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Havana Nightlife Best Bets for Jan 10-14, 2019 Posted in January 10, 2019

Havana Nightlife Best Bets

Havana Nightlife Best Bets for Jan 10-14, 2019

We survived the Holidays in Havana! And after a post-New Year’s break, we’re back to publishing the best, most up-to-the minute listings for live entertainment and nightlife in Havana.

This week sees the temporary closure of the Fabrica de Arte for usual maintenance.  Fabrica will re-open for a few night Jan 16-21 to serve as a venue for the Festival de Jazz Plaza.

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Here are our Havana Nightlife Best Bets for Jan 10-14, 2019

Havana Live Thursday Jan 10

5:00 PM – Karamba

Cuban Salsa Band

These late afternoon dance parties are called Matineés but they’re more like happy hours. This is when regular Cuban people get off work, or out of school, and want to go somewhere dance and let loose. Karamba is a good band, and this will be a fun time!

Café Cantante (Teatro Nacional)

Paseo y 39, El Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución, La Habana, Cuba

+53 7 878-4275


11:00 PM – Yaima Sáez

Traditional Cuban Music

If you love the great female singers of Cuban popular music, like Omara Portuondo from the Buena Vista Social Club album and film, you’ll love Yaima Sáez who is a younger more contemporary throwback.

Jazz Café

Ave. Paseo y 1ra, El Vedado, La Habana, Cuba

+53 7 838-3302


Havana Live Friday Jan 11

 8:00 PM  – Performance Cuba National Ballet

Swan Lake

Swan Lake! Ballet Nacional de Cuba! Swan Lake!


Havana Live Saturday Jan 12

10:00 PM – Oscar Valdés

Cuban Jazz & Traditional Music

In the 1970’s there was a Cuban rock band called Irakere and the two front men were keyboardist Chucho Valdés (!!!) and his percussionist and singer brother, Oscar. While the brothers’ rock band burned-out (better than fading away) the Valdés brothers definitely did not. Oscar Valdés is a master!

La Zorra y El Cuervo

Calle 23 entre N y O (La Rampa), El Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución, La Habana, Cuba

+53 7 833-2402


Havana Live Sunday Jan 13

 6:00 PM – Isaac Delgado

Cuban Popular Music

On the Cuban music scene, Isaac Delgado is as big of a star as there is. He hand his big band put on  a good show where his fans sing along and dance and have a great time.

Olalá Club

Calle 17 entre calles E y F, El Vedado, La Habana, Cuba

+53 (7) 832-0433


9:00 PM – Festival de Jazz Plaza

Cuban Jazz Festival

This is the biggest international Jazz festival Cuba holds. The Festival de Jazz Plaza can be hectic and chaotic for Jazz fans to attend because the Festival Organizers have a difficult time communicating their events.

La Zorra y El Cuervo

Calle 23 entre N y O (La Rampa), El Vedado, Plaza de la Revolución, La Habana, Cuba

+53 7 833-2402


Havana Live Monday Jan 14

9:00 PM – Tribute to Buenavista Social Club

Traditional Cuban Music

This is always fun, but it is touristy. It’s a better option than other Buenavista Social Club knock-offs.

Habana Café (Hotel Cohíba)

Paseo entre 1ra y 3ra, El Vedado, La Habana, Cuba

+53 (7) 833-3636


Those are our Havana Nightlife Best Bets for Jan 10-14, 2019

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