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La Bodeguita del Medio

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Address: C. Empedrado entre Cuba y San Ignacio | La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number:
62-4498
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Just the place for a cigar and tequila, Hemingway's favorite bar offers a...

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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Tourist trap, but great Moquitos and food. Go upstairs.

This place is famous for being one of Ernest Hemingway's old haunts. It has two floors. A tiny, overcrowded ground floor that spills out into the street and is crammed with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Charlie C
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing little place! Of course Hemingway made this place what it is today so it makes sense that it's always packed. If you go during the afternoon expect it to be jammed packed! However if you go later in the evening it's not so bad. The food is pretty good and the music will keep you coming back... More 

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Thank Indiana C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a classic bar in Old Havana and one visited by most tourists. Therefore it's no surprise that it is VERY busy so expect to wait a while in the street before you can get in. Try to eat upstairs where there are lots of tiny rooms. The whole place is covered in graffiti and you'll be hard pushed... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had lunch here with my mom and we both enjoyed our meals (chicken, stewed shrimp, rice & black beans). The food was seasoned well and we had hearty portions. While in Cuba we largely stayed away from ice, but the ice machine here is filtered. The restaurant itself is small, but the service is great and the live music... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I live two blocks from La Bodeguita Del Medio, The great place to bring or buy a cigar. There is a true cubano hand roll cigar store a few blocks away. This is a true Cubano bar. The dancing on the dance floor is Cubano. And the music is authentic cubano with patrons from cuba and other parts of latin... More 

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Thank Gary B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

While there is an upstairs and a back restaurant, the front bar can get swamped especially with a band crammed into the corner. Grab a mojito, stand in the street to drink it and then head on to somewhere else.

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Thank Michael H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is famous for being one of Ernest Hemingway's old haunts. It has two floors. A tiny, overcrowded ground floor that spills out into the street and is crammed with obnoxious tourists there for the photo opp and a decent Moquito. PRO TIP: There are two staircases on opposite sides of the ground entrance. Take either of them up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you go to Havana, then you can't leave without visiting this history-packed den of iniquity, that goes by the name of La Bodeguita del Medio (don't ask me to translate pls). Ernest Hemmingway was one of it's many famous patrons, along with Fidel Castro himself and a host of other pleasure seekers in between. It's essentially a little bar... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here with our small travel group and watched the mojitos being made on the bar. It's a tiny place but manages to cram in a live band and a couple of brave people dancing. Everyone spills out onto the street and you can sign your name on the wall outside. There's nothing to do except drink and soak... More 

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Palermo, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

food is as in most places in Avana. Take rice and all starters and will not mind. It is very similar to the one in Trinidad, signatures of famous and not: rather than bodeguita the best name would be "Signatures". That's why I remind, not for food.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do go here for a Mojito while in Havana ~ I didn't even think I liked Mojito's till I tasted one here! Although tine they still manage, like most places in Cuba, to squeeze in a band!

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