PUBS, PATIOS & BARS: The Beatles Bar Varadero, yeah, yeah, yeah
In the land of Fidel and Che, a venue based on the memory of John, Paul, George, and Ringo certainly comes as a surprise. Nevertheless, The Beatles Bar Varadero is one of the Cuban beach resort’s most popular hangouts, drawing crowds nightly for live music and mojitos under the stars – or more accurately, under leafy trees on a patio.
Located at Calle 59, guests are welcomed by a sculpture/requisite photo op of the Fab 4 and the small interior bar is plastered with paraphernalia recalling the band’s career, garnished with shout-outs ensure the bar’s primary patrons (Canadians) feel at home – such as Canada and Quebec flags, and a Toronto Raptors banner.
But it’s outside on the patio where guests settle in, in front of a small stage that boasts nightly cover bands that invariably span the classic rock scale from ACDC to ZZ Top, prompting singalongs, dancing, and occasional spontaneous arm waving.
On a recent visit, the band did belt out “Hey, Jude,” but otherwise did not actually play any other Beatles songs.
Three bands rotate throughout the week, taking the stage nightly at 9 and playing non-stop till midnight (Mondays excepted). The venue opens at 1 p.m.
Like all visitors, our group, which was in town for Swoop’s inaugural flight to Varadero earlier this month, was limited to drinks in the rum family – mojitos, rum punch, and rum & cola – which cost $2.50 a pop. Notably, there was no wine or beer, the latter which, like in most Cuban bars, comes and goes according to availability.
(A general insider’s tip in Cuba: “If there are people on the patio, it means they have beer!”).
As for the Beatles Bar, lack of beer on the night notwithstanding, and despite a few vocal Internet reviews suggesting otherwise, the place was a blast. Just ask those among the throng of nightly patrons, or the ones queuing to get in.
Without a doubt, we loved it, yeah, yeah, yeah!
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