Located on Florida’s southeastern tip, Miami is a vibrant city full of culture with its Cuban influence and rich history. A popular vacation spot for travelers, the city itself and Miami Beach just across the bay have all you can ask for in entertainment—art deco buildings, white sand, surfside hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. We have narrowed in on some of the best places to hear live music in Miami.
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Bardot is a hipster lounge with homey décor, artwork decking the walls, and a collection of books and games to keep patrons entertained. Embodying the speakeasy vibe, Bardot’s lounge has low comfy couches and dim lighting perfect for setting the mood. On nights where Bardot brings in DJs and live music, the crowd grows to create an energetic ambiance of people looking to dance the night away. While the atmosphere usually caters to underground electronic music, Bardot also hosts Hip Hop nights and other genres. Most people come to Bardot’s for its unique set of music. From eclectic bands to electronic music producers combined with the dark lighting and drinks all around, the vibe inside transforms into one real party. For food, stop next door at the sister restaurant Gigi, then head on over to Bardot for music, drinks, and an all-around good time.
Railroad Blues is another establishment that takes on the vintage feel of a speakeasy. One of the divier digs in town, Railroad Blues offers crafted cocktails generously poured and a regular set of live music that ranges from jazz and blues to funk and soul. Grab a comfy booth near the full bar, or take your drink to the outdoor patio for some air. The music is always grooving and the bartenders pouring freely, guaranteeing a great night to be had. Bring a group for company or come with a date — Railroad Blues presents an atmosphere for hanging out, dancing, or enjoying one of their retro-inspired cocktails like a Mary Pickford or a Bathtub Gin & Tonic. With rock and blues acts performing six nights a week, Railroad Blues creates a low-key mood reminiscent of days gone by.
Lagniappe is a charming New Orleans-style wine bar offering a range of live music every night starting around 9pm. From afro-beat to bluegrass, folk music to jazz varieties that offer smooth, soul, funk, gypsy, swing, and Middle Eastern flares, Lagniappe presents a world of music that delivers consistently. With its shabby-chic décor, great selection of wine and beers with a limited menu of meat and cheese platters, and of course the unforgettable music, Lagniappe provides you with the perfect atmosphere to hold a conversation or just listen to music for hours. This unique bar also offers indoor and outdoor seating where you can cozy up to a glass of wine and enjoy the night’s entertainment and the chill vibes that float on Lagniappe’s ambiance. Check out Lagniappe’s music schedule, updated regularly on their website before you head out for a night on the town.
Le Chat Noir offers a cozy setting for small bites, wine, and beer, with an enchanting cellar space featuring regular live jazz music. Because of its small space, reservations are a must, but the intimate setting with fine wine and cheese platters will not disappoint. With lovely entertainment from both local and international jazz musicians, you will feel like you are at your own private jazz concert in the cozy cellar space. When you visit Le Chat Noir, let the atmosphere of the place take you over for the moment. Give yourself up to a relaxing evening of good underground jazz and sink sinfully into your seat, wine glass in hand.
Gramps is a popular hangout spot offering cocktails and craft beers with a range of entertainment from live bands and comedians to mini lecture nerd nights and trivia. For a more specific breakdown of scheduled events, be sure to check out the Gramps website. With both indoor and outdoor seating, this trendy spot is one of the larger hangouts in town, making it a great place to meet up with friends or meet new people altogether. After a good time of music, dancing, and drinks, The Miss Cheezeious food truck is often situated just outside to satisfy those late night munchies. Gramps is also a very popular place for happy hour, which takes place 5pm-8pm every Tuesday through Friday with fifty percent off almost everything. Whether you want to jam out to some 80s DJ music or enjoy the vibes of a live band, Gramps has you covered.
Located in the heart of Midtown’s Wynwood Arts District, the Electric Pickle Company is a happening underground dance bar that pours cocktails and plays a variety of dance, funk, disco, and lounge music until 5am. Attracting hipsters and music enthusiasts alike, the wild décor of the place is as eclectic as the crowd it draws. Set between two levels, the upstairs is the main venue for live music and dancing while the downstairs is set aside as a lounge for those winding down and hanging out for the evening. Always evolving, current reviewers rave about the fog machine, disco lights, cheap drinks, and good vibes, as well as some of their favorite DJs like Matthew Dear, Pillowtalk, SoulClap, Green Velvet, and Simian Mobile Disco, who always get the place up and grooving. The Electric Pickle Company is a place for dancing, for getting your groove on and letting the beat carry you away. This is the ultimate underground nightclub you are looking for.
Since graduating from Bucknell University, Alana has been seeking out life as a nature and travel writer. With a thirst for adventure, she has traveled extensively through Greece for archaeology, Nepal as a volunteer, and much of the U.S. by road trip, seeing natural wonders of her native country.
With every place, she keeps a writing and sketch journal to capture everything in the moment. She feels it is key to attaining the essence of what makes a place so alive.