It’s no secret, Colombians love to dance. Even though the salsa-dancing culture is stronger in Cali, sharing this appreciation of salsa is a not only a great way to interact with the locals, but also a fun night out on the town. In Medellín there are many places you can go to enjoy salsa dancing every day of the week as most venues open spaces and arrange free classes with locals, all directed towards enjoying the local art. So, we’ve got you covered and organized an up to date list of the best salsa clubs in Medellin. Enjoy!
- BUENA VISTA BAR
Also known as the Buenavista, this salsa bar is located just one block away from the famous Parque Lleras in El Poblado neighborhood. Its known for being different and underground, where the most famous salsa classics play during the whole night, and where you’ll be able to dance to the rhythm of Colombian salsa and Son Cubano without having to be an expert at it. It’s easy to get to from any part of the city and its widely visited by both tourists and dance-loving locals.
Where: Cra. 37 # 8A-83
Cost: free entrance
*Open from Wednesdays to Saturdays and closes at 2:00am
- EL TIBIRI
El Tibiri is known around town for playing the best, most typical, old-style Colombian salsa music. This small, underground bar venue fills up quickly during the weekends with a crowd that ranges from older Medellin natives to a younger crowd, from novices to experienced dancers. Its friendly, steamy atmosphere invites you to come here after 10:00pm to have the best time and to sweat and dance like you’ve never danced before!
Where: Carrera 70 con Calle 44B No. 70-03 (Laureles)
Cost: Free entrance
*Open from 10:00pm-2:00am
- EL ESLABÓN PRENDIDO
On Tuesday and Thursday nights, many tourists and locals head downtown to el Eslabón Prendido for a night of great music with a live salsa band. This is one of the oldest salsa clubs in Medellin and is noted for offering the best salsa experience with a cozy atmosphere featuring candles along the walls and a high energy vibe, perfect for letting loose! It fills up quickly, so make sure you arrive early.
Where: Cl. 53 #42-55 (Centro)
Cost: 10,000 pesos entrance fee
*Open from 10:00pm-1:00am
During the day, the most popular dance academy in Colombia; during the night, the most popular social dancing venue in the city. It’s an all-time favorite, appreciated by both locals and foreigners with an amazing array of music, varying from old school salsa to bachata and merengue.
Where: Cl 10A #40-27*Cost: 15,000 pesos
*Open from Monday – Wednesday (9:00am-11:00pm)
Thursday – Saturday (9:00am-4:00am)
- SON HAVANA
Today, it’s one of the most venues according to local dancers. To the rhythm of the ‘timba’, the ‘son’, the ‘charanga’, the ‘guaguancó’ and other afrocolombian instruments, this space provides a festive ambience that invites you to let loose and to leave your worries behind. Visit of Thursdays and Saturdays and enjoy live bands with many musicians that come to play live salsa music and a vibrant atmosphere to enjoy at any age!
Where: Calle San Juan con la carrera 73, Cra. 73 #44-56.
Cost: 10,000 pesos entrance fee.
*Open from Wednesdays to Saturdays until 4:00am.