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The Return of the Quintessential Miami Bar and Lounge with Little Havana's Ball & Chain

By Kelly Church

Located in a cultural hub of Miami, FL, Ball & Chain has been around for every musical moment since 1935, even welcoming African American entertainers in the 1940s and '50s. It's located in a part of town called Little Havana, known for having a strong Cuban influence which can be seen in many aspects of Ball & Chain, including the menu. The bar and lounge features live music often and a draws a crowd that's ready to celebrate.

"Ball & Chain offers over 70 hours of live music each week, ranging from traditional jazz to Latin big bands," Bush says. "The venue is rich in history, is in the heart of the Calle Ocho cultural district, has a renowned cocktail menu and a Cuban-inspired menu that will surprise you. For an authentic Little Havana experience, you must Ball & Chain."

While you might not visit Ball & Chain for the food, Bush says the Cuban spring rolls and mariquitas de maduros are big hits among customers. The spring rolls are a lighter menu choice, featuring fresh conch marinated with mangos, peppers, onions, avocado, cilantro, and fresh lemon and lime juice.

The more traditional mariquitas de maduros are a Cuban version of a French fry, made with cuts of golden plantains that are made daily. Cocktails include a classic mojito, bananita daiquiri featuring crème de banana, and a specialty drink called the Havana Regal, made with chivas regal extra, fresh lemon and lime juice, angostura bitters, simple syrup and fresh mint.

The combination of live music, food and drinks is what makes Ball & Chain a legacy in Miami, staying true to their roots and building upon them. Upcoming events at Ball & Chain include Ladies' Night, live jazz music, Moulin Rouge in Little Havana, karaoke and the Ball & Chain Music Festival at the beginning of September.

"Today, the Ball & Chain continues to build upon its musical legacy," Bush says. "The world famous pineapple stage becomes center stage each Saturday night for the legendary 'la pachanga' party. Dance to salsa late into the Little Havana night."

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