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Cuba Street is Wellington’s own little piece of bohemia – the culture and food is a throwback to the Caribbean island of Cuba, even though historically it is not related to the multi-ethnic country on the other side of the world. This inner city street is host to some of the best restaurants and music venues. Read on to discover the best bars in the area.
The quirky, colorful decor in this hidden tapas bar pays homage to Cuba’s largest city and capital. You can have a bite to eat while enjoying the music of local and international artists or the DJs who play here three nights a week. On top of a dinner menu that features authentic Cuban flavors, Havana Bar is happy to offer their list of tapas options, providing a modern twist on the Spanish tradition.
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 11am-1am; Fri-Sat 11am-3am
A favorite meeting place on Cuba Street for over 100 years, Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant is more than just a place to get a drink, it’s a part of the community. In addition to its top-notch food and drinks menu, there are plenty of things to do at this bar and restaurant. Check out their website to see what events are coming up.
Opening hours: Mon-Thur 8am-12am; Fri-Sat 8am-3am;Sun 9am-12am
Fidel’s Café represents the country from which Cuba Street takes its name, from the decor to the food and, of course, the drinks. As well as offering a Caribbean-inspired brunch until 4pm, an all day menu from midday, and pizzas from 5pm, this cafe also offers a huge range of non-alcoholic, hand-made juices and smoothies, not to mention the authentic Cuban coffee, which is sure to give you a boost. Of course we can’t forget that this is a great place to kick back with some mates and have a few beers.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm; Sat 8am-10pm; Sun 9am-10pm
Originally known as a rock venue, San Fran now presents a wide selection of music genres as live entertainment on Cuba Street. San Fran is a great spot to discover up-and-coming Kiwi artists, as well as more well-known international musicians who take to the stage. Behind the long bar you can expect the award-winning service for which this venue is known, as well as the wide selection of local and international beers and ciders.
Opening hours: Tues-Thur 3pm-1am; Fri-Sat 3pm-4am
San Fran, 171 Cuba St, Te Aro, New Zealand +64 4 801 6797