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3.4 / 5 stars out of 12 reviews
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A cool bar & lounge located in Mountain View with a great instructor and chill atmosphere. Plenty of seating, a full bar, and live bands of Friday nights. Music is a mix of salsa and bachata, with a sprinkling of cha cha and merrengue.


Event: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Dance Party
Date: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Time: 7:15pm (8:15 intermediate) Tues/Thurs, 8pm (9pm intermediate) Friday
Cost: $10 ($7 student, $15 band nights)
Instructors: Pantea Majzoub & Arturo Lucero
Address: Alberto’s Night Club
736 W Dana St.
Mountain View, CA
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Contact: (650) 968-3007
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Our Review:

Albertos is a fun place to go dancing salsa. Pantea, the instructor there, is really great, and teaches some fun patterns as well as basic body movement. The venue is nice as well, with a lounge area to relax in, as well as a full bar.

The atmosphere at Albertos really depends on which night you go on.

Tuesday is the quietest night, with a good crowd coming out for the lesson, but not as many staying for the dancing afterwards. They do offer a $7 discount for students on Tuesdays though.

Thursday night is the best night to go dancing, and always draws a large crowd of dancers, with a good mix of both beginner and advanced dancers.

Friday night is the rowdiest night, and there is usually a live band playing. However, usually on Fridays there are a lot of people that are just out looking to drink and party, so it's not as good for dancing.

Overall, Albertos is one of my favorite places to go salsa dancing in the South Bay.

Alberto's is a cool venue in a great location that has really picked up in recent years. The music tends to steer more toward the "Romantic" side of salsa, meaning it's generally a bit slower than the harder hitting "Salsa Dura."

Alberto's is not the place to go if you're looking for "hardcore dancing" but it's a fun club with a very beginner-friendly vibe, and one of the best all around venues in the South Bay. Thursday night is highly recommended.

User Reviews:

May 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

1 person found this review helpful

I went to Alberto’s on a Thursday night for the first time a week or two ago and was pleasantly surprised. Alberto’s was very easy to find and I was able to park on the street practically right in front of the club. The dance floor was spacious for a night club and the stage looked nice, though no one was using it. The atmosphere was very comfortable, not intimidating at all, and there was seating all around for belongings and shoe-changing. I am not sure it’s worth the $10 admissions fee but it is definitely worth a visit or two :P

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Aug 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

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I went to this place last Friday. My girlfriend was out of town, so I went by myself. I think this could be an ok place if you go with your girlfriend or friends, and you dance with them. I especially do not recommend this place for a guy if you go by yourself. There weren’t that many girls, and most of them were not dancing socially with everyone, but just with their friends. If you want to hang out, and have a drink and chat, and dance a couple of salsas, this is a good place. But if you really want to dance and meet friendly and ‘serious’ dancers, then you probably will not have fun at this place. There were like 10 intermediate/advanced dancers. The rest of the people were just there to hang out and chat and have a drink (nothing wrong with that if that is what you like to do). It may be more fun on Thursday I guess.

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Jul 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

1 person found this review helpful

This is a great place to learn and practice on1 salsa. I always bring friends who are starting out to Albertos.
+ Fully stocked bar :)
+ Friendly people
+ Great instructors
+ Lot of chairs and couches :)
- Parking is hard to find sometimes
- Usually no dj or band

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Jul 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm

1 person found this review helpful

Alberto’s is a great place to go dancing. The instructor’s are great and are very helpful in your learning experience. I would recommend Alberto’s to anyone who want’s to learn how to dance on 1.

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May 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

1 person found this review helpful

I love this place and Pantea is an outstanding dance instructor. She makes the instruction fun. The break between beginner and intermediate lessons are awesome to practice some of the patterns. Dance floor is big but without A/C so it gets too hot easily. I should say the main attraction is Pantea. There are some regulars coming to her classes every week. I’ve become addicted too!

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Feb 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm


Went on Tuesday, and as a guy, can’t recommend it. Not only are there too few women to go around, but the instructor does very little to help minimize the waiting time between partners.

Like others mentioned, as a guy, you just end up either waiting and waiting or going through the motions all alone. Very sad, and I at least don’t go out dancing to gets sad.

Will pass from now on.

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Aug 31, 2013 at 9:12 am


周五的晚上来了这里,老师教的方法很好,每教完一段都会给音乐练习,听老师介绍,这里还会教On 2, Lady Stying,初学者很好的地方,地板很好,适合跳舞,场地宽敞,推荐。

“I came here on a Friday night, and the teacher here is very good. She taught how to listen to the music, dance On2, and lady’s styling. This is a good place for beginners and the floor is very good for dancing. Recommended.”

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Feb 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm


Super fun place for a Thursday night! Roomy dance floor, not too crowded, full bar with extra strong drinks, and a lively club atmosphere. Nice lounge area with tables as well where ladies can leave their regular shoes.
Easy parking and worth the $10 entrance fee. Wide mix of (mostly good) dancers. Enjoyed the colorful lighting and decorations. Good place to get a drink and a dance with a beginner or a more advanced partner. Variety of salsa, merengue, and bachata.

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Jul 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm


It is perhaps the strong presence of the bar that changes the people who come to this venue. I find the lessons to be great, but the crowd that arrives to be 70% male. So if you’re a chick, it’s pretty awesome. It is because of male-heavy venues like this that San Jose has become known as “man jose” for salsa. So, as a dude, it’s not necessarily the best– to grab a girl to dance with you have to overcome the competition from several other guys.

And then, there are the guys that just stand or sit at the bar and look at the girls in *that* way. Again, this can be seen as a positive thing by many of the ladies, but if you’re there for salsa’s sake and not for the sake of hooking up, maybe another venue would be a more suitable choice.

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Nov 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm


Agree with P-dizzile, bad venue for guys. in the rotation during class it’s guy, couple, guy, couple, occasionally guy guy couple. so you have to just stand there waiting.

Pantea is a good teacher.

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Jul 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm


Alberto’s is a great place to learn how to dance. Tues, Thurs, & Friday are Salsa Nights, Wednesday for Bachata, Rock en Espanol Saturdays and Tango on Sundays. I started dancing about four years ago, been to other places, but still love to dance at Albertos. =)

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