La Habana

NileGuide Expert Says:

Best for Salsa


6 Cao Ba Quat
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam


+84 8 829 5180


Cuba is the theme at this stylish and atmospheric restobar and tapas-style snacks such as meatballs in tomato sauce and regular salsa nights certainly imbue it with a certain Latino something. While themed bars are often justifiably panned for being contrived the stigma doesn't apply here.  Touches are generally subtle and the touch of Caribbean ebullience usually helps to get the party started and keep it jumping long after other places have stumbled towards sleazy, drunken torpor.  Aside from the salsa nights, live music usually comes from a selection of cover bands. Most are from the Philippines (there seems to be some cover version elixir in the air out there) and most are pretty decent.  Other talking points include the bar's keenly priced cocktails ($3 a pop) and its Sunday paella special.


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