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Kimberli M
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
This is my favorite place to go on Wednesdays on Mde. The weekends have live music which is awesome, but hard to dance to due to sheer number of people (not a bad thing!). Wednesdays are perfectly busy and everyone is up for dancing. You won't find yourself sitting for long here. They also have pretty great mojitos which you'll need lots of to keep you cool. Love this place!
Written April 30, 2019
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Daydream792012
Venice, FL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Son Havana
Son Havana, wow...if you want a real live music cultural experience in the form of Salsa this is a great place to start. Son Havana is located at CRA 73 #44-56. Situated on the corner of a 4-way intersection in one of several barrios not far from El Poblado, in Medellin, Colombia, is a rustic road house covered in an array of colorful graffiti’s. The interior is much like a Cuban nightclub with wooden tables, chairs and bar seats, a series of movable platforms used as the stage and an old school PA that powers both main speakers and monitors (can't tell which, is which). Salsa music and videos are shown on the backdrop screen located behind the stage for several hours before the live band starts to play, typical starting time is around 1130 pm. Locals are dancing both on the dance floor and in-between the tables and chairs and all over the bar. Normally Americans are in bed by this hour but in this club the dancing (hot) is just starting to peak. The sound tech works very hard to eke out a rich salsa tone with what audio equipment is available to them and they do a damn good job of putting out quality sound throughout the club. By midnight there are nearly 300 people dancing, or closely watching this sea of humanity vibrating along with the music and paying attention to every note and word sung by the salsa band, who were brought in to play from Puerto Rico. There was a fantastic nylon string acoustic Guitar player, 3 Trumpets, a Keyboard player, two lead vocalists, a Percussionist (Timbales) who doubled on backup vocals and a Conga player and a standup Bass player. At the end of the first set two locals got up and jammed with the band at the insistence of the crowd "otra dos" otra dos". Clearly both of these singers were highly regarded by those in attendance at the club and they sang even better than the visiting band, with one of the guys playing a fabulous trombone solo in-between his vocals. As the crowd grew larger people made their way slithering about like sardines in a can through the "mosh pit of salsa dancers". I started to relax and just take it all in...The club doesn't serve food but they serve a lot of popcorn to munch on while patrons drink shots from all the bottles of aguardiente antioqueño ellos tomar. The woman are so incredibly hot is this sexually vibrant enticing dance...I was hoping to see someone in there that couldn't dance so I might take a stab at it, but this place is for qualified dancers, or in my case qualified listeners. If you are new to Medellin there is front door taxi service lined up for a mile down the street, as you exit out on your way home. Son Havana is the real deal. I recommend getting there by 10 pm and be patient, the band is well worth the wait. The band plays until they close the joint about 4 am…everyone is very friendly…Note: don’t get mad if someone steps on your toes, they’ve simply lost themselves in their dancing.

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Written April 23, 2019
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duffman316
Boston, MA68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
i should mention that i'm originally from Medellin, but i grew up in the states and this was my first time ever at this bar so i can give someone a view of a non native tourist as well. Overall i think this bar is excellent, but If you hate salsa music you're not going to like this place though, the music is the attraction. The location is small for the number of people that go and the dance floor can also be small. However, like i said, they play excellent music and the night i went the house band was awesome. The staff is super friendly, and i know that they're used to foreigners as well from speaking with a few of the staff and the house musicians outside. This place has the vibe of a small club in New York, intimate, great music, but can be small and crowded. Bottom line though i would highly recommend a visit if you love salsa music.
Written January 4, 2019
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GC
London, UK3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Wouldn’t bother. We were the first people to arrive (10 mins before opening), stood outside waiting to get in. Once at the bar we were told no card payments (no signage to suggest this). I asked where the ATM was and went to get cash so we could buy a drink. When I returned, we were told the dance class was full. We had to pay entry to the club (20,000cop) but not allowed to join the class - despite being the first ones in there originally!

The dance class itself also wasn’t for beginners, only go if you can already salsa.

No point going if you don’t want to dance. The music would make it impossible to talk.
Written January 31, 2024
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Olivia M
London, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Amazing place, very few tourists, locals were happy to salsa dance with (mainly teach) us. Real taste of a true salsa evening. Our favourite night in Medellin.
Written July 7, 2018
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Robert D
265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is a great spot with fantastic live music, great dancing and people watching. Drinks are a given. All types of people here, at all levels of dance skill. People come in groups, couples and solo to dance with whoever’s sitting down. Mostly guys ask girls to dance. Fun, approachable environment. Safe area of Laurales. The live music started at 11:30pm and things really started going around 12:30. When I left at 2am more people were arriving. Prepare for a late night!
Written April 8, 2018
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Diana196191
los angeles, california44 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
I was in here with my son who is living in Medellin. He was so excited to show me the club that he goes to often. He's been taking salsa lessons for 6 months and was so excited and proud to show me what he can now do.

We got there at 10, 2 hours before band started. TONS of open tables/seats but they told us they were all reserved. They would only stick us in the very back where you couldn't view anybody dancing. We were there for two hours and left before the band even played. We surely could have sat at those empty tables. Such a shame because I'm a travel agent and specialize in South America but this will not be on my list for my clients. Medellin is a wonderful place with wonderful people.

However the girl in the front who wouldn't let us temporarily sit at an open table and young guys in the back who kicked me out of an empty table ( because someone walked in and I watched him give the young guy money) was disgusting. I thought Colombia was excited and welcomes tourists? Oh well this place was clickie and treated us terribly. What a poor performance towards the rest of your country.

I hardly ever write bad reviews but has to this time. Such a disappointing night and really rude employees. TOURISTS STAY AWAY!!
Written March 12, 2017
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Hugh T
73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Went on a Saturday night when one would have hoped for a bit of ambiente but all you find is aggressive bar staff and warm beer..a tiny Dance Floor can take about six couples ... they played a 'Celtic salsa' track which was about as authentic as a Mojito made from Guinness... shame as with a bit of care and attention could be a fun place... but for the moment you are better off going to Cali, unless their Poblado branch is any better
Written April 2, 2022
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PSJ
Cincinnati, OH2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Easy to reach from the LA 70 neighborhood, 20 minute cab ride from El Poblado. Wednesday and Thursday night they have Salsa (on1/on2/clave) including a beginner's Salsa class and Thursday a live band, both days are mainly populated by visitors and tour groups. Guess locals aren't into Salsa as we know it in America or Europe. Beer is COP 10,000 ($3).

Friday and Saturday night they have Colombian Salsa music and the live band - the place is packed tight with locals on both nights with no moving place really. Beer is COP 6,000 ($1.75)
Written February 24, 2020
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Jon H
San Francisco, CA430 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Fun, small bar with good salsa music and a lot of attractive people dancing. Worth making a reservation, or turning up early to negotiate for a table.
Written August 4, 2019
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