Dancing Salsa in Medellín

Think salsa and most people rightly think of Cali, but when it comes to providing dance floors for you to strut your stuff on Medellin is no slouch. Here is our guide to some of the best salsa venues the city has to offer. And if the thought of being asked to dance terrifies you, check our page on learning salsa in Medellin here.

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Salsa in Medellin, Eslabon PrendidoEslabon Prendido
Calle 53 #42-55, nearest station Parque Berrio

An institution on the Medellin salsa circuit and your best option for a Tuesday night out, Eslabon Prendido is just what you want from a salsa venue; intimate, energetic and home to superb live bands. Located in the more gritty central area of Parque Periodista, this venue is especially popular on a Tuesday when for a cover of 8000 Pesos you can experience a night of live salsa music. Things don´t really get going until 10.30, but when they do you´ll find you´ll need some nifty footwork to make the most of the limited dancefloor!

El Tibiri
Calle 44B #70, nearest station Estadio

This basement bar is one of the most famous in Medellin for a hot and sweaty salsa experience you won´t forget!  Located on Carrera 70, it´s fair to say that El Tibiri is not the most lavishly decorated bar you´ll ever visit, but what it lacks in style it more than makes up for with atmosphere.  Drinks are cheap, you need not fear the dancefloor and at the weekend it is the go-to venue for young salsa aficionados.

Salsa in Medellin, Cienfuegos CabaretCien Fuegos Cabaret
Carrera 43F # 18 – 158, nearest station Poblado

The premium salsa option in Medellin oozes quality, reflected by the excellent CienFuegos Quartet house band who have played at international jazz festivals.  The venue is decorated with photographs of the stars of salsa and offers the largest dancefloor in the city, which you´ll find filled with a mixture of professional dancers and customers with the skills to hold their own.  Expect to pay for the privilege, with cover usually about 15,000 Pesos and beers costing upwards from 10,000 Pesos.  Free salsa lessons are offered from 8-9 on a Thursday and Friday.

Son Havana
Carrera 73 # 44 – 56, nearest station Estadio, http://www.sonhavana.com

For a taste of Cuban-flavored salsa check out Son Havana, located not far from El Tibiri.  The nuances that differentiate Cuban and Colombian salsa are lost on us, but we do know you can expect an excellent night (and a decent mojito) from this lesser known gem of Medellin´s salsa venues.  Check their listings guides as Son Havana frequently plays host to live bands.

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And the best of the rest…

El Cuchitril
Calle 10 No. 52-87, nearest station Poblado

Great bar that blends salsa with a mixture of other quality music throughout the evening.

El Deck
Carrera 40 # 10 – 34, nearest station Poblado

Located in El Poblado just off Calle 10 with live salsa on offer each Thursday night.

Bar BuenaVista
Cra. 37 Nro. 8A - 83, nearest station Poblado

This Parque Lleras bar oozes a salsa vibe; bands perform the classics at the weekend.

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If you want a whole week of Salsa, try out our following suggestion:

- Tuesday: Eslabon Prendido

- Wednesday: Son Havana

- Thursday: El Deck

- Friday: Cien Fuegos Cabaret

- Saturday: El Tibiri

- Sunday: El Cuchitril

And as for our Monday recommendation? Give your feet a rest!

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