Seven New Miami Music Venues That Should Be on Your Radar

Two Miamians enjoying Wynwood's new El Patio.
Two Miamians enjoying Wynwood's new El Patio.
Photo by Karli Evans

One of the truths about Miami is that if you find yourself in a six-month coma, when you wake up, everything about the city will be different. But perhaps no aspect of Miami feels as transient as our nightlife.

In the space of what feels like minutes, the hottest and most beloved clubs in town close for business. We've seen our fair share of that in the past year. The silver lining of all this is that new bars and clubs constantly pop up as well, giving us new and exciting spots to become attached to before they are inevitably ripped from our loving embrace by greedy developers and rising rent. But let's stay positive!

Since you can't tell your players without a scorecard, here are six new nightlife options and live music venues that we think you should pay a visit to.

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Photo by Chris Carter

7. The Bar at 1306, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; 1306miami.com.

Grand Central might be gone, but it is not forgotten. The owners behind that beloved music venue have opened a bar a short distance away called 1306. Open every night of the week from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. at the space you might have once known as White Room or Eve, 1306 looks to provide a luxurious setting to get your drink on. Virginia King of Broken Shaker designed the cocktail menu, and every happy hour features complimentary tapas when you order a drink. Poplife plans to promote live music in the courtyard for smaller, 400-capacity shows.

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6. El Patio Wynwood, 167 NW 23rd St., Miami; 786-409-2241; facebook.com/elpatiowynwood.

When El Patio had its grand opening a couple of Fridays back, the line stretched out to the Wynwood street, with people desperate to dance outdoors to a live Latin band. The decor is meant to remind patrons of a Colombian grandmother's patio, with many of the furniture shipped straight from Colombia. Patio's music has been curated by local musician Mr. Pauer with reggae nights on Wednesday, salsa on Thursday, and electropico (described as "vintage salsa mixed with electronic music") on Friday and Saturday nights. There is a small food menu, and the drink selection was assembled by one of the co-owners, Beto Perez, who hails himself as one of the best mixologists in Colombia.

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5. Icon, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-615-1666; iconmiami.com.

Mansion is gone. Long live Icon. After 11 years, the South Beach institution known as Mansion closed its doors, and this January, Icon took its place. The 30,000-square-foot space was redesigned by Miami's Thirlwall Designs with art deco themes in mind. The club's press release sets Icon's aims as "a multisensory experience that pushes boundaries through the innovative use of technology but preserves the features that make the venue iconic." DJs in Icon's first few weeks of existence have included Israeli dubstep producer Borgore, L.A. house mixmaster Deorro, actor and DJ Ruby Rose, and the provocateur Mickey Avalon.



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