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The Best Latin Clubs in Houston

April 10, 2013 6:00 AM

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In the melting pot of cultures that Houston has become, you can always find a place that fits your mood. If you’re looking to shake it to your favorite hip-hop songs, or you want to two-step the night away, Houston is your city. If you’re itching to get down and dirty doing the salsa, our city also has some of the best Latin nightclubs in the state. Here’s a list of the top five Latin and salsa clubs in Houston.
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Havana Latin Grill & Bar
818 Travis St (Walker)
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 222-2254

Price: $10 cover after 10 p.m.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat – 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

If you’re looking for the right place to show off your salsa moves, your best bet is to head to Havana. This popular downtown nightspot features a restaurant that serves Mexican and Caribbean foods by day and turns into a full-out Latin nightclub as the night wears on. You can count on plenty of salsa and rumba to get your hips shaking, as well as a mix of rap and hip-hop in the early morning hours. Havana also often features live music on Saturday nights.

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Sambuca
909 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX  77002
(713) 224-5299
www.sambucarestaurant.com

Hours: Mon to Wed – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thurs – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sat – 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Sun – 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

Billed as a “Rockin’ Dinner Club,” Sambuca is one of the few places you can have a fantastic dinner and then stay to dance the night away. Located in Houston’s historic Rice Hotel, the menu consists of everything from calamari to pizza to beef tenderloin to miso-glazed sea bass. The club offers live music every night of the week, so check who’s playing before you go. Saturday night is always “rock night,” but Latin jazz is a staple and usually peppered throughout the week.

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Club Tropicana
3222 Fondren Road
Houston, TX  77063
(713) 977-4188
www.clubtropicanahouston.com

Price: $10 cover on Saturday nights.
Hours: Tues, Thurs to Sat – 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Click here for a calendar of events.

If you’re in the mood to dance, there’s no better place than Club Tropicana. Appropriately located in what used to be a dance studio and packed tight into a strip mall, this rocking nightspot’s dancefloor gets very crowded around midnight. The live band sets the stage for some of the best dancers in the city, who all call this place home on Saturday nights. If you’re new to salsa dancing, don’t worry. If you come early the club’s staff offers a salsa dancing crash course that starts at 9 p.m. for the uninitiated.

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Elvia’s Cantina
2727 Fondren Road Ste 2A
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 266-9631
www.facebook.com

Price: Dance lessons at $5/lesson
Hours: Wed, Fri to Sat – 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

While Elvia’s looks more like a restaurant than a club, this place will blow you away with the caliber of dancers that frequent this joint. The owners have recently redone the smallish dancefloor to make it larger, as it was desperately needed. When the live band comes on at 11 p.m., you better hit the dancefloor or get out of the way as this place is for dancing, not socializing. Want to impress a new love interest with a unique and fun date? Elvia’s offers salsa and rumba lessons; check out their Facebook page for full details.

Related: Best First Date Spots Around Houston

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Bambou
2540 University
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 236-8150
www.bambouhouston.com

Price: $10 cover on Saturday nights
Hours: Wed to Sun – 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

Bambou in Rice Village is an upscale nightclub that caters to the younger crowd. The club features a DJ early in the night before a live band takes the stage on Saturdays. The band plays everything from Ricky Martin to Lady Gaga, but specializes in salsa and Latin beats. Saturday night features Latin Grooves, Latin Unplugged and then Mainstream Latin, where ladies get in free until midnight.


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