Top Choice Cabaret in Vedado

Cabaret Parisién

One rung down from Marianao's world-famous Tropicana, but cheaper and closer to the city center, the nightly Cabaret Parisién in the Hotel Nacional is well worth a look, especially if you're staying in or around Ved…
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…
Top Choice Cultural Center in Vedado

Fábrica de Arte Cubano

The brainchild of Afro-Cuban fusion musician X-Alfonso, this is one Havana’s finest new art projects. An intellectual nexus for live music, art expos, fashion shows and invigorating debate over coffee and cocktails,…
Live Music in Vedado

El Hurón Azul

If you want to rub shoulders with some socialist celebrities, hang out at Hurón Azul, the social club of Uneac. Replete with priceless snippets of Cuba's under-the-radar cultural life, most performances take place o…
Live Music in Playa & Marianao

Don Cangrejo

We kid you not. The daytime restaurant of the Cuban fisheries becomes party central particularly on Friday night with alfresco live music (big-name acts) and an atmosphere akin to an undergraduate fresher’s ball.
Classical Music in Habana Vieja

Basílica Menor de San Francisco de Asís

Plaza de San Francisco de Asís' glorious church, which dates from 1738, has been reincarnated as a 21st-century museum and concert hall. The old nave hosts choral and chamber music two to three times a week (check t…
Cabaret in Vedado

Cabaret Turquino

Spectacular shows in a spectacular setting on the 25th floor of the Hotel Habana Libre.
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 …
Circus in Playa & Marianao

Circo Trompoloco

Havana's permanent 'Big Top' with a weekend matinee features strongmen, contortionists and acrobats.
Live Music in Vedado

Jazz Café

This upscale joint, located improbably in a shopping mall overlooking the Malecón, is a kind of jazz supper club, with dinner tables and a decent menu. At night, the club swings into action with live jazz, timba and…