9 Alternative Things To Do at Night in Miami

April 10, 2018admin

With all of Miami’s cultural expansion, why does it still feel like it’s hard to find something to do that doesn’t require vast amounts of effort? Other than your usual music outings at favorites like Ball & Chain or Lagniappe, there’s plenty of alternative happenings for every taste. You could go to a museum, catch a WALLCAST, or let yourself go at the Drum Circle, but there’s even more niche magic to discover around town. Check out some of our favorites:

Get Historical

Believe it or not, Miami doesn’t lack its fair share of historical landmarks, and they come alive in the evenings too. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens partners with awesome organizations like O, Miami for lectures, presentations, exhibits and even moonlit yoga classes all year around. The Deering Estate also boasts lectures and nighttime kayaking tours. Even The Barnacle in Coconut Grove boasts live music along the bay. Want to stay indoors? Keep an eye on HistoryMiami and The Wolfsonian‘s evening programming, both of which are highly underrated gems.

Catch an Indie Flick

Miami’s movie game is getting stronger by the minute. Each of the badass indie houses around town have something cool happening on the nightly. There’s premieres and director talks at Tower Theater by the Miami Film Festival, or midnight cult classic showings at Night Owl and Coral Gables Art Cinema. Local film meet-ups and anniversary screenings at O Cinema and eclectic collaborations at Bill Cosford Cinema. Scroll through the screenings at other favorites like Miami Beach Cinematheque to not miss a shot.

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Take a Class

There’s more to Miami’s evening art classes than a wine pairing and a canvas. Although that’s fun, dig a little deeper with a weekly workshop by Kuu Pottery or some hands-on painting at Artsy Hive. If you’re not feeling that kind of creative, there are cooking classes around the city to bring your crew to. The Wynwood Yard offers awesome weekly culinary workshops featuring some of the best chefs in the city. Or if you’re looking for something more personal, keep an eye on local Wok Star, Eleanor Hoh’s schedule for classes.

Listen to Jazz from your Living Room

We got two words for you: Tracy Fields. Easily the best late-night jazz show on NPR and even better? She’s local. There’s always WDNA jazz sessions and great slew of regular programming.

Take in Some Top Art

We could mention the big guns at PAMM and MOCA, but there are other more intimate places to take in art around town. The newly opened Museum of Art and Design is a great first stop with their free galleries and highly-curated exhibits. For an even further alternative, ArtCenter/ South Florida has a great list of experimental programming like Audiotheque, workshops and openings, even talks at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.

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Catch a Flamenco Show

You don’t need to flesh out big bills to see an authentic Flamenco show in Miami. In fact, the Spanish spirit is alive and well at many hole-in-the-wall eateries around town. Locals swear by the Cava Tablao Restaurant‘s dinner and flamenco show Thursday-Sunday, complete with a buffet. Other Miami favorites include Sancho Restaurant (so authentic they don’t have a website) and Tapas & Tintos. Olé!

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Just Relax

You can meditate any time of day, not just when you wake up. Miami’s wellness scene has been booming with alternative meditation options around the city. Peeping at what Modern OM has going on, especially their guided neighborhood meditations is a great start. The Standard has a wonderful wellness program, complete with floating meditations on their bayside pool.

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Not Your Average Shows

Of course live music is our favorite kind of cultural pastime in the city, but it’s not your only entertainment option. You can catch some great local improv (or even get into a workshop) at Villain Theater or take in Miami’s best at Speak Fridays. Pining for the musical experience? You can escape the crowds at intimate jazz shows like Small Tea on Mondays too.

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Get Literal. Literally.

If you’re a true Miamian, the name Books & Books isn’t strange to you. In fact, it’s such a staple, that there are a handful of great locations around the region. They offer a charming atmosphere with great labels with wine and live music in their Coral Gables courtyard. Keep your eye out for their book signings, launchings, and literary talks with some of the world’s leading writers and thinkers.

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