Paint the town during Miami’s Art Basel

At these 6 Happening Venues

As the widely international, taste-making jet set touches down in Miami during Art Basel, the Magic City comes to life in unparalleled ways.

It’s an exciting time you don’t want to miss, if you can help it. And if you’re looking for something to do outside the gallery walls, we have just the thing to satisfy your socialite sensibilities. Consider this your cheat-sheet guide to some of Miami’s hottest nightlife destinations during Basel.

Find your favorite go-to Basel spots here:

DOHENY ROOM AT THE DELANO

6. DOHENY ROOM AT THE DELANO

A prominent South Beach fixture, the Delano is invariably home to one of Basel’s most fashionable scenes. Its sweepingly high ceilings offer artful cover to surprise installations and its nearly impenetrable pop-up parties by Parisian crossover, Le Baron, consistently draw a disproportionate number of guests with star-quality. What’s more is the Delano’s latest and greatest “Doheny Room” just off the main lobby to the right. Here you’ll find creative craft cocktails and a whole lot more. The walls are dressed in the finest expressions of contemporary art, and as for the beautiful people, excellent bone structure and style abound. If things get a little too crowded for you, a night’s stroll around the expansive Delano pool is always a good idea.

LIV AT THE FONTAINEBLEAU

5. LIV AT THE FONTAINEBLEAU

For the ultimate, resort mega-club excursion, we recommend you venture to the time-honored and action-packed LIV. It’s the flashy brainchild of nightlife impresario, David Grutman, so you’ll be certain to catch a memorable music set by an internationally acclaimed DJ, or two. Expect high demand at the velvet rope as this club is not only a popular favorite, but its long-awaited reopening coincides with the busy influx of thrill-seeking Baselers and celebrity patrons.

ORA

4. ORA

If you’d like to try something that is just a bit off the beaten path, but are still aiming to go big, look no further. Ora is South Beach’s freshest installment of sensory overload with a twist. Touting the slogan, “when nightlife grows up,” the club’s concept relies on the enduring traditions of glamorous European nightspots then lets go with playful innovation. Resident DJ, Snoop Dogg holds it down on decks about once per month, and if he’s not there, you’ll find equivocally interesting class acts who do well to keep the vibes right and on a high note. Take the stairs to the second floor for a VIP backroom lounge referred to as the Anti-Social. Mixology cocktails and open format dance tracks add yet another spin here.

BASEMENT AT THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION

3. BASEMENT AT THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION

Consider a heightened experience without all of the pretense. Beautifully curated to include amazing add-ons like a sexy indoor ice-skating rink and a well-appointed bowling alley bar that spins elegant hip-hop, and what not. Basement is tactfully situated past the delightful Edition lobby bar…and you guessed it, downstairs. The eponymously named hotspot is frankly incendiary. With sincere resident DJs like Questlove, Soul Clap and the brilliant James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, we highly recommend. It’s a sort of performance art sanctuary, really. In fact, we’d also suggest you simply “go for it” in the dimly lit “Discobox”. You know, like nobody’s watching. Like it’s Art Basel 2017. It’s just down the hall.

STORY

2. STORY

This is a good place to write one. It’s in the heart of South Beach and it’s where privy locals mingle with A-Listers. The result is pure Abstract Expressionism. That’s our metaphor for an unbridled good time. Think of Story as LIV’s irreverent, little brother; they have the same parent-owners, after all. And like LIV, Story boasts big lights, big sound, and a big space – brush strokes broad enough for the Miami Heat to hold court on the dance-floor whenever they want to punctuate a birthday or just write off a small fortune.

SUGAR AT THE EAST HOTEL

1. SUGAR AT THE EAST HOTEL

Fancifully inspired Asian design reaches sweet, new heights at this 40th floor picture-perfect “Hong-Kongy” haven. Except, you don’t have to go that far. It’s just off the beach atop Downtown Brickell’s new City Centre hotel, EAST. An airy, lush garden setting makes for a sensual composition, frame-able by international DJs, authentic Asian culinary flavors and signature cocktails. We’d say that the sky is no longer the limit.

That’s the perspective, as curated for you by Villazzo.

We hope you can make it.

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