El Floridita

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El Floridita information

Downtown Havana , Cuba
Obispo No 557
Habana Viejo
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Promoting itself as the 'cradle of the daiquirí,' El Floridita was a favorite of expat Americans long before Hemingway dropped by in the 1930s (hence the name, which means 'little Florida'). A bartender named Constante Ribalaigua invented the daiquirí soon after WWI, but it was Hemingway who popularized it, and ultimately the bar christened a drink in his honor: the Papa Hemingway Special (a grapefruit-flavored daiquirí).

His record – legend has it – was 13 doubles in one sitting. Any attempt to equal it at the current prices (CUC$6 and up for a shot) will cost you a small fortune – and a huge hangover.