By David Rolland
The Rat’s Mouth sounds like a great blues club or maybe a fun dive rock bar. True to form Boca Raton (Spanish for rat’s mouth) has plenty of great places to catch live music. Here’s a quick rundown of all the spots where you can catch your new favorite band in Boca Raton.
Established in 2011, this Boca restaurant and club thankfully made it out of the other side of the pandemic to continue to provide live music seven nights a week. Their concert calendar is heavy on blues and classic rock; seeing members of rock and roll hall of fame bands like Chicago and The Band grace their stage. Highlights include Misty Mountain playing their Led Zeppelin tribute and Completely Unchained, a Van Halen Tribute.
303 SE Mizner Blvd #59, Boca Raton
Crazy Uncle Mikes
Owner Mike Goodwin told Atlantic Current a few years ago the aim for the establishment that bears his nickname, “I wanted a combination of craft beers, craft food and great music.” He’s constantly experimenting with what graces his stage, “Music is similar to food, everyone has their own tastes. I’m starting off with bands we think are good and entertaining, but we’ll judge from the audience’s responses what they’re looking for in the long run.” Most months feature live music every Wednesday through Saturday night. Some to look out for include Asheville’s Toubab Krewe playing instrumental jams and Chicago blues guitarist Frank Bang.
6450 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton
Mizner Park Amphitheater
Since its opening in 2002 this beautiful open-air amphitheater has drawn all kinds of national acts from rapper Ice Cube to comedy duo The Flight of the Conchords. Peeking into their future calendar, March 12 has Sergio Mendes playing his form of Brazilian jazz. July 26 you can time travel back to the ’90’s with rock bands The Goo Goo Dolls and O.A.R..
327 Plaza Real Suite 315, Boca Raton
This Irish pub has a full menu and bar with the longest happy hour known to man going every day from opening until 7 pm. Atlantic Current has covered Uproot Hootenanny’s many fiddle-tinged shows at Irishmen. Currently their concert calendar is bare but stay tuned to their social media for updates on who might play there next.
1745 NW Boca Raton Blvd, Boca Raton
This watering hole specializes in German beers and grub like bratwurst so that every night feels like Oktoberfest. Their live music calendar features tons of opportunities to catch live music on their stage. Friday at Five, advertised as one of South Florida’s best party bands to dance the night away to, and Trip Machine, known for jamming to classic rock covers and originals, are just two of many.
309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton
Sunset Cove Amphitheater
Nothing’s better than dancing under the stars or the sun to a show at Sunset Cove. Everyone from Willie Nelson to the Lumineers have played their stage. 2023 has a couple big rock bands playing the premises. Feb. 16 features Rise Against and on May 4 Gojira and Mastodon will headbang with their brand of heavy metal.
20405 Amphitheater Cir, Boca Raton