Visiting Cuba recently got easier for Americans due to a lift on travel restrictions, and the beautiful city of Havana is becoming an increasingly popular destination for bachelor parties.
Bobby Rossi, one of NYC’s top hospitality and nightlife executives (owner of NYC hotspot No. 8) and the co-founder of men’s lifestyle leader Headlines & Heroes, put together a guide for groomsmen parties looking to enjoy Havana’s best accommodations, grub, and nightlife.
When it comes to luxury, the Meliá Habana has it all. Located alongside the Havana coastline, this modern hotel features the city’s largest hotel pool, tropical gardens, breathtaking views of the city and sea, a cigar bar, and a wide variety of suites with panoramic views. On site are five restaurants and four bars that will help quench your desire for authentic Cuban fare and exquisite tropical cocktails.
Elegant Dinner For The Boys
For an unforgettable, upscale dining experience, head over to Café del Oriente. Located on Plaza de San Francisco, the establishment offers everything from savory Filet Mignon to caviar and lobster thermidor to flaming crepes for dessert.
Arguably Cuba’s most celebrated paladar (private restaurant), La Guardia offers visitors an array of contemporary Cuban-fusion. Frequently catering to celebrities and notable politicians, it can be difficult to land a table at La Guarida– be sure to book well in advance.
Steps away from the Plaza de la Catedral in the heart of Old Havana, Dona Eutimia serves up some of the city’s best traditional Cuban cuisine. The menu offers a variety of chicken, pork and fish dishes that will have you feeling like a local. This is a great option if your party is looking for a more casual dining experience.
Night On The Town
World-Class Entertainment at Tropicana Club
Built in 1939, this world-renowned, open-air nightspot in Havana provides guests with exciting Cabaret Shows and delicious cocktails in a tropical setting. With seating for 1,400 people and more than 200 performers on any given night, your party will be entertained throughout the evening. Tropicana is a must-see for first time visitors.
Looking for a long night of dancing, Cuba libres, and entertainment? Round up your group and head to Café Cantante Mi Habana. This happening nightlife venue features non-stop dancing until 4amand is popular among local musicians. Be sure to arrive early on weekends, as this place fills up quickly.
Located on one of Havana’s busiest strips, La Zorra y el Cuervo (The Fox and the Crow) is Havana’s finest jazz club. The party kicks off at 11 PM with an eclectic mix of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz performances and typically runs through 3 AM. This popular nightlife spot regularly attracts some of the world’s most talented jazz musicians, so expect to be impressed on any given night of the week. Two bar drinks are typically included in the reasonable cover charge.