• Sal Schmidt

Cuba Libre Beach & Bar - Ohrid

Updated: May 2


Cuba Libre Beach & Bar - Two visits


After researching Ohrid before we arrived, Cuba Libre Beach Bar was on our list. Our first weekend we couldn't wait to visit. The perfect way to spend our Easter Saturday with a lazy lunch at this local hotspot.

A beautiful beach bar with spectacular views on Lake Ohrid overlooking the old town and the surrounding mountain ranges.

Service was warm and friendly and we enjoyed chatting with our waiter, who was kind enough to give us a cozy lounge by the water. It warmed our hearts when 20 mins in, our lovely waiter Jovan came over and said to us, 'You both have so much positive energy, I just want to tell you that you have made my day'.

We were fortunate to find our new favourite Macedonian wine; Tikves Bela Voda, and were equally impressed when it was a vintage from 2013. The most fantastic chardonnay to enjoy in the sunshine and soak up the views.

The menu is full of variety, with lots of tasty Cuban cuisine. We couldn't pass up the Grilled Tortilla with gorgonzola cheese, thank you Jovan for the recommendation - you were spot on! The Chicken Croquettes were also a treat. During our second visit we enjoyed their version of the Bruschetta - it was delicious!

Cocktails were exceptional and kudos to the mixologist, who has obtained his experience from cruise ships and an asset to Cuba Libre.

Overall a fantastic venue, lots of seating areas, both indoors and outdoors. The decor is modern and quirky. As the sun sets the candles are lit, making for a very cosy atmosphere.

It's a lovely stroll along the waterfront from Old City, you can enjoy all the wonderful views, local life and nature. Approximately 20-25 mins walk or you can catch a boat from the Port in Ohrid, which is a magical experience too (especially at sunset) with B & F Cruise - Ohrid Lake Boat Tours.

We were fortunate we were still in Ohrid when they opened up again after a three-week closure to dine in due to COVID, and were not disappointed on our next visit, from the warm welcome back from Jovan and Riste to the delicious food and cocktails.