It had been quite a while since had not dropped by Rue de Lappe, the “thirsty street” deserted by all those over 21 years old who stopped student partying. Havanita, a real institution of Cuban lifestyle in Paris, has new owners, a new decor and a new chef to entice stylish Parisians in a muyyyy caliente ambiance!
In short: a bar where one comes to nibble on tapas, sample addictive cocktails and shake up our booty on a terrific playlist all night long.
An intimate bar great for flirting
It’s hard to find something much better. In a streamlined decor with white walls, white beams, photographs and large red banquettes rouges,everything is articulated around the bar, epicenter of the party where one clinks glasses with our mountain climbing neighbor.
Before partaking in the hot ambiance of the improvised dance floor, with your buddies dig into the tapas concocted by young chef Alexandre Verdon (ex-Arpège and trained at Bocuse): crema de maïs, guacamole, ceviche (€8-10), as well as wild dishes, perfectly seasoned, such as the spicy squid à la plancha ( €17) or the shark filet with plantain bananas (€17). Special kudos for the desserts such as the crispy biscuit, whipped cream and passion fruit, a real pleasure, not so guilty( €8).
There are (almost) not just mojitos in life
Heads up for cocktail buffs. A rare occurrence in this kind of ultra-festive bar, the quality of the cocktails is way up there. So just take your pick from the selection presented like a Cuban passport (cute): the concoction which will make you feel like dancing the salsa: a super soft piña colada, a house coco punch with ginger, a margarita or an on the spot creation by the barman— in keeping with your tastes (€11- €14).
Open Sunday to Wednesday from 6pm - 2am, Thursday to Saturday until 4:30 am.