Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain, Miami: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Ball & Chain Reviews: 4.5/5

Ball & Chain
4.5
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
About
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 September 2014 as the doors reopened in Little Havana once more.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Tess R
21 contributions
Really fun!
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were here as the last stop on our tour of Little Havana. The history of this place is pretty cool! And the mojitos and Cuban sandwich were out of this world. We had fun chatting with our group outside in the back patio area amid the tropical plants. I’d highly recommend especially if it’s your first time in Little Havana.
Written September 7, 2020
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Alberto T
Washington DC, DC286 contributions
Friday night visit to Ball & Chain
Mar 2020
Me and my partner were staying in South Beach, but having spent a lot of time in Miami in my younger days, I wanted to make sure my partner experienced Little Havana, and we ended up going to Ball & Chain. We arrived at around 9:30pm and had a few drinks in the front bar; the staff was very friendly. At around 11PM in the back where the concert stage is, a latin band with female lead singer started up and played some salsa, bachata, merengue and reggae tunes, some original, some classics (e.g. Celia Cruz). The only drawback is that there is limited seating which, I presume, has to be served ahead of time, so you have to open to standing up for as long as you want to listen. The crowd seemed a mix of locals and tourists, but all in all, we had a good time.
Written March 17, 2020
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capngeo
Hampton, VA70 contributions
Two great bars in 1!
Mar 2020
Old school Havana style tavern in front with Jazz music. Cool salsa vibe in back with younger crowd.
Written March 12, 2020
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chickman4660
Phoenix, AZ11 contributions
Rich History and Great Drinks
Mar 2020
A remarkable job was done in recreating the original atmosphere. Take time to note the leaf ceiling fans on a single pulley and the many articles and pictures of the business' history on the walls. If you are lucky enough to be here when they have live bands at night you are in for a real treat. During the day you can find live music up front where customers can loose their inhibitions and do some salsa dancing. A trunk box full of hand instruments are available if you feel like joining in and adding a bit of your own beat to the music. A Cuban Mojito helps with that! This venue has a great atmosphere, delicious food and drinks and a wealth of history. Make sure you stop by and enjoy for at least a minimum of an hour or two.
Written March 11, 2020
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Susan N
Inman, SC563 contributions
Maybe I was there at a bad time??
Feb 2020 • Solo
Great Cuban Cuban vibe with live music but bar staff was snobbish and not friendly. Their “happy hour” drinks were BOGO but $17. Just know what you’re getting into.
Written February 28, 2020
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j h
South Miami, FL3 contributions
Great atmosphere
Feb 2020 • Friends
The cocktails were really good and luckily for us it coincided with happy hour. The layout is really nice especially with a stage at the back for live music. There was live music inside when we arrived which all added to the atmosphere.
Written February 28, 2020
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soniavbuk
Walton-On-Thames, UK470 contributions
Great Cuban Vibes and good
Feb 2020 • Couples
Was recommended this bar/restaurant by our hotel Concierge. It was a great suggestion.

Arrived here via the tourist big bus tour to Little Havana. Walked up the street to the Ball and chain on Sunday lunchtime and it was busy, but we were able to walk in and get a table for two in the bar area.

We ordered mojitos, corn on the cob, fried plantain and fish tacos to share between us. The food was delicious, loved the plantains, never had them like this before.

Great service, fabulous music and amazing live band. Would have loved to sit here all day watching the world go by and listening to the live music. Would definitely recommend.
Written February 28, 2020
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tammyf
philadelphia55 contributions
Short but nice visit
Feb 2020 • Friends
There was great Latin music from 12-6. We only caught a bit of it because we arrived about 5:30 and there are jazz performers from 6-10 on Mondays. Being in Little Havana we were hoping for all Latin, so that’s why I gave it 4 stars. The courtyard in back is beautiful. Will return, but earlier next time.
Written February 27, 2020
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John J
Versailles, KY176 contributions
Excellent place to go in the heart of Little Havana!
Feb 2020
Great atmosphere, service, food and drink. Very festive place with the look and feel of being in Cuba.
Written February 26, 2020
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swimupbarlover
Cancun, Mexico15 contributions
LOVE this place!!! Went 3 times in one day!!
Feb 2020
The Ball and Chain got us like a ball and chain! We loved this place, music was so good, atmosphere was so enjoyable! I saved the best for last... the mojitos. Best we have ever had! Go Here!!
Written February 25, 2020
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