Cafe La Trova

You can’t visit Calle Ocho without stopping at one of the World's 50 Best Bars.

Cafe La Trova
Food & Drink

It’s all thanks to the magic made by chef/owner Michelle Bernstein’s comfort food fare and Cuban cantinero/owner Julio Cabrera, whose expert drink-making is set against a backdrop of guayabera-clad musicians inside the weathered façade of an Old Havana edifice. You can’t go wrong with the award-winning “Buenavista” prepared with gin, elderflower liqueur, mint, cucumber, and lime juice, but there’s something uniquely Miami about ordering a mojito or daiquiri here. The drink is "thrown" — a show that involves tossing the liquid from shaker to shaker to create an airborne arch — before the bartender spontaneously bursts into a choreographed dance number. It's a cocktail and a show in one.