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, Ball & Chain has its own storied past filled with Jewish and Cuban community influences. The bar program offers a smattering of classics (margaritas and mojitos) and new-wave drinks unique to Ball & Chain. 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).
Several things are true of the city’s famed Cuban neighborhood. For starters, it’s home to the best Cuban food in Miami—hands down. And if you’re looking for hip-shaking rhythms and opportunities to salsa all night, Little Havana boasts the most renowned live music venues in Miami. Plus, if it's Friday night and you’ve wrapped up dinner at one of Miami’s best restaurants but don’t quite want to cut the night short, you won't find a more exciting crowd or tastiest cocktails than what's on tap at the best Little Havana bars.
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