Fodor's Expert Review Ball & Chain
Established in 1935 and steeped in legends of gambling, Prohibition protests, the rise of budding entertainers Billie Holiday, Count Basie, and Chet Baker, and the development of Cuban-centric Calle Ocho, this storied nightlife spot has now been renovated and reestablished under its original name. The high-vaulted ceilings, floral wallpaper, black-and-white photos, and palm-fringed outdoor lounge nod to its torrid history and the glamour of Old Havana. Live music flows freely, as do the Latin-inspired libations and tapas of traditional Cuban favorites for an experience equally cultural as it is enjoyable. Reserved seating is available for a reasonable minimum.