437 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
In the outskirts of a trafficked street mall like Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, the door to Buck 15 is almost imperceptible in daylight and at night you have to pay attention not to miss it. A simple recipe of no cover, no velvet ropes and inexpensive drinks (rare in SoBe), plus the great mix of Madonna, George Michael and the best of the 80s all week long make it that place to dance till the night wears off.
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697 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33136
Grand Central is an open-space venue (formerly a train station) equipped with stage, seating zones, an outdoor area and state-of-the-art sound and light systems. Every weekend, it hosts aspiring artists and veterans with the spirit of letting everybody enjoy the music. Look out for its “80’s Rewind” night, but expect post punk from the late 70s and the Kiss reminiscence night.
100 S.W. 3rd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
The great area outside is that “Grillin’ & Chillin’” part of America’s Backyard. Inside there are two sections, the Green Room and Revolution Live, where live music happens in different scenarios. As per the music you’ll be listening to, call it familiar retro hits and dance pieces. America’s Backyard promises “it’ll always be songs-you-know-the-words-to” type of nights.
30 N.E. 14th St.
Miami, FL 33132
Do not get confused or turned off by the neighborhood (known not to be of the safest) but instead excited because Fridays at The Vagabond is the feature night with indie, rock and electro jams. Just walk in and the most enticing discovery is the 80’s and 90’s feel from décor to ambiance to music. DJs play in three different areas: the bar, the dance room and the garden (where even the chef is grilling burgers and hot dogs with a rhythm).
3045 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Admission: $20-$25 (Ticketmaster)
In a small, contained venue where you can meet and greet the performers right after the concert, Culture Room delivers the entertainment of real rock classics. It may get extremely packed, but that gives an intimate feel to the experience. There’s also a wide variety of affordable beers enjoyed at the three bars, one located on the upper balcony and the others on the first floor.
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