The 5 best places for cocktails and tapas Havana

Lamparilla Tapas & Cervezas

Lamparilla no 361

entre Aquacate y Villegas

Habana Vieja

+53 5289 5324

This new hot spot is located on a quiet street in Habana Vieja. Every part of the open space is completely decorated with a funky mix of randow vintage objects. A big sign reads 'No Wi-Fi, plaese talk to each other'. The tapas menu includes 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.

El Café Madrigal

Calle 17 no 809

entre 2 y 4

Vedado

www.madrigalbarcafe.wordpress.com

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 films.

Siá Kará

Industria no 502

esq Barcelona

Centro Habana

+53 7867 40 84

 

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.

Art pub

Teniente Rey no 306

entre Aguacate y Compostela

Habana Vieja

+53 7861 5014

www.artpubcuba.com

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 bartender 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.

Sloppy Joe's

Animas esq Zulueta

Habana Vieja

+53 7866 7157

www.sloppyjoes.org

An immense bar with an even bigger history. The bar reopened in 2013 after being closed for 48 years. Sloppy Joe's was popular with U.S. tourists in the twenties and thirties during the Prohibition, when they made Havana their playground. This bar is also featured in the movie Our Man in Havana. Try the Sloppy Joe cocktail, a cool refreshing blend of brandy, port and Cointreau, with a fruity pineapple finish. Yes, Hemingway was also here.

part of 40 places for a drink

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Havana