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