Ball & Chain

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A Legendary Little Havana Bar Is Reborn

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Today, we transport you to a faraway time.

A time when well-dressed molls and jazz musicians comingle over Cuban cocktails in Little Havana. A time like... Monday.

Get a date night on the books at Ball & Chain, a storied Little Havana haunt reborn for your daiquiri-drinking and Cuban-jazz-listening pleasure, opening this Monday during daylight hours and picking up the night shift Thursday through Saturday.

A little primer here: this was a popular drinkery back in the 1930s. Billie Holiday crooned here. Satchmo did his thing. A grand time was had by all... until it shuttered its doors in 1957.

Fast-forward a decade or five and it’s like walking into Rick’s Café Américain: The Havana Edition. (See the slideshow here.) The original wood roof: still intact. But now you’ll find hand-painted Cuban tile. Potted palms. And a vintage guarapo machine cranking out fresh sugarcane juice...

... for your cocktail. On Saturday night. Because that’s when you’ll find Julio Cabrera and Danny Valdez from the Regent Cocktail Club tending bar. So if you’re thinking that might be a good time to partake in a daiquiri made with pastelito-infused rum and small plates of chicharrones while Cuban jazz tumbles out onto the sultry back patio...

You’re right. So, so right.


Ball & Chain
1513 SW 8th St
Miami, FL, 33135


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