Ball & Chain

Bars, Bars Little Havana
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Ball & Chain (Photograph: Courtesy Ball & Chain)
Photograph: Courtesy Ball & Chain
Ball & Chain
Ball & Chain (Photograph: Courtesy Ball & Chain)
Photograph: Courtesy Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain

 (Photograph: Gil Bitton)
Photograph: Gil Bitton
Ball & Chain
 (Photograph: Gil Bitton)
Photograph: Gil Bitton
Ball & Chain

Today’s Ball & Chain is a recreation of a 1930s hotspot that once occupied the same space and welcomed jazz superstars like Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Chet Baker to its stage. Across from the historic Tower Theater, the Ball & Chain has its own storied past filled with Jewish and Cuban community influences. We recommend sampling a few Cuban-inspired cocktails: the Mojito Criollo (made the classic way with the mint leaves left intact for enhanced aroma, and more sugar), the Canita (white rum, lime, house-made honey syrup, guarapo or sugarcane juice, sugarcane stick) and the Pastelito Daiquiri (pastelito-infused aged rum, lime, simple syrup, and a side of pastelitos or guava pastries). Expect live jazz at 6pm sharp Thursday through Saturday. On Saturdays, a wild Cuban fiesta, La Pachanga, kicks off around 9pm when salsa dancers take to the bar. 


Venue name: Ball & Chain
Address: 1513 SW 8th St

Cross street: at SW 15th Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 12pm–midnight, Thu-Sat 12pm–3am, Sun 2pm-midnight
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Virginia G

I've loved this place from the moment it opened—the environment, the music, the prices, its proximity to my apartment. Whenever I feel like dancing to salsa or hip-hop and don't want to deal with the hassle of driving to South Beach, I come here. The bouncers are there to protect and not be arbitrary gatekeepers, so you'll never find long lines to get in. Parking can be tricky on the weekends but there's always valet, even if it does take a while to retrieve your car.