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The nightlife in Cuba is rich and varied, but there are two spots that absolutely cannot be missed - they are recommended by Ernest Hemingway! Hemingway once supposedly said: “My mojito at the Bodeguita, my daquiri at the Floridita.” While the accuracy of this quotation is disputed, the proclamation has become a part of Hemingway lore. You can relive the great author’s nights on the town by getting drinks at these two famous bars, just blocks away from each other in downtown Havana.
was Hemingway’s preferred spot, and the bar stool he favored is currently roped off in his honor.
Bodeguita del Medeo
displays the quote attributed to Hemingway on the wall, along with some entertaining, decades-old Spanish graffiti on the walls and in the bathroom.
Outside of Havana, the best cities for clubbing and bar hopping are Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Cienfuegos’ best-kept secret is the
Palacio de Valle
, a palace that contains a restaurant and a rooftop bar. The interior Arabian architecture is impressive, but the view from the top makes this an ideal place for dancing. Trinidad has all of the average spots, but if you’re looking for a unique place to salsa dance, try the Cueva Ayala. It’s located underground, in the caves that surround the
Hotel Las Cuevas
. It tends to get warm down there, but the open bar (free drinks with admission price) should help cool you down.