Best salsa clubs in San Juan
If you’re ready to burn up the dance floor, check out La Factoría. You can drink and dance the night away in one of the six bars under La Factoria’s roof. Each bar produces a different drink menu, energy, and unique vibe. But for those looking for a salsa fix, we recommend you check out Shing-A-Ling at the center of La Factoria.
Thursday nights are Salsa Nights at Piso Viejo, where you can take advantage of free salsa lessons while enjoying the live band. Whether you are being introduced to the dance for the first time or looking to brush up on existing skills, a free class is a great ice-breaker. On the other hand, if you feel relatively confident in your salsa moves and are looking for a relaxed atmosphere in which to dance, we recommend you join the live salsa and karaoke at Taberna Los Vázquez.
Reggaetón in Puerto Rico
A fusion of Latin American, Caribbean, hip hop, and influenced by Latin Trap music, Reggaetón was born in Puerto Rico during the 1990s. The driving beat is the genre’s foundation, with some Spanish language rapping, singing, or reggae layered into Latin music. Reggaetón has never been more popular than it is right now, with San Juan superstar Bad Bunny achieving global status in 2019.
The style started gaining popularity and first exploded on the scene in 2004 after Daddy Yankee’s Gasolina release. Since then, modern latin music has gained mainstream status in the mainland United States and beyond — and San Juan is a global epicenter, home to superstar Bad Bunny.
If you’re looking to get down, drop by Club Vibra to enjoy a hookah and dance until the wee hours inside or on the clubs balcony overlooking the Placita de Santurce. Or check out La Respuesta to get your hip hop, R&B, fix on the dancefloor.
What is Puerto Rican Bomba?
One of the most popular folk music styles, bomba, is a big part of Puerto Rican culture and is firmly rooted in the island’s African heritage. A renewed interest in this traditional dance has grown in recent years. There are venues like La Vergüenza where they host weekly bomba nights with live music to accompany the dancing. To enjoy a more traditional experience, you should check out La Terraza de Bonanza, where you can learn from the experts or enjoy live music.
In bomba, the dancer is challenging the lead drummer to keep up with his or her improvised movements, as the singer accompanies and tracks the length of each song. It is essentially a playful competition between the dancer and the drummer. By continuing the tradition of learning and teaching bomba is how the island honors and carries on this important cultural tradition.