For a tourist, finding good nightlife in any foreign city is always a challenge. You have to avoid tourist traps and hustles and use whatever resources you can find in order to zero-in on the legitimate night scene. As a tourist here in Havana, finding good nightlife can be even harder because lack of publicly accessible media means that almost everything is promoted by word-of-mouth. So if you don’t speak the language our have reliable contacts to hook you up you can end-up left-out.
If you rely on the recommendations of a travel guide book researched years ago you’re likely to find yourself in some tired government-operated tourist traps along Calle Obispo in Old Havana, one of a few large nightclubs like Cafe Cantante, La Cecilia or Casa de la Musica. Don’t get us wrong – there are some nights when Cafe Cantante is a blast, but there are others when it’s, well, abysmal. Or worse yet in attempting to access local insight you might put yourself in the hands of the Jineteros (Cuban slang for hustlers and hookers) who prey on nightlife hungry foreigners and find yourself in a really bad scene.
The reality is that Havana’s privately-owned and operated nightlife is booming. So what’s a fun-seeking foreigner in Havana to to do? The easy (and self-serving) answer is to contact us here at Havana VIP Tours and let us take you out for a night on the town on our Havana After Dark Nightlife Tour. Whether it’s restaurants, bars and lounges, discos and live concerts, ballet and opera, the gay scene, or even just a walk on the Malecon we’ll show you the best Havana has to offer you for your tastes and interests. All while keeping you safe from scams and unmolested by scammers and hustlers. If that sounds good, contact us and we’ll take care of everything.
For the DIY’s (do-it-yourselfers) reading this who are undaunted by things like language barriers or unknown geography, there are some other resources you can turn to as well. Our first recommendation is to check out the listings of Havana’s Best Places to Eat & Drink and Indie/Alt Spaces compiled by the artists and curators of ARTempoCuba. You can’t go wrong with any of their recommendations. Our second suggestion is “What’s on Havana” a free monthly e-zine published by some friends of ours that provides an extensive rundown of what’s happening during any given month here in Havana. We recommend everyone coming to Cuba, including all our clients to avail themselves of this excellent resource.
Havana is one of the funnest nightlife cities on the planet. It just takes a little extra help to find the right places to go here. Don’t end-up hustled or Havana Bad Time. Havana VIP Tours is here to show you the best of Havana – day or night.Contact Us