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Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater for the Performing Arts, Music and nightlife, Miami
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The best live music venues in Miami for unforgettable concerts

The best live music venues in Miami are where you can see local punk rock or international superstars

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Ryan Pfeffer
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The best live music venues in Miami occupy a broad spectrum of tastes. Like so much in this city, the diversity will make your head spin. Want sweaty punk mosh-pits? You got it. Would you rather sip wine and listen to jazz? No problem. Is it authentic Cuban sounds you’re after. Obviously, we’ve got that. Sure, the 305 has a national dance music reputation thanks to the best clubs in Miami, but our music scene is nothing to sneeze at. We have given this world Miami bass, the Estefans and plenty more still to come. Here are the clubs and venues where you can see the best concerts in Miami.

Best live music venues in Miami

  • Things to do
  • Performances
  • South Beach

What is it? The Fillmore is a historic venue that has been in Miami Beach since 1950, at one point used for the filming of The Jackie Gleason Show. Today it’s controlled by Live Nation and hosts some serious touring acts such as Father John Misty, Janelle Monae and more.
Why go? The Fillmore is Miami’s live music sweet spot, hosting acts not big enough for an arena but too large for local clubs. Thankfully, the venue is a pleasure to use, operating smoothly and quite easy on the eyes too.

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  • Allapattah
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What is it? A rock bar with just the right amount of grime. Las Rosas sits in Allapattah (a short jaunt from Wynwood) and frequently hosts live, local music with a stellar sound system and plenty of booze.
Why go? Las Rosas is a kind of music venue that is not all that common in Miami anymore. Free, local music is a dying breed in this city but you can find it here, loud and proud. There are mosh pits, queer parties and more surprises every night.

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  • Nightlife
  • Clubs
  • Park West
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What is it: The Ground is what Club Space is calling its ground floor these days, which has been converted into a part-time live music venue. The Ground, naturally, hosts some dance-y acts like Mount Kimbie but will also have artists such as Rhye and Jens Lekman.
Why go: The Ground is a smart use of Space’s extra room. You can still dance on the terrace, but the addition of live music has made the club appeal to an array of new music fans.

  • Music
  • Downtown

What is it? The home arena of our dear Miami Heat. But the AAA also pulls double duty as the music venue to the biggest acts rolling through Miami.
Why go? Because where else are you going to see acts like Kendrick Lamar, Shakira or Elton John. Sometimes you’ve got fight traffic and crowds for that amazing show.

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  • Bars
  • Dive bars
  • Wynwood
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What is it? The cultural core of Wynwood. This bar has something going on every week: drag nights, karaoke and, of course, plenty of live music and some really phenomenal DJs.
Why go? You never know what you’ll get at Gramps, but chances are you’ll have a blast. There are two stages, one outdoor stage and an indoor stage around the back for more intimate shows. Check the website to keep up with Gramps’ whirlwind programming. 

  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • Downtown

What is it? An outdoor venue with the Downtown Miami skyline as its backdrop. Controlled by Live Nation, the Amphitheatre features fixed seating and lawn seating, with a combined capacity of about 10,000.
Why go? Thanks to its Live Nation parents, the venue will see some really big touring acts. But it can be a bit rough during the summer when humid nights turn fans sticky with sweat.

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  • Bars
  • Wineries
  • Midtown
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What is it? Though Lagniappe is known more as a wine bar, this place’s music programming is no joke. The best local jazz musicians set up in Lagniappe’s cozy indoor space to jam out.
Why go? Lagniappe is probably the most romantic spot in Miami. Even if you’re just on a friend date (or a well-deserved date with yourself, boo-boo) Lagniappe’s jazz and wine combo will have you feeling some type of way.

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