The best of the music revivals from past decades are in Miami and its neighborhoods. In a few snapshots, Miami Beach is and has been home to The Bee Gees, Madonna lived in Coconut Grove and “Miami Vice” is no longer a ghost from the past. This goes to show that retro is alive and well in South Florida. To get a sampling of decades past, check out these spots in the area for a great throwback.

Buck 15

437 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-5488

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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Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 377-2277

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.

America’s Backyard

100 S.W. 3rd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 727-0950

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.

The Vagabond

30 N.E. 14th St.
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 379-0508

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).

Culture Room

3045 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
954) 564-1074

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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