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Nightlife in Havana

Havana's famous nightlife is typified by the sultry salsa clubs in Centro and Vedado. Musical melodies like jazz, boleros, modern reggaeton and the political lyrics of Nueva Trova all feature in the city's many bars and clubs. The extraordinary Tropicana cabaret in Marianao is a particular nocturnal treat. Heady rum cocktails fuel the city's nightlife and bands play in Old Havana bars until midnight. Salsa clubs and big-name stars get moving just as the bands close down.

Hotel Nacional, Vedado, Havana. © WOW
Hotel Nacional, Vedado, Havana. © WOW
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Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Mojitos and decadence

The imposing mafia-built Hotel Nacional overlooks the Malecón and the sea and oozes pre-Revolution elegance. For sundowners, sit on the marble terrace with a Mojito and soak up the humidity, serenaded by the live band.



Address

Calle O corner of Calle 21, Vedado

Telephone

+53 7 873 3564 ext 139

Transport

Taxi

Website

Hotel Nacional de Cuba Website

La Bodeguita del Medio, Havana. Courtesy of the Cuban Tourist Board
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La Bodeguita del Medio

Hemingway's mojito bar

The walls of this tiny Old Havana bar are covered with signatures and photos of visitors on the Ernest Hemingway cocktail crawl. Space is tight at La Bodeguita del Medio but it doesn't matter as the band entertains the happy throng.



Address

Calle Empedrado 207 between Calles San Ignacio and Cuba, La Habana Vieja

Telephone

+53 7 867 1374

Transport

On foot

Cuban beauties in their shiny and colourful regalia at the Tropicana Cabaret, Havana. Photo by Peter Havord, peterhavord@dodo.com.au
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Tropicana Cabaret

Carnival of cabaret

Bejewelled and feathered dancers perform under the stars at Tropicana in Havana's Marianao district. The definitive, flamboyant cabaret show is one of Havana's most popular nights out, and a free rum cocktail for visitors adds to the buoyant mood.



Address

Calle 72 between Calles 41 and 45, Marianao

Telephone

+53 7 267 1718

Transport

Taxi

Website

Tropicana Website

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Casa de la Música Centro

Palace of salsa

Centro's La Casa de la Música is one of the best salsa-dancing spots in Havana and, crucially, frequented by locals. Raised seating inside provides a good view of live bands, while recorded music also features during matinee and late-night events.



Address

Calle Galiano 225 between Neptuno and Concordia, Centro Habana

Telephone

+53 7 860 8296

Transport

Taxi

Gran Teatro de La Habana, Cuba. Photo by Adam Gold, © Whatsonwhen
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Gran Teatro de La Habana

Elegant palace of entertainment

The Grand Theatre, between Old Havana and Centro, is home to the highly-cherished Cuban National Ballet, concerts, dance and children's theatre. The building's sumptuous décor, sweeping staircase and faded grandeur can also be experienced on an insightful guided tour.



Address

Paseo de Martí, corner of Calle San Rafael, Centro Habana

Telephone

+53 7 861 3078

A trumpet player on the Malecón, Havana. Photo by José Fernando Ogura, Curitiba, Brazil
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El Malecón

Havana's living room

A 7km sea wall that separates Havana from the Atlantic, the Malecón is the focus every evening for dancing, singing, gossip, and romance. Join the party from sunset by sitting on the wall next to a group of friendly Habaneros.



Address

El Malecón, Centro and La Habana Vieja

Transport

On foot

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