Great Salsa Club - especially for those wanting to learn
I noticed there aren't any reviews on here since 2006 so I thought an update was needed. I just spent a good portion of my Saturday evening here (May 2008) and had a great time. I am still trying to learn how to Salsa so this seemed like a good place to go. Key tip if you are new to Salsa - arrive at the club at 8:00 p.m. and get lessons with Rachel. She's fabulous and you'll have lots of fun in this period of time before the club opens. For $20 as a couple we got admitted and almost an hour of instruction - pretty good deal. You can also hang out after lessons sipping margaritas on the patio before it gets crowded. Margaritas are also great - decent size and wel done. After about 10:30 the dance floor does get very crowded with the hard core Salsa crowd, but there's an overflow area of sorts around the bar where you can dance with your partner more casually - and if you want more room. This past Saturday there was also a live band that was very good.
The energy and atmosphere was fantastic - very lively and open. Admittedly it can be a bit intimidating if you aren't an experienced Salsa dancer, but we were both new to Salsa making plenty of mistakes and nobody seemed to care. On one other note - parking is very easy since this is sort of off the beaten path west of Broadway. We actually got street parking very easy when we showed up early. In addition, if you want to take a break and head to regular night club hip-hop/techno dancing Club Vinyl is less than a 5 minute walk down Broadway. I'd recommend Thursday or Saturday at La Rumba. A lot of fun.