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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.

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

Bars

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  1. 1. Hotel Nacional de Cuba - Bars

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    The Hotel Nacional de Cuba, Havana. Courtesy of the Cuba Tourist Board

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Calle O corner of Calle 21, Vedado

    Telephone

    +53 7 873 3564 ext 139

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Hotel Nacional de Cuba Website

  2. 2. La Bodeguita del Medio - Bars

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

    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +53 7 867 1374

    Transport

    On foot

Clubs

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  1. 3. Casa de la Música Centro Habana - Clubs

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Calle Galiano 225 between Neptuno and Concordia, Centro Habana

    Telephone

    +53 7 860 8296

    Transport

    Taxi

Entertainment

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  1. 4. El Malecón - Entertainment

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

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    El Malecón, Centro and La Habana Vieja

    Transport

    On foot

  2. 5. Tropicana Cabaret - Entertainment

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

    Bejewelled and feathered dancers perform under the stars at Tropicana Cabaret 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.

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    Address

    Calle 72 between Calles 41 and 45, Marianao, Havana, Cuba

    Telephone

    +53 7 267 1718

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Tropicana Cabaret Website

  3. 6. Gran Teatro de La Habana - Entertainment

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

    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +53 7 861 3078

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Gran Teatro de La Habana Website

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