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10 Great Spots for Live Music and Food in Miami

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For those looking for an entertaining dining experience, what better than to hear music live? Some of Miami’s best restaurants offer an opportunity to celebrate nights out with various food and drinks while dancing away to Latin tunes, nodding in appreciation at jazz nights, or mastering sultry samba moves.

Read below for the best restaurants with live music in the Magic City, from jazz to salsa and everything in between.

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For those who like to combine drinking, dining, and dancing, this charming Brazilian restaurant on 79th Street is the place to go. The outdoor patio thunders into life every Friday and Saturday night when samba-pagode parties take center stage, and fleet-footed locals shake their impressive stuff after enjoying a menu of coxinha (Brazilian croquetas), churrasco, and stroganoff. Sip on a couple of caipirinhas and build up the bravado to join them on the dance floor. 

R House Wynwood

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Rocco Carulli and Owen Bale host a wildly popular drag brunch every weekend at R House led by the hottest queens in town. In addition to the high-energy lip-syncs and iconic outfits, the over-the-top experience also offers bottomless drinks and a family-style menu of chimichurri sliders, cayenne fried chicken, and arroz moro. Saturday nights are for Escandalo, an evening drag show starting at 8:30 p.m. The performers take center stage with live Salsa-fusion music by Carlito Rubio, and the La Karlanga Band plays all evening long. 

The Oasis

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Tucked just off North Miami Avenue in Wynwood, this 35,000-square-foot outdoor venue offers a lively atmosphere and a rotating lineup of performers from local names to headline-making acts. Bands take the stage to perform everything from hip hop to classic rock and reggae every Friday through Sunday, while the outdoor food hall lineup is just as eclectic, ranging from dumplings to pizza to Mediterranean bites. 

Jaya at The Setai

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From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday, Jaya offers an elaborate brunch buffet of Asian and Indian cuisine and dessert stations. But guests are typically directed towards the courtyard stage where Yamit & the Vinyl Blvd mixes funk, groove, and melody into harmonious overtures. The inventive list of cocktails and free-flowing Roderer Champagne is also a draw. 

Cafe La Trova

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Seven nights a week Julio Cabrera and his team of cantineros (classically trained Cuban bartenders) bring to life the retro Cuban atmosphere with well-executed cocktails served to the sultry trova beats played on the restaurant’s centerpiece stage. Michelle Bernstein’s contemporary take on Cuban dishes rounds up the vibrant atmosphere with favorites like calabaza and steak empanadas, Serrano ham croquetas with fig jam, crispy whole snapper, and skirt steak ropa vieja.

Ball & Chain

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Ball & Chain on Calle Ocho hosts a bevy of nightly entertainment, including Salsero Sunday, Mambo Mondays, Bacha Tuesdays, and a Cuban orchestra night. Mojitos are the perfect pairing for the venue’s food menu of chicharrones, seafood ceviche, ropa vieja, tacos, and mojo chicken sandwich. Free dancing lessons are also available to those who want to perfect their moves.

Sala'o Cuban Restaurant & Bar

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Visit this vibrant Little Havana restaurant on any given night and find entertainment ranging from a live band to salsa beats and Carnaval dancers. Sala’o’s food menu is just as colorful, a mix of croquetas, tostones rellenos, and other enticing Cuban bites, as well as raw bar options and plenty of seafood options like octopus and arroz ensopado de mariscos (seafood rice soup).

The Commodore

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Nestled in the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, the Commodore features a covered patio and a cozy indoor bar and lounge where guests can indulge in bites such as tuna tartare and chicken wings and cocktails like the “Show Your True Colors,” a gin-based concoction that mixes snap pea, lime, mastica, and alpine herbs. Music takes center stage with DJ acts on Fridays and live singing on Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. through 11:30 p.m.

Glass & Vine

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Latin jazz-filled evenings under twinkling lights and oak trees in the heart of Coconut Grove are a huge draw at Glass & Vine. Offered every Wednesday through Saturday evening with a rotating list of local artists, the menu offers items such as charred cauliflower, tuna tartare, and chicken and black truffle gnocchi—bonus points for its location inside the lush, tree-lined Peacock Park.

Mamey Miami

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Nestled on the third floor of the Thesis Hotel, Mamey offers guests Caribbean-inspired tunes by a rotating lineup of bands and DJ sets every Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Chef Nivel Patel’s menu includes seasonal cocktails and flavorful bites such as white truffle and brie grilled cheese and ghee roasted plantains.

Boteco

For those who like to combine drinking, dining, and dancing, this charming Brazilian restaurant on 79th Street is the place to go. The outdoor patio thunders into life every Friday and Saturday night when samba-pagode parties take center stage, and fleet-footed locals shake their impressive stuff after enjoying a menu of coxinha (Brazilian croquetas), churrasco, and stroganoff. Sip on a couple of caipirinhas and build up the bravado to join them on the dance floor. 

R House Wynwood

Rocco Carulli and Owen Bale host a wildly popular drag brunch every weekend at R House led by the hottest queens in town. In addition to the high-energy lip-syncs and iconic outfits, the over-the-top experience also offers bottomless drinks and a family-style menu of chimichurri sliders, cayenne fried chicken, and arroz moro. Saturday nights are for Escandalo, an evening drag show starting at 8:30 p.m. The performers take center stage with live Salsa-fusion music by Carlito Rubio, and the La Karlanga Band plays all evening long. 

The Oasis

Tucked just off North Miami Avenue in Wynwood, this 35,000-square-foot outdoor venue offers a lively atmosphere and a rotating lineup of performers from local names to headline-making acts. Bands take the stage to perform everything from hip hop to classic rock and reggae every Friday through Sunday, while the outdoor food hall lineup is just as eclectic, ranging from dumplings to pizza to Mediterranean bites. 

Jaya at The Setai

From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday, Jaya offers an elaborate brunch buffet of Asian and Indian cuisine and dessert stations. But guests are typically directed towards the courtyard stage where Yamit & the Vinyl Blvd mixes funk, groove, and melody into harmonious overtures. The inventive list of cocktails and free-flowing Roderer Champagne is also a draw. 

Cafe La Trova

Seven nights a week Julio Cabrera and his team of cantineros (classically trained Cuban bartenders) bring to life the retro Cuban atmosphere with well-executed cocktails served to the sultry trova beats played on the restaurant’s centerpiece stage. Michelle Bernstein’s contemporary take on Cuban dishes rounds up the vibrant atmosphere with favorites like calabaza and steak empanadas, Serrano ham croquetas with fig jam, crispy whole snapper, and skirt steak ropa vieja.

Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain on Calle Ocho hosts a bevy of nightly entertainment, including Salsero Sunday, Mambo Mondays, Bacha Tuesdays, and a Cuban orchestra night. Mojitos are the perfect pairing for the venue’s food menu of chicharrones, seafood ceviche, ropa vieja, tacos, and mojo chicken sandwich. Free dancing lessons are also available to those who want to perfect their moves.

Sala'o Cuban Restaurant & Bar

Visit this vibrant Little Havana restaurant on any given night and find entertainment ranging from a live band to salsa beats and Carnaval dancers. Sala’o’s food menu is just as colorful, a mix of croquetas, tostones rellenos, and other enticing Cuban bites, as well as raw bar options and plenty of seafood options like octopus and arroz ensopado de mariscos (seafood rice soup).

The Commodore

Nestled in the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, the Commodore features a covered patio and a cozy indoor bar and lounge where guests can indulge in bites such as tuna tartare and chicken wings and cocktails like the “Show Your True Colors,” a gin-based concoction that mixes snap pea, lime, mastica, and alpine herbs. Music takes center stage with DJ acts on Fridays and live singing on Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. through 11:30 p.m.

Glass & Vine

Latin jazz-filled evenings under twinkling lights and oak trees in the heart of Coconut Grove are a huge draw at Glass & Vine. Offered every Wednesday through Saturday evening with a rotating list of local artists, the menu offers items such as charred cauliflower, tuna tartare, and chicken and black truffle gnocchi—bonus points for its location inside the lush, tree-lined Peacock Park.

Mamey Miami

Nestled on the third floor of the Thesis Hotel, Mamey offers guests Caribbean-inspired tunes by a rotating lineup of bands and DJ sets every Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Chef Nivel Patel’s menu includes seasonal cocktails and flavorful bites such as white truffle and brie grilled cheese and ghee roasted plantains.

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