Fresa y Chocolate-ICAIC

CA3
Style of place: Live music venue
Style of music: Trova
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Best for: Friday night La Tanda (a mixture of trova and various art forms).
Worst for: A little basic décor
Calle 23 No. 1155, entre 10 y 12, Vedado
(+53)7833 - 9278
6pm-2am Fri-Sun
  • Across the street from the ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute), this lobby-turned-bar offers a very pleasant place to get a pre or post cinema drink with lots of film memorabilia around. The weekend offers good live entertainment beginning on Friday with La Tanda (a mixture of trova and various art forms), Saturday features a blues band followed by comedy, and Sunday sees a young jazz evening with aspiring jazz artists playing. Nights with no band on will be dead, dead, dead so worth checking out. A little grungy.

    
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