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)

Bertol Brecht: The Moose Lodge of Havana (in a good way)

Ever been in a Moose Lodge? No? Well if you had, you’d know what to expect at Bertolt Brecht. Originally a synagogue, it was donated to the Cuban government after the revolution. Since then, it’s been used as a cafe and community center, the basement of which serves as a live music venue. Like all government-run music venues in Havana, it’s a five CUC cover for foreigners … Continue reading Bertol Brecht: The Moose Lodge of Havana (in a good way)

Diablo Tun Tun: The Best Thursday Evening in Havana

Better than the Casa de la Musica downstairs, Diablo Tun Tun offers a kickass (and packed) party every Thursday from 7-9. Get there by 6 to get a decent spot. The music is always fun and the crowd is mostly Cuban regulars. Drinks are cheap, too–we recommend buying a bottle of rum for 5 CUC and a few cans of soda and sharing among friends, … Continue reading Diablo Tun Tun: The Best Thursday Evening in Havana

Corner Café: Go for the Music, Stay for…Well, Also the Music

As a bar, this place is kind of meh. Decor is newish and modern, rinks are a little expensive, the seating is weird, and the place is often empty. It used to be run by the government but’s now under the management of a private colectivo. But when there’s a show, the place transforms. Then it’s packed and filled with energy, and a great place … Continue reading Corner Café: Go for the Music, Stay for…Well, Also the Music

Submarino Amarillo: Weird, Beatles-fueled Greatness

A surreal fever-dream of a bar. As the name indicates, it’s Beatles-themed—and we mean really, really Beatles-themed. The government-run venue mostly offers Cuban cover bands, and is far more popular among locals than tourists. This is fascinating for many reasons: The Beatles were unofficially outlawed back in the 60’s, as was all other rock music, for being “counter-revolutionary” The bar is run by the government, … Continue reading Submarino Amarillo: Weird, Beatles-fueled Greatness