Where to Find the Best Salsa Dancing in Austin

The vibrant and eccentric city of Austin is an exciting place to explore day or night. But when the sun goes down and the lights come on, the city takes on a whole new persona as a happening hub for diverse nightlife, fringe culture and seriously lit clubs. From bohemian to Brazilian and everything in between, there’s an endless list of night spots to pick from. And whether you’re out with friends or on a hot date, salsa nights are a great way to experience a totally different side of Austin any night of the week. So if you’ve got your dancing shoes on and you’re looking for a little taste of Latin life, here are 6 places where can salsa all night in Austin.

One to One Bar
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One 2 One Bar – Salsa Sundays

Centered in Austin’s uber cool south Lamar district, One 2 One bar is a well known watering hole and music venue that showcases a wide array of performers, from Rock and electric to indie and tribute bands. Along with great drink specials and awesome DJs, this diverse dance club also offers a different live show every night, so you’re always in for a surprise no matter what day you go. But if you’re in the mood for some spicy salsa dancing, One 2 One Bar now hosts weekly Salsa Sundays, a Latin-inspired happy hour featuring renowned Cuban group Timberos Del Norte with DJ Fabian and award winning Salsa pianist Paul Matthews.

**Note: This is a 21 and up bar.

Flamingo CantinaFlamingo Cantina – Cool Vibes Free Latin Summer Series

Settled on notorious east sixth street, Flamingo Cantina is a trendy and casual hangout where Austinites can kick back, drinks some margaritas and listen to great live music under the stars. This Rastafarian club boasts a unique music scene that mixes reggae, country, soul and more to create a one-of-kind music venue for Austin’s talented genre defying artists. And, during the summer, Flamingo Cantina kicks up the heat with their super fly Cool Vibes Latin Summer, a free summer-long music series that takes place every Saturday and features new Latin-fusion artists each week like Monoceja, SEFO, The Latin Dukes and the Eric Calistri Trio.

**Note: This is a 21 and up bar

Pedro's Place Salsa MondaysPedro’s Place – La Mona Loca Wednesdays

Hidden on the second floor of Clay Pit restaurant, Pedro’s Place is an assuming Latin club and Cantina in south Austin that boasts a large dance floor, reasonably priced drinks, good vibes and some of the best Salsa Dancing in town! The space itself is small and dimly lit, with just a hint of dive and some great dance-worthy live music from 10PM-12:30PM. And to really get the party started, Pedro’s hosts weekly Salsa Nights every Wednesday, featuring DJ Vanessa La Bestia and Cuban influenced artist La Mona Loca, whose musical style is a hip-swaying blend of Latin sound and styles,  so you can salsa, samba and shake it til you drop!

BT2Bout Time II – Latin Night Sundays

One of Austin’s trendy gay bars, Bout Time II is a great place to get a drink and play around after hours. This central Austin hangout offers great happy hours specials, a volleyball court, two patios, a great selection of major and local draft beers, five deejays and a slew of wacky events like dance parties, Texas hold ’em tournaments and even drag shows! But if you’re looking for some great South American tunes to shimmy to, check out BT2’s Latin Night Sundays, where you can dance to an exotic blend of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cumbia and Banda from Austin’s own DJ Paul Mendez.

**Note: This is a 21 and up bar.

Gloria's Latin CuisineGloria’s Latin Cuisine – Live Music Saturdays

A successful restaurant franchise in central Texas, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine offers delicious traditional Salvadoran, Tex Mex and “Salvatex” fusion cuisine along with tasty handcrafted cocktails and weekly nightlife offerings with live DJ’s and dancing. Some popular dinner items include Carne Flameada, Lechon Asado and their Spicy Cucumber Margarita. With two locations in Austin that offer live music, you and your friends or date can make a night of it at Gloria’s by grabbing a late dinner and some margs then sticking around for the after party with dancing, drinks and Latin spins by DJ PM every Saturday night starting at 11PM.

Sahara Lounge
Photo by Priscila Brito Yazbek

Sahara Lounge – Brazilian Soul

Located in the former historic TC’s Lounge, Sahara Lounge is a cool eclectic night spot in east Austin where you can find tasty signature cocktails, pool tables, a spacious outdoor patio and an endless host of happening live music events like Monday Night Swing and Ladies Night Funk. Sahara’s interior is an aesthetic mishmash of old Austin and new Austin mixed with African and world influences, creating an artistic and culturally inclusive space that perfectly captures the essence of this weird city. And if you’re in the mood for some lively and soulful world music with a South American twist, check out the Samba/Afro-Pop fusion band Brazilian Soul at the Sahara Lounge.

**Note: This is a 21 and up bar.

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