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Salsa In Berlin: The Best Clubs For Latin Music

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Updated: 14 October 2016
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Salsa hit Europe like a pandemic, spreading from the jazz clubs in the big cities and hitting Germany in the 1980s. No wonder Salsa found so many followers – the Latin beats get directly under the skin and the rhythm moves hips and hearts just by itself. There is a sense of freedom in the music, and the widespread habit of Salseros asking Salseras for a dance makes it a piece of cake to meet new people in a relaxed and unrestrained atmosphere.

Berlin is famous for its nightlife and the immense diversity of scenes on offer for all kinds of people, tastes, and styles. Hence, it goes without saying that Germany’s capital has a thriving Salsa scene. Every year in October, it finds its peak during the three-day Berlin Salsacongress with famous Salsa stars from all over the world and around 6,000 participants. But Berlin wouldn’t be the nightlife capital if it didn’t have a Salsa party every night of the week. Here are the best of the best Salsa parties in town to get hips swinging.

Havanna

Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, Salsa-obsessed dancers can move their hips in Berlin’s leading Latino and Black music club Havanna. The parties are spiced up by a one-hour dance lesson beforehand and some instructed Merengue in between on up to four dance floors.

For more details, here is a look at their website to get a sense of the scene.

RED Ballroom

This wonderful location heats up the floor for Salseros every Tuesday and Saturday. There is a compulsory dance instruction session beforehand, and the parties are free and handy for a newcomer to Salsa. The size of the location and the attached restaurant give the parties a more intimate feeling and professional dancer Fernando Zapato is on hand to ensure the right Latin atmosphere for a party night.

Their website is here.

Clärchens Ballhaus

Clärchens’ Ballroom

In an outstanding historical atmosphere, you can shake a leg every Monday. The so-called mirror hall is a secret tip in the Berlin club scene. Built in the late 18oos, the flair of the Wilhelminian era is still present in this location. Furthermore, it has a wonderful wooden dancing floor and is highly frequented by true Salseros in Berlin.

For more details have a look at their website here.

Soda Club

Known for its immense parties, the Soda Club Berlin plays Latin and Cuban music every Sunday and Thursday. The four dance floors are impressive, and revelers can expect to find Mambo, Kizomba or Bachata DJs serving up an eclectic mix of these styles so dancers can switch things up throughout the night.

For more details have a look here.

Beachmitte

Salsa parties at this location are organized by the Salsa dance school Cumbancha, which is located in Kreuzberg. They always draw in a huge crowd of Salseros and Salseras, where everyone kind of knows each other and which gives these parties a very familiar atmosphere, although the uninitiated should not be put off, these are friendly folks!

You can find out more about the Salsa parties at Beachmitte here.

Monbijoupark

This is definitely the most beautiful location to dance in Berlin, although there is the small drawback that it is closed during the winter. That just heats the anticipation for the next spring, and, frankly, being outside in Berlin’s winter is a zany plan, even if you are dancing. So when winter starts to abate, and this open air location reopens its dance floor directly in front of the Bodemuseum on Museum Island, things start to swing. Even Tango and Swing lovers can enjoy their hobby, just visit their website for more details when they play which style of music.

For more details have a look here.

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