The 10 Best and Most Affordable Bars in Havana, Cuba

Cuban license plate | © Pedro Szekely / Flickr
Cuban license plate | © Pedro Szekely / Flickr
Photo of Jack Guy
29 December 2017

Visitors to Havana will be struck by the amount of drinking that goes on in the city, most of it involving rum. Those bar bills can add up if you get carried away, so stick to these affordable bars and your money will last longer.

Musicians at Bar Monserrate, Havana, Cuba | © jennicatpink / flickr

Bar Monserrate

Bar, Pub Grub, Cuban, Caribbean, $$$
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Bar Monserrate
Bar Monserrate | © Drek Blackadder / Flickr
For those who are searching for a traditional Cuban bar like the ones you see in films, Monserrate is about as close as you will get in Havana today. Dark-wood panelling and elegantly dressed bartenders make for an atmospheric place to sink a mojito or two, and the bar is frequented by friendly locals. Most of the time there is a live band playing, too, which adds to the atmosphere.

El Sophia

Another Vedado spot, El Sophia is famous for its drinks, food and daily live music. It’s a perfect combination. Sink some beers while you listen to a son cubano or changüí band, order some snacks when you get peckish and chat away to the locals who have frequented this place for years.

Calle 23 and O, Vedado, Havana

Sia Kara

Bar, Beer, Caribbean
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Found just behind the imposing edifice of El Capitolio in Centro Habana, Sia Kara is an understated jewel in the crown of Havana’s bar scene. Its unlikely location means that it flies under the radar, but it’s interestingly decorated (with a huge collection of ties), the cocktails cost just $2.50 each, and you’ll often find live music. If you don’t want to sit at the bar, you can retire to the lounge area where there are plentiful cushions and sofas.

Submarino Amarillo

Bar, Nightclub, Beer, Cuban
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Believe it or not, the Beatles were banned by the Cuban revolutionaries during their heyday, but they’ve since undergone something of a miraculous rehabilitation. Across the island you will find Beatles-themed bars, which often have bronze statues of the musicians on display. Submarino Amarillo (‘Yellow Submarine’) is Vedado’s very own Beatles bar, and it’s a good place to see some live rock music when you want a break from salsa.

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