There are many things to do during the evenings in Havana. During my four day stay in Havana, I came across a few gems that I would reccommend to anyone visiting Cuba.
Start out your evenings with a sunset on El Malecon. If you stay close to Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta, you’ll get picturesque views of the sun escaping into the sea behind the old fort. Two man salsa bands perform there on the regular so you’re sure to get some live music as well.
Drinks on the rooftop of La Guarida. This place is great for pictures but drinks are a bit costly and it seems to be a regular stop for cruise ship passengers. I visited during low season so it wasn’t crowded. But be sure to make a reservation if it’s high season and be prepared for a crowd.
Head over to Roma, a rooftop, for a great DJ set, amazing views and cheerful bartenders. This bar reminds me of Miami mixed with a bit of a Bushwick warehouse feel that is unique to Havana. I visited during low season but I have been told that this bar gets packed to the brim with celebrities from all over the World. Bartenders were cheerful and really made the atmosphere. If you get a bit peckish, order the pork sandwich with plantain chips- for me I just ordered extra plantain chips. Yummy!
If you’re not tired yet, head over to FOTO FAC for an evening of art, beautiful people, stiff drinks and live music or the house DJ. FOTO FAC is only venue in the World that I know of with a large space dedicated to displaying art, a multi-media stage, concert venue, outdoor lounging area and VIP lounge to boot. The space is creatively put together from sets of old shipping containers painted in white surrounded by the skeleton of an old factory. My favourite space is the crowded dance floor where I danced until my feet hurt. Other main installations “Key of Havana” and the “Drapped Madonna”.
Finish off the evening Cuban style with an El Presidente on El Malecon where you started your evening. Malecon is jumping until sunrise with after hour party revellers of all ages, salsa music with background sounds of the Atlantic Ocean. You can stay there until the sun comes up or make your way to bed to get some sleep before the day starts all over again.