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Salsa night at The Cigar Bar & Grill, a unique San Francisco restaurant & bar located in historic Jackson Square, featuring salsa dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Live salsa music on most nights with different salsa bands. For complete line-up and more information visit


Event: Music & Dancing Salsa Dancing Gifts
Date: Every Friday and Saturday
Time: 9:30pm - 1:00am
Cost: $15
Instructors: N/A
Address: Cigar Bar and Grill
850 Montgomery Street,
San Francisco, CA 94133
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Contact: (415) 398-0850
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Our Review:

The Cigar Bar is a really cool spot to hit up in the City. Located off of Montgomery, the Cigar Bar is a classy restaurant/bar that has salsa dancing every Friday & Saturday night.

There are basically 3 parts to the Cigar Bar:

First there is the restaurant/bar portion, which is a nice sit-down restaurant serving some delicious appetizers and entrees. Some of the items on their menu include calamari, steak, and beef skewers, all of which are good and the price is in the $20 range. If you get there before 9:30pm for dinner, you can avoid having to pay the cover charge.

The central portion of the Cigar Bar is a patio area, where all the patrons go out to smoke their cigars. This is a really nice area, if you don't mind the cigar smoke.

The last room is where the salsa dancing takes place. Sometimes they will have live music here, depending on the night. The floor is good for dancing, but is pretty small so it can be hard to dance when it's crowded. The dancers are a mix of beginners & regulars.

Overall the Cigar Bar is a nice spot with a unique atmosphere. It's perhaps not the best spot to go if you just want to dance, but it's a great place to go if you want to have a good meal, enjoy some cigars & drinks, and get some dancing in.

User Reviews:

Mar 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

12 people found this review helpful

If you just like to dance but don’t like to drink or smoke, this place could be your nightmare. The patio is open and smoke easily go inside. People are dancing while holding their glasses. There is a highly chance that you bump into them. Also, The dance floor is a little bit bumpy.

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Feb 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

11 people found this review helpful

I was there recently with a friend. It’s a great place to listen to live music, and has a nice ambiance. The problem is that many people there that aren’t dancers (which in itself is fine) take drinks on the small crowded dance floor, and tend to bump into you a lot and spill their drink on you, or worse, break bottles on the floor. Not cool.

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Aug 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

9 people found this review helpful

This is my new favorite places to dance salsa. They have moved the band to another room with a very nice dance floor. I have been on Friday’s a few times and had a lot of fun!

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Aug 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm

2 people found this review helpful

刚刚搬到Bay Area,朋友推荐的网站,所以看到这家,很喜欢salsa,在上海学了2年。这家的live乐队绝对是棒的,太让人兴奋了。看到好多高手,但是场地有点小,被不跳喝酒的人占去了一大半的原因,如果你是和朋友去喝一杯顺便领略下salsa是个不错的场地。

“I have been dancing in Shanghai for two years, and just recently moved to the Bay Area. This place is absolutely great and exciting with the live band. There are a lot of experienced dancers here, but not much space, and about half the people are there to drink. If you and your friends enjoy drinking and dancing, this is a good salsa venue.”

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May 31, 2015 at 9:10 am

2 people found this review helpful

The music was great. Danilo y Su Orquesta played a great set last night, some originals as well as a favorite, “La Agarro Bajando”. It is very smoky, as the dance room has no windows, the cigar smokers are just outside the door in the outdoor patio so any fresh air, wafts in their smoke. It gets really hot and crowded on the dance floor. You will be stepped on by a heel, one will be jabbed into your calf and long hair will whip you in the face: it’s inevitable. They have a coat check and bar in the dancing area, water is $2 which I think is rude since you are there to dance, water should be offered, and there is a long wait for drinks so get your water before you work up a thirst. Also, this was loosely enforced last night, but there is a dress code and one can easily feel underdressed. Also, the crowd is late 20s and up up up. Not a “young” spot but that goes without saying… Cigar Bar and all…

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Oct 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm

1 person found this review helpful

this is place is awesome, you can sip on a mojito have some food and then go outside and smoke a Cigar along a nice glass of wine, right around 10Pm you should be ready for some live music not just any kind of band, the best wow i had so much fun with my wife the 2 hour drive was worth it and about to do it everyother week !!!

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Jul 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

The floor can be challenging in heels but the music is always amazing!

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Jul 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I like Cigar Bar as a great hangout. It is a LIVE music venue which immediately makes it special. They have a variety of small Latin bands that play on the small floor just past the bar. It is not a dance crowd per se, but there are usually a few dancers there to dance with or learn from! The bar is very nice with lots of great drinks and good food is served in that area too. You can buy cigars and smoke them or hang out with the smokers on the generous sized patio area (no smoking inside as per Calif law). There is also a pool room in back and another small room that is great for parties of up to 20 people across from the dance floor.

Cigar Bar is a fun hang out and SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC when you go out!

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Aug 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

First time at the Cigar Bar and I was pleasantly surprised. You walk down the small entrance having no idea what awaits… a very spacious and well designed night spot. The dance floor will have a hard time handling the “Cocomo crowd” but it is what it is. I had a great time here and will definitely be returning. The cigar smoke from the courtyard was a bit annoying but I learned to deal with it. Highly recommended.

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Mar 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Tight quarters on the busy dance floor Saturday nights! Restaurant side of the venue is quite classy and pretty though pricey, and there is a separate open patio area for cigar smoking. The dancing room is between the dining and smoking area; it has a bar, live band, variety of beginning- (more) advanced dancers, and a few obnoxious beams in the center of the dance floor. The band was great! long live songs between the DJ, and a mainly 20-30 somethings crowd.
Very fun lively place with a unique vibe and tasteful decor. Would prefer not to inhale clouds of second-hand cigar smoke while dancing, and the dance floor can become dangerously tight, but would definitely enjoy going back!

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Jan 26, 2015 at 9:46 am

Love the place, my favorite salsa place to hang out.

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Jul 26, 2016 at 5:02 pm

My wife and I went with our 29 year old daughter who is very much into Salsa dancing. While we don’t smoke; the atmosphere was very enjoyable. With the open air portion of the lounge, the cigar smoke wasn’t overwhelming and the drinks well made by curious staff. Music was very enjoyable and the dancing was a pleasure to watch!

Highly recommended for cigar smokers and non-smokers alike! AAA+++

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