It’s February, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’ll certainly be feeling the theme of KC & The Sunshine Band’s 1975 hit “Get Down Tonight.” “Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight!” Make the drive out to MIA or FTL for some dancing and a good time at any one of these entertaining, eclectic nightlife hangouts.
LET’S GO “THRINKING!”
28 N.E. 14th St., Miami
It seems like trendy thrift stores have been popping up left and right following the resurgence of the thrifting craze, which might lead you to wonder which one is truly worth a trip to. Well, how about a thrift store that will also provide a night of dancing and drinks? At the newly opened Thrift Shop, go “thrinking” (thrifting while drinking) as you wander past the racks of clothes and kooky finds to discover a hidden bar. Vintage décor embellishes the space, a stage welcomes DJs, karaoke nights, and bands to play; and even a back-lit patio is part of the fun, with a food truck and a laidback atmosphere.
1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach
The first thing that grabs anyone’s attention when they enter Purdy Lounge is the lit-up Plexiglas dance floor. It flashes a rainbow of colors, matching the high energy of the lounge’s patrons, who come here to dance the night away until 5 a.m. Mismatched vintage couches line the walls, and wacky, unique memorabilia are hung up as decoration. A separate back room with an additional bar provides ample space for socialization and dance moves, and DJs and live bands perform based on the changing event calendar. Make this Miami Beach staple your newest go-to spot!
JAZZ & PIZZAZZ
3425 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami
A piece of New Orleans can be found at Lagniappe, a wine house that features live music and grilled goodies. Pull up a chair in the light-strung outside terrace, where you can listen to live acts perform jazz, bluegrass, and folk music, or opt for a seat inside, a homey space where you can order cheese platters and Cajun BBQ. An assortment of over 150 wines and beers are available to sip on inside or outside, and the relaxed vibe of the place will have you feeling right at home!
PLAYER 1, DRINKS UP!
905 N.E. 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Take a shot and test your gaming skills at Glitch Bar, an arcade bar that has an array of games and cocktails to keep you entertained all throughout the night! Thirteen classic arcade games from the 80’s and 90’s line the walls, from Donkey Kong to Pac-Man, Street Fighter, and even Star Wars Pinball. Travel back in time as you relive childhood memories through the games, and when you need a drink, there’s no shortage of options. Over 100 craft beers are served here, as well as specialty cocktails like Phil Collins and Yoshi Mojito!
LUCK OF THE IRISH
3281 Griffin Rd., Dania Beach
At The Field Irish Pub & Eatery, “a little piece of Ireland” awaits you. The establishment started off as a farmhouse, which can still be seen in the centerpiece of the bar: an old fireplace and chimney stack. With wooden tables and exposed brick walls, an antique, homey feel will surround you as you sip away on libations. They’re known for having the “Best Pint of Guinness in South Florida,” so do yourself a favor and order one! After, head out to their outdoor patio, which features a relaxing atmosphere, and an old banyan tree.
BY THE RIVERSIDE
608 S.W. 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
If you’re a craft beer aficionado, you’ve got to check out Riverside Market. Deemed “Fort Lauderdale’s Official Craft Beer Hangout,” this market serves over 550 craft beers, all available in self-serve coolers. The ability to grab as many beers as you want, and the cozy environment, make this place a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Specialty wines and over 50 gourmet sodas, waters, and teas are also options for those that aren’t down for brews, as well as salads, subs, clubs and wraps for when hunger strikes!
By Aaliyah Pasols