We've been coming to the Van Dyke since 2008. There's a lot of live music in SoBe but this is a little different.
The Van Dyke is housed in one of the prettier buildings on Lincoln Road and is a popular restaurant in it's own right. Upstairs though, it's a music lounge - a sort of chilled out Ronnie Scott's (if you've been there). There is a live act on most nights and it's mostly jazz influenced. Shows are usually 9pm 'till late but people drift in and out often staying an hour or two. We're keen so we always stay for the whole show.
You don't get tickets, just show up. It's not large but you can get a table and sit all night or just stand at the bar. They serve food also and this is a good idea if you are intending to stay a while. There is no cover charge as such but they charge $5 per head if you get table service. Absolute peanuts compared to the quality of the shows.
We've always had a great time here. If you like a little soul and R & B, try to see Maryel Epps. We've seen her twice here and can't believe such a great performer plays such an intimate venue.
This really is a genuine venue for music lovers. It's fun ('cos it's Miami !)but you never feel taken advantage of. The food's good too. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
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