The Sound of the Space Coast: 10 Best Bets for Live Music

Live music sounds even better on the beach. That's why one of our favorite ways to wind down a day visiting the Space Coast in Florida is to listen to local jams. 

Here are our favorite 10 venues to listen to live music on the Space Coast – each boasting a unique experience. Some are in interesting locations, like Open Mike's (housed in a musical instrument shop) and Stemz (inside a flower shop and bistro). Open Mike's, one of the area's newest stages, is also one of our newest favorites. Score free music lessons here several times a week. 

If you're looking for more free lessons, the Neptune Bar and Grill offers free dance lessons. Make your own music at Neptune's karaoke night, and every weekend, you can catch live music here in the indoor lounge.  

At Off The Traxx, when not watching your favorite sports games on this sports bar's TVs, you can shake it on the dance floor to live tunes on the stage. Another top bet is Matt's Casbah with its live jazz on the patios on Sunday afternoons. The younger crowd will enjoy Coconuts, an oceanside bar with music nearly every day of the week. And for the best blues in town, hit up Lou's Blues.

Meg O'Malley's


Feeling a touch Blarney? This downtown Melbourne pub is as Irish as they come, from the St. Patty's pot pie down to the tall, cold glasses o' stout. The authentic menu boasts Irish classics, including corned beef and cabbage and bangers and...  Read More

Matt's Casbah
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Rarely can a restaurant offer such a wide selection and not feel diluted, but Matt's Casbah in Melbourne, Florida, manages to expertly juggle fine dining with the hip after-hours crowd, as well as global food with a homey, Florida feel. The...  Read More



A local, casual favorite, Squid Lips is all about freshness. But it's more than the typical beachfront grill. Food here is grilled over an open oak-wood fire, and nothing is pre-breaded or pre-made. Start with the Cajun bacon-wrapped scallops,...  Read More



This is a combo you don't see every day. Stemz is a wine bar, bistro and florist, all in one location. This brings a fresh vibe to the Space Coast's already excellent music scene. Pack your dancing shoes; the dance floor here can be pretty fun....  Read More

Satellite Beach
Neptune Bar and Grill
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The Neptune Bar and Grill has experienced a major facelift since it was known as The Cove. It's barely recognizable as the same establishment, in a good way. The bar has been renovated, from the decor to the menu. You'll find comfort food, like...  Read More

Off The Traxx Sports Bar & Grill
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Off the Traxx is a sports bar – to the extreme. This Melbourne-based bar is huge, with more than 40 TVs and screens (including one oversized screen) that stream everything sport, including the NFL Sunday Ticket, the full DirecTV Commercial...  Read More

Sand Bar Sports Grill and Bar
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The Sand Bar Sports Grill in Cocoa Beach has sports mastered. Sip the signature drink, the Hurricane, and munch on fish tacos while watching sports on the 20 high-def TVs scattered throughout the bar. The bar – actually two, because Sand Bar...  Read More

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The younger crowd enjoys the good times served at Coconuts. From live music and world-famous bikini contests to breathtaking views of the Atlantic and great specials on specialty drinks, this oceanside bar is sure to rank high on your list. Stop...  Read More

Open Mike's
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Open Mike's is one of the coolest, most interesting places to hear live music on the Space Coast. This intimate lounge is located inside Florida Discount Music, where you can buy guitars and other instruments, as well as audio gear, so it's...  Read More



Right on the beach just off A1A, you'll find this popular blues bar that rocks with live music seven nights a week. Here, not only will you find quite possibly the longest happy hour in existence (from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), but also...  Read More


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