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Le Chat Noir, photo courtesy of Thrillist

 

By Josie Gulliksen and Yours Truly

Let’s think outside the box here when it comes to hotels. In Miami, they’re for more than just a staycation with comfortable beds and luxurious pools. They’re also where the live music scene is thriving. Here we offer a look at seven you should consider for live music in Miami, and we’re including a laid-back, cozy spot in Brickell for great jazz.

Bar Centro by José Andrés

SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

 

At the chic, outdoor lounge Bar Centro the inventive cocktails featuring fresh herbs, liquid nitrogen and organic emulsifiers (signature José Andrés) pair well with their live music they feature every Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. The rotation includes The French Horn Collective, a multi-piece band performing a blend of gypsy and traditional jazz, French standards and original compositions on the first Wednesday of the month. On the second Wednesday Sol + the Tribu, a trio of Cuban Miami natives perform music influenced by the Afro-Cuban sounds of the Caribbean and the third and fourth Wednesdays feature De Ida y Vuelta, featuring guitarists and a flamenco singer performing their Rumba Flamenca.

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French Horn Collective, Bar Centro

 

Living Room at W South Beach

2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

 

Just a few blocks away, the Living Room inside the W South Beach lobby has a hopping music scene on Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The four-hour sets rotate between local musicians, many of which are guitarist/singers like Manny Diquez and Rolando Grooscors who perform everything from rock to blues to contemporary tunes. For the longer sets starting at 9 p.m. DJ Theos takes over the decks for live house music.

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Rolando Grooscors at the Living Room inside the W South Beach

                                                                                                                        

The Betsy Hotel

1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach

 

This boutique hotel has a stellar reputation as an arts and culture venue so it’s no surprise they have had a thriving live music scene for years. Billed as “the longest running live music series on Miami Beach,” they offer Latin jazz performances on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 7-11 p.m. The rotation of performers includes vocalist EnVee with piano accompaniment, pianist Mike Gerber whose been a fixture in their line-up for years, pianist Fanny Sarkozy and vocalist Leesa Richards with accompanying piano.

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Rodolfo Troncoso at The Betsy Hotel

 

 

Il Giardino at Mr. C Coconut Grove

2988 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove

 

One of the neighborhood’s newest hotels Mr. C Coconut Grove has the buzz quotient and lovely city views. It also features the lovely al fresco Il Giardino, a European style terrace restaurant tucked away amongst lovely foliage just outside the hotel lobby. Aside from an enviable cocktail menu, they’re featuring live jazz the last Thursday of the month from 7-11 p.m. Enjoy the performance while sipping a signature Mr. C Bellini.

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Il Giardino at the Mr. C Hotel

 

Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne

455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne

 

Aside from the amazing views at this luxurious resort and the beauty of any Ritz-Carlton really, the lobby there comes to life on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m. with the sounds of Nostalgia. The multi-piece band plays mambo favorites including music by Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito. Make sure to wear your dancing shoes because you won’t be able to sit still.

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The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

 

Le Chat Noir

2 South Miami Ave., Miami            

 

A fixture of the Brickell area for years, the quaint and cozy Le Chat Noir features a dark wood interior with elegant light fixtures over a fully stocked wine bar. Enjoy a nice glass of your favorite vintage with favorites from their menu including charcuterie and panini sandwiches while listening to a rotating group of jazz musicians playing in the cellar. The Tuesday night Jazz Jam is one of their big nights, but performers grace the stage on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays too.

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Open Mic night at the National Hotel

 

National Hotel

1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Collins Avenue’s elegant and legendary Art Deco hotel, National Hotel, is hosting Live Entertainment and themed Open Mic Nights at the iconic Blues Bar in celebration of its 80th anniversary. I went there (Karen) with a friend last week for Mic Night and we loved it. Here’s the scoop:

The Blues Bar is the hotel’s lounge where intimate live performances take center stage every week. Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 8:30 p.m., the lobby turns into an interactive show as guests enjoy LIVE! at the National. Guests are entertained with a range of favorites from jazz, blues, pop and Broadway. Every other Wednesday starting at 8:00 p.m., the National  hosts the themed open mic night. Anyone can participate – singers and musicians are encouraged to RSVP in advance and send their song choice to: sales@nationalhotel.com, or they can sign-up during the event. The night we went there was a Tina Turner look alike belting out the songs,  a lot of audience participation, and the place rocked.

Throughout each night, singers and audience members can enjoy 2-for-1 cocktails, available all night long, and $8 tapas. We had the chicken and beef satays and melted brie on baguette that were delicious. Plus, there’s no cover charge.  For more information, visit www.NationalHotel.com. Follow the event on social media by using the hashtag, #OnlyatTheNational.

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3 comments

  1. We went to the Caberet Bar in the Shelborne Hotel lobby Saturday night where the did a tribute to Amy Winehouse on the birthday. Servers turn into singers in this cozy library bar which serves Cuban food in addition to a full bar with half-priced bottles of wine 8-10PM. Music changes nightly, I believe.

  2. What venues you provide! We’re excited to visit more of these places. We went to the Ritz-Carlton and joined the dance floor as singles and were taken under the wing of those who could teach us Salsa. What fun and great exercise!

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