Casa de la Trova, Santiago de Cuba
This place holds maybe 100 - 120 people. The performers change during the course of the evening but are generally of an impressive standard. Most of the people that are in the crowd seem to be touristy couple but it isn't exclusively like that. There's some Cubans also go numerous of whom approached me. Within no more than a few mins max on each occasion, all of the Cubans who approached me asked me to buy them a drink. The girls appeared to be hookers going by some of the other things I was propositioned with and watching them in action with some of the other guys who were there. They didn't seem overly choosy about the age of the guys they were propositioning in comparison to their own age. As for the guys, they would usually come up to me making out they were the friendliest nicest people in the world. One guy came up to me and seemed to want to take over teaching me the basic of dance moves. I didn't want it but he seemed insistent in forcing this upon. After he felt this was justification to ask me to buy him a drink, just as any other guy who was in there initially being friendly soon wanted me to buy them a drink and also go with them to what they said was a better nightclub (some place called Tropicana I think they said it was, where all the Cubans go). No points for guessing who would have been expected to pay.
It starts to wind down from 11.30 - midnight.
Casa de la Trova in Santiago is really lively place (open till 2 o'clock in the morning), on the first floor with colonial balcony, good music, bunch of jineteros who want to dance with western girls for a drink or two.
Dress Code: Infromal.
Casa de la Trova, a 'must' if you like traditional music and dancing. Often well-know Cuban artists, for instance Eliades Ochoa of Buena Vista Social Club fame, will play there. Located on the top floor, you will have a nice view from the balcony on the 'street-life' at night.
Dress Code: None, but cubans like to dress-up when they go out, so preferably no shorts.
A Casa de la Trova is a meeting place for Cuban music lovers - the entrance is always one dollar - most of the drinks also 1 dollar.
It is a mix of Music club and Theater but so sensitive !!
We met some great performers - just great musicians - like .....
The Casa de la Musica, Casa de la Trova, Casa de las Tradiciones and Patio de los dos abuelos are all good places for listening to live music and dancing on a night out. Casa de las tradiciones is my favourite as it's a smaller place with more atmosphere. Gets very crowded but has a small balcony and a back yard that you can escape to if it gets too much. The band Sol y Son play there regularly and are definitely worth hearing.
This spot is not only open in the evenings but in the afternoon as well. Come in from the hot sun and have a cold beer or a nice mojito.
Casa de La Trova.
The making of a good Mojito.
Casa de la Trova.
This is a great place for some Trova music,and typical Cuban Bolero music