Tobacco Road Turns 100 With a Two-Day Celebration

Tobacco Road turns 100 this Saturday, November 17.

In this day and age of restaurants and bars closing their doors after a few months or weeks, even, it is astounding that this little establishment that serves simple booze, grub, and live music would hit the century mark.

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The secret to the "Road's" longevity might lie with its ability to go with the flow.

Since opening in 1912, it has served as a speakeasy, gambling hall, and a storehouse for bootleg hooch, getting by despite prohibition, police raids, and hurricanes.

Now, at the grand old age of 100, the Road faces its biggest challenge -- progress. Back in May, the block that Tobacco Road sits on was purchased by an investment group for around $12 million. Though the distant future is uncertain, Tobacco Road has a three-year lease, and a lot of good karma on its side.

Something tells us Tobacco Road will still be around long after the rest of Miami turns into a Jetsons theme park -- the little neon light glowing a warm welcome as shiny chrome robots line up to have a beer and a shot.

A century celebration is too big to cram into one day, so Tobacco Road is starting the party tonight, Friday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. with live music and food trucks. No cover.

On Saturday, November 17, sing Happy Birthday to the Road, starting at 6:30 p.m. with more food trucks, a killer music lineup, and some surprises. $10 admission in advance, $75 VIP service includes an open bar all night. Purchase tickets through brownpapertickets.com. Limited to 2,500 people only.

Saturday's musical lineup includes:

  • Big Sam's Funky Nation
  • The Heavy Pets
  • Iko-Iko
  • The Spam All Stars
  • DJ Le Spam
  • Locos Por Juana
  • Jay Blues Band
  • August Campbell
  • DJ Smooth
  • Hosted by Mark Weiser & DJ Oski.

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