O’Reilly 304: Great All-Around (And Not an Irish Bar)

A bar-restaurant that’s known for its fancy gin and tonics, with delicious food too. You can get in during the day with a moderate wait, but we definitely recommend calling ahead for dinner. The cocktails are big, delicious, and strong–just the way we like them.

If you can’t get in, try going across the street to El Del Frente–it’s a newer restaurant by the same owner with a similar menu, but a fine-dining interior. Also a great spot.

O’Reilley 304 between Habana and Aguiar, Old Havana

Gin bar and restaurant that’s the address of the spot in Havana vieja. It’s a swanky resto-bar, small and intimate and great for a cocktail and a chat. You’ll probably need reservations on a weekend night because it’s tiny and quite popular. Food is STRICTLY OKAY and moderately priced- drinks are more expensive but they are fancy, delicious, and worth the money if you’re on a tourist budget. Touristy for sure, but the cocktails are damn good. Beers are $2cuc and cocktails start at $4 and go up (up up!). The passion fruit mojito costs $6cuc but it’s tremendous and fancy and you’ll probably want a second one. The owner also opened up another spot, El Del Frente (O’Reilley 303 between Habana and Aguiar) which has a lovely rooftop terrace.