When people talk about Miami, there’s a lot of things that come to mind but jazz is not usually among them. Miami is definitely more popular for its late-night dance spots and beach bars than its jazz clubs. But sometimes all you need is a mellow night of good jazz and drinks. In other words, the Magic City has no shortage of places around town where to listen to top talent.
Here are the five best places to chill and enjoy some live jazz during your stay in Miami.
The Betsy Hotel
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Ocean Drive’s The Betsy Hotel is one of the premier venues in South Beach for live jazz. As a matter of fact, the swanky hotel is known for its ongoing programming, offering Miamians some of the best jazz in Miami Beach for more than six years.
There’s never a cover charge to sit and watch musicians play in the hotel’s Lobby Salon seven nights a week. There are two sets on Saturdays and Sundays.
1035 N Miami Ave, Miami
The Corner in Downtown Miami has been one of the best spots for live jazz for years. Serving up deliciously crafted cocktails into the wee hours of the morning, The Corner is the ultimate local hipster bar.
The Miami New Times named it ‘Miami’s Best Jazz Night’. It’s no wonder The Corner made it to the list of the best jazz clubs in Miami. Good music and drinks seem like a perfect recipe for a night out. An insider’s tip: they have a great happy hour during the week from 4 pm – 8 pm, and serve some authentic Chicago dogs for just $3.
Every Tuesday night at The Corner is jazz night from 10 pm – 1 am. There’s always a different mix of musicians. Check their Instagram account for the latest calendar of events and their cocktail of the week.
3425 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
One of Midtown’s hidden gems, this New Orleans-style indoor/outdoor bar located in Midtown Miami, near the Design District, features live music every night from 9 pm to midnight, and it usually leans towards jazz.
Lagniappe is a no-reservation, serve-yourself bar with a large wine and beer menu. You pick your craft beer, charcuterie, and wine, pay at the counter, and then plant yourself in a lawn chair beneath twinkling lights in the charming outdoor garden.
Live music acts are updated often, so be sure to check out the music schedule.
377 Alhambra Cir, Coral Gables
This Coral Gables jazz spot has an elegant vibe and a hearty menu. The intimate restaurant and bar is renowned for lively happy hours every Tuesday through Friday 6 pm – 8pm, world class jazz and creative cocktails. There’s no cover, but there’s a $20 minimum food and drink consumption that takes the place of a cover.
Live jazz is every Wednesday and Saturday from 6 pm to 10 pm. The Globe showcases both standard and Latin jazz organized by their resident musical director, Rodolfo Zuniga.
The Globe is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Contact them for the most up-to-date information and schedule.
Salon du Café
1701 James Ave, Miami Beach
Although, not precisely in the jazz ‘clubs’ category, this café is definitely on the list of the best jazz spots you should check while in Miami. Inside the Art Deco Cadet Hotel’s exotic garden, you will find a specialty coffee bar: The Salon du Café. Salon Du Café was born out of the coffee craft culture and they take pride in roasting their own coffee beans in small batches so it’s always fresh.
Their signature coffee drinks along with the vast array of coffee beans from around the world adds to the unique coffee experience. The coffee is not the only thing on the menu, at Salon du Café you can also enjoy spirits, coffee cocktails, classic drinks such as dry martini and old fashion, an array of tobacco and a delicious breakfast menu.
Live Jazz music and cocktails night menu is every Friday and Saturday from 8 pm – 11pm. Open 8am – 4pm every day. Fridays and Saturdays till 11 pm.
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