TBT - Demolition Photos & Video Of Miami's Tobacco Road

Demolition Of The Oldest Bar In Miami - Tobacco Road

Demolition Of The Oldest Bar In Miami - Tobacco Road

TBT (November 19, 2014) - 4 years ago this month Tobacco Road was demolished after 102 years of history. We previously showed a photo tour of the building before it was torn down and a photo tour of the building as it was being stripped inside. After the lot sat empty for years, a pizza place recently opened on the site and the land will eventually be part of the the Brickell City Centre expansion with a 54 story condo.

Over the past 10 plus days, demolition has taken place on the 102 year old Tobacco Road. The demolition crew was Thunder Demolition with Group 3 Contractors. 

The bar held the first liquor license in Miami and now debris from the building is all that remains on the site. 

During the demolition, the team from Thunder Demolition was able to save the original Dade-County Pine from the building. Employees from Tobacco Road plan on using the original wood to make coasters, cutting boards and tables to preserve the history of the original location. General Manager Joel Rivera and employees still need to raise $50,000 and are doing this until December 2 through Kickstarter. They need any donations possible to help move into a new location across the lot.

Photos of bar during operation can be seen here. A video of the bar during operation can be seen here. Photos of the bar right before demolition and all the items removed can be seen here.

Demolition Video

TBT - One Final Look - A Photo Tour Of Tobacco Road

The Famous Neon Tobacco Road Sign

The Famous Neon Tobacco Road Sign

Our first TBT piece was originally posted October 27, 2014, two days after the final call of the oldest bar in Miami - Tobacco Road. Since the closing and demolition of Tobacco Road, it has been announced that the Tobacco Road lot will be part of the Brickell City Centre expansion, which will include a 54 story condo at 570 feet and another 62 story condo across the street at 654 feet.

On the morning of October 26, Tobacco Road had its final last call and turned off the famous neon sign for the final time in its 102 year old location. 

The building has been around since 1912 and has been a bakery, burlesque club, gay club, gambling den and of course a place for live music. Tobacco Road was the only place in Miami where lawyers, politicians and doctors could drink next to bikers, vagrants and drug dealers. 

Tobacco Road was hurting for business the last few years with the construction of Brickell City Centre surrounding the bar and after having the property bought for $12.5 million in 2012 by developer Carlos Mattos. 

The new owner is trying to raise money through Kickstarter to move across the lot to a new location and save the historical items in the bar.

Click here for a video of Tobacco Road and here for a more comprehensive story of the bar.

Tobacco Road Photos

TBT - This Was Miami Beach in 1927 - Before & After

The photo on the top left is what Miami Beach looked like in 1927, just one year after the hurricane in 1926 that caused major devastation in the Miami area. Notable streets such as Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue, Washington Avenue and 5th Street are plainly visible with not much development at this point. Fast forward 90 years later and the area has changed dramatically. High rises have gone up along West Avenue and the beach has expanded.

This Was Coconut Grove's Main Hwy In the 80s - Before & After

The photo on the top left was Coconut Grove along Main Highway in the 1980s. The old Coconut Grove Bank can be seen on the left. Down the street old buildings are where the current mall Cocowalk now stands. The photo on the right is what Coconut Grove looks like today, with the trees providing shade over the buildings and sidewalks. Cocowalk can be seen at the end of the street and will soon undergo a major demolition and renovation.

This Was Brickell In 2014 In Timelapse

Much has changed in Brickell in only three years. Brickell City Centre was still under construction and months aways from the East Hotel topping out. Nine Mary Brickell Village was also still under construction. Brickell Heights had just started ground breaking on its two towers and is now close to opening. SLS Lux Brickell had not started construction and was still being used as a parking lot. Solitair Brickell was also months away from demolishing the parking ramp and starting construction on SW 8th St.  

This Was The Freedom Tower In 1989 - Before & After

The photo on the left is what the Freedom Tower and Downtown Miami looked like in 1989. The famous Coppertone sign was located on the South side of The Parkleigh House next to a Texaco gas station, which at this point has closed down. Fast forward to 2017 and The Parkleigh House and Texaco gas station have been demolished and used as a surface parking lot. The metromover Omni line can now be seen extending behind the Freedom Tower.