Tobacco Road (bar)

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The Tobacco Road in May 2008

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.[1] The liquor license it amended was first issued in November 1912 (though property records show the building as being built in 1915,[2] as a bakery)[3][4] 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.[3] 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[edit]

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.[1][5] In 2014, the owners announced that they are planning on selling the bar to its employees,[6] regardless of whether or not demolition is imminent, and relocating to another building nearby.[7] 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.[8] In October 2015, the Norwegian Escape began service from PortMiami.



  1. ^ a b "Tobacco Road’s Three Year Lease May Mark The Closure Of Miami’s Oldest Bar". WFOR-TV. May 11, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "626 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33130". PropertyShark. 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Piket, Casey (June 29, 2014). "Tobacco Road – From Bakery, Speakeasy to Miami City Landmark". Miami History (blog). Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tobacco Road". Tobacco Road. 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Walker, Elaine (May 10, 2012). "Tobacco Road to stay open for at least 3 years despite land sale". The Miami Herald. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bevan, Shaun (April 25, 2014). "Economic Development: Tobacco Road staffers may turn to crowdfunding to buy bar". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ S. Pajot (April 8, 2014). "Tobacco Road Planning to Sell and Relocate". Miami New Times (blog). Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ Viglucci, Andres (October 24, 2014). "Last call for legendary bar Tobacco Road". Miami Herald. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  • "Tobacco Road's Last Call Ever: Closing Night at Miami's Oldest Bar" new times Oct. 26 2014

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Coordinates: 25°46′04″N 80°11′37″W / 25.767815°N 80.193502°W / 25.767815; -80.193502