Let the Music Play: Live Music on Fort Lauderdale Beach

As a growing foodie destination with a burgeoning arts scene, and offering the opportunity to experience live music up and down the near three mile stretch, world famous Fort Lauderdale Beach has definitely become famous for more than just its sun, sand and sea.

And while Food, Art and Experiences abound – Music certainly tops the list of what’s defining the area in 2018 and beyond. From mega music annual events Tortuga Music Festival and Riptide Music Festival, to the near year round free Friday Night Sound Waves beachside concerts,  on any given day or night you can catch some of the area’s best local musicians performing up and down Fort Lauderdale Beach at area hotels, restaurants and bars.

Free, Live and Local, Every Friday Night

Friday Night Sound Waves
Come slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend every Friday night (Mar-Nov) at the free beachside concert sponsored in major part by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business community. Featuring some of South Florida and the region’s best musical talents, performing an eclectic range of genres, Friday Night Sound Waves entertains area locals and global visitors, from the young to the young-at-heart.

The Gallery at Beachplace
Enjoy live music every Friday night, and special engagement pop up performances, at the Fort Lauderdale Beach’s all-in-one entertainment destination, which features a diverse selection of shops and dining destinations.

Live Music 7 Nights A Week

Whether the need for live music hits you on a Tuesday at 11am or Sunday at 7pm – here’s where you can get your live music fix 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Cafe Ibiza
Slip in for a cocktail at the bar or dinner at Fort Lauderdale Beach’s newest Mediterranean eatery, which perfectly balances authentic flavors, warm hospitality and some of the best live music and dancing on the oceanside patio from 7pm – 10pm nightly.

Elbo Room, Fort Lauderdale Beach
Immortalized in 1956 when it was featured in the blockbuster hit “Where the Boy’s Are?”, The Elbo Room is one of those historic spots (it opened in 1938) which just gets better with age, and each time you visit. Featuring live music from open to close, 7 days a week, this beachside bar is a guaranteed good time and place to stop for a morning, afternoon, or evening drink by the beach.

Sangrias Mexican Cantina
Open seven days a week serving lunch, dinner and liquid libations from 11 am, Sangrias offers hungry beach goers a casual menu of fresh salads and sandwiches, as well as Mexican and Spanish infused entrees accompanied by a spectacular ocean view and a fair dose of fun. Come for the day and stay for the night! Sangria’s features a comfortable beachside patio boasting some of the best flamenco and Latin jazz music beginning each evening at 5:00 pm.

Spazio Italian Restaurant & Wine Lounge
Casual for breakfast at sunrise, buzzing at lunch with the sun at full glow, romantic at sunset for dinner; Spazio comes alive at night with an eclectic mix of  live entertainment nightly from 7pm – 10pm, and people watching ’til dawn.

Weekend Beats

Lulu’s Bait Shack
Founded on Cajun Cuisine and Mardi Gras morals, Lulu’s not only brings the best of the bayou to Ft. Lauderdale Beach – but also a stellar line up of live entertainment every Thursday – Saturday night from 9pm – 1am and Sunday from 1 pm – 5pm.

Paloma Tacos & Tequila
Located on the second level of Beach Place with sweeping ocean views, Paloma Tacos and Tequila featured Live Entertainment every weekend. Join them for Latin Night every Friday with live entertainment from 9pm – midnight, Karaoke Saturday where you sing for drinks, and Sunday Brunch from 11am – 4pm with sets by DJ Lyrakill.

Feel the Irie

5 O’clock Charlies
Every Saturday is Reggae + Roots at this little back alley beachside bar, where the drinks are cold, the food is hot and the vibe is quintessentially chill.

Acoustic Solo’s

Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar
Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Sea Level serves up the region’s freshest seafood, choice cuts of meat and high-quality produce to appeal to every palate, and a well-curated line up of the area’s most accomplished singer/songwriters performing every Saturday and Sunday from 3-7pm.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Join guitarist and singer, Danny Olalla every Wednesday and Thursday from 3 – 5 p.m. at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale’s lobby bar, where you can enjoy light bites and handcrafted cocktails before or after soaking in the sunshine on Fort Lauderdale Beach, or heading out to explore the exciting nightlife.

Hey Mr. DJ

McSorley’s Beachside Pub & Rooftop Lounge
McSorley’s is an Irish Bar with a serious twist, featuring a Beach Pub and Game Room on the main level and a rooftop Sun Deck not to be missed. Thursday and Friday’s feature Video DJ’s under the stars – but check out their Facebook Page for special pop up engagements such as the rotating monthly Rooftop Pop Up Proper House Music Party, annual DayLit Party and the occasional Rooftop Soiree.

Rock Bar
Day or night the rockin’ Fort Lauderdale Beach bar is the ideal setting to lounge over a meal with friends on the patio or make new ones on the dance floor. Featuring an eclectic menu and an oceanfront setting that competes with your eyes for attention, Rock Bar features an all day Happy Hour, 2-for-1 drink specials, and a DJ Thursday – Sunday night  with a mix of Old-School dance beats to electronic house and chill lounge beats from 10pm – 4am.

If you like sexy indi-beats with your sushi and nu-disco over dinner, Tsukuro is your place to dine on Friday and Saturday nights. Heralded as  “a small-plate wonderland” by Zagat, with a global menu delivering a myriad of international and coastal tastes, Tsukuro transitions flawlessly from daytime eatery to a chic nighttime vibe.

W Fort Lauderdale
W Fort Lauderdale lives up to its Whatever/Whenever mantra, with specialty programming 7 nights a week in their chic, coastal view Living Room Lounge.  DJ’s take center stage Thursday night from 8pm – 1am for the weekly “Off The Wall” party – where you pick the music to program the night, while Saturday’s take you on a Flash Back to the 80’s from 8pm – 2am, during their fabulous, ‘Neon Nights.”

Waves Pool Bar at Bahia Mar
Enjoy a live DJ every Saturday and Sunday between 1pm – 6pm at Waves Pool Bar

Hot Nights & Cool Jazz

Casablanca Cafe
Known for its charming atmosphere, this trendy and popular eatery blends old and new to enhance the beauty of Fort Lauderdale Beach, where you can savor the unique and impeccably prepared flavors of American and Mediterranean specialties while enjoying live piano music every Tuesday – Sunday from 8pm – midnight.

Saxxxy Sunday’s at W Fort Lauderdale
Sip on $30 bottles of wine all night while you cool down to the hot sounds of smooth jazz every Sunday evening from 6-9pm in the swank and stylish Living Room lounge at W Fort Lauderdale.