Tobacco Road Turns Upstairs Into Cocktail Collection: "Upscale Lounge Meets Speakeasy"

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Photo by Zak Mann Photography via the Cocktail Collection's Facebook page
Say hello to the Road's new Cocktail Collection.

For over a century, Tobacco Road has made its home at 626 S. Miami Avenue, surviving 13 years of prohibition, Miami's lawless Cocaine Cowboys days, even the destruction of Hurricane Andrew.

But Miami's oldest speakeasy turned gambling hall turned nudie bar turned drinking den will soon be sold. And it will be moving down the street. For now, though, the Road is bringing the past to life with The Cocktail Collection.

See also: Tobacco Road Planning to Sell and Relocate

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Photo by Alex Markow

The 101-year-old bar's co-owner Patrick Gleber recently partnered with mixologist Leo Holtzman to recreate the days when Tobacco Road's second floor was a hidden speakeasy, where some of the Magic City's most notorious gangsters and criminals, including Al Capone, used to drink, gamble, and hide from the cops.

Gleber and Holtzman have taken the Road back to its roots by adding a cocktail bar with ten specialty concoctions and retrofitting the upstairs space to give it an "upscale cocktail lounge meets modern-day speakeasy feel."

"It's a hidden room," Holtzman says. "You can go to Tobacco Road and not even know it's there. It's like the secret party spot."

See also: Tobacco Road Turns 101! Ten Classic Moments From Miami's Oldest Bar

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Tobacco Road - CLOSED

626 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

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34 comments
Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

It was amazing the way it was... gonna miss that place

Maira Rey Seara
Maira Rey Seara

What a shame that they're moving it. It's such an original place - true old Miami - it may be a beautiful glitzy new place but it's charm will be gone.

Quay Quayhaylaya
Quay Quayhaylaya

Yeah, but it's still in Miami. Which means it's over-full with rude people trying to act cool.

Mike Cody
Mike Cody

Just in time for the sale and demolition...

Sidney M. Smith
Sidney M. Smith

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River Horan
River Horan

Mike Guerrero Katie Burton this is the place i was talkin about haha.

Angie LH
Angie LH

Clarissa A. Echeverria this is the place I was telling you about

River Horan
River Horan

Dang Nataly Cayden Lopez, I guess it time for me to visit

Heather Rogerson
Heather Rogerson

Loved the Tobacco Road of the 90's. Upstairs was small dark . Watch Jazz bands and other locals. Become a crazy mosh pit no parking just insane. Why would you demolish a historic building? Most of the bars in Massachusetts still in original state renovate as needed. Much history! !!! One local bar city I lived in is from 1800's original fan pulley system with modern upgrades. Edgar Allan Poe wrote and drank there can't replace that!

Monica Cardona
Monica Cardona

It's too bad their happy hour starts so late, I work across the street and start my happy hours at 5 o'clock come Friday!

Stephen Gonzales
Stephen Gonzales

Tony Alejandro Espinoza Alicia M Palma-Espinoza Rafael Jadoo Cary Valdes-Perez Melissa Chiarella

Darcy Shepard
Darcy Shepard

Market testing before making a full commitment...makes sense to me

Paco Palacio
Paco Palacio

Ive played shows on that second floor.. its cool to know that gangsters like al capone used to drink there..

Paco Palacio
Paco Palacio

Nice and easy.. and you know it's on your mind girl, just speak easy...

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