Top Choice Theater in Centro Habana

Gran Teatro de la Habana

A theater since 1838, the amazing neobaroque Gran Teatro across from Parque Central is the seat of the acclaimed Ballet Nacional de Cuba, founded in 1948 by Alicia Alonso. It is also the home of the Cuban National O…
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There are friendly nods as you enter, handshakes offered by people you've never met, and a starry-eyed crooner on stage blowing kisses to his girlfriend(s) in the audience. Uneac concerts always feel more like famil…
Top Choice Live Music in Santiago de Cuba

Casa de las Tradiciones

The most discovered 'undiscovered' spot in Santiago still retains its smoke-filled, foot-stomping, front-room feel. Hidden in the gentile Tivolí district, some of Santiago de Cuba's most exciting ensembles, singers …
Top Choice Jazz in Santiago de Cuba

Iris Jazz Club

When Santiago get too hot, noisy and agitated, you need a dose of Iris, one of Cuba's suavest and best jazz clubs where you can sit in a comfy booth surrounded by pictures of puffing jazz greats and watch some incre…
Live Music in Centro Habana

Callejón de Hamel

Aside from its funky street murals and psychedelic art shops, the main reason to come to Havana's high temple of Afro-Cuban culture in Centro Habana is the frenetic rumba music that kicks off every Sunday at around …
Live Music in Santiago de Cuba

Patio ARTex

Art lines the walls of this shop-and-club combo that hosts live music both day and night in a quaint inner courtyard; a good bet if the Casa de la Trova is full, or too frenetic. It was being renovated at last visit…
Live Music in Santiago de Cuba

Patio los Dos Abuelos

The old-timers label (abuelos means grandparents) carries a certain amount of truth. This relaxed live-music house is a bastion for traditional son sung the old-fashioned way. The musicians are seasoned pros and mos…
Live Music in Santiago de Cuba

Sala de Conciertos Dolores

You can catch the Sinfónica del Oriente at this former church on Plaza de Dolores, plus the impressive children's choir (at 5pm). The cartelera is posted outside.
Theater in Santiago de Cuba

Teatro José María Heredia

Santiago's huge, modern theater and convention center went up during the city refurbishment in the early 1990s. Rock and folk concerts often take place in the 2459-seat Sala Principal, while the 120-seat Café Cantan…
Cabaret in Santiago de Cuba

Tropicana Santiago

Anything Havana can do, Santiago can do better – or at least cheaper. Styled on the Tropicana original, this 'feathers and baubles' Las Vegas–style floor show is heavily hyped by all the city's tour agencies who off…