La Vista 55

A brand-new Cuban bar and lounge

This cuban-themed bar is such a delight for all the senses. As soon as you enter the elevator, the Havana-style graffiti, dim red lighting and a small screen that shows key tourist destinations in Cuba all put you in the mood for an exciting night out. La Vista 55 has a hugely tropical vibe and we adore the green fluorescent lights with the fun posters that greet us right at the entrance. If you’re a fan of the gram, there are Insta-worthy walls for you to strike a pose in front of.

The space is quite massive and since it’s located on the 54th floor, the views are truly exquisite. West Bay skyscrapers are all lit up in front of us, everywhere we look, and when we take a break from the city lights, the staff in their cute cultural outfits, keep us engaged (they’re Cuban, too).

A small stage area allows for a band to play every day after 7pm, except on Saturdays, when a DJ takes to the decks. The floors are dark wood and the ceilings are painted black but the mood is always upbeat thanks to the groovy music and the neon lights in blue, pink, red, green and other colours that light up an otherwise grim space. It has a nice funky, Latin, disco feel. The only contradiction, and an uncomfortable one at that, is the furniture. The sleek, modern-looking, long, white bar stools feel completely out of place.

Order one of the signature beverages for a complete sensory experience – each one is unique and exciting. Expect smoke to blow out or some other interesting theatrics. The menu also has some of the classics if you’re not feeling adventurous. And most of them come with a hefty price tag, which is not surprising for a venue like this. There’s a dedicated menu for Cuban bites, too.

There’s a selection of tapas that include empanadas, ceviches and more, followed by a small but satisfying selection of desserts.

Weekends are far more crowded and possibly the best time to visit if you want to get soaked up in Havana vibes. It’s also ideal for an after-work sip while watching the sun go down.

WHAT IS IT...
A brand-new Cuban bar and lounge

WHY GO...
For the fun décor and the unique beverages

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