While most of love listening to DJs break beats, there's nothing quite like the authentic, raw energy of live music. South Florida is known for its diverse nightlife options, most of which cater to the club scene. But what about classic four-piece bands and singer-songwriters? It may seem like they don't get the notoriety their skill sets deserve, but nothing could be further from the truth. There's certainly plenty of room for live music options, so we've created the definitive guide to South Florida's best live music spots.
South Florida can feel like a series of trends and new waves. Despite the apparent lack of historical timelessness, there are a handful of spots that qualify as veritable institutions like Churchill's Pub in Miami. This live music spot has been around for decades, and much of its character lies in its dive bar aesthetic. It's got some wear and tear, but the grunge is part of the appeal to locals and tourists alike, especially since Churchill's Pub a stomping ground for some of Miami's most talented local musicians. If you'd rather trade glitz for passion and talent, Churchill's is the place for you.
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Speakeasy bar Bardot is one of Miami's best kept secrets, and that's the way they like it. This a low-key venue regularly invites Florida's best up-and-coming acts for intimate shows. The crowds are mid-sized, but the energy is always high!
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Music aficionados flock to this corner of music heaven called, what else, Corner. Like many of the places on this list, it's cozy and understated but regularly packs the house. Corner has also carved out a niche unlike any other on this list with its Tuesday Jazz Night. If you're a sucker for the blues and improvisational music, you'll make the trip over as often as you can.
If your musical sensibilities lean towards 90's alternative and classic metal, Fat Cat's in Fort Lauderdale is the spot for you. It's a bit of a dive, but it's an old-school rocker bar so you're not exactly expecting posh, are you? This is a place you head over to in a t-shirt, ripped jeans, and sneakers to enjoy some good music and have a good time!
Speakeasy bars have experienced a resurgence in recent years. The recent boom makes it hard not to keep them "hush-hush," but when it comes to Stache, you certainly want to tell as many people as you can about it! Located in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Stache separates itself from most of the area's party scene by offering entertainment and sophistication. And Stache's headlining performers are as eclectic as South Florida itself including local rock bands, hot DJs spinning dope beats, and anything and everything else.