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

Rio Mar: Expensive Seafood with a View of the Sea

Taking it’s name from it’s location at La Puntilla, where the Almadares River (rio) meets the ocean (mar), Rio Mar serves up delicious seafood on a beautiful deck overlooking the water. It’s a great spot, but pricy–entrees can cost over $20, which is a fortune in Cuba prices. Still, it’s worth a visit. Just try to make a reservation if you’re going for dinner. And … Continue reading Rio Mar: Expensive Seafood with a View of the Sea

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