Miami’s megaclubs are definitely something we’d recommend everyone experience at least once — if they can afford it. Often referred to as “Vegas style,” South Beach was actually providing this kind of entertainment long before Sin City jumped on the EDM bandwagon.
But unlike Las Vegas, Miami also boasts lots of underground dance spots, with clubs on either side of the causeway pushing the limits of electronic dance music. They proudly use genre tags like techno, house, glitch, Italo disco, nu-disco, and others, refusing to adhere to catch-all terminology. These are the nightlife venues where clubbers who have grown tired of chart-approved formulas can find something a little deeper.
Here is a guide to Miami’s five best underground dance clubs.
Named one of the best dance clubs in America by Rolling Stone and ranked among DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs in the world, Electric Pickle has been a beacon for Miami’s house and techno scenes since 2009. It’s the longest-operating club in Wynwood, and for good reason: A custom Dynacord sound system gives the small space a big wallop that’s sometimes hard to find at much bigger clubs. Highlights during WMC and Miami Music Week 2015 include DJ Three’s Hallucienda party, which returns to Miami on Thursday, March 26, after a five-year hiatus, and veterans Frank & Tony’s exclusive appearance during the week on Wednesday, March 25.
Ranked for the first time among DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs in 2014, Treehouse had big shoes to fill when it opened in 2011. Househeads used to flock to this spot when it was known as Groove Jet during the 1990s heyday of South Beach nightlife. Nevertheless, on that sacred ground, Treehouse has thrived by eschewing the hip-hop and commercial dance music that’s found almost everywhere else on the beach in favor of newer, progressive sounds. The venue will get its WMC and MMW 2015 party started on Monday, March 23, with showcases by the Be as One imprint and Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control. Then Saturday, March 28, John Digweed will bring back his Bedrock Miami party, which for years was held at the now-defunct Vagabond nightclub, which he co-owned.