El Cocinero opened in February 2013 and has instantly become a smash hit. Located underneath the imposing brick chimney of the same name (which used to be a vegetable oil factory), this bar/restaurant is reached via 3 flights of circular stairs, which go up vertiginously lighthouse style. It is worth the effort to reach the sunken roof, which has ample space for drinks and food. This place has a renovated industrial space look, good music, nice décor and has attracted a mixed crowd of affluent young Cubans, expatriates as well as families for dinner which is also (for now) served on the roof terrace.
The open space at El Cocinero This is one of the big “ups” of the last months in Havana. El Cocinero is a cool and trendy bar located in Vedado in the building close to the iron bridge with the big chimney. The space is totally open, which may present a problem during the rainy season, but the owners are planning to open another dining space in a closed area on the premises. One can have a full meal at El Cocinero, but the place is better for tapas and drinks. Don’t miss it!