Bar "La Bodeguita del Medio"

  • Made famous thanks to the rum-swilling exploits of Ernest Hemingway (who by association instantly sends the prices soaring), this is Havana's most celebrated bar.
  • A visit here has become de rigueur for tourists who haven't yet cottoned on to the fact that the mojitos are better and (far) cheaper elsewhere. 
  • Back 1942, this well-known restaurant was a small grocery store. Its owner, Ángel Martínez, began to sell food as the number of customers increased.
  • One day, journalist Leandro Garcia, a regular customer, decided to put his name on one of the walls and soon many other distinguished personalities followed suit, including Pablo Neruda, Agustín Lara, Brigitte Bardot, Ignacio ‘Bola de Nieve’ Villa, Ernest Hemingway, and Salvador Allende. 
  • Plus it is saloon door style and ceiling fans rather than freezing air conditioning. The live bands aren’t bad too.

 

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