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

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

El Chanchullero: Best Bar for a Paleo Diet

Ok this place must be in every hip guidebook because there is always a line. But it’s worth the wait. Food is reliably good and you generally get your protein served with sautéed veggies on a bed of greens and tomatoes, with some rolls on the side, which is all pretty unusual for Cuba. If you’re eating paleo, this is the place for you. The … Continue reading El Chanchullero: Best Bar for a Paleo Diet

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