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Havana Club Rum Museum: (Taxi to Avenida del Puerto 262, esq. Sol, Habana Vieja Cuba, Havana, Cuba) “The grandson of Buena Vista Social Club’s Compay Segundo carries on the salsa tradition on Monday and Wednesday nights at the Havana Club Rum Museum. Shows start at 9:45 p.m. Price: 30 CUC.” Americas Quarterly: http://www.americasquarterly.org/content/10-things-do-havana-cuba

Rooftop Bar at Hotel Inglaterra: (Paseo del Prado No 416 | San Rafael y San Miguel, Havana 10200, Cuba). “The best-kept secret in Old Havana is the roof top bar and restaurant of the Hotel Inglaterra. There are spectacular views of the Capitolio, Garcia Lorca Theater, Central Park and more. Nightly music with a great band and Richard makes the best Mojitos around. Also, the drinks and food are a good deal. $2-3 dollars for specialty drinks. I go for 7 yr. old rum neat with one ice cube. Food is also good. Richard speaks perfect English, has great jokes to tell, and if you catch him in the right moment he might pull out his guitar and sing any or all of the Beatles songs for you. He learned English through the words of the songs. You will know who Richard is, it seems he is the only one with the quick smile to serve you. Open for lunch 12-2 PM and then at night for dinner and music begins about 9 pm. Room Tip: There is no advertising for the roof top, so get in elevator and push 4 for the roof.” (Trip Advisor- https://www.tripadvisor.co.nz/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g147271-d151407-i63153157-Hotel_Inglaterra-Havana_Cuba.html)

Monseratte Bar: (Esquina Monserrate Obrapía, La Habana 10100, Cuba) “Before you come to Cuba and if you had only seen Buena Vista Social Club, this is how you would imagine every bar in Cuba. Slow whirling fans above, an old Cuban group playing traditional Cuban music and a saloon style. An excellent place to start with and a good place to finish a night; try not to forget how many drinks you have had since drink inflation can be rampant. Also a place where a few local Cubans make their base of operations–a good place to meet them, not so good for a quiet romantic drink.” (LaHabana Guide: http://www.lahabana.com/guide/monserrate-bar/) Bar Monserrate is a great place to sample a slice of traditional Havana nightlife. Situated in an attractive corner of Old Havana near the Parque Centra, the bar is popular and atmospheric with high ceilings and an abundance of dark wooden paneling. While it attracts its fair share of tourists, it's also still a favourite with locals, thanks in large part to the ambience and the frequent live music. When the band playing are on form the mood can be electric, and while the food can be more miss than hit, the cocktails are always spot on: World’s Best Bars: http://www.worldsbestbars.com/bar/havana/city-center/bar-monserrate)

Café Taberna: Calle Mercaderes #531 | esquina Brasil (Teniente Rey). Walking distance from Hotels: Entry: 30 CUC: “Founded in 1772 and still glowing after a 21st-century makeover, this drinking and eating establishment is a great place to prop up the (impressive) bar and sink a few cocktails before dinner. The music, which gets swinging around 8pm, doffs its cap, more often than not, to one-time resident mambo king Benny Moré. Skip the food.” (Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/entertainment-nightlife/other/cafe-taberna#ixzz3v57iTHr2 and for reviews: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g147271-d1463729-r159378011-Cafe_Taberna-Havana_Cuba.html#

Jazz Café: (Get’s started late 10:30 pm+ : Taxi to the Galerias del Paseo shopping mall, Paseo avenue near the hotel Habana Riviera close to the Malecon. Club is located inside mall.) “This jazz club presented several stars including the legendary pianist Chucho Valdés who started to play the piano when he was five years old. The cafe is a classy place for jazz lovers, there 's a minimum consumption of 10 CUC. Excellent cocktails at a friendly price, but the service was rather slow. The room is big and looks rather like an airport hall than a cosy Jazz club.” (Havana Guide: http://www.havana-guide.com/jazz-cafe-havana.html)

El Hurón Azul: (Corner of Calles 17 & H,  Vedado, Havana, Cuba) “If you want to rub shoulders with some socialist celebrities, hang out at Hurón Azul, the social club of Uneac. Replete with priceless snippets of Cuba's under-the-radar cultural life, most performances take place outside in the garden. Wednesday is the Afro-Cuban rumba, Saturday is authentic Cuban boleros, and alternate Thursdays there's jazz and trova. You'll never pay more than CUC$5.” Lonely Planet: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/entertainment-nightlife/other/el-huron-azul#ixzz3v5EY0flL

La Casa del Escabeche: (Tiny bar on the corner of Obispo and Villegas streets (walking distance to both Hotels). The door is always open and you feel at home the moment you enter. At noon you will be entertained by the excellent house band: "Sonrisa Carabeña" a "five chicas group" consisting of Anais, Ladybel, Mora and Luisa, they sing and play the Cuban Classics as well as hot salsa music accompanied by abundant rum, lots of spontaneous handclapping, singing and dancing. Let's have fun - this is Havana! Yes, "El Escabeche" is definitely my first choice in Old Havana. Or as the Cubans put it...it's "mi Oficina", my office in Havana. (Havana Guide: http://www.havana-guide.com/best-bar-havana.html)

Casa de la Musica:(Calle Galiano (Galiano Street) between Neptuno and Concordia Street. Be aware a night at the Casa de la Musica can be expensive, but the ambience is great, a highly recommended experience with non stop dancing and music from midnight till 4 o’ clock in the morning. Watch out with the girls who you will meet in the disco's many of the them are jineteras on the lookout for (your) money. Hide your wallet! The cover charge is between 10 - 25 CUC per person, and a bottle of rum sells for 25 - 50 CUC. (Havana Guide: http://www.havana-guide.com/havananightlife.html)

Bar Monserrate: (Corner of Avenida de Belgica and Obrapia street, close to Obispo street and Parque Central (Central Park) the bar is a popular place in the Havana nightlife: A traditional Havana bar with high ceilings and dark wooden panelling. The clientele is a mix of Cubans and tourists. In the afternoon and evenings you can enjoy live music, much of the ambience depends on the music band that's playing. (Havana Guide: http://www.havana-guide.com/bar-Monserrate.html)

Bodeguita del Medio
: (Empedrado #207 e/ Cuba y San Ignacio) The bar is located on Empedrado street between San Ignacio and Mercaderes streets in Old Havana. This is a typical tourist bar, that is always crowded and visited by tourist groups. This famous bar was the hang-out where the novel writer Ernest Hemingway drank his Mohitos. On the walls lots of signatures of celebrities that visited the bar, names such as: Nat King Cole, Pablo Neruda, Fidel Castro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ernest Hemingway and others. Expensive drinks, but a must to see when you're the first time in Havana. The upstairs bar is known for the excellent Mojito and behind the bar is a tiny restaurant that serves traditional Cuban Cuisine: dishes with rice and black beans. (Havana Guide: http://www.havana-guide.com/Bodeguita-del-Medio.html)

Casa de Amistad: (Taxi to Paseo No 416, btwn Calles 17 & 19, Vedado) Housed in a beautiful rose-colored mansion on leafy Paseo, the Casa de la Amistad mixes traditional son sounds with suave Benny Moré music in a classic Italian Renaissance-style garden. Buena Vista Social Club luminary, Compay Segundo, was a regular here before his death in 2003, and there is a weekly 'Chan Chan' night in his honor. Other perks include a restaurant, a bar, a cigar shop and the house itself – an Italianate masterpiece. (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/cuba/havana/entertainment-nightlife/other/casa-de-la-amistad)

Fabrica de Arte: (Taxi to Calle 26 esquina 11, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba) Hours: Thursday to Sunday 8:00 PM a 3:00 AM: FAC is an artistic project promoted by the need to rescue, support and promote the work of artists from all branches of art such as film, music, dance, theater, visual arts, literature, photography, fashion, graphic design and architecture; that by integrating art / artist promote exchanges and direct approach between the public and the creator a massive scale. It has three function rooms of varying capacities to: live concerts and performances, theater and dance performances, lectures, workshops and audiovisual presentations. It also has six exhibition space for photography, visual arts, architecture and design. (http://www.fac.cu/)

 

Popular Bars & clubs in La Habana, 2016

Site Updated  February  3, 2016

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