Latin dance clubs are in a league of their own. The amount of hip shaking and sweat production is unlike any other style of dance club, especially with the amped-up energy and fast-paced music. Orange County is quite the diverse environment and plenty of Latin dance clubs have made their mark amongst others here. Use this list as a guide to find some of the hottest or most interesting places to get your salsa on.
Bravo Night Club
1490 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
This 21-and-over dance club is perfect for all of the right reasons: great music, great vibe and great drinks. Bravo is filled with DJs on a near nightly basis, spinning the most up-to-date tunes for a dance floor waiting for the new hotness. The multiple levels means you will always find something (or someone) worth checking out and the cheap prices mean you won’t pay for your too much for your fun. Some nights are themed, like Sundays’ Goth Nights, so check the website before heading down.
Tapas Flavors Of Spain
4253 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tapas Flavors of Spain is the type of Latin club you want to go to if you’d like to actually hear yourself talk. Fridays and Saturdays are hot, with a mix of flamenco, salsa and bachata. Sunday nights are rowdier than most and do offer live music, but the food and drink are the biggest reasons to visit. If you’re a little new to the Latin dancing scene, Tapas offers salsa lessons followed by plenty of time to show off your new moves. Even better, if you are tired and just want to kick up your dancing feet and enjoy the Latin food, Tapas will deliver!
Cuban Pete’s Mojito Lounge
245 Pine Ave., Suite 290
Long Beach, CA 90802
Cuban Pete’s Mojito Lounge has just about everything you need. Beyond dancing and dining, Cuban Pete’s also offers comedy throughout the week with a stand-up show. If you want to get a little fancier, enjoy some of the bottle service options and chill out with your friends before the clubbing begins. This place offers more expansive cabana areas for the next step in luxury as well.
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2916 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
El Calor will fulfill your urge for a simple and traditional dance hall, providing authentic Mexican music and an intimate setting for dancing. While providing mostly Cumbia on the weekends, Wednesday through Sunday is guaranteed to entertain those looking for any style of Latin music. Even better, go on your birthday or bring someone celebrating theirs, as those that bring the birthday party to El Calor will get a free bottle of bubbly. Each holiday inspires the club to have a themed night at least once a month, which always mixes up the experience.
2323 W. 1st St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
A trip to Mexicanisimo will take care of all of the divey needs you may have when it comes to a night on the town. With a smaller dance floor and lower lighting, this place is not going to wow you with glitz and glamour. Instead, it offers a small cover charge and occasional live music. The Facebook page for the club stays more up to date than the official site, so keep up with it on the web to see the latest special musical guests or other events. This is definitely the place to go if you need less Top 40 and more original material as your dancing soundtrack.