In bustle of Central Havana, lies one of the cities hidden gems. Toki-Ona Neptuno Bar is a open and inviting place to stumble upon. The building has breezy Spanish colonial design in which allows for crosswinds to cool off patrons sipping on their coffees or mojitos. The large bar and seating area can accommodate 70 or 80 of your closest friends.
Immediately upon entry, the bartender greeted us with a warm hello. We made the kind of small talk that makes a traveller feel like you have been transported to your favorite neighborhood bar. In this case it just so happens to be in Havana. One of the bartenders was kind enough to share with us the recipe to an old Cuban cocktail named “El Negron Cubano”. Which was delicious, by the way.
The crowd in the bar was a mixture of locals taking a break from work and a few tourist who were more on the adventurist side. Because of this dynamic, the bar is unpretentious. Even the music is content to hang out in the background as if it was listening to the nuances of your conversation. When the bar gets livelier, musicians brighten up the scene playing traditional Cuban son music.
If you happen to be in Central Havana and want to experience a slice of what life has to offer to locals, go the Neptuno Bar. It has great food, great drinks and a cool environment. A wonderful working class bar.