It's so easy and safe to get around Varadero, there's really no reason why you should stick to your resort at night. Two of the best nightlife options are located in downtown Varadero. The first is called "Calle 62" (because it's on calle 62, of course!). It's an open-air bar where they play live music every night until midnight - it's pretty cool to see how all the nearby streets suddenly turn into a gigantic dance floor! After midnight, the crowd moves down the street to the Havana Club, which is a really nice nightclub with a $5 cover charge - they play mostly pop and Latin hits, which makes it popular both with tourists and locals.
Another very popular spot in Varadero is the nightclub of the Hotel Internacional (I believe it's called Cabaret Continental). They have a cabaret show on most nights so it doesn't turn into a nightclub until close to midnight, at which point it can get very crowded even though the place is fairly big. There is a $10 cover charge, and it's one of the very few places in Cuba where you're not allowed to smoke inside. The music is similar to the one they play at Havana Club, and it's mostly popular with tourists staying at nearby resorts. They make really good mojitos!
Most resorts also put up nightshows, which are usually worth checking out at least once during the week. The magic and comedy shows can be pretty tacky, but the dance shows can be really good. They're usually on at around 10:00 pm, so it's not a bad place to go while you wait for nightclubs to really get going.
Hi...I am going to Varadero in a month...i have heard that it is not good for a single guy looking for chicas.......is Matanzas good for fun and locals etc?....do you need a casa there?.....can you bring girls to your hotel in varadero?....
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My brother and I wanted somewhere to go where the Cubans go for a night out. The waiter had a think, checked which day it was, and if its a Sunday go to the music room! Its by Calle 42 (all the streets are numbered like American roads) and its a big pink building. It cost 10CUC to get in. Get there for about 21:00 or so. Wow! When we walked in, there was a big Cuban band playing. 3 women singers, 2 men singers, 3 guitars, trumpet, trombone, drums, a guy on tom tom / bongo type drums and two guys on accoustic guitars! The place was heaving and was full of Cubans. I think there were only a few (3 or 4) tourists in there. Great atmosphere. At about 00:30, the band stopped playing and the Cuban dance / club music started. We carried on until the wee hours. A great night out.
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There’s plenty of nightlife in Varadero… especially during the high season. But if you happen to visit the place in the slow season, on a weekday night… this bar on Calle 62 is a great option!
It’s an open air place… with live music… and what everybody wants when going out, people!! It’s usually packed… people drinking in the street watching the show, dancing. Pretty fun!
In Varadero you will find most nightlife in the all-inclusive hotels. The rest of town seems to be a sleep. There are plenty of beach bars which are very nice but deserted. You can order drinks at the bar and have your own party on the beach in front of the bar. More fun than sitting on an empty terras!
Opposite to the hotel 'Cuatro Palmas' there is a bar in open-air and a little stage where artists play their music and tourists as well as Cubans dance the night away. Salsa for everyone!
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The "Havana Club" bar, or "club nocturno" as is seen on their sign, is one of the hottest nightclubs in Varadero Cuba. The "Havana Club" is a attraction in the heart of Varadero Cuba that is off of the resorts, but within walking distance from most of....
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Absolutely fantastic, especially on weekends. Life music, dancing competition. Local Bar on fresh air. People dancing on the street. No entrance fee. Prices affortable. That was my favourite place! Can recommend it to any Salsa lover!
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I just returned from Varadero and I was out each and every night. The clubs close at 3am (all of them) but usually people are still out and about for a few more hours. Here is some updated information on some of the clubs:
Las Cuevas (The Pirate Cave): I talked to the doorman who told me that Monday is their big night. So, I returned on Monday night with a few of my friends and it was very busy. They have a show that goes until approx 11:30 and until this show is over, don't expect to be able to move around. We were like sardines inside the club until the show ended. The reason is that people are seated at their tables in the front of the club and there is no standing aloud in this area until the show is over, also the stage opens as a dance floor and this opens more room to move. Because it is an actual cave, the roof is very low (as low as 7.5 feet in some places) and it is extremely hot inside. Expect to sweat.
La Rumba: This is more like a North American club than the others, it was busy pretty much every night but it was comfortable inside. Lots of room, nice sized dancefloor and the location is great, right on the beach. So, if you want to get some air for a few minutes you can be on the beach in less than a minute.
Havana Club: We went Friday an it wasn't great, not very busy at all, but we returned on Wednesday and it was very busy and we had a great time. Located right in the town, across from Arenas Blancas and beside Las Palmas, the location is convenient, and it's always a must when I visit Varadero, at least once per trip, lots of memories here.
International Hotel: Again, there is a show here that runs until about 11:00/11:30 but even when the show is on there is lots of room. Nice crowd, very sociable. The show is not so bad either.
La Comprasita: Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get to this club, but I've heard good things. Located a little further into the town than Havana Club, shouldn't be more than a 5peso cabribe from most hotels.
Dress Code: Didn't encounter any dress codes, I wore jeans just about every night and I was fine. You should bring some 'going out' clothes, though.
Great live bands and other entertainment rom 9.00 - 11.00 pm every night at Calle 62, a roadside bar opposite the Mercure Cuatro Palmas. No admission or cover charge and the drinks are cheap. As the bar is open on two sides you can check out the bands before you take a table. Very relaxed.
The "hot" clubs change by the day in Varadero so you have to ask the locals. Usually you can't go wrong with "Havana Club", they play a mix of music, La Rumba and La Bamba are also hot clubs. Mambo Club is pure Cuban club, complete with the live band and the tables and couches. Habana Cafe is sometimes good, sometimes not so good.
Dress Code: Cubans tend to dress up when they go out, although you see some tourists in jeans and T-shirts. You want to look nice when you go out in Cuba.
These three clubs were open every night during our stay, but none of these were extremely exciting. Comparsita is located in town and you might like it if you can listen to commercial Cuban pop all night. As a good thing - you get to meet locals here. Havana Club is totally western oriented - no locals here - mostly hotel guests. La Bamba is somewhere n between, music is mix of cuban pop and popular world hits. Almost no locals here either. Also there is an open bar in front of hotel "Palma Real" (I think) in Varadero where live band plays every night. Locals and tourists mix here, but I didn't like the live band - too commercial. Go to Havan for some cuban jazz action!!!
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