Sloppy Joe's Bar
At the top of our list is Sloppy Joe’s, a legendary Havana bar redolent of the heyday of Cuban cocktails. Opened in the 1920s by Spanish émigré José Garcia, it enjoyed the whirlwind of wild 1930s and 1940s parties, with the likes of Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable and Ernest Hemingway propping up its long mahogany bar. After years lying dusty and forgotten, we’ve recently seen it returned to its former glory through a loving restoration of every original detail. Head to this spacious spot for a classic Cuban cocktail like El Presidente, made with Havana Club 7 year old rum, white vermouth and orange liqueur. The El Presidente is a home-grown classic: created in Havana, the drink was seen as the aristocrat of cocktails due to its elegance and balance, not to mention its starring role at diplomatic dinners and celebrity parties during the Prohibition. Today the cocktail revels in its iconic status as a golden age classic of Havana’s Cantineros (bartenders).