Miami's Ten Best Live Music Venues

Categories: Best of Miami
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Is the Fountain of Youth just good tunes and a $6 PBR & Jameson combo?
Legend has it that Ponce de León discovered Florida while searching for "the Fountain of Youth." Historians know, however, this is just a poor translation of "good tunes and a $6 PBR & Jameson combo."

In any case, ever since April 2, 1513, Miami has been a hothouse for new musical strains and a must-visit spot for the day's most discerning bands.

Join us on a quest for sonic bliss and immortality as we visit our ten favorite places to catch live music in Miami.

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10. Bardot
How many times has this happened to you? You're sitting on the couch at home, listening to some new indie band, and you start fantasizing about feeling up that bearded lead singer.

Well, you're in luck. Just move your personal-space-violating tush down to Bardot's stagefront sofas where you'll be sitting well within reaching distance of the best young bands to pass through Miami.

After the concerts, Bardot turns into a bottle service club where go-getters will pay a pretty penny to sit where you've just sat with no one to touch but each other.

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9. Adrienne Arsht Center
OK, the tickets can be a little pricey. But you always get your money's worth. The sound is impeccable, every seat's got a great view of the stage, and it's the best room in the city for classical music. Plus, it's fun to get fancy at the Arsht with a loved one and finally find out what goes on in that weirdly shaped building.

Cynics will say it is not a coincidence that the building looks like a rumpled pile of underwear tossed into a corner. But music fans know that passionate performance spaces simply beget passionate performances. The Roots, great Broadway musicals, and not one but two nights of Yanni? If that doesn't put your date in the mood, there's always a free, unending ride on the adjacent MetroMover awaiting you.

Location Info

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Olympia Theater at Gusman Center

174 E. Flagler St., Miami, FL

Category: General

Bardot

3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

The Stage

170 NE 38th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Sweat Records

5505 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

The Vagabond - CLOSED

30 NE 14th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Electric Pickle

2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

Churchill's Pub

5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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11 comments
doodadoo
doodadoo

[To writer] What about Tobacco Road?!? It didn't make this list?  Do you actually know what you are writing about?!?

Papito Tu Padre
Papito Tu Padre

Bardot is a great concept. Sadly, it doesn't execute. Douchebag Central is an understatement.

Shitbull
Shitbull

Have seen tons of great shows at The Fillmore! 

Iiist
Iiist

It's weird not having Fernando Perdomo in town so he can complain about "his" venues not being on this list and then New Times can write another story about Fernando Perdomo complaining about something.

opinion
opinion

I cant stand the people that work and GO to Grand Central and Bardot. And sweat records is a great place, but i honestly dont think it should be on this list. Why have a list of theatres and clubs mixed together? thats neither logical nor fair.

Oh Please
Oh Please

Bardot has the most pretentious (and clueless) crowd, the rudest service and overpriced/shitty cocktails, I don't see how this place can make anyone's list.

morgan
morgan

Grand Central Rocks

Rob
Rob

You should check out The Annex in Hialeah. Technically not Miami, but technically Miami Beach isn't Miami either.Oh, and fuck Bardot. Bardot is douchebag central.

Moi
Moi

If Bardot were a tiiiny bit bigger it would be much better IMO. The Stage is cool. I mean, Fucked Up played there, that was fucking awesome. I don't think they'll be back though. 

chrisalvyband
chrisalvyband

lets set up show at THE ANNEX .....chrisa alvy band is down...few other local rockers....i love the place...my humble opinion

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