Do you love the foot-tapping music of Central and South America? If all those episodes of Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With the Stars have got you in the mood for a little salsa, then mix things up with our favourite Latin nights... cha cha cha!
This Brazilian themed restaurant has an upstairs bar, where it’s not only the drinks that have a South American theme. A Latin band entertains music lovers and dancers here six nights a week.
Open daily 6pm-1am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Al Bateen (02 666 6888).
Every Monday & Saturday
Nightclub Cinnabar hosts a weekly salsa night that’s one of the longest running in the city. This night is one of the city’s most popular casual dance classes. Professional instructors are on hand to teach you the moves.
Dhs35 includes complimentary beverage. Ladies unlimited free beverages from midnight-2.30am. Every Mon and Sat, 8pm-9pm beginners, 9pm-10pm advanced, social Latin dance until 12.30am. Cinnabar, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 692 4564).
Fiesta Latina, IMAGO’s weekly salsa and Latin night, takes place every Friday from 9pm until late. As the name suggests, the night is a party from start to finish, with some pretty nifty moves being demonstrated on the dance floor in the process.
Free. Every Fri from 9pm. Imago Restaurant and Bar, Le Royal Meridien (02 674 1094).
Try Latin inspired bites and delicious beverages, and then turn up the heat on the rooftop dance floor with DJ Crazyjoe and his salsa beats.
Free. Every Wed 9pm-3am. La Noche Latina, Club Twelve, Aloft, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 654 5000).
Lemon and Lime
New DJ duo Cuban Summer, can be held partially responsible for the vibrant South American atmosphere that awaits you at this stylish, modern bar.
Dhs55 for one fruity beverage and tapas. Every Fri 8pm-11pm. Latina night, Lemon and Lime, Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa (02 616 9999).
Stars ‘N’ Bars
Samba is at the very heart of Stars ‘N’ Bars. Its professional instructors teach you how to tear up the dance floor on the shisha terrace bar. Free.
First or second Thurs of the month from 9pm. Stars ‘N’ Bars, Yas Marina, Yas Island, contact Ahmed (056 733 0324).
Puesta del Sol
Enjoy Latin, Brazilian, soul and funk beats by the shore whilst watching Flamenco dancers from 4pm until 7pm.
Free. Every Sat noon-midnight. Saadiyat Beach Club (02 656 3500).
DJ Crazyjoe spins as you dance to salsa, bachata and kizomba.
Free. Every Sat from 10pm. Happy hour noon-midnight. Latin night, Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed St (050 442 2360).