Salsa > Best Salsa Clubs

Discussion in 'Salsa' started by DanceMentor, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    I thought it would be interesting to report on some of the best salsa clubs in YOUR area. For me here in Atlanta, my favorite is called the Sanctuary. It has been around for years, and in my opinion plays the best music. Also, on Wednesday nights, Toungue and Groove has a great Salsa night. So what's going on in your city?
  2. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    "Commonground" on Tuesday nights in Ithaca. That actually is the only regular salsa nightspot!! This thread probably will be useful for salarhythmns. I believe some time back he was trying to create such a list.
  3. salsarhythms

    salsarhythms New Member

    Hey Sagitta...I'm assuming that you are on one of my mailing
    lists...or did I post that here in the forum?

    Anyway, yes, that info would be great...

    I've got a lot of info compiled from California, to New York
    to Egypt and everything in between... :)

    If everyone can keep sending the names and addresses
    of the clubs in this thread that would be really great.

    Once I'm done compiling it (by the new year) I will post
    a link here to where you can find it.

    The list is pretty long and is sorted by geographic area so
    any help anyone can give would be great.
  4. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

  5. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    Yay :bouncy: ! Fernando, you are a legend!
  6. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    I can't rate the best salsa clubs in Orlando. A lot of places have Latin or salsa nights. The newest place I know of is Club Cachet, which has a killer salsa party on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out the Dance venues in Orlando links for more info. :D
  7. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    I'll give you the 411 in the Denver area

    *Best spots D'Note on Sunday and Matties on Monday (Matties is heavy on the NY Mambo style of music and is where a lot of the local on2 dancers go)

    *La Rumba on Thursdays and Saturdays (This is the longest running Latin club in Denver. Over 4 years now. The place is really nice, but it isn't a dancers club like D'Note and Matties. More meat market mentality)

    *Once a month (usually the last Thurs or Fri of the month) we have a Salsa bash at the Pinnacle Club. It's in the penthouse of the Qwest Tower downtown. Beautiful place, usually a live band, definitely a sight to see!!

    *Brand new clubs - Zanzibar on Saturdays, Supreme Court on Thursdays, Palladium on Saturdays. Just opened so I'll get back to you with a report! :wink:
  8. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    Ok, here’s my contribution.

    • Lotus (R&B/salsa night) this place attracts a lot of good dancers in both genres, even if there’s no designated dance floor. It’s a place to been seen :wink: with all the young & beautiful. No bands, DJ only.

    • Alumbra is where I go (not easy to find tho). Along with all Cuban Rueda dancers/students. It’s a riverfront place where you can dance outdoors! A cool Cuban son band Sambumbia play 10-12.
    • Bullring is the place where all L.A. style dancers/students go. Got a big floor but the band plays salsa as if they are playing merengue :x (in my opinion).
    • Cape Lounge is where all the latinos go to jam/hangout. It’s sooooo small there is no room to dance; but the music and atmosphere is cool. I go there to hang with my bros if I’m not in the mood to dance!

    • Gardenias (band/DJ) at the moment. Friday nights are really hard to do for some reason. At least this is a beautiful place with great music & room to dance.
    • Copacabana (band/DJ) is one of those ‘Latin’ (AKA 20% salsa) clubs but they do dinner/floor show so you get lots of bucks/hens nights :roll: there. Fri night is better (L.A. style dancers go there) then Sat, but I get annoyed by the sleaze factor there.
    • Vineyard is more like a crowded pub, but a good salsa band is playing there. No room to dance!
    • Heat (DJ only) is another R&B/Latin night. You are lucky to get a few salsa songs. It’s a young crowd with good dancers there. I go there for something different.

    • Stage is where all dancers go. The band is not bad, there is room to dance & people to dance with. It’s an older crowd with minimal Latinos there.
    • Copacabana is where all the Latinos go. Mainly meringue/latin pop there on Sat.

    • Dock of the Bay at St. Kilda Sea Baths (4-10). This is the BEST thing in warmer mths! :p Our favourite DJ playing in the courtyard (beach front near the sand) & there are hundreds of people there dancing/watching. BYO instruments to jam along, be prepared to dance on any surface and don’t wear nice shoes (you will grind the soles down)!
    • Night Cat is a must see thing unique to Melbourne. Mainly a jazz venue, Sunday nights there are two resident bands (alternating monthly) with one playing Latin Jazz and the other more salsa/timba. This is where raw, energetic descarga takes place every week. You will find the entire Latino clan here, with minimal studio dancers. We regulars dance behind the band with large crowd gathering. This place is super cool. The musicians accompanying international artists are known to be seen there. 8)

    These are regular events. Quite often there are special events where eveyone will attend (so avoid regular venues on these nights coz you will have no one to dance with).

    For all info regarding Mel scene (venues, bands, photos etc) check out Links to Sydney & Adelaide are also provided.
  9. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    You better!!! One of the things that I like to see is if the name matches the atmosphere. I'm particularly interested in "Zanzibar"!! Small island off the coast in East Africa, Arabic, part of Tanzania. Famous for the slave trade and cloves!! I grew up in Tanzania and so it could be an interesting connection. :)
  10. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    If the name is supposed to match the atmosphere I'm just dying to see the report on Supreme Court! :lol:
  11. youngsta

    youngsta Active Member

    :lol: I'll let you guys know! Zanzibar is going to be an interesting one for me. I was a regular at the historic Zanzibar Club in Newark, New Jersey during the hayday of House music and the birth of Garage (More vocal, soulful house) So I'm going in with a whole different frame of mind :lol:
  12. Yance

    Yance New Member

    I went to Rumba down in Chicago on Saturday. It is on Hubbard St. and is a very cool place with lots of great dancers. Milwaukee has El Babalu on 6th & National with dancing on the weekends but I haven't been there yet.
  13. jamaicanspice

    jamaicanspice New Member

    Every Thursday night is Salsa night here in Jamaica at the Jonkanoo Lounge located on the grounds of the Hilton Hotel, New Kingston, Kingston. Majority of the music played is salsa but they intermingle it with merengue and cha cha and sometimes a little rumba and reggaeton. Ina fairly special room it boasts a wooden floor and a ceiling to floor glass wall on one side of the room. For those interested in just watching there is a bar to one side of the floor where the island's Number 1 bartender serves you the next best things this side of the world :D

    On a Saturday night the salseros/as head to the Courtleigh Hotel for another salsa fix.....It's a smaller venue with marble floors but the music is just as good and JUST as inviting!lol
  14. MacMoto

    MacMoto Active Member

    The best salsa venue in Scotland in my opinion is the Merlin in Edinburgh, but it's not a regular salsa club -- only two nights a month. Check the Salsaholics Anonymous events calendar for dates (Salsa Friday/Salsa Sunday).

    As for regular clubs, try:

    Thursdays - Havana, Glasgow (maybe also El Barrio and/or Cuba Norte, both Edinburgh)
    Fridays - Cuba Norte, Edinburgh
    Saturdays - Havana, Glasgow
    Sundays - Mood, Edinburgh
    Mondays - Medina, Edinburgh

    Also worth a mention -- again, check the events calendar:
    Some Fridays and Saturdays - Cuba Norte, Glasgow
    Two Sundays each month - Tiger Tiger, Glasgow

    * Edited to reflect changes that occurred in the last 6 months.
  15. borikensalsero

    borikensalsero Moderator

    The Hotest salsa venue in NY City, IMHO, is Flamingo's On Mondays

    Top Live Bands and DJ, probably attracts the best group of dancers in NY City.

    Flamingo's is on 21st between 10th and 11th...

    Tusdays - all there is Copa, there really isn't anything else happening on tuesdays. They have bands coming in, but not many dancers care to go since it turned so commercial. Even the salsa the DJ plays is usually commercial junk.

    Wednesdays - Latin Quaters is way HOT, with top live bands and a good DJ.

    Thursdays is the social-like dance at Cache, rotating DJs everyweek, and a performance at mid-night.

    Certain Fridays - DJ rumbero has a social at Dance New York Studios.

    A new club opend up in West Chester County which will bring top notch bands, begining Jun 18th... I can't wait.. Jimmy Sabater is going to be there... Sorry Rumbero, but Imma have to stop going to your dance socials. :roll:

    God knows what is going on during the weekend. These are a play it by ear days, which usually are socials.
  16. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    Here's our winter regulars, at the moment:

    Wed - Lotus (R&B/Salsa) still HOT! After a bit of re-shuffling during Jan we've now got it going again 8) ! Can be very crowded, so serious salseros turn up early to get their fix.

    Thur - Alumbra (salsa dura band/DJ playing Cuban mostly) is still pumping, though without the open-air effect of summer monthes it does get too packed & hot.
    Next Blue had just re-started after the closure of Bullring. Yet to check it out.
    Cape Lounge has now moved but the musos jammin' session is still on.

    Fri - Cape (son band/DJ) is now the place to be. The band & DJ used to be at Gardenias (& got the night happenin') until very recently, so the crowd moved with them.
    Gardenias is still good, if a little quiet.
    Copa is still ok on a Friday night.

    Sat - Viva (level 1 at the old Stage. Salsa dura band/DJ) is where all the dancers go. Heavy L.A presence but plenty of people of all levels to dance with.
    Copa is the same :roll: .

    Sun - Night Cat is still THE place to be 8) . We are now part of the furniture :lol: !
    No salsa on the beach :cry: ....until it warms up again!

    Mon & Tue nights there are socials after by a couple of Cuban Casino schools. Mainly attended by beginner/intermediate students.
  17. tj

    tj New Member

    Ok, I'll chime in...

    Biggest night of the week is Thursdays at the Century Ballroom. 4000 sq ft dance floor, gets about 500 dancers on a typical Thursday. Class taught by Hally before open dancing. Open until 1:30AM.

    Friday. Beso del Sol (Melissa, how about a review?) Rock Salt Only been there once, not many dancers although the music was superb. EMP - Experience Music Project has salsa twice a month. Heard the floor is smallish, but no cover.

    Saturday Century Ballroom again.

    Sunday Triple Door Same band every week. Really good music, dance floor on the smallish side. No cover. Quite a few good dancers show up. Rock Salt has salsa this night, too.

    Monday Salsa Salvaje class and social afterwards Social is free, although they request a $3 donation. Classes are $10.

    Tuesday Wilsonian Ballroom Class taught by Michelle Badion before open dancing. $5 cover. Gets lots of UW students, so it's a younger crowd.

    Wednesday Dance Underground hosted by Cebrina. (Does she teach beforehand?) Vitto's Haven't tried it yet. I think the Chavez bros. teach there. Danceworks on the East Side (Redmond). More of a ballroom crowd than other clubs.

    I'm sure I've missed a lot of other places.

    Hmm, I guess when I get the chance I'll post a few of the Vancouver and the one Portland club, too.
  18. mellody43

    mellody43 New Member

    So where will *we* go? :)
  19. mellody43

    mellody43 New Member

    Beso: It's a restaurant that masquerades as a club at night. Smoke-free. Smallish dance floor. Pretty much the only place in town to play cumbia - lots of Mexicans go here for this reason. Good place for beginners. So, about 1/3 each salsa/merengue/cumbia, depending on the night.

    Rock Salt: I think they have two small dance floors (one upstairs?) on Friday; just one on Sunday. I've been there twice and had lots of fun, actually; great music. Salsa for the most part; some bachata, some reggaeton (woot!) and some merengue. Small, bar/club feel.

    The Century is the only place I've heard cha-cha.

    Yes, young crowd. A few really good dancers, quite a few very good dancers, lots of beginners too, so a good mix. Good music -- 100% salsa. Lots of room to dance. Smoke free.

    Not sure if she teaches; she teaches at Experience on Sundays. Not well-attended (yet?) Nice dance studio -- basement level. Smoke free. Room to dance. Good place to practice but not really a club feel at all.
  20. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the smoking references Mellody. That's a biggie for me. :) No-smoking is the way I like to go.

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