Bodeguita del Medio
Bodeguita del Medio – Empedrado Street in Old Havana, next to the catedral.
La Bodeguita del Medio is a Cuban Restaurant bar in Havana (Cuba) and another one of the Popular Places for Americans in Cuba. It is extraordinarily famed and touristy due to the personalities that have patronized it: Salvador Allende, the poet Pablo Neruda, the writer Ernest Hemingway, the artist Josignacio and many others. La Bodeguita del Medio is also identified as the birthplace of the Mojito cocktail, prepared in the bar since its opening in 1942.
Bodeguita del Medio “like walking through history”
The rooms are full of curious objects; frames, photos, as well as the walls being covered by signatures of both famous and unknown customers narrate the island’s past. Along with the local food, cigars, music and mojitos, la Bodeguita del Medio offers a peek into Cuba’s typical ambiance.
These days the almost mythical name means the place is packed most of the time, with busloads of tourists either outside taking photos of the emblematic sign or inside looking at the signatures of past visitors. To get away from the crowds we suggest going upstairs to the seldom visited mezzanine for a few drinks and food.
Somewhere to stay near Bodeguita del Medio? Hotels nearby are:
Ambos Mundos (of Hemingway fame)