If you believe that live music is best enjoyed in a small atmosphere, you’ll find Southwest Florida has lots to offer. From blaring rock to light jazz, there’s something here for everyone. Check out our top five picks for small live music venues in Fort Myers.
City Tavern hosts live local music performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. You can catch acts like Charlie Moon, Not Guilty and Neon Summer, and it’s standing-room only for these energetic performances that keep patrons dancing all night. Located in the River District of Fort Myers, this hot spot is perfectly positioned for a night out on the town.
As if the entertainment wasn’t enough of a draw, you’ll also find an extensive beer list, delicious cocktails and shooters on the menu alongside innovative pub fare. Grab dinner before your favorite acts hit the stage and enjoy entrees like a French dip sandwich, all-American grilled cheese with apple wood smoked bacon or buffalo chicken flatbread.
2. The Ranch 2158 Colonial Blvd 6 miles from Springs at Six Mile Cypress
The Ranch Concert Hall and Saloon is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights for live music and dancing. The Ranch regularly hosts line dancing and couples dance lessons so you can brush up on your skills or find a new hobby to pursue. Upcoming performers in March include Chasing Dallas, LoCash and the Ben Allen Band. Whether you’re hopping on the mechanical bull, working up a sweat on the dance floor or bellying up to the bar, you’ll find plenty to enjoy at The Ranch.
3. Buddha Rock Club 12701 McGregor Blvd 4.8 miles from Springs at Six Mile Cypress
The Buddha Rock Club and Live Music Venue typically has shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Instantly identifiable by the giant Buddha statue in the parking lot, this club is known for its affordable drinks and loud music. If you like to rock out on a packed dance floor, this welcoming bar is the spot for you.
You can’t beat the atmosphere at The Cottage Bar. Located upstairs above The Gulfshore Grill, this open-air bar offers beachfront views, cold cocktails and delicious dining. You’ll find live entertainment Monday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Choose from over 20 bottled beers or go for a specialty drink. The menu features everything from classic pub fare like buffalo wings, burgers and potato skins to decadent seaside picks such as oysters, gulf shrimp and mahi-mahi.
15660 San Carlos Blvd, Suite 280 15.2 miles from Springs at Gulf Coast
If you’re into soft jazz, The Roadhouse Café is a prime pick for local listening. You’ll find a packed schedule featuring live jazz musicians nearly every night of the week. The Roadhouse offers a full bar and extensive wine list to complement your evening. The dinner menu includes everything from Italian pasta with homemade sauce to pan-seared sea scallops or New York strip steak.
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