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Ball & Chain

Opens in 14 min: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Happy hour!

Make sure you get in during happy hour, 4-7pm You still have live music, staff still has patience... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
MartinSR
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Great music and mojitos

We were lucky to get in and seated before the music started as it really packed up them. The band... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beanie14
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Dublin, Ireland
via mobile
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The Ball & Chain opened in 1935 on the Trail, now known as Calle Ocho. Over the next two decades legendary artists of the day graced our stage, including Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Chet Baker. The legacy of the Ball & Chain continues in...more
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135-5218
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited the Ball & Chain twice in one day - once during the lunch rush and again that same evening. It shouldn't have shocked me as much as it did as to how this place is very much geared towards entertaining the tourists more...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank helenmarie0308
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Make sure you get in during happy hour, 4-7pm You still have live music, staff still has patience so will be nicer to you, seating is easier. Later in the evening you can forget these things though. Decoration is pretty good too

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MartinSR
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were so excited to visit this place but was very disappointed .... came @ noon on mon .. music , food & drinks ok Maybe if one visits w large group on a weekend in the evening it would be a lot more fun...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 268paulaa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This bar is in the center of Little Havana. It is large with a nice area in the back for outdoor seating and listening to live music. The service was OK but the drinks were really expensive. Also note that the music is very loud.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank M3427FIwilliams
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky to get in and seated before the music started as it really packed up them. The band were fantastic and great at interacting with the crowds. Loved the Mojitos too.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Beanie14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on a food tour and drinks were ok but the outdoor seating and music was the best part. Lots of room and apparent history of this location. Worth a stop for a drink large bar out front

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ktflow3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So glad we made the time to see Little Havana, and appreciative that our Cabbie recommended Ball and Chain. My husband enjoyed the Havana Lager and I enjoyed a Mojito, perhaps the best Mojito I've ever had. We enjoyed free music while sitting in a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank KSSeaB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Happy Hour is the way to go! Two for one drinks, great music, and great sun! So happy it was our first stop to explore Little Havana!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 215pams
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No charge to get in and two live bands on when we went. It was a nice venue, but being a tourist trap was very expensive for drinks cocktails (sex on the beach ahem) were 15 dollars each.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank David H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wife and I were being tourists. The Ball and Chain was highly recommended and we were not disappointed. We had taken the hop on - hop off bus and the stop is near by. We arrived at 4pm and ordered drinks and food from the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Junito4eva
August 6, 2018|
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Response from HolSosa | Reviewed this property |
Yes all types of Latin music
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Junito4eva
August 5, 2018|
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Response from HolSosa | Reviewed this property |
Yes around 10 the live band starts outside in the court yard and a di in the bar for dancing inside and out! A lot of dancing!!
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SandeepDosanjh
July 24, 2018|
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Response from capitalfoodie518 | Reviewed this property |
I was there at night, while a jazz band was performing. I didn't see any very young children there, but there were a few families with kids who looked like they might be teenagers. The best thing to do is to call ahead.
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