The Sunshine State is home to some rich, live musical history. As the birthplace of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band, there’s plenty to brag about. With gritty concert venues that have played host to unforgettable shows, Florida is showing no signs of slowing down. You can find the biggest names in music in some of the coolest atmospheres in this state. Find anything and everything you love about music at these 10 best music venues in Florida.
The Orpheum, located in downtown Tampa, has been hosting live music shows for over 10 years. Highlighting local indie artists as well plenty of established acts, the club is also home to battles of the bands. The hot night is the Sink or Swim night, that allows unlimited drinks for $10. Check out their website for upcoming events.
Mid-Florida has been blessed with The Social. This is the perfect place to take in live indie-artists. Though smaller than its sister venue, The Beacham, The Social has been established for over a decade. One unique factor of this establishment is the retro-style photo booth.
Orlando is home to a variety of live music venues, but one that stands out is the intimate location of Will’s Pub. A headcount of only 200 people, this place has been rocking since 1995. Described as “basically a neighborhood bar that was colonized by the music community,” the pub offers daily happy hour specials that includes free billiards and well-rounded choice of beers on tap. To see when your favorite band will be taking the stage, visit their site.
This spot was voted the third favorite bar in the U.S., by “America Walks into a Bar.” Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m., the party rocks all night long. So, what makes the Green Parrot so special? The self-described “shady” bar’s website writes: “The Green Parrot is more than a bar; it is a Key West icon; It is Key West. It has been so many things, to so many people, for so many years. And that spirit will never change.”
This pub opened its doors in 1979 in Miami. The updated interior includes a spacious dance floor and stage, two billiard tables, arcades and games, along with an outdoor patio and bar. Want to see that local, or international game? Churchill’s has you covered, boasting all local and worldwide games broadcast live from their bar. The musical genres are plentiful as well, with a variety of acts taking the stage hours are 3 p.m.-3 a.m., with closing time being 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out their musical calendar for upcoming shows.
This venue is a town staple. Opening its doors back in 1921, this classic structure is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state. Interior furnishings resemble a classic Hollywood theatre, and a large mezzanine completes the look and feel. The venue has featured legendary punk acts like Henry Rollins as well as artists such as B.B. King.
The High Dive is Gainesville’s home for live music. With several concerts monthly, this is a popular venue for those in and around Gainesville. In addition to the bar and music, the hall is available for rent. Hold your next function, event or family reunion at The High Dive.
1904 Music Hall, located in Jacksonville, is Northwest Florida’s hotspot. Featuring local and national acts, 1904 is the premier destination for live music. Established in 2011 by a trio of friends, this event space can cater to the needs of nearly any of event. Fully equipped sound system, lighting and an ever-expanding beer and wine list are just a few contributions that keep this location jumping.
Another Florida favorite is Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. There is another location in Orlando, but this particular spot has a stellar reputation for bringing in the biggest musical acts. It’s no surprise that music fans flock to this destination. The 5,500-seat space has hosted talent such as Eric Clapton, The Who, Prince and Andrea Bocelli.
The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater houses some of the largest artists in music. Mixed in with solid rock and roll history, the energy of the Fillmore is featured throughout every live performance. A grand stage presence, top-quality audio equipment and stunning lighting leaves each concert-attendee impressed and eager to return.