June 09, 2022

North America’s 50 Best Bars awards: Cafe La Trova in Little Havana

North America’s 50 Best Bars awards: Cafe La Trova in Little Havana

ADDRESS: 971 SW 8th St. Miami, FL 33130

PHONE: (786) 615-4379


OPENING DATE: January 2019

OWNERS: Julio Cabrera, Michelle Bernstein, and David Martinez


  • Dinner is served seven nights a week starting at 6 p.m.
  • Happy Hour is available daily at the bar from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Bar is open until midnight Sun through Thursday and till 2 am Friday and Saturday
  • 80’s 305 Bar: opens at midnight on Friday and Saturday

LIVE MUSIC: Live music nightly: Sun – Thurs., starts at 7 p.m.; and Fri and Sat., starts at 7:30 p.m.


AWARDS: The restaurant has garnered multiple awards and recognition including: ranking #28 on The World’s 50 Best Bars (2021); “Best American Bar Team” at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards (2020); GQ’s “Best New Restaurants in America” (2019); Esquire’s “Best Bars in America” (2020); “America’s Best Bartender” at Tales of the Cocktail’s
Spirited Awards (2019) and many more.


At Café La Trova the world-famous Julio Cabrera and his team of cantineros (Cuban bartenders) bring to life the retro Cuba atmosphere with their artisanal, handcrafted cocktails while James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein lends her culinary prowess with a contemporary take on Cuban-styled dishes. The multi-faceted concept marries traditional “cantinero” cocktail culture with Miami’s 1980s Cubano renaissance offering classic and creative drinks, contemporary Cuban and Latin-inspired dishes, live music daily and an outdoor patio to enjoy dominoes and cigars.

Located on Calle Ocho in the epicenter of Little Havana, Café La Trova is named for and inspired by the traditional Cuban music, la trova, which originated in Santiago de Cuba; and for the cantinero, meaning professional bartender, a cultural touchstone in the Cuban community, to whom attention to detail, hospitality and excellent service are paramount.

SOCIAL MEDIA: IG: @cafelatrovamiami | FB: @CafeLaTrovaMiami



Dana Gidney, [email protected]

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