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Yerba Buena Palladium
ages: 21+

4.9 / 5 stars out of 5 reviews
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A monthly salsa social at Space 550 in San Francisco held on the first Saturday of the month. Beginner friendly salsa lessons and special performances by local and professional dancers included.

This month at Yerba Buena Social Club:

November 15:
MAZACOTE + DJ Guaguanco
Co-hosted by Mambo Romero Dance Company.

December 6:
Tito Garcia & La Internacional + EldelaClaveSF
DJ Guapo in the Bachata room


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: $15
Instructors: Varies
Address: Space 550
550 Barneveld Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
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Important: Event times are subject to change. Always double check with the event organizer before making plans.

Our Review:

Yerba Buena Social Club is a fun Saturday salsa social that brings out dancers from all over the Bay. The event is held at Inner Mission SF (former location of CELLSpace), a classy venue which feels like an abandoned theater, with its high ceiling, large mirrors, and various props & decorations. The entrance to the venue even features a little art gallery. It's definitely a different vibe than your typical salsa social held at a bar or dance studio.

The event itself draws a big crowd, with the dance floors packed by around 11pm. There are often fun themes for the event, and many of the attendees play the part by dressing up in their finest. In addition to the social dancing, there are often performances by local dance groups and performers. There is plenty of street parking nearby, and the dance floor is nice and spacious.

One of the strange things about the event is that it is a "BYOB" event, as in "bring your own beer". They don't serve any alcohol at the venue, which is minus points for me, but you are welcome to bring your own. Unfortunately, that makes the event 21 and over only, so college students need not apply. The schedule for the event is pretty erratic as well, with the event taking place on random Saturdays throughout the month (UPDATE: The event now happens on the 1st Saturday of every month), so it can be difficult to know when the next social will be.

These are just minor quibbles though. Yerba Buena Social Club is a great Saturday night salsa social, and is the new must-attend event for serious dancers in San Francisco.

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User Reviews:

Jan 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

3 people found this review helpful

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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Sep 13, 2014 at 4:32 pm

1 person found this review helpful

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

1 person found this review helpful

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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Oct 19, 2014 at 9:56 am


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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