Casa de la Música
Carnaval practice for the Sarabanda Mayombe happens weekly at this Tivolí foco (a show that takes place in Tivolí). Saturdays at 5pm it performs a mágica religiosa program of orishas (Afro-Cuban religious deities), bembé (Afro-Cuban drumming ritual) and palo monte (Bantu-derived Afro-Cuban religion) at nearby Casa de las Tradiciones.
Ask about practice sessions at the studios of the Conjunto Folklórico de Oriente and the Foco Cultural Tumba Francesa at General Banderas. Traditional dancing also takes place at other focos culturales (cultural shows) around town most evenings.
This pleasant outdoor courtyard with a ‘ceiling’ made out of twisted vines is as an agreeable Old Town nook as any. You can grab a bite to eat, feast on popcorn or just sup quietly on a mojito while the resident band strums along.
Playas del Este’s gay scene revolves around a beach bar called La Paté , near Restaurante Mi Cayito, at the east end of Santa María del Mar. You might also check all the way west on Playa El Mégano for cruising opportunities.
A restaurant by day and Camagüey’s only cabaret by night. Part with CUC$7 at the door to witness an intoxicating dose of perfectly enacted Cuban kitsch.
This place on the north side of Parque Céspedes has an upstairs terrace overlooking the square, for drinks (pay in pesos) and dancing.
A block north of Parque Martí, this is the city’s best movie house. Check the taped-up posters outside.
The most popular disco in Las Tunas. There’s also a cinema here.
The Casa de Cultura Agustín J Crespo hosts cultural activities.