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3.83 / 5 stars out of 12 reviews
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Overview:

A monthly salsa social at Space 550 in San Francisco held on the first and third Saturday of the month. Beginner friendly salsa lessons by Gabriel & Vika (the directors of Mambo Romero) and special performances by local and professional dancers included.

For 2nd & 4th Saturdays, see SabrosoSF.

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Event: Social Dancing, Dance Performances, Live Music Salsa Moda Shirts
Date: First and Third Saturday of the month
Time: 8pm - Doors Open, 8:30pn - Dance Lesson, 9:30pm-3am - Social Dancing, 11:30pm - Dance Performances
Cost: $20
Instructors: Gabriel & Vika
Address: Space 550
550 Barneveld Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
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Contact: danieltgreen@me.com
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The Yerba Buena Social Club is one of my favorite salsa dancing events, period. YBSC has built a reputation as one of the top salsa socials in the Bay, and though it's changed locations a few times over the past year, the organizers have always found great places to host the social.

The latest home of the Yerba Buena Social Club is Space 550 in San Francisco, which is a great, spacious venue and a worthy successor to Cafe Cocomo, the former capital of salsa in SF.

Space 550 features 3 rooms for dancing-- the main salsa room, a merrengue room, and a hot & steamy (literally) bachata room. 550 also has a full bar (essential) with very reasonably priced drinks for San Francisco.

The dancing at YBSC is top notch, and the event always draws a big crowd with a mix of both beginners and more advanced dancers. Other venues can be a bit hit-or-miss when it comes to good dancers, but I always have great dances when I come to YBSC. The venue is also far enough away from downtown so you don't get the random bar crowd like you see at other events. Everyone is there to dance.

Yerba Buena Social Club also has live music on most nights, which is a plus if you enjoy dancing to live music, and it helps to keep the SF salsa music scene alive.

My only complaint with this location is that the parking is a little sketchy (similar to Cocomo) and it can get a little drafty by the bar, so you'll want to bring a jacket to keep you warm while you're getting a drink.

Beyond those minor quibbles, YBSC is a fantastic event, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to go salsa dancing on Saturday nights.

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User Reviews:


Feb 6, 2015 at 6:25 pm

6 people found this review helpful
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It is a nice club with great musicians.The only reason i go is to support all the musicians,period.The bar is a little over price including the water. The crowd seem to be friendly with their group of regulars “pretend to be dancers” at the edge of the floor observing new moves from the real dancer-very few. The older ladies seem to be left out by this group of regulars and it is obvious: they are looking for new, no experienced young ladies to impress and many of them fall into their spell.Also, there are the team members dancers that seem to dance only with team members to show off,”compete” with so so dancers and are snobby. The joy,self expression,and respect for the music of salsa,which is an umbrella of lost rhythms, is not there. There are many new dj’s showing up out of the blue with no knowledge of what they are playing.

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Jan 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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Well SF Bay, it’s been real…. Really interesting time spent this time back home, which culminated in the Yerba Buena Social Club and a great workshop the day after (with Nicole!).

I have to mention that YBSC is the best salsa dance venue I’ve been to in America. The atmosphere is amazing. The place gives off a really cool vibe, akin to an underground, members only party or an opium den circa gold rush chinatown. The fact that it’s BYOB makes the party that much better. Liquor is free flowing, music is slamming, great dancers with wonderful attitudes, and there’s a special sense of occasion, of celebration at YBSC.

If you are ever lucky enough to be in the Bay when they throw this event, go and check it out! Don’t forget to buy a bottle of your fav. drink before hand.

I’ll miss you Bay. Wild 94.9 and 106.1 KMEL. Actually decent mexican food. Asian people. Billboards and bus stop ads in Chinese. The fog. No nonsense eateries. Little hong kong style cafes with milk tea, club sandwiches, and fried fish balls. Those painfully beautiful and lonely drives through the city at night. The California sunshine.
See you again in a couple of months!

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Nov 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm

3 people found this review helpful
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This energy is okay. A lot of LA style dancing.. I prefer Cuban. They sprinkle in some Bachata, but half of the crowd only dances Salsa. A little snobby. However, the venue and location is awesome. Plenty of parking. Negative… they don’t let you bring in your own water bottle , nor do they provide free water to their guests.. not cool to me.

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Dec 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm

3 people found this review helpful
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The good and bad: They call it a social but it is in a club. They search your bags because you cant bring in water. Theu pat men down for weapons. The neighborhood seems seedy. The music was good for me once, but the other two times it was not good. The event is overpriced – $20, when I’m accustomed to salsa clubs at $10 -15, and repeating socials are usually cheaper. There is a mix of experienced and inexperienced dancers, both friendly and unfriendly. They instruct dancers not to go into the second room where they have latin house music and other music most salsa dancers don’t usually dance to. But you’d think for the price they wouldnt be sticklers, but my first thought is that it is a little too greedy and not appreciative of the salsa community.

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Sep 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm

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YERBA BUENA is BACK!!! What a FUNtastic night of dancing last night (September 6th) at the new venue, Space 550. Very spacious and cool, literally. Beautiful dance space, beautiful music and beautiful dancers made for the Perfect night of dancing. Such great energy from the band, DJs and Dancers. Vibrason brought it as they always do and DJs Hong and Felipe kept it hot on the dance floor all night long. Huge Thanks to the Band, The DJs and all the dancers that came out. What a night! Already excited for the next Yerba Buena Event Social. Can’t Wait! :-)

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Apr 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

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To put it simply, Yerba Buena Social Club is by far the best social in SF for on1/on2 dancers mainly due to the work of DJ Hong, making the vibe of the event authentically cool and laid back. The venue is unique and has a real artistic feeling. Big dancefloor with lots of dancers. The party starts picking up late but we dancers tend to be always late anyways!
They have theme parties so get ready to dress up! Expect some shows and bands playing as well as guest DJs.
The best thing is that this even is BYOB, and this make up for the high entrance fee. As a dancer, I think it is great to be able to dance and enjoy your rhum bottle like when you are at a salsa congress. This event actually feels like a mini-congress I would say.
Go check it out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

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Feb 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

1 person found this review helpful
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This social has gone down fast! I don’t mind paying more for a good social dance experience. Puertoriquena review is headon. Past few times I checked it out, there are no true dance lovers on the floor. The regular DJ has changed to El De la Clave, but he does not play music for dancers. Once a very good, he is no longer the best DJ and his music selection leaves a lot to be desired.

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Dec 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

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The venue is terrific. Great clean and new floor, very good ventilation, good sound system. Yes, it’s still a bit haphazard (it’s clear that they haven’t been doing this for a long time yet) but it’s probably the best venue right now. It might well turn into a substitute for the now-defunct Cocomo. A bit pricey ($20).

The dancers are very good. The vibe is nice. The band is good. I’ll be back.

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Oct 19, 2014 at 9:56 am

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I was extremely happy with the caliber of dancing here and had a blast! In fact, I danced so much that my legs were sore by the end of the night. The dance floor is very big and good and there was a band playing live salsa.

I arrived at around 10 and there was plenty of parking. The venue is located on a really long street along which you can park anywhere. I also felt reasonably safe walking from my car to the venue.

I will definitely go back!! So much fun here!

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May 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

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A nice big main dance floor and live bands. The $20 cover charge can be reduced to $15 if you email the promoter before 6pm on the day of the YBSC event. The email is clubfuegosf@yahoo.com You will need to request to be on the “Discount List”.

There is plenty of free, well lit parking around 550 Barneveld Ave.

The drinks are SF expensive. It cost $17 for a Modeo Especial beer and a rum & coke. So plan ahead.

There is a coat check. $4 per bag/$6 per coat.

There are two smaller dance floors playing bachata and kizomba.

There are salsa lessons starting at 8pm. The crowd is diverse. No hood-rats or thugs. Everyone is there to have fun and dance. There are a lot of ‘expert’ dancers. However, there is plenty of floor space for dancers of all levels and no need to feel intimidated, because if you’re having a good time, that’s all that matters. Plus, the really good dancers provide entertainment while taking a break.

I’d recommend checking out YBSC. It’s always a good time.

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Feb 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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Very good place, the greatest instructors, and a very nice cross section of the Salsa scene’s levels of dancers. I found no snobbishness at the highest level, and lots of enthusiasm at the beginner level. Every night in every place changes, yes. But this first impression was a very good one. Gabriel and Victoria are also fantastic teachers.

The ONLY negative was the that EQ for the band was WAY to heavily biased to the bass, and a little loud overall for the size of the room. Thank goodness Gabriel and Victoria like to keep resonable volumes during instruction.

Since this is only once every other week or so, it can’t be ‘your regular weekly place’, and this keeps it fresh.

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