Salsa!, also referred to as Bar Salsa, is one of the few places where you can actually dance the night away (as opposed to the bump and grind nature of many clubs and bars). Situated near Tottenham Court Road Station, but within a few minutes walk from Leicester Square, Covent Garden, and all of Soho's haunts, the atmosphere of Salsa rivals that of any other London hot spot.
Salsa has a slew of devoted loyals. The first time I went to Salsa, I went back three more times that same week! Each time I went, I saw many of the same faces, which is impressive, as the venue is huge. Salsa spans over two and a half floors (the half seating section comes from a small receded seating space on the back side of the large staircase).
It might take you a while to get your drink, but it's hard to beat the prices!
No matter the night, Salsa will always end up being packed, for one of three main reasons. The first of which is their happy hour. From five until seven, all of their drinks are half off. However, there is a science to getting your drinks. If you plan on indulging on more than one, order them all at the same time. Why? Because no matter the night (but especially so on Fridays and Saturdays), it can take you up to half an hour to get to the front of the queue, and even longer for the bartenders to slowly make your drinks. On the bright side, their drinks are incredible, and I highly recommend trying the Beautiful Life!
The second reason it's always packed is the food. Salsa serves both full sized plates and tapas at really cheap prices. The serving sizes are also pretty big as well. For example, you can get a plate of nachos to easily share with three or four people for under four quid. While their food isn't exactly authentic Spanish or Mexican cuisine, it's still a tasty interpretation that won't break the bank.
The third and main reason why people come to Salsa is...to Salsa! They have a huge dance floor where you can dance the night away in full on Salsa style. Don't know how to Salsa? That's ok! Every night they have a professional teaching Salsa lessons! Another pro tip: if you don't want to pay for a Salsa lesson, then show up on a Monday night, when the lessons are free! While it's primarily Salsa dancing, they do have special nights for other types of dancing, most notably their weekly Bachata night.