Where to dance in Puerto Rico?

Discussion in 'Member Reviews' started by Brooklyn.girl, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Brooklyn.girl

    Brooklyn.girl Changui

    HI!!
    I'm planning a visit to Puerto Rico soon (x-mas season) and I would like to know all the really good places to dance in Puerto Rico.

    How is the social dancing there? Can I go alone dancing and have fun?
    All the details please.
    I will be visiting familly, but I would like advice from those of you who visit PR.
    You're help will be appreciated.
     
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  2. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    You could check emoyeno's posts or PM her.
     
  3. CT2CA

    CT2CA Changui

    Yes, check with emoyeno. She was a big help in giving me advice when I went to PR last summer. Two places that I can recommend are the Marriot Courtyard in Isla Verde, and if you want to be more adventurous try El Balcon del Zumbador in Pinones.
     
  4. Brooklyn.girl

    Brooklyn.girl Changui

    Thanks, I've seen her posts. These are highly recommended.
    How is the dancing over there???? Are there only On2 dancers like everyone says??
     
  5. CT2CA

    CT2CA Changui

    Everyone in PR seems to have their own style. You will see On2 NY style dancers, On1 dancers, old school Puerto Rican style dancers. Most of the people who dance On2 can also dance On1, unlike many of the newer On2 dancers in NYC.
     
  6. EMOYENO

    EMOYENO Pattern Police

    Here is a list: There are new places that have recently been opened and gained popularity thanks to Facebook. (It's free publicity for events and it gets to people. I'm astonished how a venue announces an event and people flock to it)

    anyway for X-mas season, there will be plenty of events. I will post them.
    as for social dancing... many dancers are On2, but they all know On1. Locals looove LIVE bands here. So I suggest you attend places where live bands are playing.
    This list is in spanish and english (sorry I'm bilingual!!)
    Enjoy
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    Miércoles
    • Buffalo Wings
    Desde las 9:00p música bailable Aeropuerto, Isla Verde
    Doble Seis Sport Bar-Caguas
    This is the hot spot!!!! The music is live and really good!!
    Desde las 9:00p música bailable, clases de baile, Carr #1, Villa Blanca, Caguas Para reservaciones 787-258-2881
    • Paradise Café (new place)
    Ave Lomas Verdes

    Jueves
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby (live bands)
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    • Bed Lounge
    Desde las 10:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    Info: 787-368-8032
    • Paradise Café (new place)
    Ave Lomas Verdes

    Viernes
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    • Doble Seis Sport Bar-Guayama
    Desde las 9:00p música bailable, Guayama
    • El Criollo ( not so good anymore)
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Exp.Martines Nadal, Guaynabo
    • Paradise Café (new place)
    Ave Lomas Verdes
    El Coabey (Re-opened) Excellent Cuban music
    Puerto Nuevo
    • Buyé
    Placita Santurce, Río Piedras



    Sábado
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    • Mom's and Dad's
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable, clases de baile Urb Cana, Bayamon
    • Jackalope Café (not so good anymore)
    Ven a disfrutar de la mejor salsa del mundo. Info: 787-253-2375 ó 787-368-8032
    • Paradise Café (new place)
    Ave Lomas Verdes
    El Coabey (Re-opened) Excellent Cuban music
    Puerto Nuevo

    Domingo
    • Oyster Bar
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable
    Info: 787-632-6292 Ave. Isla Verde, Isla Verde
     
  7. salsera_alemana

    salsera_alemana Nuevo Ritmo

    Emoyeno,

    Thanks for your list.

    We will be in PR the first 2 weeks of January. What will be going on for el Dia de los Reyes? I hear that there is always a great concert on Jan. 5 but cannot find anything on the Internet. Maybe I do not enter the right keywords?

    Does anyone have any recent updates for what will be going on between Jan. 1 and 13?

    I have the latest salsa newsletter from abailarsalsapr but there is nothing for January yet and the next edition will be Jan. 7.

    I don't want to miss out on anything...
     
  8. bailar y tocar

    bailar y tocar Clave Commander

    Check in with abayarde on the salsa music subforum here, he seems to have the inside news on live music in PR.
     
  9. AguaDulce

    AguaDulce Pattern Police

    You might want to visit the beach in Isla Verde and catch the Nuyoricans vacationing and dancing during the day. Also, check the San Juan hotel lobby in Isla Verde where the have the Salsa Congress. Once you link up with the people from the Bronx there, you will find the On2.

    Your family will probably know about non-touristy events for the holidays?
     
  10. EMOYENO

    EMOYENO Pattern Police

    Here is an updated version, since a lot of clubs have closed.

    Recently updated: 07/2011

    Wednesday/ Miércoles
    • Buffalo Wings
    Desde las 9:00p música bailable Aeropuerto, Isla Verde

    Thusdays/ Jueves
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    • Beats San Juan (Formerly Drums@ Isla Verde Mall) Next to Denny's Restaurant
    Desde las 10:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    Info: 787-368-8032

    Fridays/ Viernes
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    • Doble Seis Sport Bar-Guayama
    Desde las 9:00p música bailable, Guayama


    Spice **new**
    Between the Ritz & Denny's
    Tocando toda la noche Cinco en Clave.
    Ven y pasa una noche super extraordinaria en el salon mas acogedor de Isla Verde con Happy Hour toda la noche y entremeses finos y variados.

    • Palo Once- Hato Rey
    Calle America #7 Hato Rey (Cerca del Registro Demografico), 00917 San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Hours Fri: 5:00 pm - 4:00 am Sat: 8:00 pm - 5:00 am



    Sábado
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby (Isla Verde)
    ** LOCAL Salseros frequent this venue. Highly recommended.
    Live Bands always. ***

    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde

    • Blue West Cafe (Mayaguez- West) New
    Nuevo lugar para bailar en el area de Mayaguez con musica tropical "mucha salsa",
    comidas ,happy hour de jueves a sabados desde las 6:00 PM hasta las 9:00 PM cerramos a las 2:00AM.

    • Palo Once- Hato Rey - (Younger crowd) Saturdays its Salsa mixed with some merengue
    Calle America #7 Hato Rey (Cerca del Registro Demografico), 00917 San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Hours Fri: 5:00 pm - 4:00 am Sat: 8:00 pm - 5:00 am



    Domingo
    • Nuyorican Cafe (Old San Juan)
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable
    Info:
    Calle San Francisco #312 entrando por el callejon de la capilla

    El Balcón del Zumbador (Piñones)
    ** LOCAL Salseros frequest this venue. Highly recommended.
    The music is great. (Bomba/ Salsa)***


    Every sunday from 3:00pm- Live Salsa Bands,
    After 7:30p.m. Cachete Maldonado y sus Majaderos, el mejor grupo de rumba de Puerto Rico con diferentes invitados.
     
  11. salsera_alemana

    salsera_alemana Nuevo Ritmo

    Thanks, Emoyeno!
     
  12. El Caobo

    El Caobo Maestro 'Salsa' Palmieri

    Emoyeno,

    I have some very good friends in Caguas and Aguas Buenas. They've invited me to stay with them when I next go to Puerto Rico. I don't know the geography of the island well enough to know which of the places you recommend are closest to Caguas/Aguas Buenas. Please tell me.
     
  13. EMOYENO

    EMOYENO Pattern Police

    El Caobo:
    Let me know when you will be visiting Puerto Rico.
    If you're staying at Aguas Buenas, it's pretty much centric and countryside. You WILL definately HAVE to drive to the metro area if you want a lot of salsa action, but the drive is not much. I suggest you use google maps and check the locations, so you may have an idea where you will staying.

    Caguas is very close to Aguas Buenas and is considered metro area, and there are very plenty of good places to dance during the week. Weekends I suggest you visit San Juan area. Anyway let me know the dates you'll be visiting, so I can try and find any special events that might be going on.

    Update:
    There's an upcoming main salsa event on January 31st. It's a big one eveyone is talking about it.
     
  14. EMOYENO

    EMOYENO Pattern Police

    Dancing Salsa in Puerto Rico

    Here is an updated version, since a lot of clubs have closed.

    Recently updated: 07/2011

    Wednesday/ Miércoles
    • Buffalo Wings
    Desde las 9:00p música bailable Aeropuerto, Isla Verde

    Thusdays/ Jueves
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    • Beats San Juan (Formerly Drums@ Isla Verde Mall) Next to Denny's Restaurant
    Desde las 10:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    Info: 787-368-8032

    Fridays/ Viernes
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde
    • Doble Seis Sport Bar-Guayama
    Desde las 9:00p música bailable, Guayama

    • The Latin Roots [Old San Juan] - Locals Favorite- Live Bands - Highly Recommended ***
    Location Galeria Paseo Portuario, 00918 San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Hours Mon - Wed: 11:00 am - 1:00 am
    Thurs: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
    Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:30 am
    Sun: 11:00 am - 1:00 am

    Si quieres Bailar Salsa y disfrutar de rica comida puertorriqueña...
    Todos los caminos conducen a The Latin Roots en el Viejo San Juan....Detrás del Hotel Sheraton



    • Spice **new**
    Between the Ritz & Denny's
    Tocando toda la noche Cinco en Clave.
    Ven y pasa una noche super extraordinaria en el salon mas acogedor de Isla Verde con Happy Hour toda la noche y entremeses finos y variados.

    • Palo Once- Hato Rey
    Calle America #7 Hato Rey (Cerca del Registro Demografico), 00917 San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Hours Fri: 5:00 pm - 4:00 am Sat: 8:00 pm - 5:00 am



    Sábado
    • Marriot Courtyard - Lobby (Isla Verde)
    ** LOCAL Salseros frequent this venue. Highly recommended.
    Live Bands always. ***

    Desde las 8:00p música bailable Isla Verde

    • Blue West Cafe (Mayaguez- West) New
    Nuevo lugar para bailar en el area de Mayaguez con musica tropical "mucha salsa",
    comidas ,happy hour de jueves a sabados desde las 6:00 PM hasta las 9:00 PM cerramos a las 2:00AM.

    • Palo Once- Hato Rey - (Younger crowd) Saturdays its Salsa mixed with some merengue
    Calle America #7 Hato Rey (Cerca del Registro Demografico), 00917 San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Hours Fri: 5:00 pm - 4:00 am Sat: 8:00 pm - 5:00 am



    Domingo
    • Nuyorican Cafe (Old San Juan)
    Desde las 8:00p música bailable
    Info:
    Calle San Francisco #312 entrando por el callejon de la capilla

    • El Balcón del Zumbador (Piñones)
    ** LOCAL Salseros frequest this venue. Highly recommended.
    The music is great. (Bomba/ Salsa)***


    Every sunday from 3:00pm- Live Salsa Bands,
    After 7:30p.m. Cachete Maldonado y sus Majaderos, el mejor grupo de rumba de Puerto Rico con diferentes invitados.
     
  15. gzboston

    gzboston Son

    Hi All,

    I will be going down to San Juan next week. I will be staying in the Marriot between Old San Juan and Isla Verde, so looks like the Courtyard is still the best place to go? Tripadvisor suggested Nuyorican but said need to be really late. I am looking for a place where there are real salsa dancers, local or not, so can someone provide the update as to what are the hot spots for Thursday, Fri, and Sat?
     
  16. EMOYENO

    EMOYENO Pattern Police

    The above places are still pretty active.
    I double checked with my contacts in Puerto Rico.

    The most reliable place to go is the Courtyard at Marriott Isla Verde, the one after the Ritz Carlton.
    That's where the salseros go to on Friday nights.
    Niuyorican Cafe is still active, actually is the only salsa place in Old San Juan.
    There is a place in Caguas, but Im not sure. I will have to check again.
    There is a club called Redline for Tuesdays
    and Aché on Thursdays.
    will give you address shortly
     
  17. EMOYENO

    EMOYENO Pattern Police

    Here it is
    Redline
    210 Calle Eleanor Roosevelt, 00918
    San Juan
    787-963-0430
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    Aché
    191 Calle Diez de Andino,
    Santurce
    787-460-0322

    Look both of these on Facebook, make sure you on the search engine you write the street name and it'll come up
     
  18. EMOYENO

    EMOYENO Pattern Police

    There is also the Buffalo Wings at the Airport (free parking all night long with stamp)
    You will have to check there, ask the bartenders when is salsa night
    I use to go there a lot it was really fun.
     
  19. gzboston

    gzboston Son

    Thanks Emoyeno,

    Seems like the sure bets are still the Courtyard at Marriott and the Niuyorican. Good to know the Courtyard is popular on Fri, but maybe I will call the hotel to check about other nights as well.
    I will report back here on my findings, leaving tomorrow, yeah..
     
  20. EMOYENO

    EMOYENO Pattern Police

    I know this is in Spanish... It's a quick reference guide I got from my contacts in PR.
    I will translate shortly. (I have to translate correctly! ) ;-)
     

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