Having such a diverse cultural scene in Tampa Bay has enabled the area’s nightlife the ability to cater to just about anyone. One of the most prominent cultural groups in the area is the Latino community, and with that, there’s a decent amount of dance-themed and live music establishments that sprawl all over the Bay area. Here’s a look at some of the most revered clubs and nights that embrace the Latino party style.

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Hyde Park Café 
1806 West Platt St.
Tampa, Florida 33606
(813) 254-2233

Price: Ladies are free, Guys pay $5
Hours: Fri- 8 p.m. to close

The mood and tone executed out at Hyde Park Cafe is what many clubs aspire to have. Latin night at HPC has been a staple over the years that continuously summons a massive crowd. In some ways, it’s an educational experience to the Latino social life if you’ve never experienced it before. Everyone that descends on this locale is dressed to attract, as they maneuver through the three areas blasting away vibrant Latin dance beats spun by exceptional DJs. Be ready to shake it when entering this spot.

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Simone Salsa Dance
8336 W. Hillsborough Ave.
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 391-1056

Price: $10 Cover
Hours: Fri – 9 p.m. til close

By day, it’s a versatile dance studio. By night, well, at least Friday night, it transforms into a dance club that brings out an array of talented movers and shakers. Salsa seems to be the dance of choice here, yet they will mix it up throughout the night.  Just as many artists yearn to perform at heralded venues, many locals – who have a strong passion for Latin dancing – look forward to displaying their skills on this well-kept studio floor.

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13501 Icot Blvd.
Suite #108
Clearwater, FL 33760
(727) 239-7888
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Hours: Thurs – 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., Fri – 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sat – 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sun – 5 p.m. to Close

With four nights dedicated to a variety of Latino dance themes; this place could be comparable to a greatest hits collection for the art. Dancers will hear a steady host of salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, cha- cha and vallenato tracks. With this many styles of music, one will be able to indulge until their respective feet give out on this top-of-the-line dance floor. Once again, dress to impress.

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Blue Martini
223 N. West Shore Blvd.
Tampa, FL
(813) 873-2583

Price: $5 cover after 9 p.m.
Hours: Tues – 8:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Azul Latin Night takes over the International Mall hotspot with a live Latin band that starts rocking early and often during the three-hour plus set. The atmosphere here is a glamorous and trendy one. Upscale may be an understatement when describing this place. If you’re unsure about stepping into this lively arena due to your lack of dancing knowledge, there are complimentary dance lessons provided by Salsa Mania, which can get you up to speed so you can partake in the energetic and classy scene.

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