If you are looking for your classic old-school bar in Munich, the Havana Club should fit perfectly. The bar is one of Munich first classic bars and was opened in the 80s, at a time when the people of the Bavarian capital were slowly getting used to that a drink is not only beer and schnaps. Following the opening of Harry’s American Bar (since 1993, Pusser’s New York Bar) in the 70s and the legendary Schumann’s in 1982, the Havana Club was Michael Käfer’s, Munich’s king of delicacies, successful attempt to join the club.
The bar has since changed two owners, but remained faithful to old bar traditions, such as the interior (wood, leather, brass) and the straightforwardness of the drinks served. The concept is as successful as ever and the bar still attracts lots of visitors of the city and local regulars. There is always someone in the bar and it gets really crowded only on the nights of the weekend. The bar has been celebrating the spirit of Cuba for over three decades now and from the beginning the choice of rum from Cuba and from all over the world (Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Guadeloupe, Peru, etc.) has been its central theme. The Havana Club offers over one hundred varieties of the spirit. The most massive change which has happened since the past decades is that you’re not allowed to smoke Cuban cigars at the bar anymore which makes aficionados jealous of Ernest Hemingway’s (he looks at you from a portrait behind the bar) times.
The video below shows the Havana Club bartender mixing a classic at the bar.
Address: Herrnstr. 30
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 6pm-1am, Friday and Saturday 6pm-3am, Sundays 7pm-1am