Ahh, rooftop bars… Don’t they sound so luxurious and mysterious? The hidden secrets that are must-dos on any respectable holiday-makers list, I mean, just think of the sunsets, the cocktails… the Instagrams! Well, if that sounds like your dream holiday, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve put together a list of Havana’s dreamiest rooftop bars, each with stunning views, delicious cocktails and all the photo opportunities your heart could wish for…
1) Ambos Mundos Rooftop Bar
The Ambos Mundos Rooftop Bar can be found in the Hotel Ambos Mundos, one of the city’s 1920s masterpieces, nestled in the heart of Old Havana. You’ll take a classic iron lift to the roof, where you’ll enjoy views of Havana’s historic harbour, relatively unchanged from when author Ernest Hemingway lived at the hotel in the 1930s. The bar doubles as a restaurant, serving fresh Caribbean lobster, classic Cuban sandwiches and more. Take in the view while sipping on one of the fun cocktails, such as a piña colada served in a pineapple.
Address: 153 Obispo, La Habana, Cuba
Phone: +53 7 8609529
2) Iberostar Parque Central Rooftop Bar
Rubbing shoulders with some of Havana’s most iconic attractions, the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel offers amazing views over Western Havana, perfect for those sunset pictures we talked about. Just imagine sitting with an ice-cold mojito in hand and the warm Caribbean air tickling your skin as you watch the sun sinking behind the Capitolio… What could be better? What’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy live music from 9pm every evening.
Address: 267 Agramonte, La Habana, Cuba
Phone: +53 7 8606627
3) Hotel Inglaterra Rooftop Bar
Possibly one of the most famous hotels in Cuba, the Hotel Inglaterra sits next to Havana’s beautiful Parque Central. Despite the popularity of the hotel, the rooftop bar is very spacious and never overcrowded. The cocktails are a steal at around $3CUC for the delicious speciality drinks, and (proving you’ve remembered your ETECSA card) you’ll be able to connect to the Wi-Fi and live stream your amazing view to all your friends and family. Entertainment is from 9pm so make sure to get all your selfies logged before the drums get going.
Address: 416 Paseo de Martí, La Habana, Cuba
Phone: +53 7 608593
4) El Surtidor Pool Terrace and Bar
Perched on the roof of the incredible Gran Manzana Kempinski, Cuba’s first truly 5* hotel, this bar is as luxurious as the hotel it belongs to. In short, El Surtidor does not disappoint. Situated by some of the most famous locations in Havana, such as Floridita and Calle Obispo and a stone’s throw from Parque Central, the views are to die for. Everything about this bar has a certain chicness that is not often found in Havana, with emphasis on ease and comfort for the visitors. Enjoy the view as you sip one of the signature cocktails, all of which are made to taste (such as the mango piña colada), or sample one of the top-quality cigars. With excellent food, Wi-Fi connection and surprisingly reasonable prices, El Surtidor really is the place to be in Havana at any time of day… The only problem is that you’ll never want to leave!
Address: Havana 10200, Cuba
Phone: +53 7 8699100
5) Malecón 663
Malecón 663 sits on Havana’s famous seafront boulevard and boasts stunning views out over the water. It is part of a quaint and quirky B&B, run by a local musical couple. This tranquil, chill, little cocktail and tapas bar is just perfect for eating a few nibbles and sipping on a refreshing class of Sangria while enjoying the sweet sea breeze. What’s more, there is a charming little shop downstairs selling artisanal soaps and one-off jewellery, great souvenirs of an evening spent at Malecón 663.
Address Malecón 663
Phone +53 5 8405403
6) Raquel Hotel Rooftop Bar
Originally built in 1905, this bar can be found on the roof of Hotel Raquel, which dates back to 1905 and is one of Havana’s few examples of Hebrew architecture. On the way to the bar, you'll walk through the lobby where you'll be able to see these Hebrew influences in the David stars and the Menorahs. The bar itself has wonderful Art-Noveau inspired decoration and is quite different from the others bars you’ll have visited in Cuba, as the smaller setting allows for a for more intimate experience. Great architecture, great drinks and wonderful views, the Raquel Hotel Rooftop Bar is just a dream.
Address: 263 Mercaderes, La Habana 10100, Cuba
Phone: +53 7 8608280
7) Bar Saratoga
Just across the road from Havana's Fraternity Park, Saratoga Hotels rooftop bar offers faultless views over the city’s oldest and most famous tobacco factory, Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás, and the impressive Grand Theatre. This special hotel has been a favourite haunt for Cuban artists and socialites since the 1930s and was the residence of none other than the king and queen themselves, Beyonce and Jay-Z during their stay in Havana. Just think, you can sit where they sat, drink the cocktails they drank, enjoy the views they enjoyed… This may be the closest you ever get to their lifestyle, make the most of it!
Address: 603 Paseo de Martí, La Habana, Cuba
Phone: +53 7 8681000
8) Bar Encuentro
Bar Encuentro might just be the trendiest afterhours spot in Havana. Located in the hip neighbourhood of Vedado, this bar is frequented by tourists and locals alike and has a real party atmosphere, with Cuban music playing and plenty of locals showing off their salsa moves. It normally fills up around 1am and the music and dancing carry on until 6, however, this isn’t a booming club, this is a great rooftop bar where you can sit with your friends, share a bottle of rum and maybe some shisha, and just soak up the atmosphere.
Address: Linea 112 between L & M, Havana, Cuba
Phone +53 7 8329744
9) El Cocinero
Set in a renovated industrial space that was once a peanut-oil factory (so hipster I know, this is basically the Shoreditch of Havana), Cocinero is a trendy restaurant/ bar next to Havana’s famous Fábrica del Arte Cubno. There is a fun collection of classic cocktails with a twist, such as a mango mojito, perfect for pre-drinks before you head over to La Fábrica, Havana’s trendiest club.
So there we are, Havana’s hippest rooftops, each one guaranteed to fulfil your holiday dreams and provide the perfect location for you to enjoy some drinks, laugh with your friends and get those oh so important candid pictures of you looking out over Havana’s rooftops… Just don't lose your head in the clouds! #holidaygoals
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