With the upcoming appearance of many Latin American restaurants, Londoners have acquired an appetite for its celebrated music and dance scenes. Looking for something unique, Thursday night just got more interesting. After a hard week and scheduling conflicts, a couple of girlfriends and I finally decided to have a salsa night. But where can you find food, drinks, and salsa lessons on a Thursday night? The place is Bar Salsa, the Latin American party capital of London.
Arriving a bit early, I decided to roam around. What I found was a lively restaurant. Past the waiting area there were several rooms filled with customers indulging a range of delicious Latin-infused dishes. Straight away from the entrance there is a staircase that leads to a vibrant dance floor and bar. The dance floor was divided, one side consisted of couples lined up (beginners) and the other dancers were staggered (advanced). The ladies who I came with past me, sweating and holding a glass of wine, gestured me to join in on the fun. I placed my wine down and met with the line up.
Located in Charing Cross Road in the West End, Bar Salsa is known as one of the best South American restaurants in London. The ambience brings great Latin vibes and beach bar-esque appearance. The decorations are filled with brightly colored furnishings and vintage Havana Club adverts from Sao Paulo. I would love to spend nights here. The great effort to create this South American atmosphere accounts for a fun culture with an appetizing cuisine and a Latin party attitude. Every night of the week includes salsa, Bachata, and Cali Style Salsa classes that are open for everyone willing.
Dancing seems so natural at the Salsa Bar. The footwork and hips of the dancers maneuvering throughout the dance floor was so intrinsic, it almost convinced me that it was easy. Pairs twisted and twirled, when I tried it I realized it was anything but easy. For a short hour the group switched partners, learned the basic steps, the cross body and twirls. After the lesson, the floor opened up to all the dancers for night of dancing to several sounds of Bachata, Salsa, and Reggaeton. The people were very welcoming to newcomers, which was very encouraging because of the lack of experience I had. Hesitant in accepting offers to dance, most led me despite my mal-coordination. Slowly I improved until I finally was confident to accept all offers to dance.
Bar Salsa is a restaurant, bar and club. After 17:00, Salsa is solely for over 18-year-olds and the venue changes to a club that is filled with dancers. These dancers create beautiful movements, which is a sight to see.
If you are interested in dance and music, this is a great place to visit. Left feet and shy people are welcome, it’s a great place to knock back cocktails and slip into your dancing shoes. ∎
96 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0JG