Time Out Miami - Ball & Chain

This storied lounge in Little Havana was a mob-owned jazz haven throughout the 1930s and ’50s and was famous for booking monumental acts of the era—yep, even Billie Holiday. Jazz may not be all the rage today, but here, its sound and attitude lives on. Little Havana is poised to emerge as Miami’s next hippest hood, and this cozy, wood-lined destination has been a major instigator. Definitely check out the monthly salsa Thursdays, lessons included, or head here any given evening for a regular mix of bands and DJs. There’s rarely a cover, which is nice in a city like this, and they’ve got tasty tapas. The old family recipe for Congri Fritters with mustard aioli will take you from peckish to peaking—trust.

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