Los Angeles has cultural diversity and this is reflected in the number of Latin nightclubs that are in the area. These clubs have strict dress codes but you will enjoy the upbeat music at the clubs. When you arrive at the club always have your ID on hand and some extra cash for buying drinks so you will not have to carry your credit cards around. Park your car in a safe spot near the club and be aware of your surroundings even though Los Angeles is generally safe.
Best Latin Nightclubs in Los Angeles
El Floridita Restaurant and Nightclub
This is a Cuban restaurant and nightclub that transports you to Miami’s “Little Havana” but this club is located in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays live salsa, merengue and mambo music is featured for guests’ pleasure after ten o clock at night and this club also offers salsa lessons. Popular celebrities such as Jimmy Smits and Jennifer Lopez visit this club occasionally and the mojitos cost $5.
This Los Angeles hotspot is a great place to hang out if you want to learn salsa dancing because this club has salsa lessons for you. You will also get the chance to hear salsa bands from the United States, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. On the weekends you will hear today’s latest Latin music hits and the dress code is semi-formal.
This club is located on Universal Studios Boulevard and it also has an upscale look to it. On Friday nights reggaeton music is featured and it is a popular hotspot for Los Angeles residents who enjoy good Latin music.
The Granada LA
This nightclub offers diverse Latin music styles to dance off of and these include salsa, cha-cha, bachata, samba, cumbia and merengue. It was built in 1974 and if you visit this club you will be treated to a live orchestra that plays sizzling sounds for the guests. Sometimes you will see spontaneous performances from ballroom dancers that frequent the club.
Zabumba Brazilian Restaurant and Club
Most Latin nightclubs focus on salsa and other forms of music from the Caribbean and Central America but at Zabumba, the focus is on Brazilian music and food. On the walls of this nightclub and restaurant you will see artwork that pertains to Carnival in Brazil and the music is lively and beautiful.
This nightclub is not as fancy as the above mentioned ones but you can relax and enjoy good salsa music here. Each 2nd Friday night the club offers free Sangrias and for $5 patrons under age 21 can enter the club. On Mondays and Wednesdays there are salsa lessons. The instructors are also excellent at teaching the lessons.
If you are new to Latin dancing, take part in the salsa classes that the clubs offer and get to know some of the fellow patrons there because you may meet some new friends while on your trip. Latin nightclubs are also a good way to learn about Latin American culture and you can do this by talking with the patrons there who are of Hispanic heritage. If you are on a budget, take advantage of the drink specials and some of the clubs offer affordable meals so you will not have to pay extra at a restaurant before heading to the club. If you think you will not be sober enough to drive, have a sober friend come with you so that he can bring you to your hotel.