If there’s one type of music to get even those with two left feet on the floor, it’s got to be salsa. Upbeat and irresistible, this Latin tradition has an important history in New York City, home to a sensational salsa culture. Stop by one of these amazing New York City salsa clubs to experience it for yourself!
Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Iguana
The Theatre District’s Iguana is a restaurant and dance lounge with a nightclub downstairs and a Latin club upstairs. On Wednesday and Sunday nights, head over to Iguana to dance salsa, merengue, and bachata music. If you’re feeling rusty on your dance moves, Iguana offers free salsa and bachata dance lessons on Wednesdays at 6pm. 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: Gonzalez y Gonzalez (Greenwich Village)
Open since 1989, Gonzalez y Gonzalez is no ordinary Mexican restaurant. This Greenwich Village mainstay transforms into a club with live salsa music six nights a week. Thursday nights at 9pm, take a free salsa class with a teacher before the party starts. 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: Bembe
One of the jewels of Williamsburg, Bembe is a top dancing destination any night of the week in this busy Brooklyn neighborhood. Their rotating DJs bring genres like Afro House, merengue, reggae, and more. Come to Toque Thursdays for live percussion from Jimi Lopez playing salsa music at this crowded club. You’ll also groove to merengue, kompa, soca, reggaeton, and Afrobeats during the evening. Bembe is cash only. 81 S 6th St., 718-387-5389, bembe.us
Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Solas
One of the best spots for dancing in the East Village, Solas goes salsa every Wednesday night. The two-sided bar and club has a decent-sized dance floor for pairs of salsa lovers and novices alike. Come to the Cooper Union area for this 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
Soho’s SOBs is Sons of Brazil, bringing Afro-Latin music and great up-and-coming acts to its stage every week. There’s always something exciting and different at SOBs, so follow them on social media for concerts and DJ nights for your next salsa outing. 204 Varick St., 212-243-4940, sobs.com
Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Club Cache
Club Cache is a salsa club in Greenwich Village that plays host to dancers from all backgrounds (as long as they’re over 21). 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. Salsa classes begin Saturdays at 9pm if you need to brush up on your salsa steps. 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., 2nd Fl., 917-684-8584, clubcachenyc.com
Best of NYC Salsa Clubs: Candela Friday Nights
Need to learn the steps before you test-drive them on the floor? Come to You Should Be Dancing near Penn Station for a salsa class with the pros at 9pm. This dance studio holds classes in a variety of genres, but every other Friday, salsa takes over the space. After your class, you’ll get to strut your new moves until the early morning hours at this lively 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. 412 8th Ave., 4th Fl., 212-244-0011, youshouldbedancing.nyc
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