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Cafe Teatro Bertolt Brecht

Cafe Teatro Bertolt Brecht

This has got to be the coolest nightspot in Cuba. While there is a theatre in the building we are talking an informal and popular music venue for some of the best contemporary Cuban musicians. Think MTV’s unplugged. The place itself is a basement café theatre, Café Brecht, known as No Se Lo Digas a Nadie (Don’t tell anyone!).

The idea of this place was to create a space where people could hear music that was both good and affordable (you can pay 50 local pesos to enter). Inside we are talking low ceilinged, 50`s style chic. Tables are at a premium, so get there early if you want a comfortable seat. Rarely for Cuba this is a non-smoking joint, which will be a relief for many (although take a mask for the corridor outside).

This is where the coolest musicians play for fun, think Sintesis, David Torrens, Qba Libre, Polito Ibáñez, Interactivo and Raul Paz. The crowd is mostly young Cuba and includes the screaming girls at the front who always seem too old to be teenagers – what do I know. There is no real dance floor but moving to the music is obligatory. The bar (also non-smoking) provides great company to the main stage and in its own right is a must for a beer day or night.

Calle 13 Esq. a I, Vedado, La Habana, 10400. 3 / August 2012

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