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La Bodeguita del Medio

C. Empedrado entre Cuba y San Ignacio | La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
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Ranked #5 of 28 Nightlife in Havana
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking, Dining
Description: Just the place for a cigar and tequila, Hemingway's favorite bar offers a dining room and banquette, a cigar divan and a patio.
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Like everyone who visits Havana we felt we had to visit here. We had a sudden downpour so decided to have lunch here as one of the must do things in Havanna. This was a HUGE mistake! it was overpriced, the food was cold and I am sure even the dogs would not eat the meat. All the reviews you... More

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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a tiny little bar where Hemmingway used to drink his mojitos. There's live music, lots of people, great atmosphere and great mojitos. It's very touristy but definitely worth the visit. If you can manage to squeeze some seats at the bar, you will definitely enjoy it.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Ernest Hemingway said: "my mojito in La Bodeguita and my daikiri in La Floridita", and I did it. The La Bodeguita del Medio is a very cuban pub, with a splendit band playing cuban music while you try the 'mojito', as suggested Hemingway. Very nice.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Visited with three friends last week. We intended just going for the mojitos but we were enjoying the vibe so stayed for a late lunch upstairs. The food was actually very good, unusual in most of Havana, tasty and well prepared and cooked. The live band were awesome and we ended up staying for a few hours (and a few... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were referred here by someone at our hotel during our stay in Cuba at the Melia Las Antillas and im so thankful. The food was amazing we had the lobster dinner which included a mojito, rice and beans, lobster & shrimp, fried bananas, garlic bread and salad. Our meal was great and the staff was very friendly and inviting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

If you go early you will be able to take in the atmosphere of this famous bar and restaurant without the hustle of lots of fellow tourists. Room around the bar to see and partake of the line of Mojitos and time to read the walls !! Even if you are not dining it's worth a look at the restaurant... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I first visited La Bodeguita del Medio (Hemingway's home of the Mojito) over fifteen years ago and even then it was a popular destination for tourists. Now, however, it has become a regular stop for large groups of tourists on the accompanied tours of Havana. Both the ambience and the quality of the mojitos have diminished as troops of tourists... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Although it can get very crowded, I loved the atmosphere inside the bodeguita especially when one of the live bands was playing. It's a great place to make new friends and soak up the atmosphere. I returned a couple of times and ended up enjoying a good Cuban cigar ( even though I stopped smoking a long time ago) and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

While in Cuba, this is the biggest MUST DO. The best mojito I ever had and the vibration of the place made the experience even better. While there, make sure you entry on your left. There are plenty of tables in the back, but the front of the bar is alway crowded. We had lunch there too. It was really... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We visited the bar at the front. This is very small, with 8 bar stools, room for a band and not much else. We arrived as it was opening and so secured two bar stools which we occupied for several hours while a superb 4 piece “Son” band (Sol y Son) played. The Mojitos were good, although not the cheapest... More

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