If you have a sweet tooth for booze, salsa and samba, Café Havana in Makati could be a good place to be. The place is small, yet it has outdoor tents to accommodate its weekend overload of expats and travelers, making it a good venue to meet and greet new people from other parts of the world.
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Welcome to Cuba
Along with live upbeat music and cocktail bar, Café Havana has in-house dance instructors that teach visitors the way of the salsa or samba. The food reflects Spanish cuisine, while the interiors evoke a slice of Cuba through the posters of Fidel Castro and other Cuban images hanging on the walls. And like Cuba, Café Havana, too, has its slew of controversies. The bar is notorious for allegedly hosting high-class prostitution.
Fees and opening hours
Entrance to the bar is free but you must buy a drink or order food if you want to stay longer. A cocktail in Café Havana starts from P180 a glass while a meal costs less than P600. The club’s Greenbelt 3 branch is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. or 3 p.m. daily, while the one in Malate opens at noon and closes at 12 midnight or until 3 a.m. daily. The bar accepts international credit cards.
How to get there
Café Havana Makati is in the ground floor of Greenbelt 3 in Ayala Center, Makati City. You can get there through a taxi from anywhere in Manila. You may also ride the MRT, get off at Ayala Station, and walk from there going to Greenbelt 3, passing through InterContinental Hotel Manila, SM Makati, Glorietta and Rustan’s.
Meanwhile, Café Havana Malate is in 1903 M. Adriatico St. cor. Remedios St., Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila City. The easiest means to get there is through a taxi. You may also take the LRT Line-1, get off in Quirino station, and ride a taxi from there going to Café Havana.
For reservations, call tel. no.: +632 757 4370 (Greenbelt 3 branch), or (+632) 524-5526 (Malate).