The 10 Best Bars In Little Havana, Miami

Photo of Shyla Watson
9 February 2017

Discover where to go for a drink in Little Havana, the Cuban neighborhood that surrounds historic Calle Ocho in Miami. We list the top spots, from traditional bars to some local watering holes that may surprise you.

Live Performance at Hoy Como Ayer | ©Visit Florida Editor/Flickr

Hoy Como Ayer

Bar, Nightclub, Cuban, Pub Grub, $$$
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This Miami New Times “Reader’s Choice” winner was voted Best Latin Club in Miami, and it’s easy to see why. This exclusive club is only open three nights a week, so make a reservation to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Dance the night away to the live music and refresh yourself with a cool drink from the bar, or a snack off the extensive tapas menu.

La Esquina de la Fama

Restaurant, Cuban, American, $$$
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This hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves classic Cuban and Latin American dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the real stars of this establishment are the delicious mojitos. Locals claim that they are the best in Little Havana. Open all day and well into the night, it’s a great place to stop by for happy hour after work or before you go out for the night.

Habana 305

Located in quaint Little Havana, Habana 305 is the place to go for one-stop entertainment. It has everything from live music, dancing and drinks to mouthwatering tapas. In addition, the lounge features an art gallery that showcases eclectic pieces which can be purchased if you see something you like. Specialty nights include Jazz Jam Sessions on Thursdays, Piano Bars on Fridays, and frequent karaoke nights.

2007 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida, USA, +1 305 456 0891

Happy Wine

Though small, this mom-and-pop shop promises a whole lot of enjoyment for any wine aficionado. There are over 1,000 premium wines available, varying in type, year, price, and size. No wonder they named it Happy Wine. There’s a small menu of tapas, panini, salads, and desserts to perfectly compliment any drink. Beginning at 6:00pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, the atmosphere is transformed by live music. Saturday afternoons feature a free wine tasting and on Mondays and Tuesdays you can enjoy “Moët Around the Clock,” a happy hour where the price matches the time. If it’s 5pm, a glass only costs $5. Get there early.
2833 Bird Avenue Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 460 9939

CubaOcho Art and Research Center

Located on the Calle Ocho, this facility supports all things artistic. Their extensive collection of works by mostly Cuban artists, spans from 1850 to 1958. The center is focused on educating the community on art, music and literature, and puts on events such as Salsa Dancing every Thursday, Tango on Tuesdays, and live music and festivals throughout the year.

1465 SW 8th Street Suite 106-107, Miami Fl, USA, +1 305 285 5880

Clevelanders at Marlin Park

Bar, Pub Grub, American
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Sports Bar Televisions
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Situated in the lower level of left field at Marlins Park, Clevelanders is the ultimate sports bar. From dancers to DJs, this place has everything, even a swimming pool. Cool off on a hot summer day with one of their renowned frozen drinks while watching the game up close. Cheer and celebrate in style with some of the most die-hard fans around.

Batting Cage Sports Bar & Lounge

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Casa Panza Cafe
Casa Panza Cafe | ©Adrian Salgado/Flickr
This sports bar holds its own against any in the city. Across from Marlins Park, the Batting Cage is equipped with numerous televisions perfect for watching any game. The menu includes all the best game day foods; wings, nachos, fries, and beers. The shrimp cocktails and stuffed burgers are recommended. Whether live or a DJ set, the music gets you moving and ready to cheer on your favorite team.

Casa Panza Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
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Ball & Chain
Ball & Chain | ©Phillip Pessar/Flickr
Though most of the bars and restaurants in Little Havana celebrate the Cuban culture, Casa Panza is Spanish, which makes it a great place to try something new. Discover Iberian cuisine or enjoy a dynamic performance of flamenco music and dancing. The inner décor resembles a warm cave, so make this casa your own cozy oasis.

Ball & Chain

Restaurant, Nightclub, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Cuban, $$$
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In 1935, Ball & Chain opened as a saloon, featuring live performers such as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong. This historic bar and lounge closed down after over 25 years, in 1957. Luckily for all residents and visitors of Little Havana, this once-great establishment has reopened and is quickly building up to its former glory. Don’t miss the live performances, karaoke nights, and free salsa classes that are run throughout the week; all while enjoying their delicious and talked about cocktails.

Casa Juancho Restaurant

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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Juancho’s is the place for fine Spanish cuisine in Little Havana. Over the years, they’ve received over a dozen accolades for their warm atmosphere, delicious food, and wine. The wine list is very extensive, featuring bottles from five separate countries. Though this may be a fancier joint than many in the neighborhood, they still know how to have a good time. Live music is played daily and it’s not uncommon for customers to get up and start dancing.

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