5 NYC Salsa Spots to Spice Up the Night

Whether it’s a girls’ night out or an active date night, spirited salsa clubs make working out fun. Live music and fruity drinks transport guests to a night near the equator within minutes. And you don’t need to be a world champion ballroom dancer to have a good time. Feel the groove at these five places.

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Gonzales y Gonzales, Greenwich Village

Since 1989, Gonzales y Gonzales has been enticing guests with fiery sounds of live salsa music and the scent of authentic Mexican food. The party gets rolling at happy hour from 4-8pm daily, where margaritas and sangrias flow as easily as the Latin dance moves. Are your dancing shoes a little dusty? Stop by at 9pm on Thursdays for free salsa dancing lessons with instructor Elizabeth Magnani. Phone: 212-473-8787 | Address: 192 Mercer St Click to go

Bembe, Brooklyn

Hailed for featuring talented musicians of all styles, Bembe is the place to go for sounds as diverse as the people who inhabit NYC. Bembe prides itself on being a “global music lounge culture” and for good reason. They play all types of music from Brazilian funk, salsa and Afro-beat to dancehall and reggae. Open from 8:30pm-3:30am seven days a week, be sure to wear comfy shoes because the party will be going all night. Phone: 718-387-5389 | Address: 81 S 6th St Click to go

SOB’s, SoHo

This venue draws both local and international crowds to its intimate setting. SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil) specializes in Haitian, Brazilian, Caribbean, R&B and world music. Grab a fruity drink and let the lively sounds awake the dancer in you. Phone: 212-243-4940 | Address: 204 Varick St Click to go

Iguana NYC, Midtown

Iguana NYC has something for everyone. Upon entry, guests can dine on the main floor where Mexican cuisine and salt-rimmed margaritas take center stage. Once things get started, there is an intimate dance lounge downstairs with beats of house music, hip-hop, reggae and disco. But those who fancy Latin beats can head upstairs for the hottest salsa, merengue and bachata hits. Phone: 212-765-5454 | Address: 240 W 54th St Click to go

Guantanamera, Columbus Circle

Escape from midtown Manhattan to Havana through the authentic Cuban atmosphere of Guantanamera. Live music and dancing start at 8:30pm and go into the early morning. Complimentary hand-rolled cigars are available on Fridays and Saturdays from 7-11pm. Plus, Guantanamera offers fun specials like mojito Tuesdays and happy hour Wednesdays to keep the energy going all week. Phone: 212-262-5354 | Address: 939 8th Ave Click to go