Hip Bars in Havana: El Chanchullero

ChanchulleroLocated in Old Havana on a small street facing Havana’s Capitolio, this privately owned bar is more like a cantina, with its wooden tables and benches and its few seats at the bar, than any of Havana’s conventional watering holes. The wooden walls are covered with contemporary pop redesigns of political propaganda as well as vintage postcards from Havana. A big sign in the wall reads, “Hemingway was never here” in response to the ubiquitous marketing of the Nobel Prize winner in some Havana’s haunts. Another sign on the wall ironically states, “NO WIFI, PLEASE SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER”.

This fun, hip and noisy bar offers a wide range of cocktails all served in normal cylindrical glass, as it is the style of the house. They also have a food menu where they offer a range of grilled dishes, but try the chicken fricasse. The servings are abundant. Be sure to arrive early as it is usually packed after 7 p.m.

Address: e/ Bernaza y El Cristo, 457 A bajos Teniente Rey, La Habana, Cuba

Tel: +53 5 2760938

Opening hours: 1 p.m. to midnight

Price: Moderate