Salsa Dancing NYC: These Are Best Salsa Clubs Around

Nothing quite compares with salsa music at full throttle. Upbeat and irresistible, this Latin tradition also has an important history in New York City, home to an array of salsa styles and dancers. Whether you go to dance, go to listen or go just to take in the sights, one thing's for sure: you're in for an unforgettable experience! 

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Iguana


The Theatre District’s Iguana is both an eatery and a dance haven with a spicy nightclub downstairs and a Latin lounge upstairs. On Wednesday and Sunday nights, you can head to Iguana to dance salsa, merengue, and bachata music. If you’re feeling hesitant about your dance steps, Iguana offers free salsa and bachata dance lessons on Wednesdays at 6pm. And...if all that dancing has you starving, that's part of the plan. 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,

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Gonzalez y Gonzalez

Don't be misled. While the Mexican food at Gonzalez y Gonzalez is terrific, it's no ordinary restaurant. This Greenwich Village mainstay, open since 1989, transforms into a club with live salsa music six nights a week. Thursday nights at 9pm, they offer free salsa instruction before the party starts. So stop in, try one of their stress-relieving frozen margaritas, and dance yourself dizzy at this authentic and exciting salsa club! 192 Mercer St., 212-473-8787,

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Bembe

Bembe is a top-tier dance destination any night of the week in the busy Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. Their rotating roster of DJs bring genres like Afro House, merengue, reggae, and more. Toque Thursdays features live percussion from Jimi Lopez playing salsa music to a delighted throng. You’ll also get a chance to strut to merengue, soca, kompa, reggaeton and Afrobeats throughout the evening. Note: Bembe is cash only. 81 S, 6th St., 718-387-5389,

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Solas

Not to be left out, the East Village hosts of the best spots for salsa dancing in the city. Solas goes salsa every Wednesday night. This two-sided bar and club has a decent-sized dance floor to welcome salsa lovers and novices alike. Come to the Cooper Union area for their weekly dance party, Baila Wednesdays, and dance like no one’s watching. 232 E 9th St., 212-375-0297,

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: SOBs

It's not what you think. Here, SOBs stands for Sons of Brazil, and they present Afro-Latin music, and they have a reputation for bringing quality up-and-coming acts to their stage weekly. There’s always something exciting and different at SOBs, so follow them on social media for concerts and DJ nights as a destination for your next salsa outing. 204 Varick St., 212-243-4940,

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Club Cache 

Club Cache

Immerse yourself in salsa culture at Club Cache in Greenwich Village, where they play host to dancers from any and every walk of life (so long as they’re over 21). They crank it up on Saturdays, when Club Cache puts on a Latin Mix on two floors and their rooftop, so there's always plenty of space for you to rock the room. Salsa classes begin Saturdays at 9pm if your steps need a refresher. Another selling point for this club? The dress code is relaxed and informal, so you can put your focus on perfecting your salsa moves. 35 E. 13th St., 2nd Fl., 917-684-8584,

Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Candela Friday Nights

Need to learn those tricky steps before you show them off on the floor? Bring a partner to You Should Be Dancing near Penn Station for a salsa class with the pros at 9pm. The dance studio here holds classes across a spectrum of genres, but every other Friday, it's all about getting you ready to sell your salsa. After class, you’ll get to strut your new moves until the early morning hours at their high energy dance party. These Candela Friday events at YSBD occur on the first, third, and fifth Friday of the month and are $20 at the door. 37 W. 26th St 2nd floor, 212-244-0011,

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