6 Spots for Live Music and Food in Palm Beach County

Quality live music is essential to the Palm Beaches’ dining scene. Here’s where to find the best acts.

1. Square Grouper, Jupiter


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It’s always five o’clock at this go-to party spot—just ask Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. The pair filmed the music video for their country hit “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” at the tiki-style bar situated on the Jupiter Inlet, where the boats, brews, and beachy vibe says it all. Bands hit the stage seven days a week, drawing a lively crowd that fills the dance floor and keeps mahi sandwiches flying out of the kitchen.

2. Leopard Lounge, Palm Beach


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 Let your grandchildren think they’re having all the fun, but head for the Leopard Lounge after dark. The island’s legendary watering hole highlights nightly music by artists such as Adam Austin, “the piano man of Palm Beach.” Thursday is ladies’ night, when guitarist Jim McCreavy and vocalist Helena Redman revive standards from the 1950s to today. Your only worry will be finding a spot on the dance floor.

3. Crazy Uncle Mike’s, Boca Raton


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 Founder Mike Goodwin’s iconic mustache graces the logo emblazed on the beer glasses at Crazy Uncle Mike’s, a combination eatery, brewery, and music venue that opened late last year. While Goodwin serves as the heart and soul of the operation, booking top-notch bands from the west coast (where he spent most of his life) that typically don’t play in South Florida, it’s a team effort that makes this place stand out. Brewmaster Corey Wilson brings experience from Copperpoint in Boynton Beach, and Tara Abrams brings the heat in the kitchen.

4. Café Centro, West Palm Beach


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 This quirky Italian resto gained a reputation for its packed piano lounge when it opened more than a decade ago in Northwood. Today, the piano entertainment persists, but that star power is matched by the talents of its new executive chef, Jamie Steinbrecher, who comes from Okeechobee Steak House. Order the stuffed squash blossoms and the perfectly cooked, juicy pork chop, and unwind to the sounds of Maycol and Lilian, a keyboard-and-vocal duo who play every Saturday.

5. The Venu, Boynton Beach


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The massive stage at The Venu, a restaurant-music venue hybrid that opened in 2018, is the place to see the best tribute bands with musicians embodying everyone from Frank Sinatra to Tina Turner. Italian bites courtesy of executive chef Kelley Randall (previously of Vic & Angelo’s) complement state-of-the-art sound and lighting for an ultimate dinner-and-a-show experience. Mark your calendars for March 17 and April 6, when Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals and Jefferson Starship, respectively, will take the stage. Boynton Beach

6. Tin Roof, Delray Beach


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 Close your eyes, and you might be back on Demonbreun Street in Nashville. The newly opened Tin Roof on Atlantic Avenue features everything from DJs to acoustic guitar, high-energy rock, and the occasional country tune. Pair the nightly music with classics such as fried green tomatoes, voodoo shrimp, or Nashville hot chicken, and wash it all down with one of the 16 beers on tap.


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