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4 ways to enjoy the Miami nightlife on a budget

The glittering glamour of Miami nightlife is full of free and affordable options.

Greater Miami may appear to be nothing but a glittering amusement park full of expensive restaurants and clubs to an outsider. The thrill of Miami nightlife isn't only for the rich folks in town. Believe it or not, enjoying Miami nightlife without blowing all your savings is possible.

You don't need to break the bank to enjoy the high life in Miami. Keep reading for some of the coolest free and affordable things to do in the Magic City. You won't believe how much fun you're having while spending so little money!

Here are some Miami nightlife spots you need to check out

Taco Tuesday meets happy hour

Taco Tuesday and happy hour together? We're already sold! Whether you come for the Miami nightlife or for the beach, don't forget to check out some of the city's happy hour spots after the sun goes down.

Check out dog-friendly restaurants and bars like Wynwood's Wood Tavern if you're on a budget but still looking for a fun evening adventure. The place has received rave reviews from Yelp users for its free Taco Tuesdays and half-priced happy hour. This is one of the best things to do in the city, especially if you love a good Taco Tuesday.

Explore Downtown Miami

The downtown Miami nightlife is definitely worth checking out. Trendy, independently owned bars are opening in the heart of Downtown Miami, and they aren't charging outrageous prices.

One of the places you should visit isLost Boy – a huge drinking cave decorated like an offbeat ski lodge, equipped with a pool table, dartboards, and plenty of comfy sofas and chairs. There's also Mama Tried, which is a retro-chic hangout with a gold-globed bar in the center and a roaring '20s feel. After dark, the locals come out to party, and the DJ turns up the energy. Both places have reasonably priced menus and excellent happy hour deals.

A DJ controlling an audio system.

Discover local artwork with a stroll in the neighborhood

Many locals and visitors go to Miami's pubs and restaurants at the end of an art walk to take in the city's famous art culture, street art, and wealth of galleries. The first Friday of every month is Coral Gables Gallery Night, where art lovers ride the city's free trolley to view exhibits at various locations across the neighborhood. The second Saturday of every month is the Wynwood Art Walk when Miami galleries are packed with visitors.

If you want to see the city's thriving graffiti and street art scene, don't miss Wynwood Walls. When you've worked up an appetite and thirst from all that walking, stop by the famed Concrete Beach Brewery to grab some food and locally-brewed beers.

Watch a Film Under the Stars

Fancy a classic film on a blanket under the starry Miami night sky? Then reserve your Wednesday evening in Miami for a movie night at the New World Center's SoundScape ExoStage.Every Wednesday night, it screens a feature film on the outdoor projection wall, which is more than 7,000 square feet in size! Bring your own snacks, blankets, and date along and turn it into a romantic evening.

Want more ideas for enjoying Miami on a budget? At Calle Ocho news, we're covering the hottest nightlife spots in Miami along with recommendations for activities to make your night out extra special. Follow our newsletter to stay updated on everything happening in Miami, including the latest news, events, and much more.

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