havana-live-sloppy-joes1Located at the central corner of Zulueta and Animas Streets in the Old Havana, the famous and mythical Sloppy Joe´s Bar has reopened its doors after almost three decades of remodeling. Sloppy Joe´s Bar represents the perfect place to bring back memories of the thirties in Cuba. Times, when it became a very popular place, not only appreciated for its fine drinks and liquors but also for its special atmosphere of attractive appointments as well as for having the longest mahogany drinks cabinet of Cuba, and perhaps of the whole world. People who visited Havana during those decades of great splendor had to go to three different places when it had to do with food and enjoyment: “El Floridita”, “Sloppy Joe’s Bar”, and “La Bodeguita del Medio”, otherwise, they wouldn’t have stayed in Havana city.
Don’t be hesitant; only one block from the Prado havanero, on Havana’s heart, open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 am every day, you must give yourself the satisfaction of visiting Sloppy Joe´s Bar and becoming part of the history and the tradition of an unquestionable word-class bar. Therefore, for people who remember those days and for lovers of the best bars around the world, this opening has represented an extraordinary event.
havana-live-sloppy-joes2Sloopy Joe´s Bar symbolizes the good taste of Cuban and international cocktail bartending, having a catalogue with more than fifty different kinds of Cuban rums and also one of the best whisky’s collections of the country.In addition, it is providing one more time its chef’s specialties: the “Ropa vieja Sloppy Joe” (ground beef, tomato sauce,olives and spices) and the “Sloppy Joe´s Burger” (beef, pork leg jam, bacon and cheese); gorgeous offers to the lovers of Cuban traditional cuisine in the most pure Havana style.
A little bit of Sloppy Joe´s Bar History: Property of José Garcia, the bar received this name because the place at the beginning was a mess and the sandwich served there was made of “ropa vieja”. Jose Garcia arrived in Cuba coming from Spain in the year 1904. He began working as a barman in Havana. He stayed in Cuba for three years until he sailed away to the United States heading New Orleans. In 1919, Jose Garcia returned to Havana and he decided to open his own business and bought a grocery store along with a warehouse located in the corner of Zulueta and Animas Streets.This bar had a huge splendor in the 30’s and 40’s, and it was visited frequently by many Hollywood celebrities and international bohemian characters, such as Ramon Jacinto Herrera “Ray Tico” Spencer Tracy, Ernest Hemingwa,John Wayne, Clark Gable, Ignacio Jacinto Villa y Fernandez “Bola de Nieves”, Mario Moreno “Cantinflas”,JoseAntonio Mendez “The King”, and many other personalities of the time. With the Cuban Revolution of 1959, the business became in decline dueto the 90% of Sloppy Joe’s clientele was American. In the 60´s the revolutionary government closed the establishment, leaving the Sloppy Joe’s bar abandoned for more than three decades. Now, after almost a half century, the myth continues waiting for you, restored and better than before.havana-live-sloppy-joes