Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Havana a tourist attraction

Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana a tourist attraction

HAVANA, Apr 16. The famous Sloppy Joe’s Restaurant Bar in Havana today strongly attracts foreign tourists who visit the capital of Cuba.This opinion is identified by managers and travel guides who highlight the history of said scenario. This criterion is confirmed by the facility’s maître José Damián Castillo.

He points out that more than 500 daily customers, including Cubans and foreign tourists, choose Sloppy Joe’s to spend a pleasant evening and consume their dishes and cocktails.

Until the beginning of April 2024, the number of visitors to the premises that houses one of the longest dark mahogany bars in the country, at 18 meters, increased more than 10% compared to the same period of the previous year.

The Habano-Sommelier also announced that the establishment’s main clients come from the United States, Russia, Spain, France and many Latin American countries because the offer is very varied and remains stable.

Compared to other facilities, state and private, Sloppy’s prices are appropriate, and this represents an attraction for those who pass by the place, said the executive.

Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana a tourist attraction

Furthermore, a characteristic of the center is the quality of the offerings, and its varied assortment of sandwiches, snacks, tapas, or other light foods that it offers, and even the Sloppy cocktail, which is in high demand.

The legendary Bar de Cuba, as it is also known, reopened in 2013 with the presence of the former historian of Havana, Eusebio Leal (1942-2020), who stated that the purpose is not commercial, it is not to take advantage of a name, the opportunity What is offered is to recover an important memory.

Sloppy Joe’s Bar was founded in 1917 by José García, a Spanish emigrant who had arrived on the island in 1904, and in the 1960s it was nationalized as part of the measures taken after the Revolution led by Fidel Castro (1926-2016). ) in 1959 and languished until closing permanently in 1965.

Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana a tourist attraction

Sloppy Joe’s Bar Dark Mahogany Bar


In 2007, the Havana Historian’s Office began the restoration of the historic facility, using photographs and materials donated by people related to the site.

Celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway, Spencer Tracy, Errol Flynn, Nat King Cole, John Wayne, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Babe Ruth, Greta Garbo and even Prince Alfonso de Borbón, eldest son of Alfonso XIII, passed through the establishment.

Located on Zulueta Street, No. 252, between Animas and Virtudes, in the Historic Center of the City, and once subordinated to the Cimex S.A. Corporation, Sloppy Joe’s Bar is today subordinated to the Office of the Historian of Havana.