Ready to let loose in a 1930’s piece of history? There will be just a slight difference in music and mood from then to today. Actually after that era this historic dance spot started with showcasing the country’s best like Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Chet Baker in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Then, in the 1960’s when the Cuban population fled the island due to communism, most settled in this area of Miami which is now named Little Havana.
The look of Ball and Chain from the outside has not changed a bit from that early era, but as you walk in you’ll notice the detailed look of a Cuban barn, a huge center bar serving up some traditional Latin and American drinks and on the the walls are the photos of the famous musicians that performed there in the decades ago. If you arrive or get hungry they do cook up some delicious small Latin plates which are the perfect size to sustain your energy but not fill you up.
Time to dance…..get to the dance floor! The all night amazing hip shaking sounds of the DJ and live Latin bands will not let your body keep still. Not only that but Miami locals are born to dance so you’ll pretty much see everyone with amazing rhythms. When you want to escape the energy, inside, exit to the terrace and sit on their outside chairs to listen to the live sounds of the performing bands which are usually a fusion of rock, blues, jazz and Latin! Overall a great Miami spot to let loose and forget the work week.
Although there is no cover charge to enter nor the hassle of picking and choosing who in the crowd enters like the typical Miami club. Definitely arrive early around 10:00 pm or even before because the line outside gets very long. If you are reserving an area or table to celebrate a birthday or an occasion, we recommend the inside during the hot Miami summer months because their outside gets warm and humid.