Have you ever wondered exactly what it is about salsa and other hot Latin dance styles that everyone loves so much? For those in the know – or anyone who’s ever taken a Zumba class – Latin music is vibrant and fun to dance to, with its blend of sensual moves and easy-to-learn footwork. Just visit one of these top Latin dance clubs in Philadelphia to see for yourself. Never danced this style before? No worries, as most venues offer free lessons for beginners. From novice to experienced dancer, anyone can enjoy Latin dancing in Philly.
29 S. Bank St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Blurr provides the perfect blend of dance club, cafe and college-age nightlife. Sundays are salsa nights – Salsa Sundays – with lessons from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and dancing until the wee hours of the morning to only the best salsa, mambo, bachata and other Latin styles. This three-level facility provides five full bars, but is not exclusive to the under-21 crowd. Blurr provides guests with a variety of events, with more than one taking place at a time. Some events limit entrance to patrons 21 and up, but many are open to 18 and older, specifying that you must be 21 to drink. The multi-level design and lavish décor infuse a high-energy nightlife and dance floor with the lounge scene.
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Brasil’s Restaurant & Nightspot
112 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Brasil’s proudly claims the title of Philly’s hottest Latin nightclub for 15 years and counting. With dance lessons provided by professional instructors three nights a week, it’s definitely the place to go for anyone interested in learning Latin dance moves or for those who simply want to hone their skills and learn the latest moves. Wednesday and Friday nights lessons are provided (with cover charge) by La Luna Dance Studio from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Saturday nights by Estilo Dance Studio from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests are invited to dance the night away every 1st Thursday of the month at Salsa of Brasil’s hosted by Calle Luna and Estilo dancers, with salsa lessons from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. followed by a lively night of dancing to Latin rhythms played by a special guest DJ until the wee hours of the morning.
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Cuba Libre Restaurant And Rum Bar
10 S 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar delivers the quintessential Latin experience with just the right blend of tropical ambiance, traditional culinary favorites and – the all-important ingredient – Latin rhythms for dancing. The action sizzles on Fridays and Saturdays is after dinner hours as professional salsa dancers provide appreciative guests with a colorful floorshow in the dining room. Later, things really heat up as guests hit the floor to dance to salsa, merengue, bachata and Latin house music. Cuban master percussionists, talented vocal artists and DJs spinning tropical dance tunes keep the dancers going, and the bar keeps the rum and tropical drinks flowing.
Reef Restaurant & Lounge
605 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Reef Caribbean Restaurant and Lounge infuses tropical with contemporary American, serving up favorites like Calypso fries, candied yams and fried plantains. Island hospitality, exotic flavors and Latin rhythms carry guests away to a tropical paradise. This is an ideal venue to spice up an otherwise ordinary Tuesday evening with dinner and dancing. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation as you dance the night away on Latin Night Tuesdays, with free salsa lessons and a three-course wine, dine and dance deal. There is a $7 cover charge and parking is discounted.
4535 N 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Tierra Colombiana nightclub is attached to a restaurant by the same name and opens its doors at 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Friday nights are for those that are into reggaeton, hip hop and Top 40 music. Saturday nights – Sabados caliente – is the night to burn up the floor with salsa, merengue and a little cha-cha thrown into the mix. Get into the mood for your night of Latin dancing with some Colombian churrasco or Argentinian skirt steak. The restaurant is family friendly, but the night club is for those 21 and older, with a neat “dress to impress” dress code.
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