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UPDATE: The Downlow is now the Berkeley Underground with salsa lessons and dancing every Wednesday.

The Shattuck Down Low was a low key lounge in Berkeley featuring salsa lessons and dancing every Wednesday night. The venue closed down in October of 2012.


Event: Lessons, Live Music, Social Dancing Salsa Dancing Gifts
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: Lessons at 8, Dancing until 2 AM
Cost: $10
Instructors: John Narvaez and Liz Rojas
Address: The Shattuck Downlow
2284 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
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Contact: (510) 548-1159 ‎
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Our Review:

I've always loved the Down Low. The dance floor is located below ground, immediately giving it a bit of an old school jazz club atmosphere. The decor is posh but tasteful, and any salsa club with pool tables gets a point from me.

The music has alot of variety and plays to both the mambo and Cuban dancers, and I've always loved the look and feel of the bar. Downplayed lighting is a great touch, and close proximity to UC Berkeley helps to draw a younger crowd.

User Reviews:

Jun 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

1 person found this review helpful

Good place! friendly club atmosphere with several lounge areas, bar, and the live music is great. Dance floor gets somewhat crowded. Dancers are varied from beginners to advanced.

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Feb 11, 2013 at 7:16 am

This was a great venue when it first opened with a large dance floor, but it is in sad disrepair or was the last time I went. the floor was sticky and filthy and had not been washed since the club opened 20 years ago. the carpet was covered with gum and filth. It was disgusting. The dancers are mostly beginners with a click or two of more advanced people.

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