Latin music was already massive in around half of the world’s countries. But Despacito was especially massive. Is there life beyond 2017’s Latin-pop explosion? Beyond other trailblazers such as Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Thalia, Shakira or Enrique Iglesias, a new generation of performers have helped fuel the popularity and growth of Latin music genres. The recent successes of Latin artists such as Maluma, Nicky Jam or Gente de Zona have shown that music today knows no geographic boundary or language. Latin music has truly become a universal language. But where to “speak this universal language” in Budapest?
I rounded up a list for you of the most prominent places in Budapest which can meet your expectations of Latin vibes.
La Bodeguita del Medio Budapest
La Bodeguita del Medio is a Cuban restaurant in the city’s most beautiful leafy courtyard and definitely a stopover while you are in Budapest. Besides its pleasant authentic Cuban atmosphere, you can enjoy the melding fragrances of the most varied exotic spices and foods, the intriguing Mojito culture, Latin and Brazilian dance shows and live Cuban music. So why not join the crowd and dance the night away to the rhythm of Latin music played by La Movida from Tuesday to Saturday starting at 8 pm.
Update: The owners of the restaurant changed its name from La Bodeguita del Medio to Havana. Everything else remains the same.
Vicky Barcelona Tapas Bar
Vicky Barcelona is a real high-style, bustling tapas bar in the urban jungle of Gozsdu Courtyard. Its authentic Spanish vibes, enhanced by authentic interior design and an Iberian-inspired selection of food and drinks can get caught anyone visiting this place. Don’t be surprised if the classic tapas variations arrive with a little twist. On Wednesday and Sunday evenings enjoy some live Latin tunes by the band Mai Rumba.
Fidel’s Cabaret delivers the classic Cuban atmosphere with a modern twist to be adapted to the Budapest nightlife where you can dine, drink and dance all under one roof. On its miniature stage there is live Latin music from Tuesdays to Sundays. Every Friday you can enjoy Lili Garces’ Latin Combo Duo.
Update: Fidel’s Cabaret has been closed temporarily.
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