If there’s one thing you can be assured of experiencing in Havana, it’s music. And here, where there’s music, there’s dancing - so technically that makes two things you can be assured of experiencing, but who’s counting? The point is, if late nights, Latin rhythms, and Cuba Libres sound good to you, you’re in the right town, and for a city this size there’s surprisingly little you need to know in order to get your after-hours bearings straight.
At least once during your visit you should experience the quintessential pub crawl on Calle Obispo in La Habana Vieja. Authentically Cuban this touristy pedestrian avenue is not, but nevertheless it offers plenty of music, plenty of bars, and plenty of opportunities to get rosy-cheeked with your fellow out-of-towners. Once midnight rolls around, you’ll have two options in order to keep the party going: on the weekends, the upscale Miramar district is worth the cab ride for its selection of clubs and cabarets, while just about every night is a good time to hit up Vedado, which is significantly closer and offers more venues. The dress codes are usually on the upper end of casual, and expect the locals to outshine you on the dance floor. Other than that, the warm Caribbean night is yours.