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The best jazz clubs and Latin music venues in Miami

Get into the swing at the best jazz clubs in Miami—plus the top venues to hear Latin and world music, from funk to flamenco

Photograph: Alys Tomlinson
Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at Casa Panza

Miami is one of the great places in the U.S. for Latin music. In a city where you’ll hear Spanish spoken virtually everywhere, you don’t have to go far to hear it sung—in the best Miami jazz clubs, Cuban venues, drifting from storefronts on the streets of Little Havana. Unsurprisingly, Cuban music is particularly well represented, from dingy neighborhood bars to swanky theaters.

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Casa Panza

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The Tuesday and Thursday fiestas at this Spanish tavern are legendary. A young professional crowd eats, drinks and dances around the tables, while a guitarist plays flamenco and sings, accompanied by two stomping, costumed female dancers. Fridays and Saturdays are also busy, but less frantic.

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Little Havana

Jazid

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Smoky and sultry, illuminated by flickering candelabra, Jazid is a small club with a cool vibe. It’s the kind of place where you might hear Sade’s Smooth Operator on constant rotation. Downstairs, local musicians perform modern jazz, soul and Latin, with tables close to the stage. Upstairs, there’s a DJ spinning soul and funk. A simple formula of good music and no attitude has ensured Jazid has outlasted many a South Beach failure. Other clubs, please take note.

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South Beach

Club Mystique

Miami’s long-standing salsa palace is packed on weekends with serious dancers. You can observe some incredible moves here; the atmosphere is akin to a Latin version of Saturday Night Fever.

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Flagami

Hoy Como Ayer

Dark and cheaply decorated, Hoy Como Ayer is not a pretty spot, but it offers a crash course in Cuban music. Artists perform boleros (ballads), trova (folk music), son (traditional Cuban dance music) and timba (a contemporary dance beat) from Wednesday to Sunday.

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Little Havana

Mango's Tropical Café

A well-known pick-up joint in business for more than 20 years, Mango 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 on to the street, with a good view of the beach. The bar girls manage to make even Katy Perry look overdressed.

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South Beach

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