I am a dancer – Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, Kizomba, Tango – I love it all. Occasionally, you can even find me doing a little Merengue. And Medellín has it all, almost every night of the week! If you already know what you are doing when it comes to Latin dances, great! If you are interested in learning, there are plenty of options for you as well. Quieres bailar? Here are 5 must visit places to dance the night away in Medellín!
Grab dinner! grab drinks! and then, around 11pm or midnight, its time to head out dancing. If you go any earlier, you’ll find empty venues!
Here are my top 5 favorite places to dance the night away in Medellín, Colombia:
For me, DanceFree is the least intimidating option. They offer classes and you’ll see all levels of dancers here. It is a nice open space with lots of room. There is even a place to check your belongings, so you don’t have to carry them around or keep an eye on them.
At DanceFree, you can choose to dance or just sit and watch everyone’s moves. The people are all friendly and it is a mix of foreigners and locals. Here, the music is crossover, meaning they play a mix of latin dance music.
DanceFree is located in El Poblado, making it an easy option for those staying around this area.
Social Club is another crossover bar, so you can expect to hear a little bit of everything. This place can be a little tricky to find as you just get dropped off on the side of a highway roundabout, Rotonda La Aguacatala, and walk down the ramps to find the club tucked away below. Seriously, it is located under the highway!
Social Club has a lot to offer! It has a larger dance floor with air flow and tons of seating. You’ll find a mix of friendly foreigners and locals all out to have a good time dancing the night away. And, they offer free classes, group classes, and private classes.
Salsa Choke is a uniquely Colombian thing – Sometimes you’ll see everyone dancing a simple, choreographed routine, a kind of group line dance. Someone will be in front leading the group. This dance is not salsa, but it is a really fun and easy way for anyone to get up and get their dance on!
In contrast to DanceFree, Eslabón is a straight up Salsa club. Located in El Centro, the area may seem a little less than charming (its sketch), so be aware of your surroundings. If you stay close to the bar, there are tons of people around and you’ll be fine. Eslabón often has a live band which is great. The place is tiny and it gets super crowded. That mixed with the lack of any air conditioning means you need to dress for the heat. Don’t wear anything you don’t mind sweating straight through.
As a dancer, I recommend knowing at least the basics if you decide to come here. It is packed and noisy and there isn’t really room for sitting and watching or trying to learn.
Son Havana is a fun Salsa club that also often has live music. Located in Laureles, this salsa bar has limited space and low air flow. So again, come prepared for the heat.
Son Havana also offers free dance classes for anyone looking to pick up some Salsa moves in Colombia!
If you are looking for Salsa, El Tíbiri is a must. Like the other Salsa bars, this underground club has limited space and low air flow. Come prepared for the heat, its known as the “sauna!”
Located in Laureles, this popular dance spot can get pretty packed with pack people from all over. The one thing they have in common, everyone is a fantastic dancer!
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