Latin music, one of the most popular genres in the world, has finally come to Baltimore. Its robust and sizzling dance style has been a fixture in many city nightclubs over the years. Although Baltimore has a history of providing some of the best hip-hop and rock clubs in town, a steady increase in Latin musical venues has occurred over the last decade. Now, especially in the downtown and Fells Point sections in town, Baltimore residents can find some of the hottest Latin music tops in the city. Here is a breakdown of the five best Latin music and nightclubs in Baltimore.

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The Latin Palace
509 South Broadway St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 522-6700

Hours: Tue to Sun – 8 p.m to 2 a.m.
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The Latin Palace, located in the heart of Fells Point, has been a Latin music foundation in the city for several years. Throughout the year, this spot features some of the best Latin musical acts in the area, and also features some of the hottest DJs spinning top Latin hip-hop tracks. This venue can accommodate a few hundred visitors and provides plenty of bar options for its patrons. The Latin Palace even provides salsa lessons throughout the week and also includes a restaurant to enjoy afterwards. After all, nothing works up an appetite quite like shaking it on the dance floor. If you are looking for a diverse Latin club in which to enjoy some fantastic food and music, The Latin Palace is a must visit when you find yourself in the Fells Point area.

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The Havana Club
600 Water St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 468-0022

Hours: Thurs to Sat – 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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The Havana Club, located above the famous Ruth Chris Streak House, brings energetic salsa dancing and music to the vibrant Power Plant Live district of Baltimore. The venue includes trendy leather sofas and private VIP sections for parties. The club has a bustling nightlife that also features weekly salsa lessons and is known for its lengthy wine list. Havana also houses a swanky dancing area that can fit a large number of people comfortably. If you are looking for great service and a nice night of Latin music and dancing, then Havana will surely provide a fun and fulfilling Latin adventure.

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615 President St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 528-9883

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sun – 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Talara, one of the best Latin bars and restaurant in Baltimore, provides an evening of great Latin food and salsa dancing. Located at Harbor East, Talara brings an influx of Latin music and culture to one of the newest sections of downtown Baltimore. Talara also includes one of the best happy hour spots in town and provides world-class dining for its patrons. If you are in the mood to learn salsa, take a trip to Talara on Monday evenings when you can get a free salsa lessons from 9 to 9:30 p.m., then take your newly found moves and experience open salsa dancing until midnight.

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Azul 17
9400 Snowden River Parkway Suite 127
Columbia, Md. 21045
(410) 309-9717

Hours: Sun to Wed – 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Thurs to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Located in an unassuming strip mall in Columbia, Azul 17 brings a savvy dish of cuisine along with trendy Latin music. The restaurant, known for its large assortment of tequila, also features great entertainment in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. During the weekend, DJs bring live and vibrant Latin sounds for its guests. If you happen to find yourself in the Columbia area with a craving for good tunes and something off a robust Mexican menu, then this is a spot worthy of your attention.

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La Palapa Grill & Cantina
8307 Main St.
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
(410) 465-0070

Hours: Mon to Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
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La Palapa, a swank and trendy Latin musical jewel located in the heart of old Ellicott City, provides a vibrant nightlife along with great beats and a diverse menu. Located in a historic part of Maryland where great battles were fought during the Civil War, La Palapa set its roots in an upbeat community that had a warranted craving for a Latin fixture in its community. The restaurant features live Mariachi music during the weekends and provides fantastic quesadillas during the day. This is a family-owned business that caters to providing some of the best Latin music and food in the area.

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LeRoy McDuffie is a nightclub writer from Baltimore that has traveled the world and experienced some of the best and vibrant nightclub venues. He is a graduate of McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., and has a degree in political science and journalism. LeRoy is well-versed in the nightclub scene and will surely provide the hottest reviews and trends of the nightlife scene in Baltimore. His work can be found at