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Best Salsa Clubs In Detroit

The Detroit area has a thriving salsa community with a number of hot Latin-themed clubs in the city. If you want to learn how to salsa like a pro, most of these clubs also have classes available to help get you out on the floor and impressing your partner in no time. Here are just a few places in the area that caters to the salsa crowd.
Nightlife & Music Salas, Cafe Habanas
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Cafe Habana
211 E Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 332-6046

Salsa Nights: Thursdays 9 p.m.

This downtown Ann Arbor restaurant and nightclub hybrid is the perfect stop for those interested in trying some authentic Latin cuisine before hitting the dance floor accompanied by great music. Cafe Habana is set up to invoke a 1930s Cuban nightclub atmosphere. Every Thursday is Salsa Night with DJ's spinning the hottest salsa, merengue and reggeaton tracks. Thursdays also feature free salsa instruction, which can provide a uniquely fun date idea or the perfect ladies night out activity.

Nightlife & Music Salsa, Woody's Diner
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Woody's Diner
208 W. 5th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 543-6911

Salsa Nights: Thursdays 8 p.m.

Woody's Diner in downtown Royal Oak features three floors of entertainment. The first floor features the family-friendly restaurant while the upstairs levels are for the dancers and partiers. Woody's has one Royal Oak's only rooftop decks, with plenty of space for dancing. So now that the weather is heating up, why not heat up the outside dance floor? The restaurant area features arcade games, Club Keno, pool tables, big screen TVs and a full service bar. On Thursday nights starting at 8 p.m., the club has salsa dancing with dance instructors on hand to help you perfect your moves.

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Nightlife & Music Salsa, Dirty Martini
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Dirty Martini
42705 Grand River
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 348-3838

Hours: Wed to Sat- 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sun 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

This upscale bar and nightclub can cater to almost anyone; it is perfect for those looking for a quiet evening out or for those out for a night of entertainment. You can relax in the cozy martini bar or live it up in the nightclub portion of the venue with the live DJs or band entertainment. The club regularly has Latin nights featuring the best in salsa dancing around. For those looking to kick back, the Dirty Martini bar area also has a extensive dining menu. Be sure to check out the events schedule before visiting.

Nightlife & Music Salsa, Casa Real
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Casa Real
4150 Miller Road
Flint, MI 48507
(810) 720-2921

21 S. Washington St.
Oxford, MI 48871
(248) 969-2801

Salsa Nights: Saturday 9 p.m.

The Casa Real locations feature authentic Mexican cuisine with three spacious dining rooms. In the evenings, the Cantina Bar is host to some of the area's best Latin cultural entertainment. This includes everything from salsa dancing to mariachi bands. Every Saturday is Latin Night featuring salsa instruction from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. and live DJ entertainment. If you're a singer, not a mover, hit up Casa Real on Fridays for live Latin karaoke.

Nightlife & Music Salsa, Couple Dancing
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Papio's Latin Nightclub
2275 Ellsworth Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 528-9648

Salsa : Thursday and Saturday Nights

Papio's Latin Nightclub in Ypsilanti features a restaurant serving authentic Mexican cuisine while the club features a large dance floor with live DJ's and the occasional live band. The combo of sports bar and nightclub makes Papio's the ideal place to come out and spend an entire evening. Thursday and Saturday nights are Salsa Nights and both nights have dance instructors available.

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Tracy Heck is a freelance writer living in Dearborn, Michigan. She covers Music & Entertainment. Her work can be found at

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