Dancing is back in fashion and more people are showing interest in learning to dance, especially the salsa. In Madrid, this trend is here as well, having expanded to major nightspots where dancers have learned from its Afro-Caribbean origins in the last decade. Here at ShMadrid, we discover some of the best clubs to dance the salsa in town so you can enjoy the night through dancing and practice your salsa skills.
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It is a classic place of all the salsa clubs in Madrid, a nightclub of Latin music where dancing is the protagonist. Azúcar is open from Thursday to Saturday to guarantee a weekend of fun dancing until late at night. Although salsa is the dominate dance in Latin nightclubs, other types of Latin dances, such as the merengue and bachata, are also popular. Bachata dance classes are held here from 22:00 t0 23:30 on Thursdays and Saturdays, while salsa classes are held free of charge on Thursdays and Fridays with the purchase of entrance. For €8, attendees get one drink and €12 for two drinks. Ladies have free admission on Thursdays and Fridays when they present a flyer upon entrance, as well as for gentlemen, but only on Thursdays. Lastly, the name of the club means, “Sugar,” an ode to the Queen of Salsa’s trademark call, the legendary Celia Cruz.
Address: Atocha Street, 107 (by the bus stop on Line 1 of Madrid’s Atocha subway)
The Host Club
Formerly known as The Ramdall Hall, the The Host Club opened in 2015 to bring Latin dancing to the public with its spacious and colorful venue, aiming to be a benchmark for Latin dance clubs in Madrid. The Host Club offers an ideal environment to practice and dance the salsa, bachata, kizomba, zumba and other dances all week long, offering the opportunity to meet other dancers and to participate in classes taught by professionals. Don’t think twice and put your dancing skills into practice in this Latin disco, located nearby the Templo de Debod, where you can get there in less than 10 minutes from the stop of Ventura Rodríguez, on line 3 of the subway. Dance classes are held from 21:00 to 23:00, 22:00 to 00:00, and 19:30 to 22:00, days vary, with an entry price of €15 including two drinks.
Address: Calle Ferraz, 38
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For the last 30 years, Pincel disco has become one of the best-known and popular nightclubs for Latin dancing in Madrid. Located in Pozuelo de Alarcón, this club, along with salsa dancing, also has various dance classes in the afternoon. They offer ballroom, bachata, and kizomba classes for beginner and intermediate levels. Free classes are included with entry between 10pm and midnight, €8 on Fridays and €12 on Saturdays. Pincel is located about 20 minutes from downtown Madrid, very close to Casa de Campo, where it can be reached by car driving the M-30.
Another great Latin nightclub and disco in Madrid, El Son plays the best of Caribbean and Latin music and dance. This salsa club has two floors, one where you can enjoy music quietly accompanied by their delicious cocktails, and one that is more lively for those who want to spend the night dancing without stopping. El Son has one of the best atmospheres you’ll find, so come and visit and enjoy dancing to the beat of salsa. Get there by taking the Metro lines 1, 2 or 3 to El Sol, and walk 10 minutes on foot to this emblematic Latin disco.
Address: Calle de la Victoria, 6
These are some of the most outstanding salsa clubs in Madrid. Do not hesitate to share with us your favorite dance halls of the city in the comments.