Party Earth Review A popular destination for salsa experts and merengue beginners alike, Habana Village is a high-energy hotspot for those in the mood for Cuban cuisine, Latin music, and a slew of signature mojitos. Located in a converted... ... read full review
1834 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
Red Line: Woodley Park- Zoo/Adams Morgan
W 6:30–10pm, Th 6:30–11pm, F–Sa 6:30pm–12:45am
Adams Morgan, Washington, DC –
A popular destination for salsa experts and merengue beginners alike, Habana Village is a high-energy hotspot for those in the mood for Cuban cuisine, Latin music, and a slew of signature mojitos.
Located in a converted three-story townhouse, the venue draws a sociable and ethnically diverse crowd, all dolled up in flowing skirts and tight pants and ready for the early evening salsa lessons on the second floor.
Appetites duly fueled by almost two hours of hip pops and tap kicks, happy couples and new friends head down to the cozy dining area, where rustic orange walls, murals of famous Caribbean musicians, and small draping palm trees keep the Cuban vibe alive.
Full bars on both levels ensure the sweaty revelers stay hydrated, whether with the mojitos and their sugar cane stirring sticks or the myriad beer and cocktail options.
Later on, dance instructors are usually replaced by DJs spinning a mix of salsa, merengue, bachata, and timba, while Saturdays see the crowd trooping up to the third floor for a live five-piece band and easy access to a few more drops of rum.
(NOTE: Venue is currently undergoing renovations and live band has been temporarily moved to the second floor).
A lively vibe and outgoing clientele – not to mention the three bars and continuous Latin music – make Habana Village the perfect place for a fun night of salsa, authentic cuisine, and a sugary sweet taste of Cuba.
Diverse mix of international tourists, dance lovers, Cubans, South Americans, young and old couples, and birthday groups, mid-20s to late 30s+.
DJs and live acts playing Latin fusion and tropical sounds. Salsa lessons Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Authentic Cuban cuisine on the ground floor, including chuleta de puerco (pork chops) and camarones Caribeňos (Caribbean shrimp).
Cover charge for men $6/F–Su, free if having dinner or taking dance lessons. Appetizers $5–$10, sandwiches and salads $9–$10, entrées $13–$16, desserts $7–$9.
Beer $5, wine $6–$10/glass or $20–$48/bottle, cocktails $8–$15. Salsa lessons $10.
Comfortable dance attire: long flowing skirts or dresses, jeans and button-downs.
Wednesdays through Saturdays for salsa lessons, or Fridays and Saturdays for a packed house from around 9pm to close.
Rumba Café (2443 18th St NW) offers live music Wednesday through Saturday and more mojito action.