El Polinesio

Havana, Cuba
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Calle L e/ 23 y 25, Vedado
Havana, Cuba
Daily 12pm-12am
(53 7) 33-4011

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El Polinesio



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Everyone You
Decor 6.8
Drink Quality 3.1
Drink Selection 3.8
Food Quality 4.3
Food Selection 4.4
Mood 7.2
Music 2.5
Service 5.6
Tikiness 7.4
Tilt 9.2
Vibe 5

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Humuhumu’s description

This government-owned restaurant used to be a Trader Vic's
Trader Vic's
Havana, Cuba
Bar & Restaurant
. It's located in the Tryp Habana Libre hotel, also known as the Cuba Libre Hotel. It's been reported that the decor is still in decent shape. Decor borrowed from the Havana Trader Vic's can be seen in the 1964 film "I Am Cuba."


jmax86lax has visited El Polinesio.
March 7, 2017, 8:58 AM
Glad I went. Osvaldo the bartender, added greatly to my experience by running away to find an original tiki mug from the place when it opened. Then by running away to bring photos of the hotel (and his grandfather the bartender) when it opened. He is very proud of the place and his being connected to it. Decor is great...tiki vibe is....ok.
March 2, 2015, 6:54 PM
My California band toured Havana and western Cuba last week (2/14/15) - one of our horn players is a bigtime Tiki fanatic, so we had to make a visit to this place -it was just two blocks from our hotel.

True, the decor is still pretty good, but the drink menu was very limited. Even though there were quite a few "Tropical" drinks on the menu, they couldn't make ANY of them! No blender! We were reduced to the choices on the standard cocktail menu, which turned out to be basically a G&T or a few variations on a Cuba Libre. Not even a Mojito or Pina Colada - standard drinks in almost every bar in Havana... very disappointed.

It was sort of like the Monty Python Cheese Shop sketch, if you know what I mean.
Reverse Sunset
Reverse Sunset is a semi-regular at El Polinesio.
October 29, 2012, 11:35 PM
When Trader Vic opened it in conjunction with the opening of the hotel, it was nestled into the lower level of an original Hilton. One of the current bartenders has a scrapbook of the history of the bar over the years. In addition to featuring his grandfather as one of the opening bartenders, the scrapbook displays several famous actors and politicians who visited the bar, mostly from the early 1960's.

Much of the original decor is intact. Drinks are quite inexpensive and delicious. Surprisingly, the bar seems to be generally unpopulated. The bartender will give you a tour when it's slow. It is a standard of mine every time I go to Cuba, and I would recommend it to anyone with at least an ounce of class and an appreciation of original tiki.

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