Cabaret Las Vegas Infanta, between Calle 25 and Calle 27
Cabaret Las Vegas opens its doors at around eleven at night. The shows usually start at 1a.m. and include dance, comedy sketches and drag performances. The regulars include foreigners and local Cubans. The cover is 3 CUC. An excellent place for everyone that loves to have a few drinks and a good time. Just Go! Best night is Sunday, but Friday and Saturday are usually good also. A lot of local gay Cubans come here hoping to find tourists that will buy them drinks.
Proyecto Divino Avenida Paseo and 39, Vedado. Located in Café Cantante in Cuba’s National Theater
The National Theater’s Café Habana has long been the venue of Proyecto Divino, one of Havana’s spaces aimed at the LGBT sector that has been officially recognized by Cuban authorities and is sponsored by the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX). Admittance is 3 CUC. Proyecto Divino has a drag show, fashion and strip show, and offers a Cuban version of a kasaky show (dancers with high-heels). This recreational venue opens its doors at ten at night and closes at six in the morning, the following day.
Drag Queen Imperio performs at Las Vegas Cabaret in Havana, Cuba
The Street Outside Las Vegas nightclub in Havana
Humboldt 52, Humboldt #52 between Infanta and Hospital
Opened in May 2013, the hot staff, comfortable setting, and welcoming vibe at this, Havana’s first full-time, openly-gay bar, make for a fun night out, regardless of orientation. There’s plenty of seating, big screen TVs showing music videos (Cuban artists are well-represented), and don’t be surprised if you find the decent-sized dance floor swirling with men dancing some serious salsa. There’s also a disco ball and a back room for smoking cigars. A talented opera duo perform Wednesdays; other days you’ll find karaoke and drag performances.
Centro Vasco Calle 3ra, esquina 4, Vedado While not a gay bar per se, the crowd here is gay friendly, with lots of bisexual men. Located close to the Meliá Cohíba hotel, this is one of the best locations if you want a low-key inexpensive venue with a good atmosphere. Its Basque owner opened this in 1954 as a restaurant. The décor is unexceptional inside, however it is fun and lively, with varied entertainment and shows each night.
Calle 23, also known as "La Rampa" is a popular gay hangout in Havana
23rd Street in Vedado, known as "La Rampa," is the centerpoint of the city's gay scene. At night, the intersection at Malecon and the hill where the Hotel Nacional sits atop is one of the main places gay people go to meet and hang out. A few steps from the seawall are rows of bars with shows, cabarets and DJs playing. Most of them charge 3CUC, a hefty amount for Cuban standard. So, don’t be surprised if there are a lot of guys waiting outside. They can’t afford to go in. Many of them are actually waiting for someone to befriend them (or vice versa) and hopefully bring them inside.
The Malecon seawall is classic Cuba. The sunset is stunning and romantic. It never fails to amaze you, unless, of course, a rain threatens the late afternoon spectacle. In Malecon, people from all walks of life congregate, especially in late afternoon ’till late evening. Walk the seawall from the edge of Prado (Paseo de Marti) all the way to Hotel National, which is the unofficial gay section.
Bim Bom More conveniance store than bar, the Bim Bom is more or less Cuba’s equivalent of a scaled-back 7-11. Situated on a dimly lit street corner, in the shadow of the historic Hotel Nacional, the Bim Bom is swarmed on Friday and Saturday nights with hundreds of mostly gay men and transsexuals. This no-frills gathering spot boasts no loud music, no disco ball lights and no dance floor, just gay Cubans socializing and enjoying the company of one another. A block away, the more intimate Piropo is a popular smoke-filled hang out that has the feel of a café, although no food is served. Piropo is also better lit and attracts more of a middle-aged crowd.
Cuba's gay beach Mi Cayito
Sunny day at Mi Cayito in Playa del Estes
Mi Cayito Beach on the Weekend
Parking Lot and Entrance to Mi Cayito
Mi Cayito The most famous gay beach in Cuba is close to Havana (15 miles away) and goes by the name of “Mi Cayito”. It’s a part of the Playas del Estes stretch of beaches, and here you will find lots of locals up for a good time - don't be surprised if you get asked to join them in a game of beach volleyball. It gets crowded here on the weekends, and often you will see beach parties, with the guys dancing perreo (a dance to reggaeton music).
The best way to get here is by cab, and the fare will be about 15 CUC from Old Havana. You can also take the Hop on Hop Off bus that leaves from Parque Central in Havana Vieja. If your cab driver doesn't know where Mi Cayito is, ask them to drop you off at Boca Ciega - it is next to Mi Cayito. There is a little beach restaraunt called Las Palmitas by the beach parking lot which offers great and cheap hamburgers, snacks, and drinks. You can rent chairs for $3 for the whole day, and beach umbrellas for $4.