Food & Drink

Jazz music in South Beach

Wealthy families always seem to include an older brother who worships Bentleys, bottle service, and the ability of those things to score him chicks, and a younger black sheep who shuns materialism in pursuit of art, underground music, and the ability of those things to score him chicks. Have a drink with South Beach's black sheep, (305) Music Lounge.Tucked into an alley behind Lincoln Road, (305)'s stripped out the washer/dryers and tiny detergents of its bygone Laundry Bar incarnation and cultivated a lofty art-warehouse feel with exposed pipes, graffiti, a bar/rump-shaking-zone up front and low-slung couches & leather cubes in back. Weeknights bring a chill local vibe with cheapish booze, a pool table, and classic arcade games like Rampage and Galaga -- a street-culture "Cheers" where some people might know your name even when you don't. Weekends, (305) morphs into a house of music worship (drum & bass, electro bass, an assortment of house) with out-of-town guest DJs and monthly rotating parties from the likes of Musical Missionary, French Kiss and the Geisha Girls; even bottle service is made less showy by the fact that, in the primo booth, it comes complete with Xbox -- when your bottle's deaded, ask for Gears of More.Stoking your jones for misbehavior masquerading as fine art, (305)'s Tuesday hip-hop party ("Murk'd") features graffiti artists tagging anything from cement to live girls -- an ideal situation for that creepy third kind of brother who never leaves the house without a jug of turpentine.