March in Miami means music. Most notably, the Winter Music Conference (March 16-25), which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, lays its towel on the sandy shorelines of Miami Beach. More than 300,000 music industry professionals, and a few hangers-on, fly in from more than 70 countries to deal all day then dance all night.
The Ultra Music Festival (March 23-25) began life as a party at the 1999 Conference and is now a three-day festival taking advantage of the fact that the world’s leading electronic dance music artists are in town.
Bridging the two is Miami Music Week (March 20-25), which is like
the Conference, only without the need for a badge hanging from your neck. With every danceable space in the city becoming a possible party venue, from superclubs to bars to backyards, The Red Bulletin’s
guide could not be more essential.
Top Ten Must-Gos
#1. Best Poolside Parties
Arkadia Poolside at Fontainebleau Hotel
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach 33140
Following a billion-dollar renovation, this monolithic hotel’s 40,000-sq.-ft. oceanside pool is a site to behold. The best part about it is hearing some of the world’s best DJs spinning their latest dubplates while you tube it down the Wall of Water area, sipping a piña colada.
#2. Best Old School Gone New
136 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach 33139
This club was a South Beach staple for a decade after its 1993 opening, and became notorious for its “sex and foam” parties. After being closed for nearly 10 years, Amnesia is now back in its original home south of 5th Street with co-owner Bob Sinclair once again set to shake up Miami’s nightlife.
#3. Best Hipster Nightclub
697 North Miami Ave.
Cross to the mainland, and in the desolate downtown core of Miami lies one of the best live music venues in the country: a former train station that now houses the crème de la crème of la musica. Expect hipster madness, from Diplo to Skrillex and whatever lies in between.
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