Today, Havana’s most famous bars include El Floridita, the re-opened Sloppy Joe’s and the iconic Hotel Nacional, with its sublime terrace. All of these places are fun and full of atmosphere, but are also packed with camera-touting tourists, and very few locals. Plus, they harken back to Havana’s past. For a glimpse of the future, visit these new bars and clubs in Havana.
Calle 21 #1065 e/ 12 y 14, Vedado
More of a café than bar, Bar Bohemio is owned and managed by ex-ballerinas from the National Ballet Company in Havana. This is a comfortable and warm place with great music and a relaxed vibe. There is a large patio terrace outside and nice space inside the spacious Vedado mansion. Photo by @mgliszczynska.
Lealtad #120 e/ Ánimas y Lagunas, Central Havana
(+53) 7- 864-1486 www.casamiglis.com
The bar at this buzzy Swedish restaurant (a first in Cuba) serves some of the best mojitos in the city. Owner Michel Miglis renovated the high-ceilinged building into an arthouse cinema-inspired space with whimsical touches, like chairs seemingly floating from the walls. Photo by @tommayv.
Calle 26 e/ 11 y 13, Vedado
Three flights up a spiral staircase is this rooftop bar that draws a mixed crowd of affluent young Cubans, expatriates and families (who come for dinner). The mango daiquiri is the house specialty.
Calle B, e/ Línea y Calzada, Vedado
Young Cubans flock to this Vedado bar for the post-work scene and the fantastic cocktail program.
O’Reilly e/ Habana y Aguiar, Old Havana
A split-level bar space with some of the best tacos in town, O’Reilly 304 serves eight creative takes on the gin and tonic (one has rose petals)”along with 30-plus other Cuban and international cocktails.
Ave. 21 e/ 36 y 42, Miramar
Located in the basement of a Miramar mansion, Sangri-La was a trendsetting bar that opened in 2012. It remains one of the most bumping bars in Havana.