Latin pop culture can be found anywhere. Whether restaurants, museums, art, venues, or even nightclubs, the amount of inspiration you can take in is limitless. Upon research, you’ll notice that Latinos have always paved the way in different industries, including the nightclub scene.
As far as Latin nightclubs go, it’s hard to keep up with what opens and closes — especially in a post-Pandemic era. However, we’ve compiled five Latin nightclubs known for their history and hype. And yes, they’re currently open for business.
So if you’re into dancing the night away, here are five prominent Latin nightclubs packed with history for you to visit. Enjoy and save a dance for us!
Club Tropicana in Houston, Texas
Club Tropicana appears to be a gamechanger in Houston history since it opened in 1999. Since then, it’s been crowned as the Best Latin Club In Houston for five years (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2011) by the Houston Press. The outlet describes the locally-owned club as a spot that “will always be there when you need to dance away the night.” So if you’re in Houston and want to dance some salsa, merengue, or bachata, this is definitely a spot to include in your night’s itinerary.
Ball & Chain in Little Havana, Florida
Ball & Chain is a historic Miami bar and lounge opened back in 1935 as a saloon. It has an extensive history of changed names and owners — including previously owned by someone who “operated outside of the law.” Let’s just say that the history is incredible, and upon reading the details, it almost seems like a movie plot! Nevertheless, at the beginning of 2000, the place was heavily restored and remains open today. Now, it even hosts salsa dance classes and Mambo Mondays!
La Rumba in Denver, Colorado
According to their website, La Rumba has “a colorful and eclectic history” that made it the Latin hot spot it is today. It’s been open since 1997 and remains today as one of Denver’s go-to locations. It’s made Latino history not only as a nightclub but also as a stage for artists like Carla Morrison, Los Enanitos Verdes, and Julieta Venegas, to name a few.
Copacabana in New York City
Copacabana has gone through a lot of different locations since it opened in 1940, but its history remains conserved in pop culture to this day. For example, it’s been used as a setting in films like “Goodfellas,” “Carlito’s Way,” “The Irishman,” and “One Night in Miami,” to name a few. When the pandemic’s peak hit, the historical landmark was closed, but it reopened in Feb. 2022 in its new W51st Street location.
The Beacham in Orlando, Florida
This is the go-to party location in Orlando. Although the venue serves different music scenes, Sundays are dedicated to Latinos. It must be a great destination since the nightclub holds over 100 years of history. According to their website’s flyer, two rooms play salsa, merengue, bachata, Top-40, reggaeton, and more on Sundays. Now, that sounds like a good time!