With no shortage of VIP-worthy nightlife, the real task in Miami is picking the best. We give you the short list.

Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club The first-rate jazz legend runs, of course, a first-rate club—perfect for a down-beat evening. 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/403-7565

Circa 28 A rising star of the city’s club scene, in the heart of Wynwood and full of the area’s artistic denizens. 2826 N. Miami Ave., Wynwood; 305/722-1858

Fox’s Sherron Inn A classic Miami lounge with aviation-theme décor and 1950’s-era ambience, when cocktail culture reigned. Order a whiskey to get the night started. 6030 S. Dixie Hwy, South Miami; 305/661-9201

Love Hate Lounge Founded by Ami James and Chris Nuñez of Miami Ink fame, the club channels a Harley-Davidson vibe and features the requisite celebrity appearances on any given night. 423 Washington Ave., South Beach; 305/695-8616

Martini Bar The Raleigh’s retro-glam bar, with tropical-print furniture, a wall of glossy portraits from the 50’s, and sublime martinis, is where the South Beach dream began. 1775 Collins Ave., South Beach; 305/534-6300