Sloppy Joe’s: Touristy but Not Bad

This place actually isn’t terrible, especially for a tourist joint. The bar was a famous Hemmingway haunt back in the 50’s, but was closed for decades before being reopened/reconstructed a few years ago—the drinks are just a little overpriced and the food isn’t the worst. Plus it’s usually pretty vacant, so you don’t need to wait in line. If you’re a big group looking for … Continue reading Sloppy Joe’s: Touristy but Not Bad

Sarao’s Bar: Little Miami (for better or worse)

You’ve probably heard of Little Havana, the area populated by Cuban exiles and Cuban Americans in Miami, FL. Well Sarao’s is Havana’s take on little Miami–but just one bar. It’s kind of somewhere between an ok lough and a mediocre club. If that doesn’t really sounds like your cup of rum, you’re not along. It’s not exactly where we spend our time. It’s a little … Continue reading Sarao’s Bar: Little Miami (for better or worse)

Roma: Very Cool, Very Pretentious

Sitting atop a six story building in Old Havana is one of the cities hippest bars. To get to in, you first have to get past the bouncer (combination of ducking and juking is recommended) and hop in the elevator, where a bell-hop will take up up a turn-of-the-century, open-cage lift to the very top floor. Think, like, Tower of Terror. Bar Roma is easily … Continue reading Roma: Very Cool, Very Pretentious

La Fabrica de Cerveza: Warm, Mediocre, Expensive, Half-full Beers on the Plaza

A story: the last time I went here, my friends and I noticed they were only filling the beer towers 2/3 full. After we realized we were being short-changed, my friends asked me if they should complain. I told them it definitely wasn’t worth it, because it’s a government run place, and besides the beer isn’t very good anyway. But the couple at the table next … Continue reading La Fabrica de Cerveza: Warm, Mediocre, Expensive, Half-full Beers on the Plaza

El Concinero: A Great Rooftop, Right Next to FAC

Nice restaurant with an excellent rooftop bar. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation, they get pretty packed. If you’re just looking for drinks, head up to the rooftop and take the spiral staircase up to the bar in the old chimney (you read that right). No reservation required–but no food either. The food is quite good, though the menu is very similar to … Continue reading El Concinero: A Great Rooftop, Right Next to FAC

Sia Kara: An Eclectic Night Spot

feaSituated behind the Capitolio, tucked away on Barcelona, this bar-restaurant offers strong drinks and not bad food. Assuming you can get a spot. There’s an upstairs loft but the place can get crowded at night. Best to make a reservation, or stop by during the day for an afternoon cocktail. The eclectic decor (let us know if that painting is still there—you know what we’re … Continue reading Sia Kara: An Eclectic Night Spot

La Guarida: The Best, the Most Famous…and the Most Expensive

One of the most famous and most expensive restaurants in Havana, La Guarida does not disappoint. The food is always fantastic, and at $15-20 a plate, it better be. The famous 1993 Cuban movie Fresa y Chocolate filmed in the building back before it was converted into a restaurant (one of the characters actually calls his apartment “la guarida”–or, the hideout), and it still feels like a … Continue reading La Guarida: The Best, the Most Famous…and the Most Expensive