On a recent trip to Dublin, we visited the Brazen Head, a pub that's been serving grub since 1198.
Tobacco Road isn't as ancient as that, but at 101, it is Miami's oldest bar, which is no mean feat when you consider the average restaurant's life span is about two years.
Established in 1912, the "Road" has seen a lot of changes, and nothing -- not even Prohibition -- stopped this little venue from serving food, drinks, and live music. Throughout its history, Tobacco Road has been a speakeasy, a gambling hall, and a storehouse for bootleg booze, surviving police raids, economic downturns, and hurricanes.
To mark its 101st year on the planet, Tobacco Road is celebrating with a host of happenings and deals this week.
Today through Thursday, November 7, visit the Road for lunch between 11:20 a.m. and 1:01 p.m. and nab one of its legendary burgers for $1.01.
Then, on Friday, November 8, drinks cost only $1.01 from 6 to 7:41 p.m. That's 101 minutes of cheap drinks. After that, a $10 cover charge at the door gets you another 101 minutes of open bar from 8 to 9:41 p.m., while the Outside Cajun Kitchen will serve red beans and rice, gumbo, swamp burgers, and swamp dogs.
If you've got your eyes on a more ritzy celebration, one hundred bucks will get you into the VIP tent, which includes a Cajun carving station with turkey, pork, and beef to sate your hunger and an open bar to wet your whistle. Can't come up with the cash? Sweet-talk one of the Tobacco Road bartenders and maybe he'll give you some beads that can be traded in for free admission.
There will also be live music by Ivan and Ian Neville of the famous Neville family. The party will go on until (you guessed it) 1:01 a.m.