Top 4: A Music Lover’s Guide to Miami

Miami’s music and club scenes are like two sides of the same coin, yin and yang, Bonnie and Clyde, peanut butter and jelly…basically one doesn’t really exist without the other.

But the party-heavy city is host to more than just late night DJ sets and dance floor latin rhythms. While the city’s heart may beat to a more uptempo tune, just dig a little deeper and you’ll find divey venues, indie record shops, jazz lounges and more. Below we list four must-see places for the casual music lovers, the vinyl junkies and the live music freaks. These recommendations come straight from the artists who call The Magic City home, so be sure to check out our full Miami city guide for even more places to hit up from food to drink, and everything in between.

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Gramps $$ Recommended by Jacuzzi Boys
Located in the Wynwood arts district, Gramps is pretty much an institution, serving up cheap drinks and entertainment almost every night of the week. Trivia nights, karaoke, DJs, rock acts, drag bingo — you name it and Gramps has it going on all week long. Plus they serve up a mean slice of pizza. Pair this with an outdoor patio and a quirky vibe, and you’ve got yourself a perfect night out.

Sweat Records $$ Recommended by Gigi Rowe
Sweat Records is more than a vinyl shop gem. It’s a coffee shop, event space and beloved hangout spot among locals. It’s a top notch spot for crate digging while sipping on a cup of joe, but more importantly the shop is an integral part of the music and arts community. Plus it has the largest selection of new vinyl in Miami, so stop on over and start digging.

photo: Phillip Pessar

Churchill’s Pub $ Recommended by Michael Beltran, Jeff McInnes, Dénudés, Jacuzzi Boys and Rachel Goodrich
Churchill’s is dark, dirty, divey and perfect. As the local watering hole, Churchill’s serves up greasy bar food with a side of pool and great live music. Jazz acts, artsy folk and all around weirdos play Churchill’s, and it’s the gathering of Miami’s outcasts that make this place so special.

photo: Tristan Loper/Flickr

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater Recommended by Josh Elliot
If you’re looking for a more main stream option with an art deco exterior, than the Fillmore Miami Beach is the theater for you. The venue opened back in 1950, as the The Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium and hosted a slew of golden era performers such as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope among others. After Jackie Gleason moved his show to the auditorium, the venue was renamed to honor his contributions. Today, it’s one of Miami’s best places to see big name acts in a classy setting.

photo by: Meline Gharibyan/Flickr; Benjamin Disinger/Flickr