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Empedrado No. 207 e/ Cuba y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
(537) 867 1374
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Good for:
Bar scene
Local cuisine

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A bar in old Habana, frequented by Hemingway

We went here at the end of our Hemingway Tour, where we visited his house outside of Habana and the fishing village where he kept his boat. This is a busy bar, packed with tourists, all lining up to have their photo taken next to a statue of Hemingway leaning on the bar, as he undoubtedly did... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went here at the end of our Hemingway Tour, where we visited his house outside of Habana and the fishing village where he kept his boat. This is a busy bar, packed with tourists, all lining up to have their photo taken next to a statue of Hemingway leaning on the bar, as he undoubtedly did. The bar staff... More 

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Summit, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We agree with all the other reviewers - it's a tourist trap, but one with good food and a great mojito. It was fun to see all the other tourists there, but there also seemed to be some locals.

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Sydney, Australia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We had to visit here because of it being a Hemingway haunt. However, it was too crowded, you could hardly move and getting a drink was difficult. Despite there being a noisy crowded atmosphere it was OK but you'd be better off with Floridita!

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Montego Bay, Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

La Bodeguita del Medico it is a very nice restaurant where you eat Cuban Food, black bean, plain rice, pork meat and tostones (green plantain ) and the Cuban Mojitos

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Calgary, Alberta
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17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We walked by this place several times during our four day visit and the bar was constantly packed. There was a Cuban quintet (two gal vocalists playing percussion and three guys on various guitars and bass) playing during the day and their vibe was energetic and infectious. Lots of people just hang around on the street outside grooving. One day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Located in the heart of old Havana, this Bodeguita del Medio stood out right since it first opened: Most Bodeguitas were strategically built on the corner of blocks but this one? Not the case, it was half way down the block (el Medio). But it was its cuisine and marvelous service that began to draw attention and celebrities: Ernest Hemingway... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Amazing little bar with so much character and atmosphere. music playing continuously and yes you have to try a mojito or 2!

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

This and floridita are the two definitive touristy Hemmingway bars you must go to whilst in Havana Of the two, this was the best with a totally crazy musical atmosphere. Go for pre dinner mojitos, dance and sing!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The guidebooks are right . . . . . iconic Havana. Everyone should do this place once. FUNKY with a Cuban flavor all its own. In the evening it is rolling Cuban fun; because there is no such thing as ONE Mojito, the bartenders make them BY THE DOZEN. When this place is JAMMING, the party spills into the street.... More 

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Weston, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This is a tourist trap, however it is a trap that you MUST go to if you visit Havana, prices are incredibly high for Cuban standards (still low prices for Miami pricing). The ambience is unique, get a few Mojito's, maybe a couple of appetizers, a lot of pictures and your visit to Havana, Cuba will be complete. If you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Empedrado No. 207 e/ Cuba y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Cuba  >  Havana
  • Phone Number: (537) 867 1374

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 10
  • Cuisine: Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine

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