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North Beach Bandshell
Photograph: Jason Koerner Ibeyi at North Beach Bandshell

Ride the beat at the best jazz clubs and Latin music venues in Miami

Whether you prefer a dimly lit nook or music under the stars, catch an amazing show at these best jazz clubs in Miami.

By Ryan Pfeffer and Falyn Freyman

August 2019: Miami’s live music venues are notoriously fleeting, and while good jazz never goes out of style, we had to say sayonara, baby to a couple of beloved spots over the last year. Though Wynwood Yard and Casa Panza have closed, lovers of bebop, scat singing and all manner of improvisational musical stylings need not fret. Gritty Downtown joint Le Chat Noir offers up nightly jazz in its cozy cellar, while The Corner has been serving a loyal jazz-hipster crowd on Wednesday nights for the better part of five years. In South Beach, The Cabaret hosts piano jazz nights on weekends, when slinky, veteran singers sling cocktails behind the bar in between belting out your requests on stage—just like in the movies!

It's just not Little Havana that's bringing the salsa-loving crowds to the city these days. South Beach and other neighborhoods are gaining popularity for boasting some of the best jazz clubs and Latin music venues in Miami. Wherever you wind up, make sure a visit to a top spot for drunk food in Miami is in the plans—because nothing works up an appetite quite like good tunes and cocktails. 

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Best jazz clubs and Latin music venues in Miami

Lagniappe wine bar Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Lagniappe

1. Lagniappe

Bars Wineries Midtown

A night at Lagniappe feels like a backyard bash at a friend’s—if said friend had a sprawling, magical yard filled with mismatched lawn furniture and strung-up bistro lights. It’s all very casual here, but the musicians are serious players. There’s everything from folk to rock taking place in Lagniappe’s intimate indoor space—but the specialty is straight-up jazz. 

North Beach Bandshell
Photograph: Jason Koerner

2. North Beach Bandshell

Things to do Event spaces North Beach

This intensely charming Miami Beach venue boasts some of the most eclectic bookings in all the city. Run by the Rhythm Foundation, a group devoted to bringing rare world music to Miami, the North Beach Bandshell has its fair share of both jazz and Latin shows, bringing acts from the islands of the Caribbean to the tip of South America. 

Floyd Miami
Photograph: Adinayev

3. Floyd

Bars Lounges Park West

As the ground level companion to Miami’s most infamous EDM spot, Space, Floyd stands in stark contrast to the over-the-top megaclubs that surround it—think chandeliers instead of lasers. The club mainly brings out more underground electronic talent, but on jazz nights, expect a modern flair, everything from the traditional trio to experimental. The best part? It’s open just as late as the other guys and it's got couches for plenty of late-night lingering. 

The Corner, Bars and lounges, Miami
Photograph: Courtesy The Corner

4. The Corner

Bars Tapas bars Park West

Step inside Miami’s version of a saloon for a closer look at the impressive back bar, featuring an array of craft beer, wine and cocktails. Appreciative locals pack the bar and sidewalk every night of the week, though Tuesdays attract an especially hipster-heavy crowd—perhaps it’s the live Downtown Jazz series, going strong for more than five years. Surviving the late-night revelry is more likely if you fuel up on tasty bar bites.  

 Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
Photograph: Courtesy Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Miami

5. Olympia Theater at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

Things to do Performances Downtown

Once a 1926 silent movie palace, this is now an enchanting venue for the occasional jazz and Latin gig (plus stand-up comedy, drag performances, story slams and more), complete with velvet seats, Shakespearean balconies and twinkling stars on the ceiling’s painted night tableau. It might just be the prettiest music venue in Miami. 

Jazz and Blues
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Austin Neill

6. The Fish House

Restaurants Seafood Sunset Harbour

This Kendall neighborhood hangout serves fresh seafood paired with live jazz and blues. For music, the divey back room is where it’s at. There’s a jazz jam every Wednesday at 8pm, live blues Thursdays from 8pm to close on the restaurant's small stage and bigger acts throughout the weekend. Enjoy the show with a two-drink minimum and grab some fresh oysters ($16) while you're at it. 

Mango's Tropical Café
Photograph: Wei Shi

7. Mango's Tropical Café

Nightlife Clubs South Beach

A well-known pick-up joint in business for more than 20 years, Mango’s promotes an island-fever atmosphere with its sweet cocktails, Jello shots and a house band playing perfunctory salsa and merengue. Decorated with tropical murals, the bar opens up to the street, with a good view of the beach. And nobody seems to be too keen on this whole “clothes” thing. 

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