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Sauciest Salsa Dancing 

Club Montero's

Since 1913, when Vernon and Irene Castle introduced the tango to New York City, Latin dancing has fascinated North Americans. Caribbean dance fads like rumba, conga, mambo, cha-cha-cha, and pachanga came (and went). Salsa rose in the 1970s, sauced by a new mix of old and new beats and steps. Today in the East Bay, a multicultural cast of salseros y salseras makes up a scene no longer exclusive to Latinos. Dancing is the high, and finding a spot to do it is simply a matter of preference. Berkeley has the Shattuck Down Low on Wednesdays and Maikos on Saturdays; Oakland has Club Anton on Saturdays and @Seventeen on Wednesdays; the Concord Hilton has salsa DJs Saturday nights. But Club Montero's, located inside Montero's Restaurant at Solano and San Pablo avenues, dedicates its weekends to salsa. Comfy facilities and good vibes welcome you, and if you're a novice, show up on Thursdays and dance instructors Joel and Sorcy will get you moving to the Bay Area's best bands. DJ Carlito's Way spins in-between sets with reasonable cover ($12-$15) and drink prices. The atmosphere is hip, with papier-mâché palm trees over the bar, Frida Kahlo paintings on the walls, Spanish spoken, and decent space stage and acoustics. Don't be shy. Go Latin!
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