Caribbean Cavorting: Even though it’s right in the middle of LKF, Havana remains blissfully hidden from the overwhelming crowds downstairs. The Cuban-themed bar serves up a dose of the tropics, with rum-based cocktails in a laidback setting.
Look & Feel: Stepping into Havana, you’ll find a small seating area by the bar complete with leather booths and a map of Cuba. Outside, the roomy terrace is a shaded space decked out with palm trees and woven furniture that add to those holiday vibes.
On the Menu: Mojitos, daiquiris and other rum cocktails take center stage. The classic daiquiri ($75) made with Havana Club three-year-old rum, fresh lime juice and a dash of sugar is for those who take their daiquiris seriously, but there are also tons of fruity varieties on the menu. Check out the “rums of the world” section, featuring more than 40 types of the liquor from a dozen countries including Cuba, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.
Service: On our most recent visit, we were greeted and served by an incredibly cheerful, helpful staffer — all big smiles and breezy chat.
Jeng: Not only do the cocktails taste great — none of the sickly sweet creations you occasionally find elsewhere — the prices here are practically unbeatable. Seriously, where else in Central are you going to find a decent cocktail for under $100, let alone $75?! Our favorite drink here has always been the Just Peachy Mojito ($75), with a dash of peach Schnapps and peach slices, alongside homegrown mint. You’ll want to grab a seat on the covered terrace, a rare corner of this part of the neighborhood where you can enjoy your drink in peace.
Not So Jeng: The drink ordering process at Havana is arbitrary and annoying. During most visits, where we sat on the terrace, a server took our drink orders, but we were told to go inside to collect them — probably down to licensing laws. However, on other visits, we sat inside and had to go up to the bar to order. It’s all pretty confusing.
Great For: Parties (the terrace can be rented out), fresh and fruity drinks, something different from staid LKF.
FYI: Havana’s light bites are worth your time. Try the Greek dolmades ($78): rice-stuffed vine leaves with lemon and herbs.
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