Here’s where you can get your salsa fix in the Philippine capital
1. Chihuahua Mexican Grill
Don’t be fooled by this unassuming Tex-Mex joint. Most Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays Chihuahua Mexican Grill explodes with energy as Manila’s salsa, kizomba (a dance from Angola) and bachata (a social dance from the Dominican Republic) buffs converge on its black and white checkerboard dance floor.
2. Santai Resto Bar
Nasi goreng kampung and claves — the musical instrument mainly responsible for salsa music’s irresistible groove — might seem like a bizarre juxtaposition, but at Santai Resto Bar they coexist happily. This place serves up not just Malaysian staples but also Afro-Latin nights every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday.
Santai Resto Bar; 2/F, Metrowalk Complex, Pasig; +63 916 743 1404; fb.com/SantaiRestoBar2017
3. Nostalgia Lounge and Bar
The swanky Nostalgia Lounge and Bar on the sixth floor of the Joy-Nostalg Suites is the place to show off some fancy footwork every Saturday night. Salseros-in-the-making can approach one of the professional dance instructors for a quick lesson.
4. Botan Black Café
The reflective wall panels and pendant lights of Taiwanese restaurant Botan Black Café serve as an excellent backdrop to anyone wanting to take over the dance floor, or footwork performed when dancing solo. Latin Nights are on Thursdays.
5. Dusit Thani Manila
On Friday and Sunday nights the Dusit Thani Manila comes to life in an explosion of color, flashing lights and perfume as the Isaree Mezzanine of the hotel turns into a Latin jazz bar. Bonus: a Latin jazz band is on hand to provide live music to accompany all those kicks, dips and latigazos (leg whips).