Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Habana Vieja

El Dandy

The jury's still out on Havana's trendiest bar-cafe, but there's little doubt that it's the dandiest. Proving itself to be 'unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance,' El Dandy is a vort…
Top Choice Bar in Habana Vieja

El Chanchullero

'Aqui jamás estuvo Hemingway' (Hemingway was never here) reads the sign outside roguish Chanchullero, expressing more than a hint of irony. It had to happen. While rich tourists toast Hemingway in La Bodeguita del M…
Top Choice Lounge in Habana Vieja

Azúcar Lounge

How to make an old square trendy: stick a low-lit, chill-out bar with Ikea-style couches on the upper floor of one of its oldest houses. Sprinkle said bar with avant-garde art and weird light fixtures. Offer lavish …
Cafe in Habana Vieja

Museo del Chocolate

Chocolate addicts beware, this unmissable place in Habana Vieja's heart is a lethal dose of chocolate, truffles and yet more chocolate (all made on the premises). Situated – with no irony intended – on Calle Amargur…
Bar in Habana Vieja

El Patchanka

Live bands rock the rafters, locals knock back powerful CUC$2 mojitos, and earnest travelers banter about Che Guevara's contribution to modern poster art in this new dive bar in Plaza del Cristo that already looks c…
Bar in Habana Vieja

La Bodeguita del Medio

Made famous thanks to the rum-swilling exploits of Ernest Hemingway (who by association instantly sends the prices soaring), this is Havana's most celebrated bar. A visit here has become de rigueur for tourists who …
Bar in Habana Vieja

El Floridita

El Floridita was a favorite of expat Americans long before Hemingway dropped by in the 1930s, hence the name (which means 'Little Florida'). Bartender Constante Ribalaigua invented the daiquiri soon after WWI, but i…
Beer Hall in Habana Vieja

Cervecería Antiguo Almacén de la Madera y Tabaco

Down on the docks lies Havana's largest brewpub, which makes and serves three Austrian-style beers in an old lumber and tobacco warehouse. The interior is huge, recalling the ambience of an Oktoberfest beer tent, so…
Cafe in Habana Vieja

Dulcería Bianchini II

Cubans seemed to have long forgotten about the Spanish merienda – that lovely afternoon pause for hot drinks and cake. Then along came Bianchini, with its sweet snacks and excellent coffee, to remind everyone why te…
Bar in Habana Vieja

Espacios Old Fashioned

The new offshoot of the hip Miramar restaurant, Espacios inhabits a smaller abode in Habana Vieja, but, like its bigger sibling, adorns its walls with avant-garde art. You can eat here, but we recommend it as a plac…