Best Live Music in Miami Beach
It’s a nice evening out and you want to get out of the house, or hotel room, have a few cocktails, and meet some wonderful people, over live music. The question is, What places should you go in Miami for live music events? Well, no worries because have I got the solution for you. As a local to South Beach, Miami I have come up with a short list of the best music events that should be on your agenda. So, without further, or due, let’s get started.
(image courtesy of The Shelborne South Beach instagram)
The Cabaret @ The Shelborne South Beach
It’s a dim and seductive environment complete with red and purple spot lighting, industrial chic accents, and a vintage library. The interesting part of this musical event is that the servers are the singers, so I was in for a treat. To start, I chose the Violet Hour cocktail. It’s a gin martini with crème de violette, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice. A little sweet, with lavender aromas, it was delicious.
Carlos Camilo, on the baby grand piano, is belting out one of Ed Sheeran songs, Perfect. It’s totally setting the tone. I’m a slider fanatic, so I had to order the Wagyu Beef Sliders from Root & Bone restaurant, adorned with crispy shallots, pickles, house-made ketchup, cheddar cheese, all sandwiched in a potato bun. My goodness. I know I was here to listen to live jazz, but the medley was on my taste buds. Thank goodness you get two sliders per order, priced at $12.00, it’s an amazing value.
I soon hear, “I will Survive”, performed by Janae Catt, originally sung by Gloria Gaynor. I honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Even though the staff are the singers, they’ve got real talent. The good thing about this cabaret, is that they take request and its all genres of music.
To find out more information about The Cabaret, and their performers, please visit www.thecabaretsouthbeach.com.
The Cabaret @ The Shelbourne
1801 Collins Avenue
Friday, Saturday 8:00pm – 1:00am
Kitchen 8:00pm – 11:00pm
(image courtesy of The National Hotel instagram)
Blues Bar @ The National
I stepped into The National Hotel on a whim, and I must say with its marriage of Spanish colonial architecture, and whimsical pop art (think Jack Nicholson, Grace Kelly, and Madonna), I was immediately transported to Havana, Cuba. I ordered a Cape Code to keep it simple, but they did have a drink Special. Rum, martini bitter, pineapple, and lime make the Drink Pink cocktail a hit. For each cocktail sold, The National donates $2.00 to the Memorial Foundation Breast Cancer Center. When you think about it, they make it so easy. Give to charity, listen to live music, and have a cocktail, it’s a win-win situation.
As I sat at the bar, Mailyn Soulfree sings one of Anita Bakers songs, while Ricky Leonard backs her up on the piano. The Blues Bar has a television, small draft beer, frozen drink, and cigar selection. They’ve decorated the bar with plush seating, brass sculptures, and indoor palm trees.
Ricky is now singing Route 66, originally sung by the great Nat King Cole, and I’m ordering another Cape Cod. This was a great way to start the night off. Ray, the bartender, suggested food from the Tamara’s Bistro menu. I didn’t get anything, but the menu did look appetizing with its Mediterranean focus.
I saw a Turkey Club Sandwich with Bacon, Greek Salad, and Grilled Oysters with creamed spinach and confit garlic on the menu. Grilled oysters, I will definitely be back for that, especially since the prices were very reasonable. To find out more about the Blues Bar @ The National Hotel, please visit www.nationalhotel.com
Blues Bar @ The National
1677 Collins Avenue
Wednesday – Monday 8:30pm – 12:30am
Kitchen 5:00pm – 10:00pm
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The Betsy Hotel
As I walked up the stairs to enter The Betsy Hotel, and the doors were opened by the bellmen, the Live music was right there in the lobby. The day was Thursday, and that happened to be one of their Latin Jazz nights, so I knew Tequila was in my future. As the band, Andrade World Music, got ready, I ordered a Miami Margarita. Tequila, kiwi, jalapeno, and lime, I like it spicy sometimes. They do offer a full menu provided by LT Steak and Seafood. I tried the complimentary popover, amazing! It’s a combination of cheese and black cracked pepper, served warm with butter. It will have you talking about it for days.
The audience is forming, as the music starts. It’s a feel-good mood they are setting. The lights were dimmed, to make the lobby a little more intimate. I don’t know much about Latin Jazz, but I do know it sounds good. It’s groovy, baby, *In my Austin Powers voice*. This lobby is designed with culture in mind. A large mirror framed in zebra skin, ostrich eggs, indoor palm trees, baby grand piano, and gold studded table seating at the bar.
I sat in the lobby on one of the couches, with a great view of the performers. It’s a duo, and they perform classics, along with their original material. It’s a great mix, and keeps the audience intrigued. The Betsy Hotels live music line-up typically involves pianist, vocalist, and instrumentalist seven nights a week. To find out more information about live music at the Betsy Hotel, please visit www.thebestyhotel.com
The Betsy Hotel
1440 Ocean Drive
Everyday 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Kitchen 6:00pm – 10:00pm*
*Friday – Saturday 6:00pm -11:00pm
I thoroughly enjoyed these places. I was riding solo, but I could easily see myself with a group, or significant other, and living our best life. Even though I was by myself, music opens people up, so it was easy for me to meet new people and have a conversation or two. The atmosphere and energies were all on positive vibes only. You can tell the performers really enjoyed their craft. So if you are looking for something to do without a cover charge, keep these places on your things to do in Miami list, and perhaps you will see me.
Soe Rei, a Chicago native, has been on the go in Miami for the past 5 years. He can be seen at various events throughout the city that focus on art and culture, documenting them with his smartphone. He is always ready, and enjoys, on the spot interviews to bring awareness to musicians, artist, businesses, etc. that need a good plug. In his spare time, Soe enjoys taking care of his three dogs, red-eared slider turtle, and working in the food and beverage industry. His current projects include starting a Youtube channel, Biscuit Bar TV, where he focuses on D.I.Y projects and treats for dogs, and craft cocktails.