GUIDE TO AFTER-DARK
Cabaret Yearbook, Winter Resort Number, Volume One, poss
GUIDE TO AFTER-DARK
THE BIG THREE
& Linea (B-4544). This claims to be the largest
beautiful night club in the world. Located on what was
extensive private estate, Tropicana has two complete sets of
table areas and dance floors. If the weather is fine,
area is used; otherwise everyone moves to the indoor
palm trees growing among the tables lend the proper tropical
and blend well with the ultra-modernistic
include 50-dancer chorus lines which often branch out into
trees. Rhythms and costumes are colorfully native
(voodoo is a
frequent theme.) Top names often star. Minimum
at tables is
$4.50 per person, but this can be avoided by sitting at bar
adequate view of stage.
, 23rd St
(U-5207). Montmartre is the only major Havana night
club that is
entirely indoors. It is more conveniently located (in
section) than Tropicana, which is a 20-minute ride from the
Havana. Montmartre, which used to confine its shows to
of acts, now also goes in for large-scale productions,
directed by an
American. Name acts are frequently imported (most
Chavales de Espana). There is a $4.50 minimum at the
none at the two bars (both of which afford a view of the
Highway (BO-7979). Usually run by Americans, San Souci
in a Spanish-type villa. Stage, dance floor and tables
the moonlight. Shows, like at the other Big Three
production numbers with name acts. Good-looking U.S.
are an added attraction. Sans Souci, as well as
Montmartre, has a gambling room with roulette, craps and
chemin de fer,
etc. Located even further out than Tropicana, Sans
opens only for the winter season.
Highway (I-5072). About 15 minutes from Havana, the
located in rustic surroundings. Show consists of local
C (B-7794). This is located in Havana's Coney Island
Genuine native rhythms (rumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha) are
played by small
orchestras and danced to by a class of people that are not
inhibited. These often provide a better show than the
& C (B-7807). It is a few steps to walk from the
the Pennsylvania and get more of the same atmosphere.
from U.S. dancing schools often come to these places to
latest local dances.
& Prado (M-9296). A cozy place off
Boulevard, with dance music and a show consisting of singers
, Zanja #
(W-9497). Located in Chinatown, the old, hot and
Shanghai Theater has the only public burlesque in
strip completely (no G-strings). This theater is
probably one of
the few places in the world which openly shows pornographic
movies. Admission is $1.25, but varies according to
of the seats in the big old Havana theater.
Taberna San Roman
Pedro & Oficios (M-4460). Cured meats hang from
and wine jugs are on shelves along the walls. The
walls are also
decorated with bull-fighting posters from Spain. A
dance music, and on Saturday nights the Spanish equivalent
of a jam
session gets under way. Customers make impromptu music
someone usually plays a bagpipe (Spanish, not
Scottish). Well off
the beaten tourist track.
(U-9729). Spanish music, singing and dancing.
to drink wine by pouring it in a thin stream from Andalusian
directly into their mouths. After drinking enough
wine, many of
the customers participate in the informal floor show.
& Prado (W-9452). The Tasca is decorated to
Spanish bandit's cave. Guitarists, singers, pianists
make up the show and also provide music for dancing by
, 21 St
(U-8981). The Arboleda Room provides a quite place to enjoy
liquor. A pianist provides pleasant music.
Prado #225 (M-9961). The Carnival Room has miniature
shows (usually a singer and an accompanist).
, G St.
& Calzada (F-6622). The Chez Merito provides a
trio of musicians.
Monserrate (M-5031). The Floridita (Formerly known as
claims to have originated the daiquiri (named after a Cuban
river). It has developed daiquiri-making into an art,
provides half a dozen different types. Most famous
customer at Floridita: Ernest Hemingway, who uses a special
glass. The place also has an excellent restaurant.
Johnny's Dream Club
Almendares River. Johnny's is noted for its
and tables located on several tiers and so enclosed that
adequate privacy for lovers. There is a dance floor
music) and a simple show (singer, pianist). This place
by the same Johnny who owns Johnny's Bar (with "bar" girls)
& La Copa. Tony Gorody provides some of the most
piano-playing in Havana, fine for listening or
dancing. A haunt
for local Americans who avoid strictly tourist spots.
(M-4888). El Dorado and other nearby cafes opposite
lend a Parisian air to the city. Tables are in the
Prado Boulevard. El Dorado has an all-girl orchestra
252 (M-4178). This is a mecca for tourists, but few
or American) go here. Sandwiches are excellent, and a
musical group plays.
Bernaza 1 (M-4811). Piano music, and fine chicken and
First St. Customers can sit on an outdoor terrace, drink,
movies and be cooled by sea breezes from the ocean.
(A-7324). The Colonial uses local talent, frequently
please the tourist trade upon which this place lives.
tourist-aimed, with a minimum of $1.50 per person at the
Highway (X-3019). Risque shows and private rooms for a price
place closed whenever the authorities decide to crack down.
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