Redefining the 'real' Miami night life experience

Overheard: A live band plays soothing tunes.

Crowd: All ages: Some were grabbing a quick drink before a night out; others, older and more casually dressed, made the retro bar their night's final destination.

Highlights: Well-made classic cocktails.

Conclusion: Ideal if you want to enjoy cocktails and good company.

Info: 1690 Collins Ave.; (786) 975-2599, Open daily 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Specialty drinks $12-$16.


Vibe: The doorman gives you an expected hard time and asks if you're going to buy a bottle before he lets you in. A disco ball and neon light-trimmed booths send shafts of rainbow-colored light around the room. You'll use all yours senses in this place at the W Hotel.

Overheard: Serious head-bobbing, body-shaking dance music.

Crowd: College kids to mid-twentysomethings in tennis shoes, hats and jeans.

Highlights: The people-watching and the two rooms. The front room is where you can sit and have a drink and people-watch; the real clubbing happens farther back in the larger room.

Conclusion: The place to go if you want the classic nightclub experience until the wee hours. Get a group together and splurge on a bottle to ensure a spot to rest your feet.

Info: 2201 Collins Ave.; (305) 938-3130, Open 11p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Drink prices vary.