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1513 SW 8th St

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Cafes, Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located on Calle Ocho of Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, the Ball & Chain completed construction in the early 1930s, so it predates the area's status as the center of Miami's cultural scene. The restaurant and bar hosted live music from its founding until 1967, when the building completed a conversion into a furniture store. Thankfully, an investment group returned the Ball & Chain to its lively roots in the 2000s, mirroring the neighborhood's Cuban culture.

Recent travelers love the venue's live music, mentioning that the desire to salsa dance becomes contagious after a few mojitos. In addition to drinks, Ball & Chain also impresses visitors with its take on Cuban classics like pork tacos, conch ceviche and Cuban sandwiches. They also appreciate that the venue doesn't charge a cover fee, even late into the night.

The Ball & Chain opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at midnight Monday through Wednesday, 2 a.m. on Thursday, 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. on Sunday. Bus routes Nos. 8 and 207 whisk passengers the 2-mile trip between downtown Miami and Little Havana. Travelers must be 21 years old and have a photo ID to enjoy the establishment after 6 p.m. More information is available on the Ball & Chain's website.

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