Wander through the streets of Havana and you’ll hear the sounds of Cuba floating across the warm breeze. You can easily stumble upon live music every night of the week.
Here are a few places you shouldn’t miss:
Situated between Avenue 23 and O Street, this famous spot is perfect for Jazz lovers, any night of the week. La Zorra y el Cuervo (the Fox and the Crow) showcases talented musicians – both established and up and coming acts – every night. Expect to pay an entrance fee to this relaxed and intimate club. When looking for this club, don’t worry; it is easy to find. It is clearly marked by a classic English telephone booth.
Casa de la Música de Miramar is a mainstay for the best salsa bands. This is where you go to experience the music and dancing of the people. There are shows daily, but Alexander Abreu and Havana de Primavera perform on Tuesdays and the iconic Adalberto Álvarez y su Son on Wednesdays.
Want something a bit different from traditional Cuban music genres? Check out Palacio de la Rumba on Thursday night. It is perfect for underground hip-hop lovers. You ’ll hear hip hop, Classic R&B and Funk. You might even see some dance battles while listening to the music.
The Fábrica de Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory) isn’t just a place for visual art. The F.A.C. has excellent music too – jazz, classical, alternative, etc. I particularly recommend checking out the jam sessions on Friday.
La Flauta Magica is a small bar with an excellent view of Vedado and the ocean. It is located on the rooftop of a high-rise overlooking the Malecón. From the terrace, you have a clear view of the United States Embassy. Music varies day by day, but I recommend attending Saturday nights for live Jazz music. It features some of Cuba’s most notable musicians.
Every Sunday at noon there is a Rumba party with live music and folkloric dance. This is also a great opportunity to listen to live music and learn about Afro-Cuban culture, art, and religion. The setting adds to the experience. Callejon de Hamel is a colourful, decorative alley lined with art by Salvador Gonalez.
This breathtaking spot along the Malecón that has an outdoor garden facing the sea. Its relaxed atmosphere is a perfect spot to enjoy live Salsa music and there are plenty of locals who are willing to help foreigners practise their dance moves. Be sure to visit on Thursday and Sunday nights for the live music. It is an absolute must!