nightlife in Camagüey
I enjoyed nightlife in Camagüey so much! The city is fully awake in the evening with so many places for music, dancing and socializing...
Sometimes we started our evening on the roof bar of Gran Hotel on Maceo street with the amazing night views, which views are equally great during the day,too.. The mojitos there are very good and it's fun watching the bar tender making them. Then we headed for El Cambio or Cafe Ciudad. These were our meeting points with more friends for a first drink.
After charging our batteries we started walking in the streets to find the most popular place of that night. We often ended up in Casa de la Trova, one of the liveliest in Cuba which has good bands and a lot of dancing. Both locals and tourists are present every night. Other times we went to the modern and huge Centro Cultural Caribe which is also a disco. We had a lot of fun almost every night...
In the small hours , we stopped in small fast food shops to have a bite, before going to bed. But we often found ourselves dancing among the tables...These Cubans are unstoppable!!!
My favorite places for cooling down, were Cafe Cuidad and El Cambio, an atmospheric bar with graffiti on the walls, on Calle Martí and Independencia..Related to:
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nightlife - Santiago
There are several places for a musical night besides La Casa de Trova. The Casa de las Traditiones Populares, the Casa del Etudiante, Museo de Carnaval, Cafe Cantante in Herredia theater, with all kind of son, salsa and bolero groups, Casa de Caribe with full schedule of music events starting in the evening.
There are also numerous bars and hotel bars and restaurants with live bands, that are good places to enjoy Santiago exceptional music. El Bucanero on the corner of Aguilera and Hartman street is a good place.
Actually I spent most of my time in the music places.Related to:
nightlife in Cuba
Cuban nightlife lasts 24 hours!!! Anywhere and anytime, in daytime, too, music is there, a floor for dancing and a lot of stamina. Even a fast food restaurant was turned into a dancing floor at 5.00 in the morning!
There are more music places than anywhere, it seems to me. Casas de la Musica, Casas de la La Trova, dancing halls, music bars , jazz clubs, discos and many more places for local singers to show their talent and for Cubans to move their beautiful bodies to the sound of a Salsa or Son. They dance wonderfully. I have no doubt that Cubans are the best amateur dancers in the world. They all seem professional!Add to your Trip Planner
Tropicana Club: A Great Night!
The Tropicana has been going strong since 1939 and is known the world over as a cabaret in Havana.
When in Havana this is a not to be missed experience.The show takes place in the open air and is a riot of colour,glamour and music.
Dress Code: Smart CasualAdd to your Trip Planner
Check out nightlife wih the locals
You might want to go down town and ask a local where they hang out in the evening.
Good live-music, salsa , local beer, and very friendly people are available in abundance
Luke warm beer, dirty toilets, crowded and steamy places are seen frequently..
Dress Code: Leave fancy stuff, expensive clothing and your DKNY glasses at home.
In general Cubans have little to spend and life (in a financial sense) is rough for most Cubans.
Just don't show of or make them jealous. It might be safer as well although I think you shouldn't worry about violence to much.
Do put your dancing shoes on and shine.Related to:
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La lluvia de ora: The time for rain?
We stumbled across this bar in Obespo street as we heard fantastic music coming through the wide open doors. We went in and found you can also eat as well as drink and listen to a variety of great bands. We returned at night to find the same quality of music and a fantastic atmosphere. The bands pass a hat/cup round after they play a set and then move on to another bar whilst a new band arrives inside. The food here was reasonable, pizza or sandwiches which were preferable to most of the food in Cuba! No need to starve after all!
Dress Code: Ok just casualRelated to:
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Cafe Cantante: Salsa Dancing in Havana
This place was a truly Cuban experience.
The live band played for a good 4-5 hours, all 12 of them! They were unbelievably synchronized and melodic as they all played instruments, sang AND danced!
The colourful mix of local Cubans gives this underground bar an authentic feel. So does the overflow of mojitos and Cristal beer.
The cover is $10 USD...I should say used to be $10 USD, the use of the American Dollar is now prohibited and the use of convertable Pesos is now in effect.
Dress Code: No half tops for girls.
Dress comftorably but nice.Related to:
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La Zorra y El Cuervo: Cuban Jazz
A great place for jazz in Havana.
With its location below street level and cozy atmosphere I'm reminded of the Village Vangaurd.
Except here you can still enjoy your Series D #4 with some hot Jazz and a cool Mojito.
Cover charge is $10.00 and includes 2 Mojitos.
Dress Code: Clothing is required.Related to:
casa de la musica in havana: clubbing and live music in havana and trinidad
La havana is full of places where u can hear really nice live musi...of course salsa and caribbean music!! Or if u are in trinidad u can go clubbin at "la cueva" a really cool club set in a natural cave where u can dance salsa and reggaeton!Add to your Trip Planner
Trinidad!: Best nightlife?
For sure Trinidad has the best nightlife of Cuba.
A number of 4 open bars on walking distance from eachother, with daily life music, mixed audience Cubans and tourists, dancing salsa's or romantic boleros, chilling with a glass of rum or a mojito .... yes, for sure ... Trinidad is the place to go
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By the way. About your comment about the "young proud communists" there.
That was one of many things I was totally surprised about:
The young Cubans seemed to be more pro-USA and capitalist like than in any other country I've visited so far in Latin America. For example they attach much importance to have branded clothes. They also like to hear a lot more American and European music than I thought. Salsa can almost only be found yet in "casas de musica", kind of expensive restaurants with live bands for tourists.
This kind of music is very famous now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRMldyDNnlY
Reggaeton mixed with some elements of salsa..called Cubaton. This band is named "Gente de Zona". Beside techno, rock and pop this resounded all the time. Since my holidays I really love this music.
Sometimes it seemed to me like changes had already came to Cuba, and the country is already in a more tempered political situation.
I remember one night we went out for a party in Havanna. We went to a club, our guidebook described us as typical meeting point for young Cubans. There appeared hundreds of people in my age with better clothes and better styled than me and my friends were. The music that was played was heavy metal rock. It seemed to me like a rock openair in Europe. Later we went through a part of Havanna where it looked similar to a place like Miami. Endless rows of very large villas with pools and finally a circus on a square.
In general Cuba was very confusing to me. It was totally different than I expected it in many ways. Other tourits I met there were the same opinion.Add to your Trip Planner
casa de la musica: casa de la musica in centro: hookers & pickpockets
well, there's a serious push to get in the door, complete with dudes who are trying to pick your pocket in the press of people. there's real cordial about it and all, and easy to put off, but beware! once you manage to wrangle a ticket and push your way in, it's your average college-level scene, with the exception of the innumerable hookers floating around. we went under the auspices of seeing some live music and were greeted, upon entry, with a magic show, followed by a dance contest.
apparently, the casa de la musica in miramar (the beach one, i believe) is better... or worse, depending on what you're looking for.
OH! and if you're into getting hookers, the local rule in havana is one CUC for every year you have. so, if you're 25 years old, don't pay more than CUC 25 for that girl or guy... EVEN if they're asking for more!
Dress Code: not sure if there's a dress code... i'd guess that you need to have pants on (jeans are probably okay), and you probably can't wear sandals?Add to your Trip Planner
Casa de la trova: Salsa live
Every city has "Casa de la trova", place to listen salsa music, to dance salsa with cubans, to drink good coctail, to pay coctail to your dancer if he/she is cuban.
It's always live music with band and you'll be offered new CD (usually 10 CUC = 8 EUR). List of songs is almost the same from any band I listened (10 bands total; my friend took them all).
Dress Code: No dress codeRelated to:
Santiago de Cuba: Outdoor nightlife
Santiago de Cuba has the best live music i have ever heard, people gather in the square young and old together listening to bands playing all night. The waether is stunning (warmer than Havana as its lower down the country) Its is also very safe at night time there are always police around but the Cubans are just such happy people there is never any trouble.
Dress Code: You can wear whatever you like its outdoors and very warmAdd to your Trip Planner
Ah, the nightlife in Cuba ... it's legendary. There's just magic in the night. Something about the trade winds, the people, the sights, the smells, the sounds, ... it all makes for a truly unique place and experience. The Cubans, irregardless of their economic conditions, have never lost their passion for partying. People dancing on the streets, music is everywhere! That was experience i was really looking forward to, and i wasnt dissapointed! More about nightlife on each destinaton tip!Add to your Trip Planner
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