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Ball & Chain

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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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1513 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135-5218
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went here for lunch while on the Big Bus tour & the experience was amazing! The live band was terrific & lively. Our server Hannah was a sweetheart. She gave us history about the restaurant which was really cool. The food was phenomenal & prices...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank lexibuccellato
Reviewed 2 days ago

My God daughter and I went to little cuba soon as we arrived in Miami. The food in ball and chain was great especially the fish tacos. There was live music and everyone was kind and friendly.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank badgersp1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday with family and friends and we had the best time ever. This is a place that has great tapas and live music. I saw families with small children before 8pm and adults only after 8pm. The service...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Dominicanmam
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I`ve been few times there and I like it. Especially the nights, when they have live music. Just check theirs schedule. There`s a open air garden too, which is pleasant to have a drink, chat with the friends and, of course, dance.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Fatima E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was introduced to this community staple through Miami Culinary Tours. We had a mojito there with the tour company. My girlfriend and I returned later that day to explore more of the cocktail menu and dance to the live music. This place is really...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank KristinR505
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited it during the day and sat in their patio with a stage. There is always music playing which adds to the atmosphere of this place and actually there was live Cuban music when we visited. There are fans outside in case it gets...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sh_Olha
Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

A very special ambience. Good live music. The house transform itself several times along the night hosting different bands shows and DJs. To have a table you must buy a bottle of liquor starting from $275, so I advise you to go with many friends...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

We got off the Big Bus in Little Havana and stopped here for lunch. Good atmosphere with live music. We had the Cuban sandwich which was excellent as were the fries which had a hint of lime seasoning. The mojitos were great. I imagine this...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Pepperooney
Reviewed April 3, 2019

No salsa dancing. Painful insect bite. Management confusion. Upon arrival, there was no one at the door and we walked through the place trying to find someone about our reservation. The website advertised live music 6 to 10 PM, but we waited for two hours...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank mki112255
Reviewed April 2, 2019

Saturday afternoon, at least 18 drums in the pineapple for the Rumbacasa music afternoon. Congas and a whole lot more. Very enjoyable Afro-Cuban music. We hope to come back next time we're in Miami, great vibe.

Date of experience: March 2019
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April 29, 2019|
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Response from W4473XYmikeg | Reviewed this property |
Yes no problem.
February 26, 2019|
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Response from kathrynh992 | Reviewed this property |
This is not a place for children in the evening. It’s ok during the day; but, there isn’t much room for dancing during the day.
January 25, 2019|
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Response from IamPlatinum | Reviewed this property |
Reservations are not needed, unless it's for a large party.