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The Sounds of Havana

From Jazz to Cuba’s native Son, the music scene is alive and vibrant
Gordon Mott
From the Print Edition:
Havana—The Insider's Guide, November/December 2011

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Sister club to the downtown version of Casa de la Musica, Centro.

Teatro Nacional de Cuba
Calle Paseo y 39, Plaza de la Revolución
Tel: (537) 879-6011

There are two venues in this location: Café Cantante Mi Habana, and El Delirio Habanero.

Cabarets/nightclubs

 

Tropicana
Calle 72, entre 41 y 42
Marianao
Tel: (536) 267-1717

This is an institution in Havana. The shows are true Vegas-style spectaculars. There are huge, two-hour dance numbers with music and other acts. Dinner is included with most of the higher ticket prices, but the word is don’t count on anything but very ordinary food. A bottle of rum is included. Make sure you opt for the 90 cuc ticket because that will be your only guarantee of getting a decent seat.

Cabaret Parisien
Calle O, esquina a 21 (Hotel Nacional)
Vedado
Tel: (537) 836-3564

Another Tropicana-style cabaret show. The theater is at the Hotel Nacional. It’s a much smaller venue than the Tropicana, but would best be described as a dance and musical review.  The word here is eat somewhere else, buy your tickets through the hotel for the show itself and enjoy the music while sipping on a cocktail.

Habana Café
Av. Paseo, entre 1ra y 3ra (in Hotel Meliá Cohiba)
Vedado
Tel: (537) 833-3636, ext 2710

Situated 50 yards from the front entrance of the hotel.


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