Daiquiri King Competition Returns To Havana

HAVANA – Fifteen cocktail barmen from Cuba’s western provinces are to take part in the Sixth Daiquiri King cocktail mixing competition at Havana’s landmark Floridita restaurant and bar which is always of great interest to tourists.

As a locals-only competition, the event will take place on just one day, July 10, but it still holds great appeal for tourists who happen to be in Havana on that date thanks to the fame of the establishment, which was at one point described by Ernest Hemingway as his HQ.

On the day of the competition there will be a giant screen erected outside the bar so that the overflow crowd can enjoy the event as it unfolds.

The bar´s manager, Andrés Arencibia, said that on this occasion bartenders from both state and private sector establishments in Havana, Pinar del Rio, the resort of Varadero, Matanzas, Mayabeque, Artemisa and the Isle of Youth will compete.

The competition will bring together highly qualified bartenders while also marking the 197th anniversary of the celebrated Havana venue.

Its joint sponsors are the Palmares Hotel and Services Group, Havana Club International and the Cuban Bartenders Association (ACC). In addition to the grand prize for the winner, second and third places will be awarded. Originally known as the Silver Pineapple, this popular watering hole first opened its doors on July 6, 1817 and made Esquire magazine’s list in 1953 as one of the world’s top seven bars, for the quality of its service.

Matt Dillon, Danny Glover, Jack Nicholson, and Paul Belmondo are a few of the movie stars who have stopped by along with top model Naomi Campbell.