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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It wasn't that long ago when seemingly all of Wynwood was a hotbed for live music acts. While the area's explosion in popularity has caused it to cater to more mainstream, Gramps has maintained its individuality and affinity for counterculture. And, unlike many other music venues, they invite local acts playing their ambitious original creations instead of cover songs. So don't expect to hear "Sweet Caroline" at this live music spot.

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.


Fort Lauderdale

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.

From major label bands like Against Me! to unsigned acts looking to grow a following, Culture Room is one South Florida's best places to watch a concert, especially if you don't care for the lack of intimacy and contrived energy of concerts at one of South Florida's local arena's. Culture Room is cramped, hot, and lots of fun; isn't that what you want out of one of South Florida's best live music spots?

While this joint isn't quite revolutionary, it's definitely a good time and it caters to just about everyone, too. Post Malone could be there performing the no. 1 song in America on a Tuesday, and a singer-songwriter could be belting out introspective folk on Wednesday. What truly sets Revolution apart is that it's a fairly large venue but somehow manages to feel cozy, offbeat, and intimate, so Revolution Live gives you the best of both worlds. 
Like any other art, music is subjective. However, a good venue can make or break a performance, and South Florida's best live music spots guarantee you'll fully appreciate the music and the moment.
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