Latin American culture has become increasingly prevalent these past few years. Food and drinks, cultural events and music are all lighting up festivals across the country, bringing a unique spiciness to Australian diversity, and were all the better for it! To wax lyrical about just some of the good things South America brought us: proper dancing, empanadas, Pisco and ceviche, so weve gone ahead and planned your perfect Latin night out from start to finish.
First, youre going to want to carb load before the big finale. The salsa before the salsa, so to speak. Serving up traditional Brazilian-style churrasco, youll come away very satisfied from this carnivores paradise. Meat Carvers walk around with large knives ready to slice up meat to your hearts desire, while sides such as rice, Brazilian beans and potatoes to accompany your large quantities of meat are served simultaneously.
63 MacGregor Terrace, Bardon QLD 4065 | (07) 3369 1660
The best Mexican in Brisbane has a red door and fabulous outdoor deck dining – oh its Pepes, of course. Swimming-pool sized margaritas and jalapeno poppers should be the first utterance out of your mouth as soon as you step into the hacienda style abode, with lashings of hot Yucateco Chipotle to garnish your main MYO burrito course.
184 Enoggera Rd, Newmarket QLD 4051 |(07) 3856 0966
Serving up margaritas by the glass with interesting twists such as mango and blood orange, and strawberry, apple and guava, Mucho Mexicano is the next stop on your spicy night out. Youll need this refreshment before you hit the D floor on this long night.
15 Little Stanley St, South Brisbane QLD 4101 |(07) 3846 5555
Lastly…dance the night away.
Thursday nights are unlike any other regular night at Cloudland, as everything Australian is wiped clean off the dance floor to make room for SoulSa – the clubs weekly dance sesh. A free salsa class is offered before the dancing begins so you can loosen your hips and do one last twirl check. 12-piece Afro-Cuban band Chukale graces the stage with their Chan Chan-ing rhythms, practically lulling you to Havana. The idea is to dance with everyone, swapping partners regularly is the unspoken rule (although you can choose to stay with your dance partner).
641 Ann St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 |(07) 3872 6600
Every Friday night from 7 pm onwards a storm brews in the heart of the city, to the beats of salsa, bachata, cumbia and reggaeton as dancers furiously twirl their partners and others try to mimic the steps of those more experienced. No matter what your skill level, everyone is welcome at Brisbane Square Latin Friday nights. The sheer passion and skill level that is evident from this humble street dancing event is enough to make any unseasoned Latino/a giggly. Head there alone and find a dance partner (there are always people milling around dancing with others) or grab a group of people and practice your new skills with each other – the DJ keeps the beats coming all night long.
Reddacliff Place, 266 George Street, Brisbane City