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Address: C. Empedrado entre Cuba y San Ignacio | La Habana Vieja, Havana, Cuba
Phone Number: 62-4498
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Just the place for a cigar and tequila, Hemingway's favorite bar offers a...

Just the place for a cigar and tequila, Hemingway's favorite bar offers a dining room and banquette, a cigar divan and a patio.

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Pleasant tourist trap

The Bodeguita is particularly known as a favourite hangout of Ernest Hemingway (like la Floridita). In fact you still find him there working on a book :-) ... it is a very busy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Bodeguita is particularly known as a favourite hangout of Ernest Hemingway (like la Floridita). In fact you still find him there working on a book :-) ... it is a very busy but still pleasant cafe these days. On the street fancy dressed cubans who will pose with you for a Euro, Dollar or CUC.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Its a must stop for a refreshing mojito. Nice and refreshing and if you get to meet a local and have a conversation at the bar it makes it all worth while.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place you go only on your first Havana day - crowded, and expensive mojito (5cuc) but not the best one.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's ok, it's just the fame because this is looking more like a tourist trap. Mojitos are 5 cuc so they are expensive compared to other good places. The bar has nothing special in itself so take one mojito and go to another bar.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a few pre-dinner mojitos sitting at the bar of the Bodeguita and wildly enjoyed it. Despite being a huge tourist attraction, the old bar has somehow retained a certain charm and still speaks of idealized bygone times: the taciturnly skilled barmen, the old photos and quotes on the wall, the perfectly mixed mojitos... And an exceptionally good salsa... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, its small, its crowded and noisy....but worth a stop....you're probably going to be walking by anyway. Go for the experience, the music was good and so was the mojito. A must stop for Hemingway fans.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not that the food or drink are extraordinary; it's the unique atmosphere. This was Hemingway's second-favorite bar. It tends to be very crowded, so go early if you can. Maybe you just want a mojito in the bar, but be sure to check out the restaurant area behind the bar --the Mediterranean-blue walls are covered with the signatures of... More 

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Jackson Heights, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place to go to get an authentic Cuban experience. The birth place of the mojito, this little bar has such great character to it. What I enjoyed most about it is the live music there. Ofcourse many other places have groups playing but I specifically enjoyed the group that played here. Come a on Saturday afternoon around... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You will have heard the stories that it is the birthplace of the mojito so for that reason it is worth a look. It's a really cool place. There is live music and it's decorated in a funky way. It is always buzzing with activity and the vibe spills out onto the street. Book ahead for the restaurant. It is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make a reservation if you wish to dine, other than that the bar area from the street is tiny & jam packed spilling out onto the street. Full of history & character & worth a visit

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