They've Got the Beat: Miami's 10 Best Live Music Venues

Fans of live music have nothing to complain about when it comes to finding great venues in the Magic City. Miami has become a powerful force in the live music scene, with a myriad of bars, lounges and night clubs offering everything from acoustic folk to EDM to underground hip-hop and jazz. 10Best knows that attending a concert or show is often best at small, intimate venues. Places like South Beach's Jazid and Midtown's Bardot resonate with music lovers due to their ability to draw in unique talent while offering a cozy but still in-your-face experience. For those who favor a little Latin flavor, it's hard to top the world-famous Mango's Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive and Hoy Como Ayer, whose salsa and funk nights draw in crowds to their Calle Ocho location. Grand Central's calendar reads like a who's who of the best in indie rock, indie pop and electronica, as well as the occasional metal, hardcore and hip hop acts. But if spoken word, rap and hip hop beats are what draw you in, few places compare to The Stage. And how about those who can't get enough blues, jazz and folk? The still relatively new Railroad Blues is just the place for them. 



Live music, album/CD release parties, DJ bashes and other activities of a musical nature await at this hip Wynwood lounge. Bardot fills a void in Miami culture by providing the venue and the menu, which includes funk, electronic, blues,...  Read More

The Stage


If you had never been to Miami before, and didn't know anyone in the area, you would probably never know this place exists. It's tucked away neatly in an alley underneath Interstate-195. Don't let the location spook you. Walk through the sketchy...  Read More

Casa Panza


Little Havana is crowded with great ethnic eateries, and this Spanish favorite is one of the best. The authentic décor, including colorful paintings, Spanish singers and flamenco dancing, transports you to foreign shores. The taverna-style...  Read More



Stride into this smooth, sultry bar dressed to kill. Order a classic drink in a highball glass and take in the smoky, atmospheric surroundings. Live music is a rarity in South Beach, but this popular outpost has earned a reputation for putting...  Read More



Right on the outskirts of Downtown Miami and a few blocks from the old Omni Mall lies a building that's been the foundation for hipsters long before Wynwood became Wynwood. NE 14th Street Here there is a brand new speakeasy, moonlighting as...  Read More

Hoy Como Ayer


Small, cozy and the epicenter of Latin music in Miami, Hoy Como Ayer brings past and present together beautifully. Its name translates as "today as yesterday," and from the photos of legendary singers to Fuacata! (a weekly event that merges...  Read More



The original Ball & Chain opened in 1935, when Calle Ocho was simply known as the Tamiami Trail, through which farmers would send oranges and other crops east to the Downtown Miami area. It has survived decades of reinvention, calling itself...  Read More



Experience the islands without leaving South Beach. You can't miss this place right on the water, where crowds bustle, music blares and tropical drinks are flowing. Enter the jungle-like atmosphere and you'll be amazed at the mural all over the...  Read More



Grand Central is the club that embraces every culture and subculture in Miami and brings them together in a room to drink and dance and have a damn good time. The place itself is a large warehouse right on the outskirts of Downtown Miami; a big,...  Read More

Upper East Side


Going to Churchills is an experience unlike anything else in all of Miami. Often called the CBGB's of South Florida, it's the type of place where you'll listen to dance to local punk bands one minute, drink while watching the World Cup during...  Read More


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