697 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33136
Grand Central is a favorite nightlife stop with a great selection for its 18+ aged parties. The entertainment factor is always high and the biggest acts in electronic, rock and indie music come to Grand Central every Friday and Saturday night (event flyers and invites indicated which events are 18 and over and which are 21 and over). This is the place to see acts ranging from Diplo to Boys Noize to Black Chiney. The indoor/outdoor venue is a looker, but the focus is still always on the music and the crowd is typically filled with party goers who aren’t impressed with the glitz and glamor of the South Beach scene.
30 N.E. 14 St.
Miami, FL 33132
The Vagabond isn’t always 18 and over, but it frequently hosts events for guests under 21. Live music, DJs, open mic, spoken word and poetry nights – The Vagabond has it all. The multi-room club is a great hipster party spot. The over 21 crowd is always there and many 18 and over nights make this a good mixed crowd. The Vagabond is also a good option since there are several parking lots around the venue’s location in the Entertainment District means it’s in walking distance to a few other 18 and over hot spots in the area.
34 N.E. 11 St.
Miami, FL 33132
This legendary Miami nightclub known for long nights of intense parties offers an 18 and over night once a month for lucky teens and 20 year olds. Club Space is part of Downtown’s 24-hour zone, the the bar takes full advantage of it by staying open for 12 hour parties (and sometimes even longer). This is the place to go for the best hip hop and electronic dance music. The club is gigantic, with a cavernous inside and a second floor with an enclosed party area. The famous outdoor terrace allows revelers to dance from night until dawn to the tunes of greats like Danny Tenaglia, Sasha, and Paul Van Dyk.
2340 S.W. 32 Ave.
Miami, FL 33145
Every Thursday at Reno’s is College Night, and guests 18 and over flow through its doors ready to party the night away. The energy level is high and the excitement is contagious when guests take advantage of this weekly co-ed event. This is the perfect way to unwind after a long day of classes. Ladies always get in free and the girl-to-guy ratio is always favorable. The Kendall nightclub is great for those looking to party closer to home, since most of the 18 and over parties are in the Downtown Miami area.
950 N.E. 2 Ave.
Miami, FL 33132
www.mekkamiami.comMekka Miami is a massive nightclub in Downtown Miami. It’s actually one-fifth of a five club mega-complex that also includes Discotekka, OMG, Forbidden and Goddess. There are plenty of nights that allow for guests 18 and over, and club focuses on a lot of serious electronic dance music from house to electro to the occasional drum and bass. There are also other parties at the venue featuring Latino, hip hop, or open format music. Mekka Miami is also in that “night owl” zone in which clubs can stay open as long as they want, so the party here doesn’t stop until daybreak.
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