Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tobacco Road "Miami's Oldest Bar"

By Renee Chapple, Great food and live entertainment in typical no-frills dive bar style.  Hey folks, get ready for the time of your life at Tobacco Road. Tobacco Road is a restaurant, bar, blues club, eclectic music spot, and meeting place for generations of people from every walk of life. This is not only one of the best bars and restaurants in Miami, it is the oldest. Established in 1912 they are quickly closing in on the century mark. No place stays in business for 100 years if it doesn’t have a ton of great things to offer.

Like any place that has been around for a while, Tobacco Road too has gone through some hard times. Yet today some of the world’s finest blues and jazz musicians perform here with regularity. Just a sampling of those includes: Koko Taylor (also known as the Queen of Blues), national blues treasure John Lee Hooker, George Clinton (self-proclaimed Emperor of Funk), Dave Bromberg, and blues master guitarist and New Orleans own, Dr. John.

Tobacco Road has an eclectic a crowd as it does entertainment, food and drinks. On any given day they have tourists from all walks of life rubbing elbows with celebrities, professionals and famous sports figures with live local bands and live music 7 days a week.

The history of Tobacco Road itself is cool. The Road started and remains a neighborhood watering hole, but today with a little bit of international flavor. The Road has lived from The Capone Era, to the era of the cocaine wars, to the soaring success of South Beach and re-gentrification of Miami’s Brickell area. The Road was once even fronted as a bakery and sold hooch in the back. The speakeasy gave way to gambling, a gay bar, a strip joint, and finally back to blues bar and fantastic hang out. Come toss back a few where Capone and “Tony Montana” characters hung out, be surrounded by black and white photos and décor from the generations! Contribution By

•Miami's oldest bar, operated continuously since 1912
•Colorful history, including time as a speakeasy, gambling den, gay bar, strip joint and blues bar
•Great dive bar food at reasonable prices

Guide Review - Tobacco Road - Miami's Oldest Bar

An old-time favorite, Tobacco Road was established in 1912 and has a somewhat shady history of run-ins with local law enforcement authorities. That said, it's the absolute best place in town to find a huge greasy hamburger and you're liable to hear some of the best live blues music in the country while you're dining.

The menu includes typical bar fare, including a great greasy cheeseburger. If you're looking for a healthy meal, The Road is definitely not the place to go. However, if you're looking for a great burger and a beer at a decent price, you'll love this joint. They run several weekly specials that draw regular crowds:
If you're a Miami resident and you haven't been to Tobacco Road at least once, you're missing an important part of your Miami cultural experience! If you're visiting town, make a stop at The Road for a great filling meal and a few drinks.
Tobacco Road, Miami's Oldest Bar, is located at:
Open Til' 5 A.M.
626 South Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33130
Ph: 305.374.1198

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