Havana is one of the places located on Granby. It is a restaurant as well, but I have never been there for a meal, so I can’t comment on that part. The decor here is very interesting and adds to the feel of the place. It is a two-story bar/restaurant, and you can enjoy yourself on either level. It is a pretty small place, though, and very narrow.
The walls are muted beige with a pattern in them, while the light fixtures are funky and modern in shades of gold. There is one long table to the right as you walk in, and this is a favorite place to sit when you are here for a few drinks and want to meet some people.
There is an extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list here. I would suggest the cosmo as well as the margaritas and the mojitos. Although if you are going to go for a mojito, I would suggest the original. People have had the vanilla one and disliked it immensely. There is a fairly large martini list, and I know that people have enjoyed the variety in the drinks. The wine list is fairly diversified, and I would suggest one of the shirazes on the menu.
This is a very popular place for the after-theater crowd, as well as the after-work crowd on Fridays. You won’t find too many drunk college students here (a good thing in my book), but more of an upscale selection of individuals to talk to.
The bar is fairly large, and there are always people gathered around it, which can be a pain when you have to go to the restroom, because it is halfway down the bar (they are very clean, but they have only one stall in each restroom).
My only real complaint for this place is that some of the servers don’t have that great of an attitude. We have had several waitresses who were downright rude to us, and one who even forgot to bring us our drinks. I would suggest going to the bar. You may have to wait a little longer, but the bartenders are competent, efficient, and more than willing to serve everyone.
April 21, 2005
From journal Fun in Norfolk