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5 Things to Know About Emilia’s Havana

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By Sophie Brochu

The newly-opened Houston speakeasy is a destination for live bossa nova music, luxurious Latin fare, and dancing. Here are five things to know about Emilia’s Havana.

1. From Storage Closet to Speakeasy

Berg Hospitality Group decided to get creative with a former storage closet by turning it into a Cuban speakeasy. CEO and founder Benjamin Berg wanted to amplify Houston’s music scene with a 50-seat lounge, bringing the city a new take on live music.


2. A Taste of 1950s-Era Havana

With its luxe Latin vibe, Emilia’s Havana transports guests to a 1950s-era club in Cuba’s capital city. Cuba’s musical golden age was marked by vibrant nightlife, glitzy cabarets, and high-energy performances. Emilia’s has a house bossa nova band along with local DJs spinning tunes nightly.

3. Alba Huerta is Shaking Things Up

James Beard Award-winning mixologist Alba Huerta is behind the bar shaking up Cuban-inspired concoctions. Named one of Entrepreneur‘s “Most Influential Women”, Huerta’s cocktail list includes the classics, like Hemingway daiquiris and a Cuba Libre.


4. Order Everything

You’ll want to try everything on chef Brian Sutton’s small plates menu. We’re talking lobster-corn empanadas, King crab croquetas, Wagyu-truffle tartare, and duck confit Cubanos. Not to mention fresh ceviche and a reserve of caviar.

5. Wear Your Dancing Shoes

While your reservation secures your seats, it wouldn’t be a true escape to 1950s Havana without a spin on the dance floor. The band will have you moving in no time.

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