The year is winding down but there are some great new places to dance around town! Check them out...happy dancing! (More dates will be added for November/December as they're announced).
Here's a quick and dirty list of non-weekly events, scroll down for the weekly events and more details about these dates.
November 3 Odd Friday Salsa Social @ Ballroom Dance Club (Latin Dance with LaQuinn)
November 5 Salsa Sunday @ Holy City Salsa
November 17 Odd Friday Salsa Social @ Ballroom Dance Club (Latin Dance with LaQuinn)
November 18 Return of the Mambo Nights @ Nights of Columbus (Salseros of Charleston/Charleston Latin Dance)
November 18 Salsa Saturday Social @ Festival Dance Centre (Oui Dance 2)
November 24 TGIF Salsa Social- Black Friday @ Festival Dance Centre (Oui Dance 2)
December 8 Return of the Mambo Nights @ Knights of Columbus (Salseros of Charleston/Charleston Latin Dance)
December 17 Salsa and Sweets Holiday Showcase @ Holy City Salsa
Havana Nights Charleston
547 King Street
8-9 pm Intro Salsa Lesson
9 pm- midnight Live Latin Jazz with the Gino Castillo Quartet
No cover. Buy drinks to support the venue and the band!
Vibe: A little wild, in a good way! The band is excellent-- but come hydrated because they play really long, really fast songs (average song length: 20 minutes). They take a long break, and during the break, there’s a mix of Salsa and Bachata (of normal lengths and speeds) played over the loudspeaker.
*Parking can be a little bit of an issue downtown, the Visitor’s Center Parking Garage (73 Mary Street) is a few blocks away and charges a flat rate of $5 after 5 pm. Sometimes you can luck out and find a street parking spot, but the garage is nice, well-lit, and an easy walk.
Poblano’s Mexican Cuisine
7575 Rivers Ave, North Charleston
10 pm-2 am
DJ spinning a mix of Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton and Merengue
No cover. Buy food and drinks and support the venue!
Vibe: This is a Mexican restaurant-turned-dance club, so there’s a mix of patrons of the restaurant/bar and actual dancers. It tends to be a small crowd, but very laid back and lots of fun. The kitchen closes at 10 though, so if you want to eat, come early! If there are no Salsa/Bachata dancers there, the DJ will play other types of Latin music, so I recommend getting in touch with other dancers before going. The Holy City Salsa Dance Family on Facebook is a good place to start!
Victor's Social Club
39 John Street
9 pm- 1 am.
No Cover. Buy drinks and support the venue!
DJ Luigi spinning a mix of Salsa, Bachata and Merengue at Victor's Social Club in Hudson Alley Downtown.
Vibe: This is a new event so check it out and see for yourself! Victor's Social Club is a FABULOUS spot with beautiful high ceilings and white marble in the heart of downtown, the floor is smooth and feels great!
Remember, you can park in the Visitor's Center Parking Garage (73 Mary Street) for just $5 after 5 pm and then walk across the street to Victor's.
Fridays rotate between multiple venues, it can get a little confusing.
Odd Friday Salsa Social
(1st,3rd, and 5th Friday)
Latin Dance with La Quinn hosts at the Ballroom Dance Club **NEW LOCATION
2408 Ashley River Road
$10 cover, BYOB.
Intro lesson around 9-9:30 pm, open dancing 10 pm-2 am.
Vibe: The host of this social, La Quinn, is a bundle of energy and the floor is FABULOUS. This tends to be more dancers and less party people, so you’ll usually get in a lot of good dances. Ample parking is a plus! The Ballroom Dance Club is a wonderful facility with a great floor so take advantage of it!
Upcoming Dates: November 3, November 17
The Return of Mambo Nights
Salseros of Charleston/Charleston Latin Dance hosts at the Knights of Columbus
143 Calhoun Street
$10 cover, there’s a bar at the venue that serves the cheapest drinks in downtown (seriously…$3 for a mixed drink is a steal in Charleston)
Intro lesson 7-8 pm, Open dancing 8-11 pm.
Vibe: The host, Yaenette Dixon, always brings in guest DJs who run the congress circuit, so the music is FIRE. The venue is very cool-- it’s an old building downtown and it has a very vintage feel to it. This is geared toward social dancers-- seasoned and new.
*This is in the heart of downtown and can be tough to find street parking. Hit the Visitor’s Center Parking Garage (73 Mary Street). It’s a few blocks away and is only $5 after 5 pm. It's only a few blocks from the Knights of Columbus. I've also found that parking on Calhoun Street near the Addlestone Library on the CofC campus is a good spot. Also a few blocks walk, but it's quiet and there are always meter spots open. I'm coming from West Ashley, so it's en route for me to just slide into a spot on Calhoun street and walk. And it's free!
Upcoming Dates: NOVEMBER 18...THIS IS A SATURDAY. Yaenette will be celebrating her birthday and there will probably be tasty food... December 8
Latin Night with Latin Groove at Sushi Blue
61 State Street
DJ Luigi of Latin Groove (Charleston’s longest running Latin party promoter) spins at this restaurant from 10 pm-2 am.
Vibe: More of a club vibe-- he plays Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton, and some top 40. A lot of people are out partying in the Market Street area on Saturday nights and find their way to Sushi Blue. Good music and fun, though the amount of dancers who attends varies. The restaurant is great, so you can go early and eat.
Latin Night with DJ Leo at Agave’s Cantina
885 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island
10 pm- 1:30 am
DJ Leo spinning mix of Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton, and more.
Ladies get in free, $10 cover.
Vibe: Restaurant turned Latin club. The crowd varies, but the music is usually pretty good.
Oui Dance 2 Latin Dance hosts at their permanent home, the Festival Dance Centre.
5101 Ashley Phosphate Road Suite 138
8-9 pm Intro Lesson
9 pm-1 am Social dancing
Vibe: This is a new venue and it’s got a huge, beautiful floor.
(I haven’t been yet personally so I can’t speak for it, but I’ve heard people have a great time when they go!)
Upcoming dates: November 18 and November 24 (Black Friday)
Holy City Salsa Dance Studio
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
7:30 pm Intro Salsa Lesson
8-11 pm Open Dancing
$10 cover, BYOB
1954 Ashley River Road Suite H
(Behind Rite-Aid off Savage road...use Google Maps or Waze, Apple Maps doesn’t work)
Vibe: Casual/laid back...at a dance studio, so more for dancers than for party-ers.
Upcoming Dates: November 5, December 17 (Salsa and Sweets Holiday Showcase 6-11 pm. $12/advance, $15 at the door)