Aside from food, live music will always be our first love. And with the rise in demand for more musical venues to accommodate the many incredible musicians calling Miami home, there are plenty of great new spots to take it in, in all its glory. Of course venues like North Beach Bandshell, Jada Coles, The Globe (for Saturday jazz), Melinda’s (on Wednesday for jazz), and Lagniappe are beloved go-tos, but here are a few hidden gems worth checking out:
Beneath an enchanted canopy of behemoth Banyan and oak trees, Heartland has quietly emerged as the crown jewel of Little River. With live music every night and an extensive wine list, Heartland hits all the right notes and ushers in a welcome change of pace with a ‘come as you are’ sensibility; that breezy, sepia-toned, tropical-casual energy that’s unmistakably Miami, yet blends in elements of New Orleans and other far-off, music drenched locales.
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After so long without listening to live music, we’re so excited to see that it’s back, baby! And over the course of the past few months, the Oak Garden at Smart Bites has become a refuge for some of the world’s best musicians in our very own backyard. They’ve opened up this luscious green space for nightly jams hosted by our city’s most beloved acts as well as national and international musicians. It’s a refuge worth visiting.
While we’re usually skeptical of all of these Tulum-inspired concepts taking up the city, Palapa is one of the only ones that captured the vibe perfectly. Under the larger-than-life hut inside Upper Buena Vista, some of Miami’s best magic happens. Whether it’s underground, candlelit experiences or their weekly drum circle-style gatherings, there’s plenty of live music to around.
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What sets this venue apart is that it offers more than a stage for musicians, but a platform that inspires collaboration between anyone with a musical inclination. The Creative Yard has access to its own musical spaces for recordings or composition, as well as ample room with a stage for weekly live performances from some of the best in the game.
When The Wynwood Yard closed, it left a gaping hole in the heart of Miami’s live music scene. But have no fear because their newest location, The Doral Yard, is bringing the jam back with a consistent calendar of musical programming curated by yours truly! Every weekend, the outdoor plaza sets the stage for world sounds like Flamenco and funk, and Sunday jams by local DJs.
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On a nondescript yet somewhat busy street in Little Haiti stands this hidden gem that has been hosting some of the funkiest shows in town. The Hippie Haven gives off just the kind of vibes its name suggests: a place where everyone from all walks of life is welcome, especially if they like being surprised by whatever kinds of tunes are emanating off the stage.
Photo: Focal Dynamic Photography
Lovingly labeled “The Farm” this near 1-acre plot of land is more than just a space for music, it’s a haven to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to meet with like-minded people and sway to the rhythm of great tunes. Jam and live off the land at La Finka, that has been slowly building a powerful underground music scene for everyone to enjoy. Check out their Youtube for live recordings.
Cover photo by Focal Dynamic Photography.