Housed in a 1880s mansion, La Esencia is among the trendiest bars in Havana due to its ambience, retro-styled decoration and consistent cocktails. Though it also operates as a full restaurant, the bar's tapas and pizzas are your best bet to match your next round of drinks. Friday’s happy hours (from 5pm to 8pm) are popular among young students and professionals.
The music selection combines retro and trendy videoclips, Cuban all-time hits and international singles. At the time of research, it hosted an LGBT night on Mondays and karaoke on Wednesdays.