Seattle offers a vast array of nightlife venues with a Latin flair, from clubs that are extremely casual to ones you dress to the nines to visit. Some offer a traditional authentic experience with food, music and drink while others provide a blend of the best of Latin flavors and tastes. Some of Seattle’s Latin venues offer such a wide variety that the atmosphere changes every night. If you’re looking to move to a salsa beat, check out one of these Seattle clubs.

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Trago Cocina & Lounge
701 Westlake Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 623-2949

On the shores of Lake Union is where Latin music lovers will find Trago Cocina & Lounge, a venue that brings quality food, great service and a comfy lounge setting to the city. Trago offers two floors of Mexican-infused fun. The ground floor features an open air view of the water while the second floor, dubbed the “ultra lounge,” boasts an additional oversized patio complete with a welcoming fireplace, plush seating and a large bar with full of plasma TVs. If you’re looking to dance, come in for “Pura Vida Saturday” when Trago hosts salsa dancing on the main level.

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1723 N. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-1515

Babalu is a Euro-lounge located in Wallingford where at any given time, you just might hear eight or nine different languages being spoken throughout the lounge. In addition to “Mambo Room Munchies,” you’ll also find a fine selection of “1950s dinners,” including the Desi Arnaz Hungry Man and the Ricky Ricardo Spaghetti and Meatballs. Every night is different at Babalu, and the live music reflects that. Find Latin rhythms one evening, Spanish flamenco the next and bossa nova on your next visit. It is a great place for a romantic dinner or a lively night out with good friends.

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2901 1st Ave. South
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 661.4597

Located in the SODO district, SUR is one of south Seattle’s newest hotspots for live music, dancing and event dining. The bar’s huge dance floor and live performance area offers a vibrant nightlife scene that features upbeat music every weekend. You can also find a sultry Tango Night every Thursday with a $5 cover, a featured dinner beginning at 8:30 p.m. and a full bar – 40 feet of it, to be exact. VIP guests also enjoy additional amenities such as a personal wait staff, a private entrance and intimate seating. SUR’s full menu restaurant is led by Executive Chef, Maritza Texeira and a team of multi-cultural chefs offering authentic Argentine and South American dishes.

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Triple Door
261 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 883.4333

The Triple Door combines the best in stage technology with an “urban chic” ambiance and a hospitable staff to offer Seattle residents an intimate music venue and an unforgettable nightlife experience. This one-of-a-kind venue features different music nightly and sometimes up to three unique music genres in a single night. While Latin music is just one of the many different types of music played here, it is one of the best venues in Seattle to experience it. The menu at the Triple Door comes from the neighboring Wild Ginger restaurant, which has been voted Seattle’s most popular restaurants time and again. While the food isn’t Latin, it offers inspired dishes from China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia.

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1010 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-2822

Havana is an old fashioned social club with a modern twist. Dark mahogany, lush vegetation and music ranging from Cuban beats to vintage Memphis soul greets guests as they walk through the doors of Havana. In this elegant, yet hip longe, each night’s soundtrack is accompanied by Seattle’s finest DJs. Happy hour happens are a mainstay between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. with half price bottles of wine, $3 wells, $2 beers and $1 off everything else. Purchase special VIP tickets on Friday (Havana Social) or Saturday (Viva Havana!) and you won’t have to mess with any lines. Take advantage of a special entrance and free coat check.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at