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Miami's Six Best Latin Clubs

There's more of where this "Papi Chulo" came from.
There's more of where this "Papi Chulo" came from.

Miami is known for many things, including horrible drivers, corrupt politicians, and Speedo-clad Dolphins fans. But the one thing that gives the Magic City its sabor picante are all of the Cubanos, Dominicanos, Venezolanos, Colombianos, and other Latinos that call the 305 home.

And if there is one thing the Hispanics of Miami do better than anybody else, it's throw tremenda pachangas. Just take a stroll through Hialeah, Calle Ocho, or any neighborhood really.

You'll hear salsa music blaring in the streets, marvel at natural-born dancers shaking that culo, and smell the smoky goodness of lechón asado being roasted en la caja china.

Guess that's the beauty of living in Miyami. That, and these six clubs.

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6. Mango's Tropical Cafe

Any party spot that pays homage to Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, with two shows a night merits a spot on our best of list. Located smack in the center of South Beach, you won't find any other Latin club with nightly acrobatic salsa performers, conga dancers dressed in royal blue bikinis, a Brazilian carnival explosion, and even the so-called "Las Estrellas" of mariachi. Throw in a few mojitos and table-top choreography from "the famous Mango dancers" and you're in for una noche inolvidable.

Miami's Six Best Latin Clubs
Kukaramakara via Facebook.com

5. Kukaramakara

Having been "born in Bogotá, raised in Medellín, and partied hard in Cali, Colombia," it only makes sense that Kukaramakara would choose Miami as its home in the States. With cantantes and rumberos every week, Kuka claims to have earned the name "The House of Artists" because of all the big-name acts that have passed through the club's doors, from Juanes' guitarist Juan Pablo Daza and Colombia's Latin fusion band Alkilados. Oh, and of course, you can't forget the gorgeous mamis who party at 1250 S. Miami Avenue every night.

See also: Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs

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4. Bongos Cuban Cafe

Owned by Emilio and Gloria Estefan, everything about Bongos is a tribute to la Perla del Caribe. From the masitas de puerco to Cuba Libre cocktails to the tropical pineapple décor and ocean view, everything about Bongos is Cuban. And on Friday and Saturday nights, this restaurant overlooking the Port of Miami transforms into a Tropicana-style nightclub with DJs spinning the best salsa, merengue, bachata, and reggaeton hits.

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Miami's Six Best Latin Clubs
Hoy Como Ayer via Facebook.com

3. Hoy Como Ayer

Hoy Como Ayer is all about las estrellas musicales and el sonido Latino. From Amaury Gutiérrez's Latin Grammy Award winning "Guajira con Tumbao" to Albita's legendary "Fiesta Pa'los Rumberos" and the electronic mezclaof the Spam Allstars, every night is an over-the-top fiesta where the dancing never stops, the conga drums are always kickin', and the Bacardi is flowing.

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2. PAX

What do Luis Bofill, ¡Suénalo!, Locos por Juana, Palo!, and Conjunto Progresso all have in common? Aside from regularly throwing down the wildest descargas in the city, they are all regulars at PAX. Hidden under the I-95 overpass in Little Havana, PAX claims to be a place for the "intellectually-curious, free-thinking seeking individual who appreciates original music, art, and creative progressive talks." And with Monday-night jazz sessions, Tuesday tango lessons, and weekly gigs from some of Miami's best indie Afro-Caribbean, Latin, and underground acts, you'll surely get your fix at PAX. ¡Dale!

Even this guy gives La Covacha a thumbs up.
Even this guy gives La Covacha a thumbs up.

1. La Covacha

Sure, Doral may be nothing other than warehouses, businesses, and trucks, but this commercial hot spot is also home to the best Latin club in the 305. Attracting reggaetoneros Alexis y Fido, Tony Dize, Chino y Nacho, and J Alvarez, as well as Oscar D'Leon, Tito el Bambino, and other salseros, and even Latin techno heads, this place has been bringing la rumba to the Magic City for over two decades. And with nightly parties and drink specials including Saturday-night $10 open bar por las damas (or $25 por los hombres), we're pretty sure La Covacha will remain a mecca of Latin music for many more years to come.

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Mango's Tropical Cafe

900 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

305-673-4422

www.mangostropicalcafe.com

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Hoy Como Ayer

2212 SW Eighth St.
Miami, FL 33135

305-541-2631

www.hoycomoayer.us

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Kukaramakara - Closed

1250 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130

305-577-7779

www.kukaramakara.com

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Bongos Cuban Café - Closed

601 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

786-777-2100

www.bongoscubancafe.com

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PAX Miami - Closed

337 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33130

305-640-5847

www.paxmiami.com

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La Covacha

10730 NW 25th St.
Doral, FL 33172

305-594-3717

www.lacovacha.com


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