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Miami's oldest bar turns 100

Posted by Patricia Borns  April 16, 2012 07:21 AM

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Tobacco_Road_-Miami.jpg Acrylic painting by Mac Perry McVaie

I didn't think there was a bar in Brickell I could afford to go to until my classmates dragged me to Tobacco Road. During prohibition (the bar opened in 1912), people flocked here for the bathtub gin; in the '70s, other illegal substances drew them. Now in the midst of Brickell's multimillion dollar high rises, everyone from Gloria Estefan to the Miami Herald staff enjoys slumming it at the shabby, not-overly-chic hangout, where all's forgiven with coats of bright paint and $1 drink specials. There's always something going on at Tobacco Road: good live music, bad live music, cause-related events and food rallies. But its enduring bar value lies in being an easy, inexpensive venue to drink and eat with friends under the Miami stars. Stop in and say, "Happy Birthday."


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