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La Fontana

La Fontana has a great cosy bar below the garden restaurant with friendly staff and excellent cocktails and good food if you prefer to eat casually.

Condes de Villanueva Cigar Bar

Condes de Villanueva Cigar Bar is on the mezzanine floor up a staircase from the courtyard garden. This small red boutique hotel is between the Ambos Mundos Hotel and Plaza Vieja in the heart of Old Havana. The house cigar roller, Raynaldo makes some wonderful hand rolled cigars of many sizes and shapes. This is […]

Gato Tuerto

Gato Tuerto down the hill from the Hotel Nacional. Great Latin Jazz from 11.30 every night. Wednesday night is particularly good with a “Brat Pack” style band playing at 11.45 or 12.00am. The great barman ia called Elvis (red jacket with a cocktail glass), ask him to make you the house cocktail, “Orgasmo de Gato”, […]


Emperador in the Focsa Building near the Nacional Hotel. This is a lovely old 50s style bar without all the tourists. You often find famous Cuban musicians in there jamming in the bar with the house singers. The restaurant is good too, and great value. The barman Juan Carlos came 2nd in the Havana Club […]

Hotel Nacional Terrace Bar

This is a great place for a drink any time of the day or night (open 24 hours). They make fantastic mojitos and other cocktails and pretty good toasted sandwiches if you don’t have time for dinner or lunch. Also great people watching.


Templete is overlooking the harbour entrance right opposite the Christ on top of the hill. The bar is a cosy meeting place and often has some of the ex-pat community and locals in the know. The restaurant is excellent or you can order tapas at the bar.


Floridita in Old Havana- only for drinking Daiquiris which were invented in this bar. Ask for barman Alejandro (Ale). Good any time of the day or night, however during the day you get streams of tourist bus groups coming in for one Daiquiri and a photo of them with the bronze statue of Hemingway.

Dos Gardenias / Salon Bolero***

Good Jazz Club upstairs and comedy show sometimes 7th Ave. corner 26, Miramar, right next to El Ajibe, Tel. 2097920 – From 10 p.m until late. Live music and comedy show (in Spanish) in one bar, and live Latin Jazz in the other . Masses of fun Cubans and good fun spot.

Habana Café***

Havana’s Planet Hollywood with good nightly shows Hotel Melia Cohiba, Tel. 8333636 – 10 p.m–4 a.m. Musical and dance show. Cuba’s answer to Planet Hollywood. Mainly tourists and Cubans looking for foreign friends.

La Maison****

Can be a good fun place for a drink after dinner Calle 16, No. 701, corner 7th , Miramar Tel. 2041543 Shows and fashion parades. Good place to go for dinner and a show or just arrive after dinner. The piano bar upstairs can be really fun later on in the evening with a friendly […]