In recent years, Latin American culture has swept over Paris, adding flavour and heat to the city of lights. Embrace the Latin wave with an energetic night of salsa dancing. An upbeat and rhythmic style of dance, salsa can be enjoyed all year round, especially when cocktails are involved. Here are the seven best salsa bars in Paris.
1. Le Balajo, Bastille, 14th
A Bastille institution, Le Balajo has been a hotspot for dancing, cocktails and romance since 1936. While staying up-to-date on modern trends, they remain faithful to their heritage. On Thursday nights, grab a refreshing Mojito and learn the steps of Cuban salsa from professional instructors.
2. La Pachanga, Montparnasse, 11th
With the rhythms of salsa, bachata, merengue and kizomba flowing through the speakers, La Pachanga is dedicated to Latin dance lovers. Specializing in rum cocktails, their Brazilian Caipirinha, is a particularly fantastic start to a night of dancing. Satisfy your Mexican food fix at their in-house restaurant.
3. Salsero, Saint Michel Notre-Dame, 5th
Prepare for a night of exciting salsa rhythms and a diverse array of Latin cocktails, including a terrific Peruvian Pisco Sour, made with lemon juice, egg whites, simple syrup and pisco. They offer special happy hour rates for students who will enjoy live sports, beer pong and live South American music.
4. La Peña, Saint-Germain, 6th
This intimate club spreads across three floors and is always packed with fun people and great live music. In addition to salsa, you will also enjoy the sounds of merengue, bachata and reggaeton. Experience a wide variety of Latin American cocktails ranging from a traditional Margarita to a Tequila Sunrise.
5. Pachamama, Bastille, 12th
This 3000-sqm venue houses a cocktail bar, La Catina Restaurant and an elegant ballroom. The three levels are adorned with eclectic items from around the world, giving it a neo-vintage feel. You will appreciate a night of amazing cocktails, genuine Latin American cuisine and, of course, dancing.
6. Le Cubana Café, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, 6th
If you want a true Cuban experience, this is the spot for you. Nestled in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, this Havana-themed haven offers salsa lessons, tapas and fantastic cocktails. They’re known for their Cuba Libre, made with Rhum Havana Especial, Pepsi, and lime. Whether you’re in it for the dancing, food or drinks, these seven salsa spots will bring passion and flare to your night out. So, ditch the cosmo and order up a Caipirinha, and get ready to groove.