When I first decided to head to South Beach in search of the famous Miami Beach nightlife I quickly fell into despair – Not only were the hotels in South Beach Miami crazy, insanely expensive, but even if I splurged and booked one I’d still be left paying the ludicrous cover charges at all of South Beach’s hottest nightclubs….and that’s if I could even find the hottest party places in Miami, which in itself is insanely hard as South Beach clubs open and close almost every week and the trendiest places change just as fast! So I began to wonder, was it even possible to do South Beach Miami on the cheap? Would I enjoy the Miami beach nightlife scene on my own? And just before I gave up – Thats when I found SoBe Beach Hostel & Bar, a great budget accomodation option just minutes from the beach with plenty of freebies and epic nightly trips out to experience the best party places in Miami (without paying those $20-$50 USD Miami beach nightlife cover charges!). Read on to find out more about South Beach Miami and about how SoBe Beach Hostel & Bar saved me money (and made me plenty of new friends!)!
The Miami nightlife scene is famed around the world – and to find the best of the best you need to head to South Beach, a sun-drenched stretch of land where you go to see and be seen. By day it’s all golden sand, outdoor cafes, parks and beach volleyball but as soon as the sun goes down, this cities Spanish flair comes out and its all flash cars, glammed up girls, mojitos a plenty and music that blast’s until the sun rises. Most times it feels completely surreal – do places like this even exist in real life? How do people even look like that? But if thats not your scene don’t be intimidated, there is something for everyone here. Rock bars, alty hipster joints, dive bars and Margaritas on Atlanitc Boulvard just watching it all go by!
And if you want to get past that bright red rope, into some of the most exclusive clubs you can go at it on your own, waiting in line for hours and throw good money after bad or you can sign up to the nightly club events with SoBe Beach Hostel & Bar – I’m not even kidding, over three nights we saw three massive international DJ’s (including DipLo and Firebeatz), got into clubs I’ve only dreamed of in movies and paid less than $30 USD for entry, transport and as many drinks as I could handle! Of course, these guys aren’t magicians so there are still a few rules you are going to need to follow to get into the best party places in Miami South Beach:
So, first things first: If you want to get exclusive entry into the hottest party places in Miami South Beach then the SoBe Beach Hostel club nights are the best way to go about it. While every night is different, depending on events, DJ’s and what day of the week it is, these guys really know their stuff and were completely upfront with me about it. I was there during the famous swim week and payed $25 USD ($20 USD for girls) for club VIP entry with no wait times, transport there, 30 minutes of unlimited drinks at the hostel before we left and another 30 minutes of free drinks once inside the club. And – if you’re a heavy drinker (or know that the price of just domestic beers in the clubs is $12 USD) – you will find this plenty of time to get ‘buzz’d’ and not have to spend another cent all night. Yup, every night I went out for only $25 USD and did not spend another cent except on Uber! Deal right!
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But of course staying in a hostel shouldn’t be all about the party! Luckily SoBe Hostel & Bar has so much more to offer with a stellar location (just 3 blocks from the beach), a super-social atmosphere, friendly staff who actually remember you, and clean dorm rooms with air-conditioning throughout to ensure you are comfortable in the sweltering Miami heat! It’s that kind of hostel were everyone just wants to meet other people, so even after a short stay your sure to leave with many epic memories, stories and new Facebook friends. If thats not enough there is also an affordable onsite bar with multiple happy hours daily and so, so many freebies (so I decided to list them!):
Yup, I’m not even kidding – all of this is available in just one hostel – SoBe Hostel & Bar! It’s great right – now you can see that it truly is possible to do Miami South Beach on the cheap while still hitting the hottest party places in Miami – I’m not even kidding, if you take advantage of their free airport pick-up you only need to spend on your hostel night + the $25 nightly South Beach club night (and I guess lunch!) as you can hang out on the beach all day using their free gear and party the night away. Staying on budget in South Beach Miami is never easy, and most people I spoke to here spent over $200 USD a night on the hotel alone, so to do everything for less that $75 USD per night is pretty epic in my mind! SoBe Hostel & Bar books out far in advance however so sure to reserve your room as soon as you book your flights – You can book the lowest-available prices for SoBe Hostel & Bar here.
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