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DJ Livitup in Miami
DJs may not know where to eat, stay, and play when they get booked in cities they’ve never been to before. To help them get the most out of their visit, DJcity has launched a monthly series called DJ Travel Tips. The series highlights some of the best things to do in some of the most popular destinations around the world.
Where to stay
“Most of Miami’s nightlife is located in South Beach, so finding an affordable hotel can sometimes be tough. For those who aren’t on a budget, places like Fontainebleau and Clevelander offer beachfront views and nonstop activities. On the cheaper side, corporate hotels in Miami like Days Inn and Hampton Inn offer great rooms and amenities with the same standards as five-star hotels. Keep in mind that Miami is a seasonal city, so timing can definitely impact the cost of your stay.”
Where to eat
“Moshi Moshi is the spot to eat if you love sushi. It’s one of my favorite places to go after a gig. The food is on point, and I always run into people from the industry, especially late at night. If you’re not into sushi, then La Sandwicherie is the place to be. They offer fresh sandwiches and shakes. Make sure to order the “special sauce.” Of course, Miami wouldn’t be Miami without Latin food. Jimmy’z Kitchen has healthy and modern selection, and you can’t go wrong with the Ahi Tuna. Last but not least, one of most talked about spots for tacos is Coyo Taco in the Wynwood neighborhood (it’s also a speakeasy bar). Not only do they serve bomb tacos, but they also book major DJs throughout the week. You won’t be disappointed!”
What to do
“Taking an Everglades airboat tour is a must. You can always find a deal on Groupon (look for a tour that includes an “alligator show”). I recommend spending the extra money to get your own boat, which usually seats up to four people. You should also rent a bike for an hour take a ride in the Wynwood neighborhood, which boasts “one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world.” If you can, try to squeeze your way into the old RC Cola plant if the gates aren’t locked. Remember, though, while Miami is known for fun in the sun, it also has unpredictable weather. That means that a lovely day can quickly turn into a shit storm at any given time. If that happens, buy a day pass to The Standard’s Spa. If you’re ballin’ on a budget, check out Russian & Turkish Baths. Make sure to catch the sunset at The Standard or hit up the little Russian cafe at the baths. That borscht soup, though!”
Where to party
“Miami is known for its nightlife in South Beach, but there is a lot more to the city than that. On Sundays, Wood Tavern hosts the “Backyard Boogie,” which is similar to the world famous Do-Over party (old school funk, breaks, hip-hop, etc.) You should also stop by Purdy Lounge on Sunday nights for “Chocolate Sundays” featuring residents Louie Arson and Sharpsound. The music is always right and make sure you get a “Happy Meal” at the bar. On Mondays, check out DJ Iron Lyon and myself at Rockwell. It’s the best hip-hop party on a Monday. We constantly have big guests and performers, and you never know who might show up.”
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