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“A full night of salsa dancing”
Review of Casa de La Trova

Casa de La Trova
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

We had the best night dancing at the Casa de La Trova. The band was awesome and people were dancing in every available open space. It was great dancing with locals as well as tourist. I barely sat down the whole time I was there. Without a doubt I will visit Casa de La Trouva anytime I'm in Santiago.

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Reviewed 15 August 2012

We went to the upstairs part of the club one evening during our stay in Santiago. We sat on the balcony where we could hear the exceptional band, watch the professional and skilful amateur dancers, watch people dancing in the street outside and generally relax with some drinks. The staff were very pleasant and friendly. We really enjoyed our night. There was one negative thing; despite obviously being there as a couple, as we started to leave I was abruptly approached by one of the young women who attend the club to buy her a drink. We don't know if this is a regular occurence at the club, because the next night we went to the Patio de Artex and had no oportunities for further evenings in the Trouva to compare it to.

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Reviewed 16 March 2012

I cannot really add to Fillorino’s review below, except to also implore you, if you enjoy Cuban sounds, to go to the Casa de La Trova, if you visit Santiago.
As mentioned, as well as being the birth place of the revolution, Santiago is the birthplace of the Buena Vista Social Club and the Casa just reeks musical history and Pedigree.
Like Fillorino we caught a local band mid afternoon playing informally in the downstairs room and it was a real pleasure.
If you visit Santiago on a day trip like we did and only have a few hours in the centre, then walk round the squares and back roads of the centre, and when you are ready for a drink, head to the Casa de La Trove, pay the small entrance fee, and sit back with a Mojito

5  Thank Steve_of_N21
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Famous music club where far more famous "Buena Vista Social Club" was originated. If you visit Cuba and have enough time in Santiago, the best (and not commercial) place to listen the real Cuban music is here. Don't waste your time with "tropicana", if you really want to spend 90 CUC you will go in Havana. You can not find such performances elsewhere and you pay just 5 CUC for the entry. If you have any drink later, what you will pay are peanuts.

8  Thank Turkishfamily
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

I have developed a deep interest in Cuban music, so when we visited Santiago de Cuba, visiting La Trova was on the top of my list. I was not disappointed. Historically, this is one of the most important music venues in the world. Important enough that it was one of Sir Paul McCartney's two stops in Santiago. Many musical forms were invented in Santiago, and many of Cuba's most important musicians got their start, and continued to play at La Trova. As you approach this beautiful old colonial building, you hear beautiful music emanating from the downstairs rooms. The place reeks history . The street level parlor is free, as is the shaded courtyard. We arrived about 3 p.m. and heard two amazing acts while enjoying the warm, friendly ambiance and a quenching cervesa. The walls are covered with paintings and photographs of Cuba's greats, and the whole experience was amazing. Later we made the mistake of leaving to find Casa de las Tradiciones, because I had read a review that suggested that it now featured the more authentic acts. What a mistake. Perhaps it was just a bad night, but the music there was not nearly as good and the atmosphere was quite seedy. You have to pay a bit to hear the evenings "bigger' bands at La Trova but it is definitely worth it. We went back a second time and again had a fantastic musical experience. If you don't do anything else in Santiago be sure to go to La Trova. Good Mohito too.

7  Thank fillorino
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