Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow, and that means "fifth of May" to all you gringos. Celebrating Mexico's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, the holiday is a statement of Hispanic victory, strength, and independence. America celebrates this holiday too as a statement of tacos, plastic sombreros, tequila, and beer.
But instead of chugging a plastic pitcher of cheap margaritas, why don't you head out somewhere where you can get some authentic culture. And yes, we know the Salsa has Cuban and Puerto Rican origins, not Mexican. But if we can steer you away from cheap tequila and towards something actually culturally significant, well, we'll take what we can get.
7. Spice Resto-Lounge
Nestled in the deep abyss of Hollyweird, Spice Resto-Lounge has plenty of Latin-themed music for your desire. Pencil in a week of dancing, Brazilian shows, and plenty of other Hispanic-themed entertainment. Happy hour specials from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. sweeten the deal.
1934 Hollywood Blvd Suite 9, Hollywood.
Although this isn’t a dance club per se, there are dance lessons held here that’ll prime you for the clubs. Directors and couple Billy Fajardoa and Katie Marlow are former world champions, so you know they know what they’re doing. Salsa and bachata lessons are held Tuesday nights at 7 and 8:30.
With a name like congas, it wouldn't be risky to assume there will be dancing at this club. And with days such as Latin Fridays and Ramba Saturdays, you'd be right. Not to mention, there is also free parking, a rarity in SoFla.
2079 North University Drive, Sunrise.
4. Café Iguana Pines
This club is not just a mix of salsa music, but has a nice little sprinkle of hip hop as well. Stocked with eight separate bars, there will be plenty of liquor available for you to eventually Uber it home.
8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines.
Also located in Hollywood, Bongos is smack in the middle(ish) of the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. A scrumptious restaurant with Cuban eats, there is also a rooftop lounge that blares salsa and other music, so you can dance away all those tostones you ate.
5733 Seminole Way, Hollywood.
Paladium has plenty of Latin themed nights, including bachata lessons on Wednesdays. Can’t man up to go out during the week? Check out Passion for Latin Saturdays. After a couple drinks, we’re sure there will be plenty of passion on the dance floor.
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5688 W Sample Rd, Margate.
We just had to save the best for last on this one. Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, eBar/Club 13 is the ultimate Latin club. And with Bachata, Merengue, Salsa, and Reggaeton mixed with freestyle Americano, you know you’ll be dancing all night long with a sexy señorita or señor. Ladies, leave the heels at home.
215 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale.