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The 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 …
Top Choice International in Varadero

Varadero 60

Upping the ante considerably in Varadero's new private-restaurant scene is this fine-dining establishment that exudes an aura of refinement not seen since Benny Moré last cleared his throat and shouted ‘dilo!’. Lobs…
Bar in Varadero

Calle 62

Set in the transition zone between old and new Varadero, this simple snack bar attracts clientele from both ends. It's good for a cheese sandwich during the day, and the ambience becomes feistier after dark with liv…
Chinese in Varadero


An old stalwart set in a two-story mansion on the beach, Lai Lai has traditional Chinese set menus. Food gets mixed reports but, well, if you've been craving that wonton soup…
Bakery in Varadero

Panadería Doña Neli

Bread and pastries. Stock up and head for the beach.
Cuban in Varadero

Restaurante Esquina Cuba

This place was one-time favorite of Buena Vista Social Club luminary Compay Segundo, and the man obviously had taste. Salivate over the pork special (CUC$13) with lashings of beans, rice and plantain chips under the…
Bar in Varadero

Bar Mirador Casa Blanca

On the top floor of Mansión Xanadú, Bar Mirador Casa Blanca is Varadero's ultimate romantic hangout where happy hour conveniently coincides with sunset cocktails.
Cabaret in Varadero

Cabaret Continental

The Hotel Internacional stages a shamelessly over-the-top, Tropicana-style floor show (Tuesday to Sunday), which is, arguably, second only to 'the one' in Havana. Book the dinner at 8pm (booking through your hotel i…
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 …