Robaina's

Robaina's
Robaina's plantation

Friday, 17 November 2017

Partagas Encuentro through the years

                     The Partagas Encuentro held in Havana has being going on for more than 15 years now. I have been fortunate to have participated in many of them. Much to my disappointment, I wasn't able to make it this year. That's too bad because this year they promised to outdo themselves by taking everyone to Santiago de Cuba for one of the events. Tonight would be when the Gala event would be taking place. For those of you who don't know what the Partagas Encuentro is, it's a 4 or 5 day event that takes place this time every year. There are a large number of Aficionados that look forward to this festival and an even larger one that wish they could make it. It's a great time to see old friends which you may only see this one time a year, at the 'Partagas Encuentro'. Since I wasn't able to make it this year, I've been reminiscing about past Encuentros I've been to. The pictures I've posted are from various Encuentros I've attended through the years. Several of the people in the photos have passed away, others (Cubans) have left the country for good and even more no longer work for the Partagas store or factory. One thing is certain however, when all of us get together for this event, it's good times all the way. A great time to meet old friends and an excellent opportunity to make new ones. See you next year amigos.












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Cerveceria Antiguo Almacen de la Madera y El Tabaco (Havana)

                    The original structure, which was a Tobacco and Wood Warehouse, was built in 1906, the construction of the docks close by were approved in 1860. The revitalization of the Avenida del Puerto and beyond included this building and the Almacenes San Jose (the tourist market) next door as well. The original owners of the warehouse were The Havana Central Railroad Company which used it as a steel warehouse. It had it's own railway lines connected to it and modern cranes, very advanced for it's time. The locomotive that's parked out front of the restaurant is sitting on the rails once used by the warehouse. In 1959, with the triumph of the Cuban revolution, it was nationalized along with everything else. In 2014, the old warehouse was restored by the Office of the Historian of Havana and converted into a small brewery and a restaurant which opened it's doors to the public March 14, 2014 with a capacity for 400 people. Eusebio Leal Spengler, Historian of the City, was at the inauguration. Just like the Pub-Brewery in Plaza Vieja, the Cerveceria Antiguo Almacen also produces their own beer in the same 3 styles, light, amber and dark @ $2.50cuc a mug or $12cuc for 6 liters, using the same Austrian technology. Although the food and service has declined somewhat since it's opening a few years ago, it still beats it's predecessor hands down for quality of food and cordial service.  During different times of the day they have a live band playing and don't forget to check out the sunset over the bay. Cigar smoking is allowed inside and on the huge patio. All in all, a pleasant experience.




Ave Del Puerto y San Pedro,
La Habana Vieja, Habana,
+53 7 8647780
Opening hours: noon till midnight





















Masas de Cerdo (fried pork) 4.00


Tabla Mixta 3.80


Hamburger 2.70


Cuban Sandwich 3.90


Brocheta de Cerdo (pork skewer) 3.95