Cuba > Havana (Plaza Vieja)
Grumbo (13) , England | January 7, 2015
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 11/20
Looked this place up during a stay in Havana especially for it’s beers which are definitely the best I tried in Cuba and the countries widest range. On arrival place was busy but secured an outside table and was (eventually) offered a choice of 3 beers described in no more detail than ’light, dark and black’ I opted for one of each in turn, starting light and working darker. Served in dimpled pint glasses with an average serving of about 2/3 pint though noticably clearly no standard measure existed. The ’light’ was not good at all, but ’black’ good and ’dark’ very good. Food was decent enough if rather expensive, in fact I thought everything was expensive by Cuba standards and clearly very geared to tourists as is the location (Note also the bill was overcharged which I spotted - they tried to explain the error but couldn’t!). The atmosphere was a real positive though, busy, and bustling, with some excellent live Cuban music from ’Sexteto Caribeno’ who were so good I treated myself to a copy of their CD. All in all a really good place to while away a couple of atmospheric hours in Havana.
MattiasA (12) Malmö, Sweden | March 26, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
A truly wierd and wonderful sight when in Cuba, a state-of-the-art brewery in the middle of Havana. The beers were decent, good if you compare it to the standard Cuban beers. If you’re not bothered by the ’brushed-up’ Habana Vieja this is nestled in the renovated plaza, a beautiful but very un-Cuban setting. The service was standard Cuban, not very engaging at all that is. The value is decent, it’s more expensive than most places considering it’s in the more touristy-parts of Havana but it’s still very very cheap by western-standards.
vanelst (25) , Austria | November 20, 2013
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
the dark beer is the one to go for here
fiulijn (627) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 11, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 10/20
Well, in my opinion almost everything is fake in central Havana, and somehow this brewery as well; nevertheless the beers are more than decent, especially the Blond, and so it became our last stop of the evening before heading back to the hotel.
varanid99 (23) , Australia | October 26, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 12/20
Nice chilled atmosphere inside - outside was a little more chaotic. Wandering bands, good friendly staff, choice of three beers (dark was the pick), and ridiculously cheap food (hamburger and a pint for about three bucks). can never rival the 200+ bottle venues, but a nice chilled out place to enjoy a beer and watch the world go by
jezek (12) , England | May 21, 2011
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 11/20
dark beer was nice change , to drinking light beer for 2 weeks
Malone (14) , | April 7, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Come ambiente neanche si commenta. pazzesco! Si mangia e si beve all’aperto su Plaza Vieja, una piazza in stile coloniale bellissima. Ahimè il cibo non è un granchè perchè il posto è davvero turistico. Le birre sono passabili(siamo a Cuba), sono artigianali e le fanno sul posto, ma non si fanno ricordare.Anzi...
iammarc (10) Inverness, Scotland | August 13, 2008
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Visited in July 2007. A beautiful large open space pub with large copper kettle just behind the bar. We chose to sit at tables outside with there being no seatage inside. We waited to be served for about 5-10 minutes before choosing to go to the bar and place our order, waiting another 5 minutes to speak to someone. I was told that a waitress would come to our table for our order!!! Ahhhh!! Poor service, not much knowledge of beer, but that’s okay. I fail to recall the name of the beer I had although I think it has rum in it!! My wife, she had a mojito style beer. Very strange, but strangely good. All in all, not bad but not superb.
Oakes (718) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2006
40 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
Very tourist-oriented venture on a main square in old Havana. Food is okay, service a bit dodgy. Lomo ahumado is probably the best menu choice, a nice Cuban specialty. Only two beers when I was there. The Claro was borderline undrinkable; the Cura a bit better but not much. Didn’t seem to bother the throngs of tourists, who dug the outdoor grill, Buena Vista - butchering band and the taste of home in an otherwise very un-Western country. May the next craft brewery in Cuba be a vast improvement.
presario (150) Stampede City, Alberta | August 7, 2006
38 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 5/20
A large open brew pub. The kettle is right at the bar although they were working on it when I was there. The tanks are in a very clean room. Not speaking Spanish but having an interpreter with me I don’t think that the staff has much beer knowledge. A manager gave me a tour and showed me the pellets and grain. Whomever the brewer is he needs more money for stronger flavour or some help in the process. I almost had to argue with the server to let me have 3 pints so that I could taste them all. He wanted to let me have a sample first but hey I was on vacation!
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