Here are three salsa dancing spots that bring the heat and will let you dance to your heart’s content.
D.C. has a great nightlife, but if you’re totally over "top 40" and looking to try something different, the District has some great places for Latin music and salsa dancing!Café Citron 1343 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, D.C., 20036 Located in the lively neighborhood of Dupont Circle, Café Citron is both a restaurant and a night club featuring intense Latin flavor in both functions. It’s open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and live DJs play each night. It’s also a fantastic place to get your salsa on! The setting is intimate, and often patrons tend to be quite skilled in their moves, making sure onlookers get a proper show. And if you want to learn how to dance, Café Citron hosts free salsa lessons on Fridays, where you’ll get a crash course in the basic moves. If you’re willing to go during the week (a bold move for the office workers, but great for those with a more flexible schedule), on Wednesdays the venue holds a salsa and bachata party where you can really get your groove on. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="4410,4411"] El Centro D.F. (two locations) 1819 14th St. NW Washington, D.C., 20009 1218 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, D.C., 20007 El Centro D.F. has two locations in D.C., and both boast multiple levels with plenty of outdoor space and dance floor. This place also works as both a restaurant and club, staying open late on weekends and playing loads of Latin music. It’s more crowded than Café Citron, and the crowd is a bit younger, but if you’re willing to go on a Thursday, El Centro runs a special called Latin Thursdays, where they’ll play all your favorite salsa, bachata, and merengue dancing hits. On Wednesdays, El Centro features $5 margaritas all night and also free salsa lessons from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="4407,4412"] Bossa Bistro 2463 18th St. NW Washington, D.C., 20009 Bossa is actually a Brazilian restaurant and lounge in the heart of Adams Morgan, but they're no stranger to dance. Check out their website for a constant stream of upcoming events -- from salsa lessons to samba dancing to live music. Less of a club and more of a lounge, this place is great for those that don’t want to be stuffed in a hot, sweaty nightclub with the music blaring, but would rather perfect their moves in a romantic, classic environment in a candlelit room with a band, entertainment, and extra limey caipirinhas. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="4417,4414"] While there are plenty of spots to get your dance on in D.C., these three locations always do an excellent job of making your weekend a memorable one -- especially if you’re craving good Latin music, looking for a good salsa partner, or just want a good margarita at a loud club! Do you love to salsa dancing and Latin music? What are some of your favorite places to dance in the Washington, D.C., area? Let us know in the comments below.