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La Bodeguita del Medio

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Pizza, Noodle, Asian, Pub, Cuban
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Empedrado No. 207 e/ Cuba y San Ignacio, Havana, Cuba
(537) 867 1374
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Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
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    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Possible to be fed even if you are vegeterian

Very crowded indeed. We had to wait half an hour to be let in. The place however is authentic and full of history. The marguerita is delicious and food is plenty and tasty. Indeed it was too much and much is left over. The live music was good although as eweryhere in Cuba they requested tip... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Adana, Türkiye
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Start with fresh Mojito , order chicharrones , then Black Bean Soup ,withe rice and Carne Asada ,tostones and Bucanero Beer. Enough you no need nothing else until tomorrow , complete with cuban coffee and of course Cuban Cigar

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Very crowded indeed. We had to wait half an hour to be let in. The place however is authentic and full of history. The marguerita is delicious and food is plenty and tasty. Indeed it was too much and much is left over. The live music was good although as eweryhere in Cuba they requested tip. Service was fast and... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

after a tour of the hotel room Ernest Hemmingway wrote his famous The Old Man and the Sea, just a block's walk to La Bodeguita del Medio where a quote inscribed on a wall plaque states My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita" i delighted in the special making of my mojito At mid... More 

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We were on a walking tour of this part of Havana, so didn't have too long but we managed a Mojito each that were very good,its quite a busy place with great musi

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Like others mention, not really a hangout for Hemmingway and mostly everything is overrated. If you're dying of heat exhaustion and need a place to rest then its not bad. Live band, apparently decent food but I didn't try any, and slow [slightly arrogant] service. Lots of loud Eurotour groups and random looky-loos coming through, so not a spot to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Dear traveler, if you love literature and history, if you are in Havana, you must visit this special place, where Ernest Hemingway used to drink his mojitos...The people are very friendly, you could eat very good, you will listen a fine live music. The atmosphere is great, you will not regret this experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Don't waste your time waiting for a bar stool on the ground floor. All the tourists are lined up for this. Instead, bypass and go upstairs to the restaurant/bar. Less crowded. The food is really good. The

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Basically this is a fun little quick drink stop. The music is live and if you can find a spot...you can write your name on the wall. Ask them for a marker because pen doesn't work so well. It's very small and very busy. For 5 ccp you get a Mojito the way Ernest Hemingway drank it...strong. lol

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Bus loads drop in and out of this tiny famous bar while you sip mojitos, standing in the sun outside, listening to great music. A little pricey but that's understandable for anywhere hemingway's been, I guess

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a fantastic little bar, full of tourists but that's to be expected... All having Ernest Hemingway's favourite tipple at the bar, a Cuba libra. Many with a cigar in hand to complete the experience! It's a great place with a much bigger restaurant area at the back with more space but the bustle of the front bar is the... 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: Pizza, Noodle, Asian, Pub, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene

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