Miami Beach's red carpet approach to nightlife means one can literally dance till dawn, from South of Fifth to Millionaire’s Row. Fittingly, a serious sartorial vibe starts to take shape at sundown, against the first faint drumbeats of the coming night. If looking good means feeling good, then Miami feels fantastic. So get lost in the music. It’s time to dance.
Few clubs have the moxie to command half a city block, but Amnesia, tucked into the South of Fifth neighborhood and reclaiming its original location from Opium Garden/Prive, manages just that. The legendary nightlife space—which reopened in October after 15 years and a $10 million renovation—roofed the space and channeled the spirits of cavernous European-style clubs typical of Ibiza. Stadium seating tiered like rice paddies rises around a basketball court-size dance floor, with 70 bottlesonly tables and 270 degrees of catwalks surrounding the whole amphitheater-like space. Amnesia sports speakers everywhere, breathtaking computerized lighting, amazing sound quality, fog, and visual projection systems housed in the biggest DJ booth in Miami, where the likes of Bob Sinclar (one of Amnesia’s owners) spin house, funky beats, and hits on Fridays and Saturdays until 5 am. Amnesia’s is a bottles and models crowd protected by a tough door policy, but once the sheer size of the room reveals itself, the party is on. 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-2424
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