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Bacardi Building

Explore the lower floors of this former rum HQ that was confiscated by the government following the revolution of the 1960s.

Bacardi Building is an iconic structure of art deco design with a fascinating story to tell. Constructed in the 1930s as a headquarters for the Bacardi rum firm, the 12-story building became Havana’s first skyscraper. Order a drink from the stylish mezzanine bar that was initially the private saloon of the Bacardi family.

Marvel at the glorious golden façade of this enormous structure in the heart of the old town district. Admire the blend of red granite, golden slates and brass features. A closer look at the intricacies of the façade reveals sculptures of nude nymphs and terracotta reliefs. Gaze up at the central tower that rises above the rest of the rectangular building. It displays Bacardi’s iconic bat symbol, which is a common motif inside the building.

Enter through the main portal and admire the lavishness of the lobby, with its murals and elaborate patterns. Relax at the bar, which is prohibited from serving Bacardi drinks, due to a trademark quarrel known as the Rum Wars. Sip mojitos and other cocktails in this elegant bar.

Chat to the bar staff about the intriguing history of Bacardi, which was inaugurated in Santiago de Cuba in 1862. The brand profited greatly from the prohibition of alcohol in the neighboring United States, which lured Americans to the party capital of Havana. Following the Cuban Revolution of 1959 and the state seizure of Bacardi’s national assets, the rum company left the country.

Note that the building’s primary use today is for offices. However, the lower floors and the bar remain open to the public. Pay a small fee for access to a viewpoint over the railings of one of the upper floors.

The Bacardi Building is in the Old Havana area in the northern part of the city. Take a train to the Central Railway Station or La Coubre Station and walk north for 15 minutes to get here. Visit the nearby attractions, such as El Capitolio, the Parque de la Fraternidad and the Plaza de la Catedral.


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