Casa De La Musica De Trinidad

In Trinidad, just a few steps from the historic Plaza Mayor, Casa de la Musica is one of Cuba's best music venues. Here you can fill up on Cuban rum and dance the night away to classic Cuban salsa music. Visitors can catch an open-air concert out in the courtyard and dance the night away under the stars.

Take the stairs to the right of La Iglesia Parroquial de la Santísima Trinidad in the Plaza Mayor, and you will find yourself standing in front of the majestic looking Casa de la Música (House of Music). If you are looking for a party, you will find it here. Arguably the best music venue in Trinidad, Casa de la Música is all about cold drinks and great salsa. The vibe is festive but low-key, and the venue attracts a good mix of locals and tourists. It just might be one of the best parties in Cuba.

The venue, which is part of a chain of life music venues, is actually comprised of two distinct sections. To the side of the church up the stairs, you will find live music concerts and vibrant Afro-Cuban music. This typically occurs nightly from about 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The groups are almost always from Trinidad, so it is a great way to get a taste of local music culture. Below the stars, visitors will find the rear courtyard. If you have two left feet and want a bit of dance instruction before you jump into the mix, Casa de la Música also offers salsa lessons during the day.

Keep in mind that live music at the venue is ongoing from about 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The courtyard gets started as a bar, and then transforms into a nightclub as the night progresses. After 11pm, DJs spin great beats for locals and tourists to dance to, so this is the perfect spot to hone your dancing skills. Depending on the season, this venue host big bands or recognized Cuban musicians as well. Full-blown salsa concerts are also often held here in the rear courtyard after 11pm. In this venue, sometimes music may even start in the afternoon, so with any bit of luck, you can catch a concert while watching the sunset...

Once this venue closes, that doesn’t mean that the party is up! Patrons of Casa de la Música will typically continue well into the night searching for more life music. For even more fiesta, head to the Disco Ayala, known to locals as “the Cave.” If you’re hungry, you can always stop into the nearby grill. This low-key local joint serves up hamburgers and other snacks. You will need the fuel to dance the night away!

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