We’ve found a cure to the Sunday night blues, thanks to our friend and kindred, Allie (who is quite the salsa reina, might we add).
Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville is a de rigueur sports bar any other night of the week — it’s right across from Wrigley Field — but every Sunday night transforms into salsa central. The middle of the spacious bar is free of tables, stools and chairs to make room for men and women of all ages and skill levels. Really, all sorts flock to Salsa Sundays, which makes for a fun hodgepodge of characters who are all just looking to dance. It’s an energetic, free-for-all atmosphere and free to enjoy if you arrive before 9:30 p.m., and try out the free lesson, which is pretty basic, at 7 p.m.
Once the free-for-all salsa began, one of us was a little more self conscious about her steps, but the words “I’m a beginner” were almost magical; everyone was more than happy to share their rhythm and knowledge. Check out our video below, which has clips from the lesson and DJ’d portions.
After our time at Cubby Bear, we couldn’t help but draw comparisons between our favorite East Village NYC salsa spot, Plan B, where salsa goes down on Wednesdays. It’s a smaller venue than Cubby Bear and with the live band (rather than a DJ), the blaring brass of the music is inescapable — in a good way, of course. Let your geographic location dictate which you visit, because both are great spots to let loose and move, even if you’re uncertain about your steps.
–Tara and Karina for TKGO