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

El Cafe: Great, and Not Just for Cuba

Calling it now: this place has the best sandwiches in Havana. Homemade sourdough bread, fresh veggies, great sauces, and a BLT with REAL BACON. And the space is beautiful. With the big windows, relaxed atmosphere and coffee shop vibe, you’ll probably want to stay and relax or get a little work done–though there will probably be someone waiting in line for your table. They also … Continue reading El Cafe: Great, and Not Just for Cuba

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)

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

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

Lamparilla 361: Nightlight in Old Havana

No, that title’s not a typo–although Lamparilla 361 isn’t a bad nightlife spot, its name literally translates to “night light” and is also the restaurant’s address. At $10 a plate, this place is expensive for Havana, but the food is actually pretty great, and on par with some of the better restaurants in Havana. The grilled vegetables are surprisingly good, as are most of the … Continue reading Lamparilla 361: Nightlight in Old Havana