Club Tipico Dominicano (that's "typical Dominican club," for those who were curious) was founded by Luis De La Cruz (a native of the Dominican Republic) in 1987. The nightclub and restaurant are still family-owned. The Miami New Times called Club Tipico "Best Latin club in Miami."
Club Tipico is located in the Allapattah district. While historically Allapattah has been a lively yet somewhat dangerous location, the neighborhood is experiencing a revival (or gentrification, depending on how you look at it). You might want to check it out before its character changes forever.
Club Tipico is the real deal. It serves authentic Dominican food in an exciting yet family-friendly atmosphere. For starters, they offer empanadas, Dominican sausages, and tamales. For entrees, you can choose a protein and then select your favorite cooking style and sauce. There are many specialties, including the best-seller, which is ox-tail cooked in a "secret" tomato sauce.
If you go to Club Tipico, you are going to need to dance. Once the clock strikes 10pm, the restaurant transforms into an energetic nightclub. There is a massive 12,000 square-foot patio that can hold 2,000 people. They need a big dance floor. A lot of people show up. The live bands and DJs keep the party going until late in the night. One of the biggest nights is Sunday, where the parties frequently feature special guests and drink deals. Sometimes you need to dance into Monday morning. Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Brush up on your salsa moves before coming to Miami and you'll be in good shape. Club Tipico stays open until 5am so you'll have plenty of time to practice.
Cover image courtesy of Club Tipico.