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Top Choice Live Performance 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,…
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 Alicia Alonso

Havana's fabulously renovated 'great' theater is open again and offering up the best in Cuban dance and music. It's specialty is ballet (it's the HQ of the Cuban National Ballet), but it also stages musicals, plays …
Cabaret in Playa & Marianao

Tropicana Nightclub

A city institution since its 1939 opening, the world-famous Tropicana was one of the few bastions of Havana's Las Vegas–style nightlife to survive the revolution. Immortalized in Graham Greene's 1958 classic Our Man…
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 …
Dance in Vedado

Centro Cultural El Gran Palenque

Founded in 1962, the high-energy Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba specializes in Afro-Cuban dancing (all of the drummers are Santería priests). See them perform here, and dance along during the regular Sábado de…
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…
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…
Live Music in Vedado

Jazz Club la Zorra y El Cuervo

Havana's most famous jazz club (The Vixen and the Crow) opens its doors nightly at 10pm to long lines of committed music fiends. Enter through a red British phonebox and descend into a diminutive and dark basement. …
Live Music in Vedado

Café Teatro Bertolt Brecht

A live-music venue beloved by Havana's trendy youth for the weekly concerts headlined by the legendary music collective Interactivo (Wednesdays at midnight-ish). If you're curious about Cuban culture – and its futur…