Café Havana: "Caribbean Vibe with Salsa Dancing and Rum Flowing" Top 5 Page for this destination Cartagena Nightlife Tip by mircaskirca

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Among the city's most authentic and coolest nightspots is Café Havana located outside the walled city, in the Getsemani district, far from fancy new restaurants and bars. One night I went there with my Canadian friend Kathy. It was actually her last night in Cartagena before taking an early morning flight back to Canada, one more reason to celebrate in style.

If you would like to experience the Cuban night with salsa beats you won't want to miss Café Havana. The atmosphere is pure Old Havana, touched with amber lights, the walls are covered with black and white pictures of legendary Cuban singers, rum flows while salsa band swings. The place was buzzing with a mixed crowd of locals and tourists, drinkers, dancers and musicians. We came early enough to snag a table. Later two Colombian couples joined us and we had great fun together.

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The place is open only Thursday through Saturday. The band starts around 11:30pm and the party goes on until the wee hours. The Cuban mojito was excellent to start with though later we opted for a bottle of Colombian rum which was served with slices of lime and ice.

Café Havana is not far from the old city though the area is a bit sketchy at night. Keeping on the main street Calle de la Media Luna which was well lit and still busy at that hour, we decided to walk. But you should absolutely take a taxi after you leave the place. It's only a few minutes ride to the old city but much safer.

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Directions: corner of Calle Media Luna and Calle del Guerrero Getsemani; Getsemani; a 5-minute walk from the old city
Phone: +57 5 664 7568
Theme: Nightclub

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  • Updated Jul 23, 2011
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