Live Music, Trinidad
Its namesake is a drink of the region made from lemon juice, honey and aged Havana Club brand rum served in glazed pottery. This concoction mixes with the magic of a place frozen in time, charming those who have been coming here for decades. This was the drink of the Mambises (name given the Liberating Army). The tavern is part of one of the city's most ancient and interesting buildings dating from the late 18th century—a period of economic growth in the region due to European contraband, which spurred on the city's architectural transformation.
Building with non-plastered walls giving the place an air of rusticity. An open-air location on the former "Cristal del Rosario" house. Wide salon and abundant natural vegetation. To the front on a small promontory, the site has got a platform for cabaret shows at night and small musical groups. A counter made of stone and granite with stools is at one side. Decoration, not abundant, tries to respect the canons of the Trinitarian traditional architecture: Commercial ads of Cuban rums and cigar brands, flowerpots with ornamental plants, and small lanterns around the place. Salads, fried chicken, Mojito, beer, Havana Club Rum
La Canchanchara, a very popular Trinidad bar,is located in a mansion that was build in 1723.
It has its original cedar roof.
The name of the bar comes from the drink that comes from this region, made from lemon juice, honey and Santero Cuban rum, serve in ceramic pots.
Dress Code: Whatever, the place is very informal and it's good also for an aperitive.
There are many great places to go out in Trinidad:
Casa de la Musica - Every night at the top of the steps alongside Iglesia Parroquial de la Santisima, live music and dancing is performed at what is referred to as Casa de la Música (House of Music). The night usually starts off with exhibition salsa/merengue or Afro-Cuban dancing, and later, the dance area is opened up to anyone that wants to join in.
La Cueva (Discoteca Ayala) - After Casa de la Musica, those who want to continue partying late into the night usually continue onto La Cueva, and incredible nightclub built inside a cave! It's behind Ermita de la Popa, the famous hermitage on top of the hill.
Casa de la Trova - This is the more laid back and traditional version of Casa de la Musica. Just one block away (keep going past the Iglesia Santisima) if you're coming from Plaza Mayor.
Coppelia - To hang out with the the locals, this is the place to be. Hot and steamy!
Dress Code: Anything goes, there will be people with sandals and shorts, and people with nice linen slacks and nobody will be out of place
Well, if you come to Cuba, and especially Trinidad, and you don't get into the salsa dancing, well, in my opinion, you've missed out! I like dancing, and I learnt how to salsa dance a few years ago. I was a bit "rusty", but the longer the tour went, the better I was getting every night.
We also took salsa dancing lessons with a lady that we were introduced to by our tour guide. Some of us went along to her own home, spent an hour and really got into the "1-2-3" salsa dancing!
Enjoy some photos of myself and others having a groove. ;)
Up the steps, there is a band that plays until the early hours of the morning. It's all outdoors, making the experience even better. We danced until very late one night, and drank some of Trinidad's popular drink, the La Canchanchara.
La Canchanchara is made from lemon juice, honey and Santero Cuban brand rum. It is serve cold in glazed pottery and is very nice! Worth a try! ;)
Dress Code: Anything.
Great place for live music and salsa dancing in open-air. They serve some really good drinks here. At night the dancefloor fills up as well as the steps and seats around it. Both locals and tourists unite here for a night of passionate dancing. Be aware of "jinteros" which are present in large numbers!
Most of Trinidad's old-town streets are very quiet after dark, until you come to the small plaza midway up the steps leading to the Casa de la Música. Good traditional bands live music and dance outside make it one of the best spots at night in Trinidad, under the stars. Just sit on the steps, have a mojito or beer, and enjoy free music and dance (there's a dancer going around collecting tips).
Dress Code: Caual
Cuba - day and night - live music performed with pleasure. In Bars - Trova's and even by day on the streets;
On the picture some private singers and the famous song : Besame Mucho
Let me call it a private exchange of emotions,culture - just feeling free
Besame.... besame mucho...
como si fuere ahora la ultima vez....
yo tengo miedo quererte y perderte despues...
The red line and goal during my second visit !
Taste and enjoy Cuban music.And thanks to Ingrid - we succeeded and have great memories.
The local band "Septeto Tradison" - a special moment and remembrance in Trinidad - a city i revisited in jan 2004 together with travelmate Ingrid.
Not a very "Hot Spot" in Trinidad - the restaurant was very touristic - the food not that good - but of course - the local band playing local Cuban Music and the leading lady made some good impressions and memories.
Typical for this live music performers is the way they try to sell their CD's - buy them - if you like them - because the quality is very good !!
Many venues in Trinidad feature great live music and you can watch or dance with the Cubans. They are very good dancers. On the steps leading from the Plaza Mayor up to the Casa de la Musica there are great free performances, where this picture was taken. After the performances the band will offer to sell you a CD for US$10, or you can just give them a dollar if you liked their performance. They are usually worth it. Great Mojitos are made here. I also enjoyed the music inside the Casa de la Musica, and the Casa de la Trova for $1 or $2 admissions, but there are many more venues to chose from. Most of the actoin doesn't start until about 10:00pm.
Dress Code: Dress for dancing.
Well if you want to have a swell evening, go to the casa de la cultura.
We notice immediately that this place is very good. You see only Cubans if you don't count the 6 tourists besides us. John his batteries are again recharged and the movements are flowing over his body. The usual 4 (John, Marinette, Nele en Marijke) are again swinging on the dance floor with Cuban partners. A Cuban guy is giving dance lesson to John, who's very eager to extend his repertoire of dancing steps. They bought are giving a small show. We will see this Cuban later also in Baracoa. It's a swinging place and that for an entrance fee of 2-peso and a cocktail for 5 pesos in a plastic cup. This is even less then the 10-peso for a bottle of beer. They signalling me several times to go onto the dance floor, but I always say no need for me. At the end of the evening when the Cola is already sold out and the rum is drunk pure they manage to get me on the dance floor. I'm dancing with a Honduras Lady who's married with a Cuban. Just before that I had some drinks with her husband and I couldn't refuse any more. This was a good ending for this tiresome travelling day.
Dress Code: Dress casual
We spend one evening in the Casa de la musica and enjoyed the groups playing there for the tourists. To bad that their were not so many Cubans in this place.
There were some tourists dancing and only a few Cubans were there. So I have to admit although the music was great, we weren’t happy to be there. It felt a bit artificial, like ok, let’s play for the tourists.
The bigger group of tourists, they enjoyed themselves.
Dress Code: Dress casual
Take a seat - somewhere in a pub/restaurant in Trinidad - and listen to local music.
In my case - the Son Trinitario was performing their music !
The are famous and had even a tour in France/Paris.
One of their songs " Ne me quitte pas" from the belgian songwriter Jacques Brel.