Miami's Six Best Latin Clubs

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Bongos via Facebook.com/BongosCubanCafe

4. Bongos Cuban Cafe
Owned by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, everything about Bongos is a tribute to la Perla del Caribe. From the masitas de puerco to Cuba Libre cocktails to the tropical pineapple décor and ocean view, everything about Bongos is Cuban. And on Friday and Saturday nights, this restaurant overlooking the Port of Miami transforms into a Tropicana-style nightclub with DJs spinning the best salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton hits.

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Hoy Como Ayer via Facebook.com

3. Hoy Como Ayer
Hoy Como Ayer is all about las estrellas musicales and el sonido Latino. From Amaury Gutiérrez's Latin Grammy Award winning "Guajira con Tumbao" to Albita's legendary "Fiesta Pa'los Rumberos" and the electronic mezclaof the Spam Allstars, every night is an over-the-top fiesta where the dancing never stops, the conga drums are always kickin', and the Bacardi is flowing.

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Location Info

Mango's Tropical Cafe

900 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Hoy Como Ayer

2212 SW Eighth St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Kukaramakara

1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Bongos Cuban Café - CLOSED

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL

Category: Music

PAX Miami - CLOSED

337 SW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Music

La Covacha

10730 NW 25th St., Doral, FL

Category: Music

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25 comments
bailemma56
bailemma56

Cool post.I agree with you that there are good and also band things available in Miami.But i think no one can beat Miami beaches.Its a real beauty of Miami.I never been to any clubs yet in Miami but thanks to your post will surely visit at least one of these clubs in my next trip to Miami. Here is a best platfrom to plan an awesome trip to Miami. http://www.triphobo.com/miami-united-states

kcar223
kcar223

All I can do is wonder who "Laurie Charles" is and where his/her research came from.  It appears some random people were "asked".  

This information definitely did not come from Latinos, Dancers, and locals.  

READERS: 

Main spots are barely mentioned, yet a number of tourist traps make the list. If you are interested in coming to Miami - PLEASE do not use this list as a way to find out about some of the best spots (Y.U.C.A., Puntino, Moca, etc.).  Look at some of the top DJs and Promotors to source your information.  And if you make it to Fort Lauderdale I am sure we (the Latino Dance Community) can assist you.  


D.j. Mike Calderon
D.j. Mike Calderon

I appreciate that Danny Diaz... It is true though, our latin nights would not be listed above because media focuses more clubs that have spent alot of money on social media and marketing. We do some amazing nights with the most efficient and effective strategies where we can get more bang for our buck, per say. There is whole world out there that does not include "tourists traps", or "chessy" latin nights. Its locals putting parties together for that particuar scene. And that scene, is defined as dancers who love to get together and, like the author said, "brush up on your salsa moves". I suggest the author do more research into other latin nights, where I am sure if he does get a glimpse of it, he or she will be in awe. Not just the people are different, the music and fluidity we maintain throughout our night.

mike.calderon001
mike.calderon001

Thanks Danny Diaz. It is true, our venues would not be listed above bbecause we are locals who work on a different style and world of music. Perhaps the author should a little more research on other clubs/lounges/restaurants that fo amazing latin nights; nights where culture and our "latin thing" can be experienced with authenticity and dancing. You will find that it is a different latin scene out there, more like a family.

dhern031
dhern031

With all due respect to the venues you have mentioned I just don't see how some of  them made it to the list of BEST in Miami. Personally I agree with PAX and Hoy Como Ayer as they bring great latin talent to the city but perhaps the criteria used should be mentioned, which is a problem a see with many of these "best" lists.   I see the previous comments and I must insist that you and your readers visit the places where Miami locals go to "Latin dance". the places in Miami  mentioned below like Siboney for Columbian music, Yuca for Cuban, SPICE,  Mocca, and many many others. Places were all types of latin born dancers enjoy many types of REAL latin music.   

stellestevez
stellestevez

I emailed the author of this article asking her if her source of research for this piece was google?... really Mango's #1 Latin Club???... Mangos is not a club its a tourist trap.... Pax was included in the list which is a Great place that brings amazing artists.... there are so many awesome Latin Places in Miami and Yes, different Latin Music because we are from all over Latin America....

philrincon
philrincon

For real Colombian salsa I would take out Kukaramakara and add Siboney!

Sergio F. Maldonado
Sergio F. Maldonado

Out of those places listed, the only one that is OK to go now is Kukaramakara...la Covacha was Ok 10 years ago, but nowadays is just as ghetto as Cafe Crystal, Mystique and many more...

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Danny, fair enough. You can always send us nightlife updates to clubs@miaminewtimes.com

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

Yes there are many styles, I know, I was referring to the line in the article: Quote: "You'll hear salsa music blaring in the streets like a trumpet, marvel at natural born dancers gyrating their hips and twirling around like a blender..." When it comes to Salsa/Bachata you should come check out the places where these DJ's spin, you'll hear some GREAT music and see some awesome dancers. You'll get a glimpse of more venues than the usual tourist commercial spots. There's another world of music / dancing out here and people should have a chance to discover it. :)

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Danny, there are many styles of Latin music beyond salsa last time we checked. This list covers them all.

D.j. Jorge Charun
D.j. Jorge Charun

Thanks Danny Diaz out of town dancers and the locals need to know where the real salsa parties are. No disrespect to any of the venues listed by the Miami New Times but they are definitely NOT Salsa Clubs. Hope to see you all on the dance floor. Que viva La Salsa!!!

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

No papi chulo shirts where the real dancers go. :D

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

You want hard core Salsa and Bachata with people from all over the world dancing for hours you go to MIAMI SALSA SCENE or The Miami Salsa Dream Team for the latest in Miami. Broward is another story.

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

Another one on Friday is Puntino w/ DJ D.j. Mike Calderon on Fridays for Salsa and Bachata.

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

Spice is a good one but that is Hollywood and not Miami. Miami wise, you have YUCA on Saturdays with DJ D.j. DJ Jorge Charun - best thing is to follow him for Salsa, Mambo, Bachata! Miami New Times you need to re-check this list when it comes to Salsa.

Bridget Doyle
Bridget Doyle

Any article labeling the "best" anything, that uses a picture of a guy wearing a shirt that says "papi chulo" in shiny letters sounds like a train wreck. I thought this was a joke...

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

You might want to change the picture of the douche bag...he's no Papi Chulo....

dfweb
dfweb

Danny is right here. Except for PAX and Hoy Como Ayer that do bring decent artists and Bongos when DJ Charun was there, the other places are for tourists and reffi trash. You won't see anyone" brushing up on their salsa moves" because real dancers dont go to those places. You'll See some backyard salsa maybe but no trained dancers.

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