Check out below to find a salsa club in Pennsylvania. A few are free, but please remember to patronize those places so that they’ll continue to offer these events for free.
Brasils – http://www.brasilsnightclub-philly.com/
112 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cost: $5 Wed. $10 Fri. & Sat. but ladies $5 before 11PM.
9 PM – 2:00 AM Wed, 9 PM – 2:00 AM Friday and Saturday
Music: Mainly salsa. Some bachata, merengue.
Comments: Located in Old City Philadelphia. Brasils is a small salsa club in Pennsylvania. As you enter the club, you’ll immediate go up the stairs to the second floor. There is a free dance lesson before the real dancing begin. This place is small and gets crowded, but the good dancers usually get more room near the DJ platform. Be sure to wear shoes that will protect your feet because you are likely to get stepped on. Do not come with sneakers or else you may not be allowed in.
Club 212– http://www.nightclub212.com
212 Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460
When: Thursdays, 8:30 PM free dance lesson, 9:30 PM salsa dancing
Comments: This is a nice spacious salsa club in Pennsylvania. The salsa dancers are mostly beginner dancers, but sometimes you will find advanced salsa dancers here. I like to come to Club 212 about once a month so I can dance with a new crowd. The main entrance of the Club is on the side street on Main Street. You can also get to Club 212 by going through the restaurant called Bistro on Bridge, then proceed all the way to the rear bar and up the stairs to the second floor.
A cheap meter parking lot is located on the corner of Bridge St. and Main St which takes takes credit cards. You can also drive north on Main St. and find parking on the left.
2725 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Starts 9 PM – 2:00 AM Friday and Saturday
Music: Mostly salsa
Comments: Come dressed casual. Not quite sure about this salsa club in Pennsylvania. I haven’t heard a lot of buzz about it. We will visit it sometime and let you know the real deal.
La Luna Dance Studio – http://www.lalunadancestudio.com
4610 Bensalem Blvd
Bensalem, PA 19020
When: Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the Month.
8:30 PM – 2:00 AM
Music: Mainly salsa. Some bachata, merengue, and cha-cha.
Comments: Very nice dance studio. It reminded me of a nice hotel when I first walked in. Large dance floor and good dancers. Free lesson in the beginning, usually divided into two groups – beginner and intermediate. It a dance studio by day, and salsa club in Pennsylvania on weekends.
Location: Roosevelt Plaza
6527 Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia PA 19149
Cost: FREE before 10 PM on Thursday
When: Every Thursday
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Music: Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Reggaeton
Update: 01/25/2007 I finally went back to Lyrics. It is a totally different experience since I remembered it. The security is good – ID is checked and guys are patted down. The place was filled with a different crowd of people I have never seen before. You can feel the energy and the love of salsa as they dance. The music was good, but they did play 45 minutes of Reggaeton from 12:30 am to 1:15 am, but then played salsa until 1:50 am. After that it was Reggaeton and till closing. I give this place a two thumbs up. Visit this salsa club in Pennsylvania if you are in the area on a Thursday!
Update: 12/17/2011 Lyrics is back up and running again with a new look and new dance floor.
Be sure to check out the one salsero’s opinion that compares this salsa club in Pennsylvania to Brasils night club.
MasterJay Moves Dance Studio – http://www.masterjaymoves.com
1807 Chestnut Street 2nd flr.
Philadelphia PA 19107
When: Every Thursday 9 PM – 2:00 AM, Free Salsa Lesson at 9PM.
Music: Salsa, Merengue, Bachata
Comments: BYOB and light buffet. This salsa club in Pennsylvania is also a salsa dance studio and offers dance lessons during the week.
7165 Lounge (formally North by Northwest)
7165 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia PA 19119
Cost: $5, more when there’s a live band
When: Every Monday Dancing 9 PM – ?? AM
Music: 80% Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Cha-cha
Comments: Here’s another great salsa club in Pennsylvania to go to! Free dance lesson in the beginning. Although I didn’t make it to the lesson so I can’t really comment on it. This salsa club is located in a nice neighborhood. There is parking around the corner and street parking.
Many of the Muevete dancers frequent this club and some Atrium dancers. If you dance on 2, you most likely can find someone else who does too here. The bar is nice, but there was only 1 bartender the night I came, so it could take a few minutes to get served.
It gets crowded around 10:30 pm but thins out at around 12am because most people have to work the next day. If you have a choice, I recommend going here instead of Brasils.
2999 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
When: Every Thursday. Free salsa lesson starts at 9 PM and dancing at 10PM
Comments: Plentiful free parking. You can get lucky and find parking near the entrance. The closest entrance to the club is at the entrance with the neon sign “CASINO” (the side closest to the horse track). As you walk in the doors, be prepared to be carded by one of two security folk. Then turn right to go to club 360. This salsa club in Pennsylvania is free, so please be kind and order some drinks while you are there.
Reef – http://www.reefcarribbeanlounge.com
605 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 (3rd and South Street)
Cost: $10 at 8pm if you show up for the Bachata Lesson.
Otherwise $5 cover
When: Every Tuesday
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
FREE Lesson by Joe Figueroa 9-10 PM
Music: Featuring DJ Joe Figueroa
Comments: This is a great salsa club in Pennsylvania to go ancing on Tuesdsay. Dress is Casual. There is parking across the street for $6, less if you get your ticket validated. Get it stamped at the bar downstairs before you leave.
The salsa dancing is upstairs on the second floor. It is smaller than you would expect, but very roomy compared to Brasils. Even though there is a crowd, there is still room to dance without getting knocked over or stepped on.
The salsa lesson definitely isn’t for beginners. It is fast paced and meant for intermediate dancers. The dancers that go to the Reef are mainly intermediate/advanced dancers. So you’ll be able to find a wealth of good dancers here. There is plenty of seating in case you get tired, and a bar and bathrooms conveniently placed beside the dance floor.
The music is about 65% salsa and 35% bachata.
Overall, I give the place two thumbs up!
If you are in Philly on a Tuesday night, come give this salsa club in Pennsylvania try.
UPenn Salsa Club – http://upenn.salsa.club.googlepages.com/
Location: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
When: Various dates throughout the year. See website.
Usually from 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM Free lesson at beginning of the dance.
Music: Mainly salsa. Some bachata, merengue, and cha-cha.
Comments: Caters to the beginner salsa dancer. The lessons are for beginners, but depending on the skill level, it may turn into a beginner/intermediate lesson. Be sure to check their salsa club website for all the details.
Vango Lounge & Skybar – http://www.vangoloungeandaskybar.com/
116 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
At the corner of Delaware Ave & Spring Garden Ave.
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Salsa Lesson
Dancing 9:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Music: Salsa, Mambo, Merengue, Bachata, Cha cha cha
Comments: Mostly beginners hang out at this salsa club in Pennsylvania, but you do find some advanced and intermediate dancers here from time to time. Dress is casual and cover is FREE! Master Jay teaches the beginner lesson at 8:30 PM. This place is just a few doors lown from the Tria Wine bar. So if you are looking for a place to dine, snack or drink wine before dancing, Tria is the spot to go.
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