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The 10 Best Places To Salsa Dance In NYC

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Updated: 3 August 2017
Hailing originally from Latin America, salsa is an energetic form of dance that became popular in New York City during the 1970s, and it has since become integrated into local culture. On the weekends, salsa dance enthusiasts frequent lively and atmospheric clubs to show off their moves. There’s no better time to perfect your skill set than during the summer months when things heat up in NYC. We profile our ten favorite places to salsa dance in New York.

Gonzalez y Gonzalez

Dimly lit and atmospheric Gonzalez y Gonzalez brings the best of Miami’s energetic South Beach vibe to New York City. Whether you’re an amateur or an advanced salsa dancer, patrons of all skill sets flock to bust a move to Latin tunes is this club each week. If you’re new to salsa dancing, partake in an in-house lesson beforehand and get ready to show off.

Gonzalez y Gonzalez192 Mercer Street, New York, NYUSA +1 212 473 7878

The Salsa Dancer | © Maria/Flickr

The Salsa Dancer | © Maria/Flickr

Club Cache

Club Cache is an elegant yet buzzing venue for salsa dancing at the southern tip of Midtown Manhattan. Club Cache gets particularly crowded on weekends at around midnight, when salsa enthusiasts from all over the city pour in to showcase their intricate moves. Offering salsa and bachata nights as well as free lessons for aspiring salsa dancers, this is a fantastic place to discover or celebrate your passion.

Club Cache, 35 East 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY, USA +1 917 684 8584

Guantanamera

Guantanamera is a Latin-inspired dance club where both salsa and cigar aficionados can savor an authentic Cuban meal before heading to the dance floor. The intense atmosphere attracts a diverse crowd of mixed ages and backgrounds, which makes this venue even more fun. ‘If it’s authentic Cuban music you’re looking for, the best starting point is probably Guantanamera’, raves the New York Times.

Guantanamera, 939 8th Avenue, New York, NYUSA +1 212 262 5354

The Village Underground

Come early to savor the live band performances at The Village Underground before heading down to the dance floor. Celebrity guests like Mariah Carey, Chaka Kahn, Prince, and Jamie Foxx have been known to frequent this trendy establishment, so come on over to see and be seen.

The Village Underground130 West 3rd Street, New York, NYUSA +1 212 777 7745

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Thatdance3 | © Thatdance/WikiCommons

Bembe

Featuring a lively mix of DJ remixes and live bands with additional drummers for unbeatable rhythms, Bembe is a sexy, dimly-lit club that is perfect for salsa dancing. It’s small in size, so it gets crowded by midnight, but that’s all part of the Bembe experience. So cozy up to your fellow dancers and get down to the sounds of Latin America and the Caribbean all night long.

Bembe81 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NYUSA +1 718 387 5389

Cubana Social

Cubana Social is complete with high ceilings, twinkly lights, palm trees, and a lot of Cuban charm. A small performance stage featuring live music will whisk you away to an island paradise, so come celebrate the end of the work week with great tunes and a fantastic vibe.

Cubana Social70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NYUSA +1 718 782 3334

SOB’s

Hot salsa dancing and cold drinks characterize the SOB’s experience. An abbreviation of Sounds of Brazil, countless salsa professionals flock to SOB’s to showcase their impressive skills. The venue specializes in Latin, Haitian, Brazilian, Caribbean, R&B, hip-hop, and world music, so escape NYC for an evening.

SOB’s204 Varick Street, New York, NYUSA +1 212 243 4940

David Zepeda - 2012 Montreal Salsa Convention - Pro-Am Libertad | © David and Paulina ./Flickr

David Zepeda – 2012 Montreal Salsa Convention – Pro-Am Libertad | © David and Paulina ./Flickr

Tavern Lounge

Tavern Lounge is not your typical salsa venue. While many dance floors are small and crowded, this Queens-based lounge has a cozy backyard and garden for dancers to relax in. It’s a hidden gem for salsa lovers to throw a few drinks back in, and it’s very worth the trip.

Tavern Lounge97-07 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven, NYUSA +1 646 470 2244

Cávo

Cávo’s lavish décor, chandeliers, rustic lamps, waterfall, and gold and red detailing come together to create an impeccable experience. This upscale nightclub features a mix of salsa, bachata, hip-hop, pop, dancehall, and R&B music. After 11pm, the dining room becomes a dance floor.

Cávo42-18 31st Avenue, Astoria, NYUSA +1 718 721 1001

Mehanata

Bulgarian bar and club Mehanata exudes an extraordinary ambiance with live bands and DJs. The bar itself is a remarkable experience with swinging seats, while patrons can also enjoy a dance floor and a subzero ice cage downstairs. Mehanata is always crowded on the weekends, but one visit here and you’ll see why.

Mehanata, 113 Ludlow Street, New York, NYUSA +1 212 625 0981