Laureles is home to the original bar. An intimate setting, dancers rock to the music in between the tables. During the weekend (their busiest time), it gets packed with limited seating.
This spot is best enjoyed if you get a table with a group of friends. This isn’t the best spot for my fellow dancers who want a place to practice their newest moves.
However, if you just want to do some basic steps and enjoy some live salsa music, it should definitely be on your list.
The more spacious twin to its first location, the Poblado Son Havana is a combination indoor and outdoor bar. An extension of the inner area, the tables on the patio are positioned to create a small dance space. With the fresh breeze and roomy exterior, this venue is definitely more dancer-friendly.
Similar to the other location, it is best to come with friends.
This underground salsa club is a local favorite. Tucked downstairs from a busy street in Laureles, this basement bar gets packed quickly, so be prepared to sweat.
The music selection is an energetic mix of salsa caleña, son cubano, boogaloo, guaguanco, pachanga, timba, mambo, latin jazz, mambo and cha-cha.
Frequented mostly by city natives, at this spot, salsa caleña steps dominate the dance floor, the most popular style in Colombia.
El Tibiri welcomes dancers of all styles and experience levels. The crowd is made up of individuals with different skill levels who want to let loose, so plenty of people are willing to invite you onto the floor.
If you’re interested in exploring Latin rhythms and movement, El Tibiri offers dance classes. Just make sure to check their updated schedule as it does change.
True to its name, Social Club is a dance school but with the atmosphere of a club. This crossover bar plays salsa, bachata, kizomba, cumbia, and even reggaeton. The venue has plentiful outdoor seating, with a covered dance floor and bar.
Before the social dancing begins, they offer group classes in different styles each day of the week. Group classes are a great way to learn new steps and meet people and potential dance partners before the night begins.
Social Club is a good place for beginners who want to practice what they’ve learned, however for more experienced dancers, the level can be hit or miss.
One of my favorite parts of the night is the performance, where professionals from the city take to the floor!
If you decide to head over to this venue, please note it’s tricky to find. Located on the side of the Rotonda La Aguacatala, a highway roundabout, don’t be surprised if your taxi or uber driver gets confused when dropping you off.
This popular dance school hosts socials for salsa, bachata, and tango in their dance studio. Here you can find a good mix of dancers who dance salsa linea, salsa caleña, and ON 2.
Because it’s a dance studio, there are nice floors and mirrors along the wall, ideal for people who want to practice. Additionally, it is pretty spacious, so you don’t have to worry as much about bumping into other dancers.
If you are looking for pure salsa, you won’t find it here. Like most dance school socials, they play a mix of genres, so about 50/50 salsa and bachata.
DanceFree is undoubtedly the most well-known dance school among foreigners in Medellin. They teach private and group lessons at their studio throughout the week and host regular socials.
For people new to the dance scene DanceFree is a welcoming place to start. The studio has a large dance floor, so you can move about without it turning into bumper cars, or you can sit and take it all in.
For added convenience, there is a place to check in your belongings in case you don’t want to carry your stuff around all night.
Arrive early for a more social dancing vibe. Later in the night, the music switches to a more reggaeton club atmosphere. To find out when they have socials check their social media page.
Best Day(s) to Go: Saturday or when they host socials