Want something new and exciting to do this weekend? Grab your dancing shoes and hit one of the many great salsa clubs in Atlanta. While salsa dancing may have originated in Cuba, the tradition of the dance lives on in Metro Atlanta. Even though it’s an up tempo dance, it’s easy to learn and salsa dancers are people of all ages and come in all shapes and sizes. Salsa dancing is also great exercise with foot, hip and arm movements making up the dance. The Latin community comes alive in Atlanta for salsa dancing each and every week at the following clubs.

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Havana Club
247 Buckhead Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 869-8484

Price: Free until 11 p.m., Ladies always free
Hours: Wed to Sat – 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Come out to a club where salsa dancing rules the dance floor and ladies are always welcome to move to the beat for free. The Havana Club has been voted the best club for salsa dancing in Atlanta. A huge dance floor awaits you as the best DJs in Atlanta crank up the musical heat. Late night live performances and drink specials can be found every Friday and Saturday night. Atlantans really like to dress up for a night at Havana Club, so you’ll have a classy and enjoyable time at this dance club. Don’t miss out.

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Tongue & Groove
565 Main St.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 261-2325

Price: Cover charge varies by night
Hours: Monday – 10 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., Wed to Sat – 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

You can come to Tongue & Groove and salsa any time its open, but Wednesday is reserved specifically as Latin Night. Groove, dance and sway to Tropical and Latin dance music throughout the night on the club’s 9,000 square feet of fun. Don’t know how to salsa? Now is the perfect time to learn. Tongue & Groove holds free salsa lessons every Wednesday from 9 to 10 p.m., which makes the perfect opportunity to meet someone new or have a date night out with your two-left footed companion. Free self parking is available, or for $5 you can take advantage of the club’s valet. Since 1994, Tongue & Groove has hosted some of the best salsa dancing in Atlanta.

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Latin Sol
50 Upper Alabama St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 249-6400

Price: $5 cover charge

Hours: Sat – 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Some of the best salsa dancers gather at Latin Sol in the underground every Saturday night. Latin Sol gives priority to salsa dancers, so there is never a wait to get in or to get out on the dance floor. Boasting multiple bars, a VIP area and plenty of rooms in which to dance and lounge you’ll find yourself coming back time and time again. Parking is $5 in the pay lot or valet service is available.

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Loca Luna
550-C Amsterdam Ave. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30306
(404) 875-4494

Price: Cover charge varies
Hours:  Tues to Thur – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 5 p.m. to 12.30 a.m., Sun – 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Great food, exotic drinks and plenty of space to dance are part of what Loca Luna has to offer. There is live music nightly, but for salsa enthusiasts, Wednesdays and Saturdays are the nights to make a trip to Loca Luna. On Wednesdays, the Clave y Son 4 piece salsa band starts playing at 7 p.m. and free salsa lessons begin at 8 p.m.. On Saturdays, a 10-piece salsa band play at 9 p.m. and the action doesn’t stop until closing. It’s an eclectic crowd and a great mix of Latin music at Loca Luna.

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La Rumba 2
4300 Buford Hwy.
Atlanta, Georgia 30345
(678) 789-2888

Price: Cover depending on event.
Hours: Thur to Sun – 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Atlanta’s #1 Latin nightclub really shines when it come to salsa dancing. For over five years, La Rumba has sent the standard in Latin entertainment on the northside of Atlanta. A two-tier bar, drink specials every night of the week and the hottest DJs spinning the latest tunes in an eclectic atmosphere are what makes this club so popular. A full restaurant is ready if you get hungry from burning off all of those calories from salsa dancing. Valet is also available, so leave your keys with the parking attendants, get in and start dancing.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer in Atlanta. His work can be found at Examiner.com.