Cuba has long been know for it's vibrant night life. In the pre-revolution days, Havana was a tropical playground for the wealthy jet-set crowd. Socialites and celebrities flocked to Havana for it's warm weather, cool cocktails, live music and dancing.
Then the revolution happened, the embargo happened and Havana nightlife for Americans became a distant memory.
We're here to tell you, that night life in Havana is very much alive!
It might be a bit different than the glory days of the 40's and 50's but theres still so many option when the sun goes down. The streets are electric at night, locals hanging out, listening to music and dancing in the streets.
Here are a few of our favorite spots.
Fabrica de Arte Cubano
A "Cuban Art Factory", los FAC combines live music, paintings, dance, and much more under the same roof, cocktail in hand. A must visit when in Havana. Open Thursday-Sunday.
As you enter the historic building, the interior of Espacios tapas restaurant presents flashes of 20th century glamor leading to the cozy back patio. Eat, drink and dance all night.
They also have a wonderful restaurant at a second location if Old Havana called Espacios Old Fashioned. We recommend trying the Tostones de Javier!
The Jazz Café is located overlooking el Malecó, in the top floor of a shopping building. The vibe is sophisticated, casual and modern with expansive glass walls. Serving dinner and drinks in a severely air conditioned space, where you can hear local Cuban jazz musicians. This is the place to be, especially on warm nights!
The next two spots are pretty touristy but worth a visit to grab a quick drink.
La Bodeguita del Medio
La Bodeguita del Medio is credited as being the birth place of the Mojito. Located on Calle Empedrado a short walk from the Plaza de la Catedral, this place is packed day and night. If the bar inside is too crowded, you can bring your drink into the street and admire the graffiti wall surrounding the entrance.
Head to El Flordita to sip a world famous Daiquiri at one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite bar. Fair warning, the bar will be packed but it's worth a quick stop to drink to grab a cocktail. The inside of the bar is wonderfully ornate and it's easy to image this place being packed with the rich and famous in Havana's heyday.
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