Cuba Libre

Havana Nights

70 Rums and 14 Mojitos in Downtown

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Down in Cuba, change is afoot.

Soon, you might just be dipping your toes in white Cuban sand, listening to nothing more than the waves and the ice in your mojito.

But not yet. Until then, you’ll have to bide your time at Cuba Libre, a new palace of rum and ropa vieja, taking reservations now for an October 1 opening.

You’ve probably walked by here, and wondered what was inside. Until now, nothing. But these days it looks like someplace the Rat Pack would have hung out, before the revolución.

You’ll enter a handsome dining room, complete with cobblestones, stained glass and re-creations of actual Havana buildings, while a mix of salsa and merengue plays in the background. Have a seat at the massive, carved-wood bar—modeled after the one in Havana’s Hotel Nacional—and take your pick from 70 rums and 14 mojitos, all made with fresh-pressed cane juice.

If you linger until 11pm (and the plates of churrasco, ceviche flights and Cubano sandwiches might provide ample incentive), a DJ will take command of the elevated booth as the tables are cleared from the main dining room to make way for dancing.

No one merengues like you merengue.

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