La Bodeguita del Medio

CA4
Style of place: Traditional bar
Style of music: Son/traditional
Ambience
Popularity
Entertainment
Service
Best for: Hemmingway aficionados hot on the mojito trail of the Papa vibe
Worst for: A definite tourist trap. Don’t expect to see a ‘real’ Cuban here…
Empedrado No. 207, entre San Ignacio y Cuba, Old Havana
(+53)7866 - 8857
Open 10.30am-midnight daily

  • Back 1942, this well-known restaurant was a small grocery store. Its owner, Ángel Martínez, began to sell food as the number of customers increased. One day, journalist Leandro Garcia, a regular costumer, decided to put his name on one of the walls and soon many other distinguished personalities followed suit, including Pablo Neruda, Agustín Lara, Brigitte Bardot, Ignacio ‘Bola de Nieve’ Villa, Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Allende. This is a must for most visitors.

    This was one of Hemingway’s favorite bars and his place of choice to sip a mojito ($4). It is worth a look if you are on a Hemingway trail or simply want to see a bit of history. While it is typically packed to the gills with camera toting tourists they do serve a good mojito and can have a good atmosphere (albeit very touristy!).
    This place has history, which is evidenced by the graffiti and memorabilia, which gives it the edge over the Floridita in my book. Plus it is saloon door style and ceiling fans rather than freezing air conditioning. The live bands aren’t bad too.

    
  • Starbien

    Starbien  LH 5+

    Located in a sleepy residential neighbourhood of Vedado in a two storey colonial house, Starbien has an update and modern feel, which seems a little out of sync with the neighbourhood. Upstairs there …

    TaBARish

    TaBARish  LH 5

    Best for:  A comfortable place to chat / hang out with your friends. Great service. Don’t Miss: The homemade Russian soup – just like Matushka makes it.

    Humboldt 52

    Humboldt 52  LH 5

    Opened in May 2013, the hot staff, comfortable setting, and welcoming vibe at this, Havana’s first full-time, openly-gay bar, make for a fun night out, regardless of orientation. There’s plenty of sea …

    Bolabana

    Bolabana  LH 5

    Don’t Miss: Hipsters meet the Havana Farándula

    El Cocinero

    El Cocinero  LH 5+

    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 …

    La Zorra y el Cuervo

    La Zorra y el Cuervo  LH 5

    Probably the most well known venue for jazz in Havana, the ‘Fox & Crow’ offers an intimate environment in this basement venue notably marked by a red English telephone box at its entrance. Top jaz …

    La Fontana

    La Fontana  LH 5

    The basement bar at La Fontana used to offer a comfortable (albeit invariably smoky) place to drink the night away. In early 2012 ago this bar was closed and a major renovation undertaken, which has r …

    Bertolt Brecht Café Teatro

    Bertolt Brecht Café Teatro  LH 5

    The Teatro Bertolt Brecht has a number of attractions including No Se Lo Digas a Nadie (Don’t tell anyone!) nights which features some of the best contemporary Cuban musicians in an MTV’s unplugged sc …

    Sangri-la

    Sangri-la  LH 5

    Sangri-La was the first in the new wave of bars to open in the summer of 2012 and is still going strong. This is located in the basement of a Miramar mansion up on 21st Avenue (&42nd street) which …

    Casa Miglis

    Casa Miglis  LH 5

    Little is given away by the regular entrance, but as soon as you walk into the restaurant you get an idea why this took Mr Miglis over a year to renovate this building to fit his dream of opening Cuba …

    1 of 9 pages »