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Nightlife in Havana at Glance

  • Cabarets: Most major hotels have a cabaret. The shows are not lacking in sensuality.
  • Nightclubs and clubs: They are also integrated in the hotels or next door. Techno music, but also salsa accompanied by orchestras. With the help of tourism, jineteras and jineteros are very present.
  • Peñas, casas de la Trova, casas de la Cultura and fiestas: For those who wish to get to know Cubans, far from the overly touristy itineraries.

Havana Best Clubs

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Why Nightlife in Havana is so particular ?

In Havana, when night falls and the lights come on, the capital comes alive… which doesn’t mean that there aren’t nice places to go out during the day.

Everything here conspires to make your night out the most beautiful noche feliz.
A few cuba libre in the company of Cuban friends, and “mañana será otro día”, as they say here.

It’s hard to know which is the best place at the best time. In Havana, the reputations of the clubs are made and undone quickly …

Ask the locals, they usually know which are the most lively places at the moment.
Unfortunately, rather reserved for Spanish speakers (although music is a universal language), peñas are probably the most authentic form of expression of Cuban culture.

These literary gatherings have their origins in the evenings that used to be organized in the artistic circles of Cuban society.

At these gatherings, people would gather with friends (usually at the home of one of the participants, sometimes in a café) to read poetry, sing and make music.

Many works of Cuban culture and personalities from the world of the arts thus made their first public appearance.

The peña is also a way to have fun, with family or friends, by getting together regularly to give free rein to what could be called the Cuban soul, most often singing in a choir, and unpretentious, with a musical accompaniment: piano, wooden crate or bottle struck with a spoon.

There are also more formal peñas, organized around an artist, but the public is generally called upon to play a rather active role.

At the moment of the descarga (common improvisation), anything can happen… The bolero singer can change into a rumbero, while the pianist starts playing the conga.

Without any further ado, here the list of best clubs in Havana :

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Home Museum

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 4pm to 7pm and from 7pm to 4am.

Entrance from 5 to 15 CUC in the morning from 16h to 19h (depending on the band playing) then from 20 to 30 CUC for bands from 22h.

Located in the same building as the Teatro Cuba, a small jewel of Cuban Art Deco.

Good to excellent musical programming. The Egrem company indeed watches over the grain. You can quench your thirst in one of the bars on the ground floor or at the troquet on the first floor.

  • Between Concordia and Neptuno Streets…
  • Avenida Galiano & +53 7 862 4165
  • [email protected]

Turquino Cabaret

Perched on the 25th floor of the Tryp Habana Libre Hotel, this establishment takes its name from Mount Pico Turquino located on the Sierra Maestra: it is the highest peak in Cuba.

And you will see, indeed, that the panorama is exceptional from the cabaret.

Just for that alone, the place is worth the detour. After the show or concert, you can go to the disco.

As for the clientele, the Turquino remains one of the most distinguished nightclubs in Havana.

  • Calle L, between Calle 23 and Calle 25
  • +53 7 834 6100
  • Open from 10:30 pm to 3 am. Entrance 10 CUC.

Centro Cultural Bertolt Brecht

In this cultural center, the atmosphere is always good.

Concerts take place around 9pm every evening.

On Friday and Saturday, it is then a DJ who takes over from 1am.

If you’re feeling hungry, you can have a sandwich (3 CUC) in the cafeteria (open from 11.30 pm to 2 am) located outside on the esplanade, at the top of the stairs.

In any case, you should know that when the DJ settles down on the turntables, the track gets hot and you dance until you’re thirsty under the spotlights.

Trendy Cuban clientele.

  • Calle 13, corner of Calle I
  • +53 7 832 9359
  • Entry from 5 to 10 CUC.

Fábrica de Arte cubano

Open early 2014, this is the new trendy place in Havana.

The brand new design places, with their immaculate white walls are sublime.

Installed on several floors, this “Cuban art factory” bears its name well, because not only do you discover works of art by contemporary Cuban artists – sometimes a little provocative – as you wander through the different rooms, but you can also listen to local stars singing live, like the superb concert given by Omara Portuondo, the diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, during our visit.

Several bars are set up beyond and you’ll even find one with good espresso coffee and cakes.

The nearby terrace is a great place to get some fresh air.

The only criticism that can be made of this establishment is the system of payment for drinks: at the entrance you are given a card to be stamped each time you drink and you pay at the end…

But if you lose the card, you have to pay 30 CUC at the exit obligatorily, that is to say the totality of the potential consos, even if you consumed less and, do not dream, it is non-negotiable.

A little complicated and stressful as a system because you always wonder if you have not forgotten the card somewhere, between two rooms and, here, it’s big!

But if not, nothing to complain about, the site is exceptional and the idea is original.

At times, it feels a bit like Art Basel in Miami or in the middle of a Fiac in Paris. Don’t miss this new Cuban-Alternative place when you visit the capital.

  • Calle 26, at the corner of Calle 11
  • Open Thursday to Saturday from 8pm to 4am, Sunday from 8pm to 2am. Entrance 2 CUC.

Gato Tuerto

Mythical place of the artistic community of Havana between the 1970s and early 1980s.

Postmodern decor, for a music essentially focused on the rope and the bolero.

Piano bar and concerts every Friday and Saturday from 11.30 pm.

Restaurant accessible on the first floor (from noon to midnight); you will enjoy its colourful walls where paintings or photos of local artists are hung and don’t miss the beautiful view of the Malecón.

  • Calle O 14, between Calle 17 and Calle 19
  • +53 7 838 2696
  • Open from 10pm to 4am.
  • Entrance 5 CUC.
  • From 20 CUC the meal in the restaurant upstairs.

Coffee Jazz

The Irakere group and its leader Chucho Valdés, often performed there.

Today, the new generation is taking over.

From 1am, it’s time for disco and DJ.

Trendy and sophisticated atmosphere with a superb view of the Malecón thanks to the large bay window.

Beware of the slightly steep stairs on your way out, especially if you’ve been drinking a lot of mojitos…

  • Paseo, corner of Avenida 1ra
  • Open from noon to 2am.
  • Entrance: 10 CUC from 8.30 pm (drinks included).
  • Attention, the concert usually starts at 11 pm.

King Bar

A small bar where the dance floor lights up from 10pm on weekends.

The DJ plays the best salsa and international hits in a crazy atmosphere where everyone dances tightly together.

This bar is home to most of Havana’s gay male community and it’s a big flirting spot.

But straight guys are also really welcome in a good-natured party spirit, a bit like the Queen in Paris in the belle époque.

The mischievous spirits won’t fail to laugh when they look at the very symbolic logo of the establishment…

Proof that mentalities are changing towards the gay community in Cuba.

Mariela Castro, great activist against homophobia is not for nothing!

  • Calle 23Between Calle E and D
  • +53 7 833 0556
  • Open until 3:00.

Salon Rojo

Small hall combining old style and more modern trends. Proximity assured with the artists. Not negligible, the bar offers an excellent selection of cocktails.

  • Calle 21, between Calle N and Calle O
  • +53 7 834 6560
  • Open every day from 10pm to 4am.
  • Entrance from 10 CUC (without consumption) to 20 CUC (with consumption).Prices vary according to the concerts.
  • Matinées : Friday and Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm.

Yellow Submarine

Who said that in Cuba we don’t like Rock? It’s in this submarine-shaped bar that all the Rock fans in Havana meet.

The Beatles are largely in the spotlight and you can meet real people who could easily be confused with members of Led Zeppelin.

That’s right! In Havana, we also like Rock. Fans will love it.

  • Calle 17 at the corner of Calle 6
  • Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Free from 2pm to 8pm.
  • Paid admission from 9pm to 2am; the rate varies according to the notoriety of the group.

La Zorra y el Cuervo

Located on the Rampa, this club, with an atmosphere both friendly and intimate, is mainly oriented towards jazz.

First performance from 11pm. One of the most interesting addresses in this area with the Jazz café. A real pleasure for the ears. Jazz lovers will be delighted!

  • Calle 23 no. 155, between Calle N and Calle O
  • +53 7 833 2402
  • Open from 10pm to 2am. Admission: between 10 and 20 CUC depending on the concert (two drinks included).

Casa de la Música de

Housed in a superb building in the Miramar district, this house of music generally presents good bands. Very varied programming, covering all Cuban musical genres.

Above, the Diablo Tun Tun to extend the night. Egrem shop, also accessible to leave with the instrument of your choice.

  • Avenida 35, corner of Calle 20, Miramar Playa
  • +53 7 204 0447
  • [email protected]
  • Open from 5pm to 9pm and 11pm to 3am.
  • Admission from 10 to 20 CUC depending on the concerts.

Don Cangrejo

Admittedly, it’s a bit far, if you stay in the Vedado or in the centre of Havana, but to party and listen to live music in the open air, in an atmosphere worthy of a big music festival or Ibiza, this is really the place to come

Concerts by well-known and renowned Cuban artists take place from Thursday to Friday from 10 pm, setting the mood from a large stage overlooking the terrace where the spectators are seated

We dance, drink a good mojito at one of the two large outdoor bars and have fun until the end of the night, right by the water..

The Don Cangrejo is right on the seafront, which makes the place all the more magical.

  • Between Calle 16 and Calle 18
  • Calle 1ra
  • Tel : +53 7 204 3837
  • Thursday to Friday from 10pm to 4am. Entrance: from 5 to 10 CUC, depending on programming.

El Diablo Tuntun

The Casa de la Música de Miramar is the perfect combination of piano bar and salsa, but above all it is the epicentre of reggaeton in Havana

A lot of people are there (especially from 3am, when the Casa de la Música closes), perfectly aware of the very caliente atmosphere

A good way to immerse yourself in the delirium of Cuban parties and to extend your evening until late at night.

  • At the corner of Calle 35, Calle 20, Miramar
  • Tel : +53 7 204 0447
  • Open every day from 11pm to 6am
  • Entrance at 5 CUC in the morning (from 15h to 20h) and from 10 to 15 CUC in the evening
  • 2 concerts per day: the first in the morning, the second in the evening

El Sauce

A large outdoor bar with a huge garden that has a capacity of 1000 seats

The musical program is different from what is traditionally found in Havana’s concert halls and discos

The boss of the place, the famous and very nice actor Luis Alberto García shouts it loud and clear “Here you will never hear a note of reggaeton”

So we come here to listen to Cuban fusion music, jazz and other music of the moment

On Sunday afternoons, it’s the discotheque “la Maquina de la Melancolia”: this party that starts at 5pm and ends at 10pm is dedicated to people over 30 years old

The retro and disco music, with Luis Alberto García at the controls, is a delight! We had a lot of fun and we highly recommend you to go

Also, there is a small restaurant on site that serves traditional Cuban cuisine at a fair price (between 3 and 6 CUC per dish)

Una buena dirección.

  • Avenida 9na
  • Between Calle 120 and Calle 122
  • Tel : +53 7 209 2261
  • Open Tuesday to Thursday from noon to midnight, Friday until 1am, Saturday until 2am, Sunday until 10pm
  • Admission: 2 CUC but prices may vary according to the fame of the bands playing
  • Cocktails at 2 CUC

Espacios

This is one of the most popular night bars in Havana at the moment and it is also one of our favorites

Located in a large house, this bar has several areas (hence the name) including pleasant lounges in cosy rooms and a beautiful patio with tropical vegetation that immediately immerses you in a holiday atmosphere

The outdoor bar only prolongs this feeling

A pure moment of happiness when you enjoy your mojito or Cuba libre

Concerts take place on certain evenings, in which case you have to pay admission (2 CUC), but on that evening you are entitled to a free tapas set

When you’re there, keep an eye out between cocktails because the singer Raúl Paz is a regular there – we’ve met him there! – and even one of Fidel Castro’s sons, it seems

In short, Espacios is a sure bet and it could well become the HQ for your Havana night trips.

Opera de la Calle

Created by a Cuban tenor, this cultural space with bar and restaurant is really original because it is the only one where you can see open-air operas.

They are modern operas in a contemporary style and it is worth the detour. Performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays only. The rest of the week, various concerts take place. No performances on Monday and Tuesday Piano bar on Wednesdays.

  • Calle 4 Between Avenida 7ma and Avenida 9na
  • Tel : +53 7 207 6885
  • Abierto todos los días desde el mediodía hasta la medianoche.

Sangri-la

A night bar where the track gets very fast while the best Cuban songs of the moment but also international hits resound

Fiesta guaranteed! Be careful not to leave your stuff lying around on a chair while dancing though, as robberies have been reported.

  • Avenida 19 – At the corner of Calle 42
  • Open from 10 pm to 6 am

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