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Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Fábrica de Arte Cubano

If only every city had a cultural venue as wide-ranging, inclusive and downright revolutionary as Havana’s unique art factory. The brainchild of Cuban fusion musician X-Alfonso in 2014, this gallery/live-music...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Centro Habana

Callejón de Hamel Live Rumba

Callejón de Hamel Live Rumba

Aside from its funky murals and psychedelic art shops, the main reason to come to this alleyway, Havana's high temple of Afro-Cuban culture, is the frenetic rumba music that kicks off every Sunday around noon.

Top ChoiceCabaret 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...

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Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso

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. Its specialty is ballet (it's the headquarters of the Cuban National Ballet), but it also stages...

Cabaret in Playa & Marianao

Tropicana Nightclub

Tropicana Nightclub

An institution since its 1939 opening, the world-famous Tropicana was among the few bastions of Havana's Las Vegas–style nightlife to survive the revolution. Immortalized in Graham Greene's 1958 Our Man in...

Live Music in Vedado

Café Teatro Bertolt Brecht

What pass for hipsters in Havana tend to congregate at this live-music venue known locally as No Se lo Digas a Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone) for the weekly concerts headlined by legendary music collective Interactivo...

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...

Live Music in Vedado

Jazz Club la Zorra y El Cuervo

One in a duo of long-standing and highly lauded jazz clubs, the Vixen and the Crow opens its doors nightly at 10pm to long lines of committed music fiends. Enter through a red British phone box and descend into a...

Live Music in Vedado

Jazz Café

This upscale joint, improbably located 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...

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 at least once a week (check the...

Theater in Centro Habana

Teatro Martí

Known also as the 'theater of a hundred doors' (in reference to the French windows adorning its exterior), this neoclassical gem is a masterpiece of restoration. After 40 years in dereliction, it reopened in 2014...

Theater in Vedado

Teatro Nacional de Cuba

One of the twin pillars of Havana's cultural life, the Teatro Nacional de Cuba on Plaza de la Revolución is the modern rival to the Gran Teatro in Centro Habana. Built in the 1950s as part of Jean-Claude...

Arts Center in Habana del Este

Centro Cultural Enguayabera

In an old shirt factory abandoned in the 1990s, when it became a rubbish dump and public urinal, this new state-sponsored community arts project was inspired by the Fábrica de Arte Cubano in Vedado. Numerous...

Live Music in Centro Habana

El Guajirito

Some label it a tourist trap, but this restaurant–entertainment space bivouacked upstairs in a deceptively dilapidated Havana tenement plays some of the most professional Buena Vista Social Club music you'll ever...

Live Music in Playa & Marianao

Salón Rosado Benny Moré

If you're looking for something inherently Cuban, tag along with the local habaneros for some very caliente action at this outdoor venue known colloquially as La Tropical. The long-standing club hosts live music...

Live Music in Playa & Marianao

Casa de la Música

Launched with a concert by renowned jazz pianist Chucho Valdés in 1994, this Miramar favorite is run by national Cuban recording company EGREM, and the programs are generally a lot more authentic than the cabaret...

Live Music in Vedado

El Gato Tuerto

Once the headquarters of Havana's alternative artistic and sexual scene, the 'one-eyed cat' is now a nexus for middle-aged lovers of traditional Cuban boleros (rhythmic ballads) and filin music (jazz crooning)....

Stadium in Havana

Estadio Latinoamericano

The largest stadium in Cuba holds 55,000 people and was built before the revolution, in 1946. It’s the home of Havana’s widely revered (or reviled, depending on where you’re from) baseball team, Los Industriales....

Live Performance in Vedado

Casa de la Amistad

This elegant pink mansion built in 1926 by Juan Pedro Baró, a rich landowner involved in a scandalous marriage with high-society belle Catalina Lasa, is the unlikely nexus of Havana's blossoming rock-and-roll...

Theater in Vedado

Teatro Mella

Occupying the site of the old Rodi Cinema on Línea, Teatro Mella offers one of Havana's most comprehensive programs, including an international ballet festival, comedy shows, theater, dance and intermittent...