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Ball & Chain

1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135-5218
+1 305-643-7820
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Probably a good thing they had to close at 4:00 for a private event, or I would have stayed a long... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rich H
Duluth, Minnesota
Great Music and Good Food is What the Doctor Ordered

The vibe there is amazing. The live band is great, the food is good and you can even play dominoes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Miami, Florida
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The Ball & Chain opened in 1935 on the Trail, now known as Calle Ocho. Over the next two decades legendary artists of the day graced our stage, including Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Chet Baker. The legacy of the Ball & Chain continues in September 2014 as the doors reopened in Little Havana once more.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“live music” (50 reviews)
“little havana” (80 reviews)
“calle ocho” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 00:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135-5218
+1 305-643-7820
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably a good thing they had to close at 4:00 for a private event, or I would have stayed a long, long time . . . that should be self explanatory. One of the best spots I have ever visited. That simple. Be sure to...More

Thank Rich H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The vibe there is amazing. The live band is great, the food is good and you can even play dominoes while listening to the music. The people go there to unwind and have fun.

Thank FPAdventurer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are visiting Little Havana and you should when visiting Miami make a point of having a taste of Cuba in this eatery. Great food. Great staff. Melly a young lady from Nicaragua looked after us on our four hour lunch. We chose to...More

Thank VIncent210949
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place for a cocktail and small bites to eat. The atmosphere and the jazz group was superb. Really enjoyed our time here and the oyster bar 400 yards away was an added bonus.

Thank BraddyNrFrome
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

2 for 1 cocktails - I must admit that was a draw, add that to the live Jazz band and the girls in traditional costume and that sealed my fate. A 'happening bar' in the Cuban district with a history of live appearances of well...More

Thank Escape-overseas
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Bad experience, this is a verry touristic spot in Little Havana, the security said we were not allowed without a passport, I only had ID ofcourse since I am a tourist, and I leave my passport at a safe in the hotel. We went to...More

Thank CurtisAndYee
Reviewed 5 October 2017

What an amazing place with great cocktails, fantastic atmosphere and kid friendly! We (family of 4 kids 11&13) visited little Havana and walked around the streets for a bit and found this little place... live music outside the front... walked in and seen it wasn't...More

Thank Royston S
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We went in to try their cocktails after reading good reviews. We were disappointed. We paid $23 for two very small cocktails that had very little alcohol content. Not impressed. I'm not sure why people rave about this place. Mediocre to say the least.

Thank matt-in-ea
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We had a fabulous time at Ball & Chain. Its a great location on 8th St. We sat outside in their back patio. It was a great spot to hang out with friends and enjoy several cocktails. The service was great.

Thank TravellingMommy789
Reviewed 1 October 2017

It is one of those places that is worth going in for a drink, absorbing some music, feeling a bit like you are part of the local Little Havana tradition. The back has some wonderful space for private and group shindigs.

Thank rnarisetti
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5 July 2017|
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Response from DKEVERYDAY | Reviewed this property |
There was music while we were there during the day, but it was a jazz type band. I think at night they have livelier music, perhaps salsa. It's a restaurant type place so kids were allowed when we were there during the... More
29 October 2016|
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Response from Gio B | Property representative |
Hi, bottle prices start at $250. Premium bottles like Grey Goose and Johnnie Walker Black average $275.
29 May 2016|
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Response from WENDESCAPE | Reviewed this property |