? Oh, it only gets better. The state of Florida is THE coordinate to put on your itinerary. The nightlife scene is its natural habitat, its specialty, and its very core. Favorite verb? Entertaining. From Waylon Jennings and his song “The Everglades” to Lana Del Rey’s “Florida Kilos,” all were captivated by its unprecedented beauty. (except for Patty Griffin – “Don’t let me die in Florida” – well, that’s new? Alright. Everyone but Patty Griffin.) This is the ultimate guide to Florida nightlife. Ready to party?
Where the party at
Pretty much everywhere. It’s Florida, come on. The epicenter of entertainment. Restaurants, bistros, cafés, bars, pubs, nightclubs, concert venues, comedy clubs – you name it, Florida has it – and then some more. The spring break capital is here to please; for every need, there’s a place. From casual corporate dinners to unforgettable bachelorette parties, your versatile host is no one-trick pony.
Howl at the moon
Awoo! Quench your thirst with novelty bucket drinks and enjoy some of the finest music Florida has to offer. If you’re planning a road trip, do not, I repeat, do not miss Orlando! This iconic high-energy venue takes pride in its off-the-charts live music shows. And, yes, they accept requests (and tips). If you’ve never experienced dueling pianos, you’re in for a big treat. Oldies to modern without skipping a beat? You got it. Attentive staff? 100% Hands down the best piano bar in Florida. 8815 International Dr., be sure to check it out.
Moving on to Jacksonville and its sprawling, idiosyncratic, pedestrian-friendly district, “The Elbow.” (for those who are drawn to wanderlust – the formal boundaries of the district are Main Street to Liberty Street and Bay Street to Adams Street) If you’re seeking an authentic Floridian experience, look no further than this amazing hipster hangout: distinctive decor and exposed brick interior scream sheer enjoyment. If you’re craving out-of-this-world cocktails, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Advice: skip the classics, go rogue. Leave the destiny of your delicate palate to their trusted mixologists; regret is not an option. From karaoke to live music to DJs – Dos Gatos is hands down the best place to dance the night away in Old Town Jacksonville. 123 E Forsyth Street. Catch you there.
The Ritz Ybor
Good evening, Tampa. This majestic venue is located in the historic Latin Quarter – Ybor City. The best way to describe it: Quaint by day, wild by night. Initially opened in 1917, the venue has seen a 360-degree change throughout the years – from cinema and adult movie theater to becoming a vessel for supreme clubbing experience. Its history-packed walls have stories to tell, and they tell it via the state-of-the-art sound system. Although colossal (three rooms + grand foyer!), the overall feel is intimate and engaging. The Ritz Ybor is considered one of the most important venues in the Tampa Bay area. A definite must-see. 1503 E 7th Ave. Missing out is a crime!
The Wreck Bar
Our ultimate guide to Florida nightlife concurs: Oldies, but goldies. Prepare to get kitsch-ed! The whole sunken ship – mermaids and sailors – theme may be a bit tacky, but it’s truly a Floridian classic. As one of the oldest bars in Fort Lauderdale, it takes pride in its unique vision and concept. Where in the world would you have the pleasure of enjoying the mesmerizing beauty of underwater tango along with a couple of surprises, like the underwater male burlesque show?! (The Wreck Bar is also child-friendly, go for the original mermaid show) Fresh seafood, tropical cocktails, fantasy world. A perfect night out. 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. Don’t fight it.
Techno time! This underground joint with funky jungle decor offers a supreme clubbing experience for the ones who dare to let themselves go. Don’t let the inconspicuous exterior of the two-room house in Miami Beach fool you: it’s a beast. Out of control birthday party beast. And we love it. Deep house, techno = Classic. Different DJs every weekend. (some of the underground big names include Cassy, Scuba, and Matt Tolfrey) If you find yourself partying a little too hard and needing some fresh air, Treehouse’s got you covered. The club offers a wonderful outdoor area for a secluded conversation. (+ there’s a bar) On a serious note, experts from Bright Futures Treatment Center FL advise you to consider sober partying as an option. Let’s not get too carried away. 323 23rd Street.
Velvet couches, bizarre art, no dress code. But, it’s no joke. Respectable Street is the longest-running nightclub in the Southeast. (showing people the time of their lives since 1987) It’s a place where everyone finds something to enjoy; whether it be psychedelic murals, a checkerboard dance floor, or their love for top-notch performers. Over the course of its awe-inducing history, it has hosted over 1000 live acts and shows no signs of slowing down. The Misfits, The Damned, The Red Hot Chili Peppers – you get the picture. This Floridian institution has become one of the most important music venues in the country, and, of course, it’s a must-see. 518 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach. See you there.
J Wakefield Brewing
For all the beer lovers out there – this is the spot, the ultimate Florida vacation. Are you a Star Wars fan? It’s a date! In the heart of the Wynwood Art district lies the eternal empire of Mr. Darth Vader + some of the tastiest, richest flavors you’ll ever cognize in a pint. The decor provides the ultimate joy. Give “Taste The Rainbow You Must” a go. Skittles brew? Impossible! Not at JWB. 120 NW 24th Street. Cheers, Admiral Ackbar.
We hope you enjoyed our ultimate guide to Florida nightlife. We’ve only scratched the surface, though! (the risk of information clutter was too high). See you soon.