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NYC's Best Salsa Clubs for Dancing the Night Away

June 16, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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If there’s one type of music and dance that can get even those with two left feet up and moving, it’s got to be salsa. A festive and upbeat style of dance, salsa brings a lively Latin culture with it wherever it goes. The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibit through November 26 called Rhythm & Power, which celebrates the history of salsa in New York, a key location in the dance form's evolution. Check out this collection, or stop by one of these amazing New York City salsa clubs to experience it for yourself!

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Gonzalez y Gonzalez (Greenwich Village)

Open since 1989, Gonzalez y Gonzalez operates as a Mexican restaurant with tables that get pushed aside when it comes time to dance. Open seven days a week, this establishment offers live salsa music and plenty of energy for those looking to celebrate a special occasion or just wanting to have a little fun. “Wepa Wednesdays!”, every Wednesday from April until December, provide free admission all night to live salsa music. So stop in, try one of their popular frozen margaritas, and prepare to dance the night away at this authentic and exciting salsa club! 192 Mercer St., 212-473-878, gygnyc.com

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Monique’s Lounge 108 (East Harlem)

A piece of Puerto Rico placed in New York, Monique’s Lounge 108 is the go-to place for a great happy hour, live music, and some of those Latin vibes you’ve been craving. Not only does this bar and lounge offer live Latin jazz, salsa socials, and live salsa bands, it also boasts one of the best karaoke spots in the area. There’s something for everyone here as long as you’re looking to have a fun night with friends new and old. 181 E. 108th St., 917-818-3751, newyorkliveentertainment.com

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Iguana (Midtown West)

Iguana is a restaurant and dance lounge that contains a night club downstairs and a Latin Club upstairs. On Friday and Saturday nights, head over to Iguana for the most recent salsa, merengue, and bachata music available. If you’re feeling rusty on your dance moves, Iguana offers free salsa and bachata dance lessons on Wednesday and Thursday nights. If all that dancing has you starving, order up some of Iguana’s tasty Tex-Mex dishes, including the lump crab quesadilla, rock shrimp chalupitas, and avocado fries. 240 W. 54th St., 212-765-5454, iguananyc.com

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Club Cache (Greenwich Village)

Club Cache is a salsa club in Greenwich Village that plays host to dancers from all backgrounds (as long as they’re over 21). Friday nights bring “Bachateame Mama Fridays,” with bachata being a style of music from the Dominican Republic. On Saturdays, Club Cache puts on a Latin Mix on two floors and their rooftop, so there will be plenty of space for you to let your hair down. Another selling point for this club? Their dress code is casual, so you can put all of your energy into perfecting those impressive salsa moves you’re going to learn. 35 E. 13th St., 917-684-8584, clubcachenyc.com

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Cienfuegos (East Village)

With a newly vegan menu, Cienfuegos is the place to go if you want a healthy meal at the start of a long, calorie-burning night. With Cuban roots, this restaurant and bar offers live Latin Jazz playing in house every Monday night. This place is great for anyone looking to discover a new love for the rich culture of Cuba, the unforgettable mystique of Latin music and dance, or the hard-hitting bite of their house zombie cocktail (with a slew of ingredients, including absinthe). 95 Ave. A, 212-614-6818, cienfuegosny.com

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