Very busy with tourists (like me) and beer drinkers looking for some upgrade from the usual Cuba canned beer. Relative OK beer. Service however is crap, although 2nd day little better. Nice to have conversation with Cuban beer drinkers. Limited choice and when not carefull very overcharged.
The name seemed to be "Factoria Plaza Vieja" rather than "Taberna de la Muralla" - they both describe what and where it is. Big open room room opening out onto square with plenty of outside seating. Bright cavernous room with large bar and brewing equipment behind. Pleasant fiesta atmosphere with live Latin band. Their own three beers on offer, not sure what esle there was. These are not great beers, but they are the best I have found in my short visit to Havana. The service was awful, even by Havana standards. There were plenty of staff chatting but it was very hard to get served. When I was served it was friendly enough. By global standards this offers great value for money at ~$2/pint.
Large open area out front of a smaller building with the brewery in the back. Beers were cheap, and bad by global standards, but still nice to try something and support. Everything was served in a dimpled mug.
Touristy brewpub on one of the main squares. Music was typical of cuba. Beers $2 or beer and a burger for $6. Atmosphere was the best part. The beers (one light and one dark) were barely drinkable, but definitely not good. The new brewery that opened up on the waterfront a few blocks away had much better beers. Still, you gotta support any effort to get more people drinking ’craft’ beer...
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.
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.
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.