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Havana Nightlife

Havana nightlife is thriving and the choice of venues - especially for live music - will keep you moving and grooving all vacation long. The social scene starts to liven up by about 2200 and clubs and bars tend to close when the last customer leaves, normally between 0200 and 0300. Generally, Cubans like to look sharp, especially when out on the town, so expect to dress up when going out. Indeed, many clubs observe a dress code: no shorts, singlets, or flip flops.

Cuba's rich cultural mix combined with the government's enthusiastic dedication to the arts makes for a truly amazing variety of artistic genres, particularly in the field of popular music. Standards are extraordinarily high and Cuban artists have achieved international fame. Two websites with updated cultural listings are and You can buy tickets for all events directly at the venue.


Bars in Havana

Bar Monserrate

Some love it, others hate it, but for its central location and live, talented septet, this bar within spitting distance of the Capitolio can't be beat. The overhead fans turn languidly, the barman mixes a mean mojito, and the musicians pump out son and other traditional music late into the night. True, it attracts loads of tourists and Cubans on the make, but somehow retains a neighbourhood feel. Check your bill closely.

Address: corner Calle Obrapía, Monserrate No. 401, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 860 9751.

Café Bar Madrigal

For a glimpse into Havana's new economy, this hip, happening bar in the heart of leafy Vedado is the ticket. The big, expressive pop art canvasses, the cosy couches, and the cool clientele: this type of hangout is what the city has been missing. There's a tapas menu and full bar – grab a table on the balcony for a more intimate encounter; this is a very gay-friendly establishment.

Address: between Calles 6 and 8, Calle 17 #809, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 831 2433.

La Bodeguita del Medio

The mojitos are weak and more expensive than elsewhere, and the clientele is 100% tourists, but La Bodeguita del Medio in Old Havana remains a popular stop on every bus and walking tour. The walls are plastered with autographs of famous 1950s stars such as Ernest Hemingway and Errol Flynn who frequented the old wooden bar in the 1950s. This place oozes atmosphere and makes for a great photo.

Address: , Calle Empedrado 207, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 867 1374.

Clubs in Havana

Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Brainchild of popular Cuban musician and artist X Alfonso, this former cooking oil factory has been transformed into a thriving hub for the arts and also one of Havana's liveliest late night venues. The basement of this venue-cum-nightclub sees DJs spinning records four nights a week (Thurs-Sun) until 3am. Not to feel limited, patrons can breakout to other spaces in the huge factory complex, including art and photographic galleries, a cinema, a live performance space and well-stocked bar.

Address: Corner 11, Calle 26, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 838 2260.

Salon Rosado de La Tropical

This outdoor salsa palace hosts big, crowded concerts where the audience comes to dance and grind to the hottest timba, regguetón, and salsa ensembles. Elito Revé, Paulo FG, and El Micha are regular headliners. Pop/fusion stars like Kelvis Ochoa, X Alfonso, and Interactivo also perform here, and Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias used the club as a filming location for the music video to 'Súbeme la Radio'. Salon Rosado de La Tropical is also HQ to ProElectronica, Cuba's annual electronic music festival. Bring ID and nothing of value for a night out at La Tropical.

Address: corner Calle 46, Avenida 41, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 206 1282.


Cubans love a spectacle – especially a sultry, dance-packed, scantily-clad extravaganza like the kind put on at the Tropicana; it's no wonder this is one of the few pre-1959 cabarets still in operation. Today, the lush grounds of the Tropicana host tourists, not locals, who flock to the world-famous cabaret for pure, unadulterated entertainment. Book tickets at any hotel; beware of the cheaper tables with obstructed view.

Address: between Calles 41 & 45, Calle 72 #4504, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 267 1717.

Live music in Havana

Café Teatro Bertol Brecht

This small theatre is making a big splash with the young-ish set, which comes to hear Cuba's contemporary music stars perform top flight music at the nice price (entrance is just CUC2). Equally suited for taking cocktails at a table as dancing in the aisles, the energy here is palpable, especially when favourites like William Vivanco, David Blanco, and Descemer Bueno are in the house.

Address: corner Calle I, Vedado, Calle 13 #259, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 832 9359.

Casa de la Música de Miramar

Cuba's top salsa and regguetón bands regularly perform at this big music and dance venue. If dancing salsa with hot Cubans to world-renowned live music is on the itinerary, this is the place to do it. There is another outpost of the Casa de la Música in Centro Habana at Galeano between Concordia and Neptuno with the same menu of acts.

Address: corner Calle 35, Miramar, Calle 20, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 202 6147.

Jazz Club La Zorra y el Cuervo

Cuban jazz is legendary and this intimate basement club gives visitors a chance to hear top performers including Roberto Fonseca, Alexis Bosch, and Yasek Manzano. The club is dark and low-ceilinged, but the sound is good and of the three jazz clubs in town, this place best approximates a classic urban jazz joint. Club is accessed through the red English phone booth.

Address: between Calle N and Calle O, Vedado, Calle 23, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 662 402.

Classical music in Havana

Dance in Havana

Gran Teatro de La Habana

An architectural marvel and home to the world famous Ballet Nacional de Cuba, this theatre is awe-inspiring inside and out. A badly-needed restoration project was completed in 2016, improving this legendary venue into a state where it's as spectacular as the nightly performances it plays host to. Head to the box office where upcoming performances are listed.

Address: Centro Habana, Corner of Paseo del Prado and Calle San Rafael, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 861 3096.

Teatro Mella

Numerous and varied are the reasons to pencil in an evening at this Vedado theatre: it's where Cuba's modern dance company, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, puts on electric performances; it's one of the official theatres of both the Ballet and Jazz Festivals; and there are notable concerts by greats, including Chucho Valdés and Pablo Milanés, here occasionally. Upcoming performances are listed at the box office.

Address: between Calle A & B, Línea, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 833 5651.

Theatres in Havana

Teatro Nacional de Cuba

Located on the edge of the sprawling Plaza de la Revolución, this theatre – one of Havana's biggest, with several rooms and a couple of clubs on-site – hosts plays and concerts to large, enthusiastic crowds. Dance companies as disparate as Ecos (flamenco) and Danza Voluminosa (all dancers weigh close to 200 pounds or more) perform here.

Address: , Plaza de la Revolución, Havana,
Telephone: +53 7 785 590.

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Parque Central Hotel

This well-situated, upscale hotel straddling Central Havana and Old Havana has been setting the standard for luxury lodging in the Cuban capital for years. In 2010, the Parque Central added 149 rooms in its new, chic La Torre building, further cementing its reputation as one of the city's best places to stay. Connected to the original building (with 277 rooms), La Torre is more low-key and the rooms fresher. The rooftop pool with panoramic city views is a real draw here.

Park View Hotel

A great location combines with a nice price to make the Park View a perennial favourite. Close to both the famous Museo de la Revolución and the exquisite Museo de Bellas Artes, this small Havana hotel provides a warm welcome to the city. Functional rather than fancy, rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV and a safe deposit box. The on-site restaurant has awesome city views and hotel staff are friendly.

Hotel Sevilla

One of the city's most striking examples of Moorish architecture (the façade and lobby, anyway), this historic hotel is a feast for the eyes, from the exotically tiled lobby to the sweeping city views from the Roof Garden Restaurant. Its location (steps from the Paseo del Prado, Gran Teatro and many museums) puts Havana's highlights at your beck and call. The rooms are rough around the edges, however; best to check one out before checking in. The lobby is always abuzz with live music, clinking cocktail glasses and laughter.

Hotel Santa Isabel

To date, the only (supposed) 5-star hotel in Old Havana's historic core, the Santa Isabel occupies a privileged spot on picturesque Plaza de Armas. The setting is charming, with many of the 27 rooms overlooking the Plaza or Havana Harbor, which is largely what attracts famous guests including Jimmy Carter and Robert Plant. However, like many historic buildings (this one dates from the 1700s), interiors can be dark and musty, plus hotel staff can be bristly and less than efficient.

Hotel Habana Riviera

Once upon a time, this hotel overlooking the Malecón was a major mobster hangout (it was built by infamous mafia kingpin Meyer Lansky) and everything from the retro, low-slung couches in the lobby to the legendary shows at The Copa Room cabaret throw back to that bygone era. Unfortunately, it can feel like the rooms haven't been updated since then. On the upside, even standard rooms are giant, each has city or sea views (go for one on the upper floors, with a balcony), and the windows actually open. The seawater pool here and lobby bar are attractions in themselves.

Hotel El Terral

One of Havana's newest properties, this boutique hotel is superbly perched overlooking the Malecón – and every room has a private balcony from which to appreciate the killer sea views. One guest says it's like being on a ship, you're that close to the water. So chic and popular is this place, you'll be lucky to land one of the 14 rooms. Doubly lucky are those that book a corner room (with two balconies) or one of the two suites each with long, deep terraces. The staff are friendly and pay meticulous attention to detail, plus you can walk to some excellent restaurants and sites.