Tobacco Road (bar)
The Tobacco Road was a bar in the Brickell area of Downtown Miami, Florida, United States. It was popularly known as the oldest bar in the city. The liquor license it amended was first issued in November 1912 (though property records show the building as being built in 1915, as a bakery) and operated nearly continuously since its opening, having been shut down briefly at times for run-ins with the law, such as when the upstairs, now a live music venue, was used as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Tobacco Road was located at 626 South Miami Avenue, on the south side of the Miami River, putting it in Miami's Brickell district, where it was classified as a classic dive bar, being popular among locals. Tobacco Road celebrated its 100th anniversary in November 2012. In 2012, the land on which Tobacco Road lies was purchased for $12.5 million. On October 26, 2014, Tobacco Road, the oldest bar In Miami closed and demolished by Thunder Demolition Inc. An estimated 4,000 people came on its last night...
Sale and closure
In April 2012, an unrelated developer, Carlos Mattos, purchased the large lot which includes Tobacco Road, though it was stated that Tobacco Road had a three-year lease and could remain open for at least that long before the lot is developed. In 2014, the owners announced that they are planning on selling the bar to its employees, regardless of whether or not demolition is imminent, and relocating to another building nearby. The bar closed on the morning of October 26 with plans to relocate to another building in the same block as well as a themed bar on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship. In October 2015, the Norwegian Escape began service from PortMiami.
Tobacco Road in 2011 painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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