Don Cangrejo

CA4
Style of place: Live music venue
Cover: CUC 5
Style of music: Contemporary fusion
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Best for: Love it or hate it this is where the party is. All the beautiful people…good contemporary bands.
Worst for: Crazy design with swimming pool in the middle. Don’t talk to be about the bathrooms…
Avenida 1ra between Calles 16 & 18
(+53)7204 - 3837
11pm to 3am

  • Don Cangrejo has over the past couple of years become the Friday night party venue of choice/last resort. The Friday night party crowd originally was the beautiful young Cuban crowd who were always looking for a different to party. Then either I stopped getting the memos of the latest place or everyone simply came to agree to Don Cangrejo. In any event on any given Friday, this is the place to be seen if you want to impress people you both have money and are cool.

    The dynamics of the place are to the ridiculous side of whimsical since there is a huge swimming pool occupying most of the space which leaves you to play chicken getting to the bar the quick way along the pool’s edge. The gentleman’s preferred toilet is into the sea which on a windy night sends spray from waves crashing over the back of the disco floor giving a bit of atmosphere to the place (ladies go before you go!) While many may moan at the line outside or the crowd inside actually there is a reason people keep going back apart from the it factor and that is provided by the live musicians (David Torrens, Kelvis Ochoa & the gang) who play contemporary fusion music with passion.

    [Note that the swimming pool has now been covered which is a big improvement although not perfect]

    
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