Miami’s nightlife is unsurpassed in Florida, and is among the best in the country. At the clubs, house and techno beats are the most popular, followed by salsa or merengue songs spun by Spanish-speaking DJs. Most of the action is centred in South Beach, with cover charges averaging around $20. Door policies are notoriously fierce at current in-spots; the places listed below include laidback local haunts as well as some of the hotter bars and clubs. The free new Times magazine (published Thurs), offers listings of what’s going on where and when – including gay and lesbian info.

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