Havana Vancouver is a Cuban-style restaurant that features live shows and performances including theatre productions, comedians and musicians.
To book a special $30 three-course dinner plus a show on a Sunday or Monday night, click Havana Restaurant Showpass Tickets.
Havana Vancouver on Commercial Drive
The Havana is a Latin American-inspired restaurant that serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Not only does the place have amazing food, but they also feature a 60-person theatre in the back.
Located at 1212 Commercial Drive, so in the heart of Vancouver’s “Little Italy,” the restaurant is open from 11:00 am until “late” on weekdays (including Fridays) and from 10:00 am to “late” on weekends.
Havana Vancouver has a fairly extensive menu with a good selection of drinks. They have Happy Hour from 3:00 until 6:00 pm and again from 9:00 pm until closing time every day of the week. Whether you’re looking for an eggs Benedict breakfast or a meal that will make you feel like you’re in Cuba, they have something for you. They also get very good reviews.
As of early 2020, expect to pay around $14 for a classic breakfast, $20 for steak & eggs, $17 for chorizo hash and around $16 for a burger or tacos. They also serve fancier items for dinner like paella negra ($28), grilled octopus ($24) and ribeye steak ($32).
The vibe at the restaurant is typically described as vibrant and fun. Also, all of their meals are moderately-priced, so going there for dinner gets you a great meal (and maybe even a post-dinner show) without breaking the bank.
In the back of the restaurant there is a quaint theatre that features daily performances starting at 8:00 pm and ending “late”. Guests are invited to enjoy dinner and drinks before or after the show. The venue hosts over 500 performances every year (which means an average of more than one per night). These include improv theatre, plays, comedy acts and karaoke.
Havana also rents out their theatre space including its professional equipment. If you are an emerging artist and want to show off what you have to offer, consider renting this performance venue. It’s perfect for small shows!
To see who’s performing next at the venue click Havana Theatre.
Havana Theatre Dinner & Shows
As of February 2020, the Havana Restaurant and Havana Theatre are offering Dinner & A Show packages on Sunday and Monday evenings.
The “dinner” part of the evening is a 3-course tasting menu featuring a mix of Cuban and Pacific Northwest cuisine. Depending on the menu you choose and the number of people in your party, you might get a choice of things like fish tacos, beef tacos, Caribbean coconut curry and/or paella negra, plus an appetizer and dessert. The “show” portion of the event, meanwhile, is whatever performance is showing in the theatre that particular Sunday or Monday evening.
The dinner costs $30 (plus drinks and gratuity). Show prices vary. When we last checked one performance cost $12 and another was “pay-what-you-can” (or “PWYC”) with the options of $5, $10 or $15 (and you could choose).
To book a Dinner & A Show visit the Showpass website.
IMPROV COMEDY ON GRANVILLE ISLAND
Another Vancouver location to check out live comedy (and rent theatre facilities for private use) is Vancouver TheatreSports at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. They offer shows five or so nights a week and are well worth checking out.
To visit this restaurant’s website and to view their regular menu, click Havana Vancouver.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Best Bars & Restaurants
- Vancouver Latin American Restaurants
- Vancouver Theatre Companies and Venues
- Vancouver TheatreSports (featuring improv comedy theatre on Granville Island)
- Arts Club Theatre (featuring live theatre at three different locations)
- Vancouver Shows & Entertainment
- Vancouver’s Monthly Calendar of Events
- FlyOver Canada at Canada Place