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July 11, 2010
A little taste of Old Havana: Havana ’59

Havana ’59, located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, is one of my favorite Richmond hangouts. It’s the ultimate summer spot, with the rooftop terrace overlooking the 17th St. Farmer’s Market and the wall of open windows opening up the downstairs bar and restaurant to the street and all passersby. Salsa music fills the air and the colorful details throughout the restaurant allow for an experience that is different than most other bars and restaurants in Richmond. I admit I have a small bias toward Havana ’59, having spent many a night waiting for my sister and some of my closest friends to finish their shifts there so we could hit the town. Because of this I was particularly excited recently when the paper sent me to capture the atmosphere of Havana’s happy hour. Following are some of the images from my shoot. Enjoy!

Photos by Eva Russo

All photos @ Richmond Times-Dispatch

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