Ball & Chain
Miami, FL 33135
Courtesy of Ball & Chain
- Mon - Wed: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am Thu - Sat: 12:00 pm - 3:00 am Sun: 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sitting above a green-and-white-striped awning, the neon sign for the "World Famous Ball & Chain Bar and Lounge" illuminates SW Eighth Street much as it did nearly 80 years ago. Founded in 1935, Ball & Chain was a jazz palace where the likes of Billie Holiday and Count Basie jammed until the sun came up. The original Ball & Chain closed in 1957, and the neighborhood changed around it. The bar space on Little Havana's Calle Ocho sat unloved for years until current owners Bill Fuller and Zack and Ben Bush brought it back to life. Today guests sip pastelito daiquiris (served with a side of the Cuban pastry) and old-fashioneds prepared with tobacco bitters. The bar pays homage to its roots with almost continuous jazz sets, including impromptu jam sessions by local musicians with dancing that spills onto the street.
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Miami, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.
Related Stories (110)
The Ten Best Live Music Venues in Miami
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 8 a.m. by Jessica Gibbs
Has a mediocre venue ever been a dealbreaker for you when it comes to committing to a show? Whether you realize it or not, many factors play into making a music venue great: Size, sound quality, acoustics, and ambiance all matter. A...
Super Bowl LIV Insider's Guide: See Miami Like a Local
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. by Grant Albert
Leave the conspicuous consuming and celebrity ballyhoo to the rubes — there's all sorts of real stuff to do in Miami. Here are our carefully curated suggestions.
Miami Halloween 2019 Bar and Restaurant Guide
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. by Chelsea Olson
Miami, a city full of strange stories and interesting characters year-round, is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween. And because the Magic City moves to a Latin beat, many Miamians also observe the coinciding Mexican holiday Dí...
Where to Party Every Night of the Week in Miami
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 10:13 a.m. by Juliana Accioly
Miami nightlife doesn't take a day off.