Calle 62 Bar

Calle 62 is named for the street that it's on—appropriate, as it turns out, because the dance party pours out onto the street at night! Though not a "nightclub" in the traditional sense, this is without a doubt one of the best places to dance in Varadero. If you're looking for a fun, for a party night, low-pressure environment to put on your dancing shoes alongside tourists and locals alike, Calle 62 is where to go.

In a lot of ways, Calle 62 bridges gaps. First of all, its location connects what many consider to be the “new” and the “old” sections of Veradero. Second, it’s one of the rare spots that truly attract significant numbers of tourists and Cuban locals alike. Finally, it even bridges a gap between its own daytime and night time incarnations—a relatively sleepy snack bar in the day turns into one of Veradero’s biggest parties when the sun goes down.

In the afternoon, Calle 62 is a fine place to swing by for a quick sandwich or a beer away from the midday sun. But what really draws the crowds here is what happens during the afterhours. Live music here is the norm, not the exception, and much of the best in local Cuban dance music can be found here nearly every night. As the evening goes on the crowds gather—and before you know it, the party has grown into the street, fully shutting it down to vehicular traffic.

Moving to the Music

Whether you’re an experienced salsa dancer or are just looking to get your feet wet, Calle 62 is one of the top spots in Veradero to get your dancing shoes on and give it a try. From the most experienced local couples to other tourists dancing salsa for the first time in their lives, it’s almost guaranteed that there’ll be dancers both above and below your skill level. It’s the perfect environment to relax and feel comfortable in your own skin while dancing the night away—and even if you don’t dance yourself, it’s a great place to sit back and watch the local salsa dancers go to town!

And as great as the music and dancing are, they’re really just the beginning of the entertainment. Performers of all stripes gather here, with fire throwers being a perennial favourite. Additionally, for visitors more in the mood for some classic Cuban street food, locals set up grills on the street and cook until the party ends—which, on the weekends, is normally well past 2 o’clock in the morning.

To experience Varadero like the locals do without leaving a safe and comfortable environment, Calle 62 might be your best bet. For live music, great dancing, cheap drinks, delicious eats, and an all-around awesome time in the heart of Veradero, Calle 62 is not to be missed!

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