Top Choice Concert Venue in Matanzas

Sala de Conciertos José White

Restoration of this 1876 building abutting Hotel Velazco was completed in 2014 and every inch, flourish and cornicing of its former glory is well worth a lingering look. Fitting for a building that formerly hosted t…
Top Choice Live Music in Varadero

Beatles Bar-Restaurant

A roquero’s delight on the edge of Parque Josone, honoring the previously banned Beatles in a bar that evokes the swinging spirit of the decidedly un-Cuban 1960s. Simple food and beer are served but the real draw is…
Theater in Matanzas

Teatro Sauto

On the threshold of reopening (some time in 2017) after a lengthy renovation, the Sauto certainly has clout: performances have been held here since 1863. If you're lucky, you might catch the Ballet Nacional de Cuba …
Cabaret in Varadero

Cabaret Cueva del Pirata

A kilometer east of the Hotel Sol Elite Palmeras, Cabaret Cueva del Pirata presents scantily clad dancers in a Cuban-style floor show with a buccaneer twist (eye patches, swashbuckling moves). This cabaret is inside…
Live Music in Varadero

Club Mambo

Cuba's 1950s mambo craze lives on at this quality live-music venue – arguably one of Varadero's hippest and best. Situated next to Club Amigo Varadero in the eastern part of town, the CUC$10 entry includes all your …
Live Music in Varadero

Sala de la Música la Marina

A new-ish place at the Marina Gaviota complex that's (obviously) heavy with tourists. Most nights it's a disco with a live DJ. On Saturdays it usually has a live band playing Buena Vista Social Club music. It's plea…
Cabaret in Varadero to Matanzas

Tropicana Matanzas

Capitalizing on its success in Havana and Santiago de Cuba, the famous Tropicana cabaret has a branch 8km east of Matanzas, next to the Hotel Canimao. You can mingle with the Varadero bus crowds and enjoy the same e…
Cultural Center in Matanzas

Centro Cultural Comunitario Nelson Barrera

A good starting point for anyone interested in Matanzas' Afro-Cuban history lies in this Marina-neighborhood cultural center. Inquire about upcoming events and you could get lucky with religious processions, drum se…
Live Music in Varadero

Casa de la Música

Aping its two popular Havana namesakes, this place has some quality live acts and a definitive Cuban feel. It's in town and attracts a local crowd who pay in pesos. Non-Cubans pay in convertibles.
Spectator Sport in Matanzas

Estadio Victoria de Girón

From October to April, baseball games take place at this stadium, home of beloved local team the Cocodrilos. It's 1km southwest of the market.