5 Best Dance Bars For Salsa Dancing In Ottawa-Gatineau!

Here are some of my favorite salsa dancing dance bars that I think are worth visiting in Ottawa-Gatineau region. If you are looking primarily for lessons then I recommend these Salsa Dancing places instead which do lessons followed by social events.

Latinos Resto Bar

Address: 665 Bronson Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 4E7
Business website: https://latinosrestobarottawaon.com/

Latinos Resto Bar

I found Latinos Resto Bar to be the best place in Ottawa for hangouts. Not only do they have Latin events on weekends, but occasionally on weekdays as well. Sometimes they also do Spanish Karaoke really late into the night. The crowd is very friendly and you can even ask people to dance here. Though I must say that the dance floor is a bit small.

  • Latin Dancing on both Fridays and Saturdays.
  • No cover if you arrive early.
  • This venue attracts both local as well as hispanic crowd.
  • Serves both food and alcohol.

Mill Street Brew Pub

Address: 555 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON K1R 1C5
Business website: https://millstreetbrewery.com/

Mill Street Brew Pub

Mill Street Brew Pub does weekly events and is surprisingly packed on a Monday night. They also do beginner lessons if you have never done salsa or bachata before. I have heard that if you spend on food at this place then you might be able to get free entry to the event.

  • This place is ideal for individuals.
  • Cover charge always applies.
  • Large dance floor
  • Attracts primarily local Ottawa crowd.

The Mill Street Brew Pub is one of the few spots that is busy on a Monday. You would barely find any other dance bar in Ottawa that is busy on a Monday night. Great place to hangout with friends.

Amigos Sports Bar

Address: 858 Merivale Rd, Ottawa, ON K1Z 5Z4

Live performance at Amigos Sports Bar

Amigos does occasional salsa/bachata events as well. Usually they do the Latin nights on Tuesdays and sometimes the place can get quite packed. I did like that they have a huge dance floor and a sports bar section as well with pool tables.

  • Salsa/Bachata socials on Tuesdays
  • Pool tables and slot machines
  • Large dance floor
  • Dance performances
  • Lessons before socials

The Amigos Spots Bar is great for Tuesday Nights. I have been there a couple of times so far and it’s always been packed! Their lessons are a bit pricey compared to other dance bars however the overall atmosphere is great! They have a limited food menu but do allow you to bring food items from other restaurants.

Bar 7 @ Lake Leamy Casino

Address: 1 Bd du Casino, Gatineau, QC J8Y 6W3

Salsa Dancing at Lake Leamy Casino

Almost every Thursday, the Bar 7 at Lake Leamy Casino turns into a late night Latin dancing spot! Not only do they have a DJ for the night but also sometimes have live music! Definitely a place to check out if you love Latin Dancing. Unlike some of the other places, you won’t get any dance lessons here so make sure you are a bit prepared before heading here. Even though the bar has a large floor, the place does get quite packed during the night.

  • Salsa Dancing on Thursdays
  • Free entry
  • Live Spanish music
  • No lessons
  • Mixed demographic

Speakeasy Tapas Lounge

Address: 55 York St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9B8
Business website: https://speakeasyottawa.com/

Speakeasy Tapas Lounge

The Speakeasy Tapas Lounge is a Spanish restaurant; however, on Friday nights, their basement gets converted to a salsa dancing spot. Even though it has a small dance floor, you are going to have a blast as it has live musical performances.

  • Latin nights usually on Fridays
  • No cover charge (usually Free)
  • Live music
  • Plays salsa, merengue, bachata and reggaeton music
  • Attracts a mixed demographic
  • Located in Byward Market

What I really enjoy about the Speakeasy Tapas Bar is their Oyster Specials that cost about a dollar! You won’t find a better deal in Ottawa for that price and they taste great! Note that the Speakeasy Tapas Lounge doesn’t always have Latin nights so make sure to check with the business before heading there.

Other places for Salsa Dancing –

Rouge Lune Resto-Bar (Address: 70 Prom. du Portage, Gatineau, QC J8X 2K1)
Usually having Latin nights on the weekends, Rouge Lune can sometimes get quite packed. This Dance Bar is located in Hull which makes it very convenient if you are doing a bar crawl in Hull, having a couple of drinks and then heading down to Rouge Lune to end the night dancing with your mates!

Mavericks (Address: 221 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5X8)
Mavericks does do Latin nights often on weekends. This place might be convenient for those who are around the Byward Market area However, I found the place however too crowded to be able to dance. Mavericks often has live music performances.

Chez Putters (Address: 181 Principale St, Gatineau, Quebec J9H 6A6)
Chez Putters occasionally hosts Latin nights where they play salsa/bachata music. They have a large bar that has multiple pool tables, a virtual golf simulator, and other game machines. Usually Latin Nights take place on Saturdays and they often have live music. This might be ideal location for those who are located in Aylmer/Gatineau region and don’t want to drive down to Ottawa.

Billard Club Latino (Address: 173 B Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 3X1)
I have found this place to be a hit or miss. It might be worth going to Billard Club when they have a live music event and you will see people dancing. If you are not much into dancing they do have billiards to play and a bar to order your drinks. The place is usually busy on Fridays and Saturdays.

2 thoughts on “5 Best Dance Bars For Salsa Dancing In Ottawa-Gatineau!

  1. Latin Saturdays at Le Forum is now permanently closed. I was informed by the employees there that it was due to fights often happening at the venue.

    Latin Saturdays

    Le Forum was a late night salsa dancing spot that you would go with your friends on Saturdays. The venue still operates as a restaurant but just not as a venue for Latin dancing. Instead the dancing has moved to the marina nearby.

  2. SBK Dance Nights every Monday during the summer is one of the most romantic salsa bachata & kizomba event in town @quaidesartistes in Gatineau

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