The Havana nightlife is not the only exciting nightlife in Cuba worth visiting. Trinidad Cuba nightlife scene is also vibing, although on a smaller scale!
The nightlife scene in Trinidad offers a lot of little bars and restaurants in the historic city center, but it also has at least one interesting twist that you might want to know about.
I have been visiting the city on the southern coast of Cuba several times since 2019 while living in Havana, and I simply adore the charming vibe in Trinidad!
A little long for a day trip from Havana, but spend the night, and you will have two wonderful days and one evening in this charming and beautiful colonial city that UNESCO protects!
Trinidad Cuba Nightlife!
Trinidad is about a four-hour drive from Havana if you take a taxi or around 7 with the Viazul bus. So when you visit, you might want to stay for a couple of days. You will not be bored in Trinidad, there are lots of things to do!
But let us talk about exploring Trinidad’s nightlife, there is a variety of little cozy bars, restaurants, and dance places in the city center.
You can easily enjoy the city only a stroll away from your casa particular or hotel. Like at the Casa de la Musica Trinidad. When you are walking the streets of the old historic city at night, I do recommend you leave your stilettos at home.
The cobblestones here are treacherous!
But if you don’t mind a short walk (or taxi trip) about ten minutes uphill north of the city and then a five-minute walk down the long stairs into the center of the earth, there is a different experience waiting for you!
La Cueva Club, also known as Disco Ayala, is a unique underground dance club situated far below ground in a natural cave!
It is set by colorful lighting among ancient stalactites and rugged cave walls.
Trinidad Cuba Nightlife | La Cueva Club!
La Cueva is a favorite weekend spot for locals and adventurous tourists who get wind of it by word of mouth.
If it is not one of the best clubs in Cuba, it is most certainly one of the most spectacular ones!
La Cueva opens at 11 p.m., and a very nice surprise was that there was hardly any queue to get in.
The entry fee was $5, and that includes one drink when you reach the club area at the bottom of the long, crooked stairway.
Heading down into the cave structure, the surroundings are astonishing: wide stares, high ceilings with stalactites hanging.
Lots of colored lighting appears to accompany the growing sounds of Dance Hits from the bottom of the stairs.
Although there are not too many signs of the traditional Cuban rhythms, it is an amazing location, and we get to shake both the booty and the feet for a few hours in this quite unique environment.
Disco Ayala Bar And Dance Floor
In the main cave, the nightclub, there are different levels where you can either sit, stand, or dance, and the place was packed on the Saturday we visited.
It definitely has a large-night-club vibe, super loud music, and plastic cups for drinks.
The music is a mix of reggaeton, Spanish lyrics of love, lust, and agony, and hits from the West, although mostly from a few years back.
The dance floor was pretty much packed all the time!
Ricky Martin is of course represented on the playlist; after all, we ARE in the Caribbean.
Video Snippet From Disco Ayala
Click the video below to get a little impression of what it feels like to visit La Cueva!
The environment and lighting, unfortunately, are not video-friendly, but they will give you a feel of the ambiance!
Absolutely worth the night and the fee to get in. But don’t take my word for it; read what people on Tripadvisor have things to say about Disco Ayala.
Even for party kings and queens, don’t forget to explore the amazing city of Trinidad and its surroundings in the daytime!
You can explore on your own or join one of these four top-rated organized tours taking you to the highlights of Trinidad and amazing places there down south.
- Horseriding in the Parque El Cubano Natural Park
- Topes de Collantes Natural Park and Waterfalls Tour
- FREE Tour of La Vigia Hill at Sunset
- FREE Pub Crawl Night Tour of Trinidad
Other Popular Trinidad Nightlife Venues!
After my most recent visit to Trinidad, Cuba, in December 2022, these are the five recommended places for a fun night in Trinidad from the locals!
Check the reviews on TripAdvisor, though not all travelers agree that all places are that great.
- Casa de la Musica on Plaza Mayor
- Casa de la Trova (meaning Trubadeur House)
- Rincon de la Salsa
- Palenque de las Pongos Reales
- And still, La Cueva nightclub, also called Ayala Disco!
Wrap-Up Trinidad Cuba Nightlife
Although not a huge city or Metropole in Cuba, Trinidad does present a decent nightlife for party animals. Well, at least a number of bars and restaurants.
At Casa de la Musica, out in the open, you can enjoy the true Cuban vibe of salsa, rhumba, and son, and also try out your skills (or learn some) while giving in to the leadership on the dancefloor!
Or explore some reggeaton deep below ground for a few hours; my only super important nightlife advice for the ladies out there is NO HEELS in Trinidad!
There are old cobblestoned streets everywhere, and you don’t want to break your foot OR your heel!
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