Five best ways to enjoy Havana nightlife published by Afar magazine

Posted: 24-Aug-16 10:35

Cuba's vibrant capital city is famous for its sizzling nightlife, filled with music, dance and excitement. "Afar" travel magazine suggests five wonderful night time experiences that will help you appreciate and discover Havana's essence, from sipping a frozen daiquiri at El Floridita bar to simply sitting by the Malecon seawall taking in the city's spirit.

Five best ways to enjoy Havana nightlife published by Afar magazine

Among the most dynamic and vibrant spots in the region, Havana pulsates with all the art, music, tropical sensuality and bustle that befits the largest capital city in the Caribbean. Its nightlife is thriving and the choice of venues - especially for live music - will keep you moving and grooving every night of your holiday if you wish. In order to serve travellers with a helpful guide, Afar magazine recently published five things to do after dark in Havana.

Afar is a travel publication focused on experiential travel based in the United States. It was launched in 2009 by Greg Sullivan and Joseph Diaz after a 6-week trip to India and has received awards in the travel writing and journalism industry. In this recent article, they suggest some of the best things to do in Havana as well as the top spots to drink, dance and simply observe Havana’s constant movement during the night.

The best ways to enjoy Havana's nightlife

  1. Daiquiris at Hemingway’s favourite bar

    Daiquiris at Hemingway's favourite bar

    El Floridita bar, set right at the heart of Old Havana, gave birth to one of world’s most renowned cocktails in 1914: the frozen daiquiri. Sipping one of these delicious and refreshing drinks at this legendary bar is an experience you will truly treasure. Absorb the enchanting ambiance knowing it was once the favourite venue of writers like Ernest Hemingway, Graham Green and Ezra Pound.

  2. The Seventh Art in Havana

    The Seventh Art in Havana

    Who doesn’t love a good movie night? The city’s much less sophisticated system makes you travel back in time as you search for the film listings in a newspaper. Choose any of Havana’s cinemas, including Riviera, Tearto America and Yara for everything from action blockbusters to the latest Palme d’Or winner from Cannes. If you’re not certain of your Spanish skills, choose the Chaplin cinema which specializes in throwback American films in original version.

  3. Dancing at Casa de la Amistad

    Dancing at Casa de la Amistad

    Set within a magnificent mansion built in the 1920’s, Casa de la Amistad is a lovely restaurant that hosts excellent concerts on weekends. Though there may be some Cuban music playing, performance usually include 90’s rock music with wonderful impressions of Kurt Cobain, Bono and Sting. You can order drinks right at the bar, or do things the Cuban way by showing up with bottle of Havana Club rum and mixing it with coke as you dance along to animated tunes, like no one’s watching.

  4. It’s to time to FAC

    It's to time to FAC

    One of the hottest venues to experience Havana's night music scene, the Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) is not just a night club; it’s a venue like no other that integrates all art forms into one unique experience. Walk around this immense facility and appreciate photography, sculpture, film, and art exhibits before dancing to live music. Be sure to arrive early, around 9 pm before the line gets too long.

  5. Chilling by the Malecon seawall

    Chilling by the Malecon seawall

    No one can say they have truly lived a Havana night without sitting on the beautiful seawall all locals refer to as “El Malecon” for a couple of hours. Bustling with people of all ages on weekends, this is a truly magical spot where locals meet with a bottle of rum and either blast out music from their mobile phones or play some jams on their guitars. Simply sit back as you watch the waves crashing on the wall with a drink or a Cuban cigar in hand and feel the breeze as you absorb Havana’s enchanting atmosphere.

Make Cuba and Havana your own

These five tips to experience Cuba to the fullest are only the tip of the iceberg for those who really wish to capture its spirit. The best way to truly get to know this captivating Caribbean island is letting yourself and go and being unafraid to spontaneously wander off to whichever places inspire you the most. Embrace the heat and the scorching sun, dance away to the sounds of salsa, discover pieces of history as you walk through the streets and interact with the friendly Cuban people who will most certainly make an impression on you.


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