650 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410737.762209 -122.391792
Thu, Sat 7:30pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Central East, Central Waterfront
The Best Salsa Club in SF – I have a lot of love for Cafe Cocomo. Let me count the ways...
1) Venue: Big dance area on the ground floor, 2nd floor with seating and prime place to people watch. Nice outdoor patio when you need to cool off between dances. Ample free parking.
2) Music: Great live bands every Thursday and Saturday. But most importantly...
3) **The People**: There's a great vibe at Cocomo - people are friendly and most everyone plays nice. (As opposed to other places, where people have 'tude and/or they are more for couples.)
The crowd is extremely diverse - age, race, salsa levels, attire, etc. The beginners come earlier for the lesson and the "serious" salsa dancers bring it later in the evening. I usually like to get there in between when it is not as crowded but I can catch the band's first set. It's time to leave when it is so crowded that my feet are getting stomped on.
A note for the ladies: Cocomo is a good place to go solo. You'll feel comfortable and trust me you won't be off the dance floor for long.
Salsa dancers split time with club partiers at this indoor-outdoor venue. – In Short
Located in an industrial area on the eastern side of Potrero Hill, Café Cocomo transports its clientele to a hot Havana nightclub. A large patio complete with a small bar, umbrella tables and palm trees greet clubbers at the entrance. Once inside, there's a huge dance floor, stage, bar and an upstairs area with pool tables and yet another bar. The well-dressed, sexy crowd is fun, yet serious about dancing.
If you are coming from NYC – Check it - the club itself is just Ok (the website overhypes it!) but DJ La Coqui made me forget the shortcomings of this over-rated club. Also, go early as they close doors just when you are just warming up. Drink prizes are not bad but the band I saw that night was average at best.
Hit or Miss – Cover is often $20 and the club may or may not be worth the investment on any given night. The venue itself is very spacious and lofty. There is an outdoor area and places to sit upstairs. That's nice. It also provides decent music for dancing.
However, calling it the "hottest salsa club" is quite a stretch. The crowd is not usually very exciting. I went out with a young, fun group of both men and women but neither genders really found dance partners outside the group. Many times, the crowd is composed of middle-aged couples on their weekly evening out. That's wonderful, if you are a part of that demographic. But young singles may want to look elsewhere to find their peers.
Cocomo is the club for Salsa Dancing and Lessons – I just ** LOVE ** Club Cocomo, it has all the things that make a dancing club special... Easy Parking, Newly installed hardwood dance floors, Wonderful outdoor patio/bar has a tropical feel with large tiki huts for cooling down, and a substantially diverse crowd that just loves to salsa dance. The cover(includes free salsa lessons) is quite affordable at $10 for Thurdays and $15 for Saturdays, unless its a special event that night. Monday night has 2 (two) lessons for $7 until midnite. Finding someone who will ask you to dance has never been a problem at Cocomo...
In the mood for salsa? Go to Cocomo! – First of all, I'm biased because I met my husband at Cocomo. We met at the now-defunct Friday parties, danced salsa, and fell in love. Can this happen to you? It might! The club has a mix of party animals (read: pick-ups), serious salsa dancers (the nearby Metronome instructors and students commonly attend), and seats upstairs for drinking or watching. The place is LARGE - it's a warehouse. I've gone there for 4+ years and brought dancers and non-dancers alike. Try different nights and see what you like. For those who complain about the cover charge-- party cities (Vegas, NY, Miami, LA) charge bigger covers for less fun.
A disappointment!! – I have visited many salsa places in the world (Cuba, Miami, Rome, Copenhagen & Paris)- this one was a clear disappointment!!!... Very nice location/interior & webpage but experienced a very arrogant and rude attitude among employees - actually the worst that I have ever experienced in a salsa place. I can only say, don't go there!
Hottest Salsa Club in SF! – I'm only familiar with Cafe Cocomo's Salsa nights (currently Mon/Thur/Sat) so I can't comment on the other events. But Salsa is always great fun. The staff is friendly and they have 3 bars and a nice setting. Music is awesome! Live SALSA bands play nightly and if you come early, there is a Salsa lesson included at 8pm. Jake and Techi are great instructors and have a great rep in the Bay Area for fun classes. The DJs have been great too (they play during band breaks) so the music is non-stop and hot! Many fantastic dancers are there to fill the floor. Cocomo is the place to dance Salsa.
Best dance club – I LOVE Cocomo's!!! The people are dressed classy and the workers are the nicest around (not to mention that the drink prices are reasoable). The cover is usally $10-15, but worth it for live music! And I hear they are opening an international menu restaurant...what more could you want. There's also a cool patio with tiki torches and a waterfall!
Cocomo's is my top choice for a night on the town!
Best Salsa club in SF – It is the most known and popular salsa spot in SF. Good music, friendly atmosphere, nice people, well dressed-up ladies make this place perfect pick for Saturday evening. However, there are disadvantages also - expensive cover charge ($30-40) and big crowd.
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