Are you a tourist in KL visiting family and friends? Have you been living and working 5 days a week and looking forward to weekends? Either way, you’ve ticked the fun-tastic spot of KL and have not missed the fun! There is no “Changkat Bukit Bintang” without the famous & eclectic “Havana Bar & Grill” set in the heart of KL for the past 20 years, one of the most stylish and contemporary bars in the city with a touch of the old Havana architecture and the lavishness of an elegant 1950s mansion & hotel bars in the Cuban capital. Havana Bar & Grill transports you to glitz and glamour of the pre-revolution Cuba, where drinking, dining, and dancing was the top priority.
Havana Bar & Grill is an award winning bar and has continuously received the certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor consistently from year 2015 – 2019 and very recently wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award recognition for being the best among the restaurants in KL, Malaysia – based on outstanding full year 2019 restaurant reviews. Bringing the Latin American spirit into life, this Cuban style restaurant is thoughtfully split up into three colourful and remarkable areas – the main outdoor bar, newly built courtyard, and upstairs lounge.
KL’s weather can be unpredictable especially during Monsoon months, but Havana Bar & Grill are crafty and know that there are ways to escape Mother Nature. Emphasis given on the newly extended courtyard with a retractable roof that slides and covers the outdoor area to protect the customers against the rain. Great to balance safety and comfort especially these times of the pandemic.)
Fashioned in accordance with age-old tradition, filled with creative cocktails, delicious-always developing dishes with exotic twists, and always a sensational soundtrack to dance the night away… Havana Bar & Grill has always been present and serving. Havana Bar & Grill is renowned for its charcoal grill where the master cooks to precision from all-beef burgers to steak to braised beef ribs to pizza – you name it! KLexpat is so pleased to have been given the chance to visit this energy boosting, ever popular, most versatile bar in Kuala Lumpur.
Havana Bar & Grill brings you the vibrant lifestyle of Cuba in its hay-day, they certainly want to treat you and experience the best nightlife in KL. Oozing glamour and sass, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a delicious cocktail concoction and enjoy the amazing party atmosphere upstairs. Dance ’til the wee hours of the night with bangin’ tunes in the most popular spot in the city! Whether you’re a small group of friends, a Birthday party, or Corporate group. One for the stag and hen parties or the more adventurous big nights out – they’re here to offer “Something for Everybody” 7 nights a week. So take the chance, come on in, and find out for yourself or ask around, as the Bar & Grill restaurant have lots of weekly regulars and friends who drop in every week to quench their thirsts and cheers the stressors away! What’s so great about this bar is that the Cantineros (bartenders) are competent and know how to prepare a variety of different drinks. Try and ask them to make you whatever you want, and they’ll happily accommodate.
If you decide to grab a drink here, make sure you snag a spot at one of the outdoor tables. The courtyard is perfectly lush, with green trees filling the space to make it feel cosier than a traditional patio bar. The cradle of modern cocktail culture, Havana Bar & Grill is home to greats such as Mojitos, Margaritas, Bloody Marys, and Espressotinis. The place starts slinging at midday every day. We started off the good vibes that Friday afternoon with some Mojitos followed by Margaritas!
“You are the mint to my mojito” – choice of Bacardi made with crushed mint leaves, corona lime, and natural cane sugar. Havana Bar & Grill also have some amazing specialty fruity mojitos. Refreshing breath. It goes down so easily. It’s a very very good drink.
“Mamacita needs a Margarita” – Have it your way Shaken, Frozen, on the rocks. A cool, thirst quenching combination of tart and sweet, accented by the warmth of tequila and the savoury piquancy of salt, the Margarita is the perfect drink for a warm evening. It’s democratic. It was born of perseverance. And now it’s literally everyone’s favourite.
Havana Bar & Grill exemplifies the unique character of KL more than any other, from casual drinking, cosy dining to light-up dance floors. From live music and food to drinks and one-off events, this bar offers a little bit of everything. Combines being a sports bar, music bar and friendly night spot effortlessly – has a proper Cuban feel, plus locals, expats, & tourists are welcomed with open arms. If you only hit one place in KL on a good night out, this is the place to be.
Highly reviewed on its outstanding service, the team go above and beyond to create the magical experience of what it means to go out to dinner or party all night long. Topnotch staff interaction and support when things are going well, as well as handling difficult situations. We commend the team’s attentiveness and camaraderie towards the dining customers. While the team prepared our dinner, they have brought out the famous Bloodys – Aye! Hail, Bloody Marys! “Been there, drank that, spilt it on the t-shirt…” We have supped and relished a hearty unique house spice mix also known as the classic “hair of the dog” hangover cure, for brunch and beyond. This tangy, spicy Russian standard Vodka and tomato juice-based cocktail’s a classic. It’s not lying – it was spicy and sexy; it delivers a juicy refreshing blow! It is one of those perfect blank canvas cocktails that lets bartenders and home mixologist alike get creative – both in terms of flavour and spirits, not to mention the Instagram-worthy garnishes you can pile on top.
As we move along the dining experience, we have been looking forward to their newly updated & developed menu offering more healthier options. Havana Bar & Grill is happy to announce that they’ve expanded the selection of mains to better accommodate other special dietary requirements, and to include more fresh fish & fresh vegetables. They’ve now incorporated new vegan and gluten free dishes.
The newest Roast Pumpkin Salad was served as an appetizer. This is a bright and fresh antidote to bland and boring salads. A cheeky fresh salad, bursting with flavours. A combo of Granola & fresh Pomegranate.
A good burger is a thing of beauty, a satisfying, messy manifestation of all things umami (“a pleasant savoury taste”). This Havana Burger is a house classic. Their homemade patty, bun and house relish all come together with caramelized onion, crisp lettuce, tomato, and pickles. The perfect finale to a night on the lash!
Potatoes, fish, and lemon have always made a good match, this flavourful and texture perfect Sea Bass fillet recipe in bed with mashed potato is simply wonderful. Combining a fish on a layer of mashed potatoes is a reliable way of ensuring they stay juicy. The juices are soaked up, making sure that not a drop of flavour is wasted. Right off the bat, this dish is phenomenal.
We can’t miss to try the goujons. Can you really evade a dish with the word ‘legendary’ in there? The Havana Bar & Grill’s Chunky Fish Goujons are a must try as what can be finer than these crispy little fellas? The light batter makes them easy to swallow especially with the hand chopped tartar sauce and pea with mint puree.
Food trends come and go, but pizza is for life. Feast your eyes on the superb 4 seasons pizza topped with (Spring) Baby Spinach, (Summer) Black Olive, (Fall) Button Mushrooms, and (Winter) shredded Beef Bacon representing a particular season of the year! It’s straightforward, and all at once crispy and chewy, stretchy and firm, & full of flavour. This unique topping of choice is an instant winner!
Havana Bar & Grill offers such extensive mix of cuisine, history, culture, nature, and music. The ambiance of the place is, to say the least, cheering and splendid. A pleasant combo of antique art and modern designs give the restaurant a distinctive and eloquence to charm appearance.
We cap the night off to our Latin American adventure as we gobbled down 4 special desserts & Espressotini + Romeo y Julieta cigars: Homemade sticky Toffee Pudding, Caramelized Apple Tart, Chocolate & Cappuccino Mousse, and Lemon Tart. We only live life once, so we must have fun.
The best way to do is to get a group of friends or well-wishers together and smoke those Cuban cigars (Havana Bar & Grills’ humidor is home to a full range of premium hand rolled cigars from famed Cuban houses including Cohiba, Montecristo, Hoyo de Monterray, and Romeo y Juileta.) — Good drinks, good food and good Cuban cigars all around.
Chocolate & Cappuccino Mousse (this was very nicely presented, and we couldn’t wait to dig in. This elegant and silky little egg-free mousse is the perfect and sophisticated way to finish any meal. Cappuccino flavoured chocolate mousse topped with flocked cream & chocolate shavings.)
Lemon Tart, a vibrant and summery super-citrusy treat, served with Crème Chantilly and Passion fruit compote.
Espressotini – This is a much needed after food serving of the night! Espresso Martini is here to jolt you awake with its boozy magical powers. The cold coffee-flavoured cocktail mixes vodka with espresso coffee, coffee liquor (usually Kahlua) and simple syrup. Garnish with a few coffee beans, and it’s picture perfect.
The place is brimming with music, history, and culture. We love the entire experience, and we left half of our hearts in “Havana, oh na na…” 😊 We adore Havana Bar & Grill. This review experience was absolutely one for the books! We came hungry, left healthy and happy!
Havana Bar & Grill
2 & 4, Changkat Bukit Bintang
50200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6016-295 3190