The 5 best places for cocktails and tapas in Havana

1) Lamparilla Tapas & Cervezas

This great spot is located on a quiet street in Habana Vieja. Every part of this open space is completely decorated with a funky mix of random vintage objects. A big sign reads: “No Wi-Fi, please talk to each other”. The tapas menu includes to Cuban, Spanish, Italian and Mexican favourites. The ropa vieja is great as well as the pork chops with zucchini tempura with a sauce of hot chili.

Lamparilla Tapas y Cervezas

Lamparilla no 361, entre Aguacate y Villegas, Habana Vieja

+53 5289 5324

http://lamparillatapas.restaurantwebexperts.com

2) Café Madrigal

The Madrigal is more than just a place to eat and have a drink, it is your appointment with Cuban culture. Be surrounded by artworks, photographs and artefacts related to cinema. The owner is Rafael Rosales, a Cuban filmmaker. The name of this very special place, Madrigal, is also the title of one of his feature films.

man sitting insde of Bar Madrigal in Havana

Calle 17 no 809, entre 2 y 4, Vedado

+53 7831 2433

http://www.madrigalbarcafe.wordpress.com

3) Siá Kará

Contemporary Cuban art, old worn movie posters, old books and Tiffany lamps. It’s like stepping into another world. The drinks menu is printed at the back of a licence plate. Choose a deluxe mojito and have some satisfying tapas while conversing with friends. Just behind the Capitolio. Chic Cuban hipsters in an environment with a bohemian vibe.

interior of bar Sia Kara Havana

Industria no 502, esquina Barcelona, Centro Habana

+53 7867 4084

http://www.siakaracafe.com

4) Art Pub

Not far from Plaza del Cristo and its Chanchullero, you will find this more sophisticated black and white Art Pub. It has an inner courtyard where you can drink terrific cocktails at half price during their happy hour at 6 pm. Art Pub is a reflection of the new entrepreneurial mindset in Havana. Ariel, the owner, worked as a bar tender at Floridita for many years. He expresses his love of photography in the decoration, with beautiful prints on every wall. The place is littered with old school cameras and photography equipment.

Mojito cocktails

Teniente Rey no 306, entre Aguacate y Compostela, Habana Vieja

+53 7861 5014

5) El Del Frente

Step through the small door and up the stairway to the rooftop for a taste of paradise. No, it’s not Berlin, you’re still in Havana. Start by ordering a piña colada, I’m sure you’ve never tasted something tan divino in your life. The other cocktails are equally heavenly.

Pina Colada of Del Frente bar in Havana

O’Reilly 303, Habana Vieja

+53 7863 0206

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