Salsa in Prague
A short guide on where to dance to Latin music
Prague may often seem cold and dry but it still has plenty of hot hideouts where you can shake your hips. The salsa scene here is active, and there are places for people of all ages and all skills.
La Bodeguita del Medio
Address: Kaprova 5, Prague 1
The famous La Bodeguita del Medio, with more than 10 official franchises (and a few imitators) worldwide, opened in Prague 15 years ago across from the Staroměstská metro station, a five-minute walk from Old Town Square.
La Bodeguita del Medio, meaning the pub in the middle, is a three-level music bar, restaurant and cigar shop with a long tradition and real Cuban atmosphere. Consistently positive reviews have earned it a certificate of excellence on TripAdvisor, despite being pricey by Czech standards.
The dancing takes place in the underground level and it's free entry, but it is small and music is usually Latin-pop hits instead of salsa.
The original Bodeguita is located in Havana, Cuba, and its clientele has included celebrities such as Alejo Carpentier, Nat King Cole, Sofia Loren and Ernest Hemingway. Prague's version has hosted Václav Havel, Jaromír Jágr, David Copperfield and Edward Norton, to name a few.
Addressa: Ječná 12, Prague 2
Chambers Bar hosts La Rebelión salsa party every month and weekly concerts with local bands, such as Latin Soul, Caribe, Pragasón and La Descarga Salsa Orchestra. Entry fee is Kč 50 to Kč 80. Informal, open salsa lessons run on Tuesday 20:00 to 22:30 and Sunday 18:30 to 21:00 for Kč 50. In addition, Chambers Bar organizes other Latin American events such as the Mexico Party, with Mexican music, food and drinks.
Chambers Bar shares the building with the Baroque Hall hostel. It has a small bar and a cozy hall with armchairs and tables on the sides and a stage at the back, which can host more than 250 people on a concert evening. Find it in front of the Štěpánská tram stop.
Address: Jakubská 2, Prague 1
Established in 1919, Chapeau Rouge is an iconic bar in Prague. It is located between Old Town Square and Náměstí Republiky in the Classical-Art Nouveau building U Štupartů, named after its former owner, imperial official Petr Štupart z Löwenthalu. It is a venue worth visiting, although it's one that middle-agers may want to pass on, because the dance floor is small and it gets really packed
Chapeau Rouge has three levels — it's easy to switch between them — and its program includes live DJs, bands and performances. It is far from being a salsa bar, but it hosts La Calle 8 Latino party every other Thursday. Entry fee is Kč 100 or Kč 50 for students before midnight. La Calle 8 plays mostly reggaeton and Latin-pop hits, so it's not the best option to dance salsa.
Address: Vinohradská 25, Prague 2
DCS reopened recently after a period of inactivity. It hosts Latino Glamour Night on Wednesday 20:30-04:00 and occasional events in cooperation with dance schools such as Bachata Souls and Bohemian Salsa. Entry fee is Kč 100 and includes a welcome shot. The venue doubles as a dance school offering salsa, bachata and zouk lessons.
DCS is stylish and has plenty of room to dance and sit. The service is good and the music is legit salsa and bachata. Many good and professional dancers are drawn to the club, although beginners are also regulars.
Find DCS in front of Italská tram stop in Vinohrady, close to Muzeum.
Address: Národní 25, Prague 1
Jam Cafe hosts dance lessons and salsa parties in cooperation with the dance school Bohemian Salsa on Tuesdays. Open dance lessons for beginners run from 20:00 to 21:00 for Kč 100. It's not necessary to book ahead or bring a partner. Afterward, free-entry party until midnight.
Find Jam Cafe in Palác Metro, across Cafe Louvre on Národní třída. The venue is simple and does not have a Latin American atmosphere, but it has a sufficient bar, a dance floor big enough for about 30 energetic couples and usually free tables.
The music at Jam Cafe is legit salsa, and rookies and veterans of all ages are welcomed to have fun practicing their salsa-dancing skills.
Address: Štefánikova 7, Prague 5
La Macumba is a sure bet. It has Cuban decorations, good music, a friendly staff and a balanced combination of local and foreign dancers of all levels. You can find it 100 meters from the Anděl tram stop.
The program runs from Monday to Saturday and the Kč 100 entry fee includes a welcome drink. The club also offers salsa concerts occasionally and several lesson plans for beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers throughout the week. On the downside, it is a small venue and gets packed easily.
Address: Pštrossova 21, Prague 1
Solidní Jistota has We Love Salsa & Bachata nights every Wednesday from 21:00. Entry is Kč 50 and Kč 20 more for the cloakroom. Music is traditional salsa and bachata, and both young and middle-age dancers frequent the venue. However, sometimes student agencies rent the place and it transforms into a crowded Erasmus-type of party hard on reggaeton and Latin-pop remixes.
The venue has a large hall, which can easily fit two hundred dancers, a bar at the back and tables on both sides with couches to the right and bar stools to the left. It is not a salsa club, nor a good reference for Latin parties in town, but it's another option in town. Aside We Love Salsa & Bachata nights, it hosts the well-known La Calle 8 Latin party twice a month – entry fee is Kč 100. The closest tram stop is Myslíkova.
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