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3.36 / 5 stars out of 11 reviews
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Overview:

Live salsa band every Saturday night at Space 550 in San Francisco with Team Fuego. Salsa Lessons with Beto and Noelani from Tri Valley Salsa start at 9pm. Multiple rooms for dancing including salsa, bachata, reggaeton, merengue and cumbia. Free Parking with security patrol. Pre-sale tickets available at www.fuegoclubsf.com for $10 or email to be on discounted guest list for $13 at noelanidasilva@gmail.

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Event: Salsa Lesson & Social, Live Music Salsa Moda
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8:00pm - 2:30am
Cost: $20 at the door
Instructors: Beto & Noelani from Tri Valley Salsa
Address: Space 550
550 Barneveld Ave
San Francisco, California 94124
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Contact: (415) 821-3563
clubfuegosf@yahoo.com
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Space 550 is one the best salsa dancing venues today in San Francisco, and many consider it to be the 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 Space 550 is great, 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 Space 550. 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.

Space 550 also features live music every night, 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, Space 550 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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Sep 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

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The customer service at Space 550 is no good. Everybody goes there because it is right in the middle between the East Bay and the South Bay, but as soon as another club opens in that area, no one will come to this one anymore, because:

1: WATER!!!!!

Seriously, if people pay $20 (or, even $10) to come in and do an exerting physical activity, is not it a BASIC HUMAN DECENCY to provide them with free water?.. WHY, on Earth, does one have to spend fifteen minutes fighting by the bar to try to get the barman’s attention to humbly buy a tiny water bottle for $4?.. And, for a night of dancing one little bottle is not enough, so one has to do that twice or three times, making the people who want to buy alcohol endure a longer wait time and decide to go without?.. Why can’t we bring our own water, if the club is so cheap?.. WHY CAN’T THE BAR PROVIDE US WITH FREE TAP WATER? ?

Why, for the love of it, not install a water station?.. I feel that is treatment of the customers is quite hostile.

2: Jail-like restroom supervision:

The doors to both the women’s and the men’s restrooms are to remain open at all times. Are you kidding me?.. There is no privacy at a restroom, the door faces the mirror and EVERYTHING that goes on there is easily observable FROM THE DANCE ROOM! NO private make-up touch up, no pulling up your pants, no nothing, unless you wait in line for the cabin – and, the cabins have no mirror inside, so no private mirror time.

Put up a curtain, if you want the door to be open for some weird reason.

Overall, the way things at the club are set up, there is no respect or consideration for the customers.

I don’t have complains about the music or the dancers – salsa dancing in SF Bay Area is always great, I’m only appaled about the way Space 550 is managed.

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Bathrooms are super dirty and smelly, paper towel dispensers don’t work most of the time. They leave the paper rolls on the counter so they get all soggy, and bathroom doors do not close. I guess it would be even more smelly inside it they did.
I went a few times due to lack of choices but I don’t feel like going again.

Water is expensive and it takes a lot of waiting in line.

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Dec 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm

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i agree about the water is amazing how cheap they are ,and has being one of the reasons ,I prefer to go somewhere else and personally .I don’t recommended to other dancers and I know a lot of them and the bathrooms are terrible and we are expected to pay 20.00 ,no way they need to do something about it .

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Dec 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

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As a singer in the salsa scene for over 22 years , I can say that yes its not the best nor the worst club. What makes the clubs bad or good for that matter is the crowd. Listen I see that some are “complaining” about FREE water?? Ummmm how are clubs suppose to make their money if no one wants to pay for water? I mean come on!!! Yes in some instances it should be free but I remember when people would pay for water or an actual DRINK ?? Not saying get drunk but support the club. People are so worried about the water and bathrooms, yet its like pulling teeth to get people to applaud when the LIVE band is playing…seriously people!!!??? Appreciate the band and listen….I know were in a time where ANYTHING can play music and everyone is happy, as long as the “Playlist” is good…..it amazes me how UNAPPRICITATIVE the crowds are. Ok 10-20 bucks to get in ??? Big Deal…there was a time when it was 25 for a local band and there were 2-3 clubs a night with live music…..Anyway, bathrooms yes more privacy, water for free?? Come on man its $4….but all have been babied for FREE water….ok so they provide FREE water, are you going to buy a drink or two?? Listen I have been sober for over 5 years but I DID AND WOULD BUY DRINKS ! Even if its a Redbull, or a Cranberry Juice BUY SOMETHING and maybe just maybe we will have more clubs to go to……Its a shame because those who know me know my actual feelings about the salsa scene today….BUT I have the authority and respect to say what I have said based on 22 years in the scene playing at MANY MANY clubs from SF to NY. So dont give me guff just read and understand and respect…..Pa’Lante Mi Gente I also get that my rant is all over the place BUT there is alot more wrong with the people then the actual clubs…..come on folks ..the truth hurts

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Nov 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm

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Okay… judging from Ole’s review, there are some folks who set their standards high, as well they should. I’m not going to disagree with Ole because much of what’s written is true. However, this review will focus on the positives of Space550 (aka Club Fuego). I like this venue A LOT. As the apparent successor to Cafe Cocomo, Space550 has managed to keep some of that old momentum and spirit going on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s main Salsa dance floor is huge and the smaller rooms for Bachata and Kizomba are moderate in size. The live music is usually top notch and the occasional DJ rotation makes for interesting nights of dancing. The Friday night crowd is quite lively and full of dancers from all levels. Yes, the old Cocomo crowd had gravitated to this venue quite nicely. The negatives listed by Ole are undeniable, but Space550 still has enough character to attract the serious dancers who are looking for the “right place” to be on a weekend night. I’m happy to report that management is very aware of “the problems” with this venue and is working to meet the public halfway. It’s a large venue with high overhead, so don’t expect the door admission to drop to $10.00. That just isn’t going to happen! However, they do offer discounted tickets online for their different events. Frugal dancers are quick to jump on these savings, making Space550 the most popular Salsa venue in San Francisco. It’s been my regular hangout since the closing of Cocomo. Do check it out.

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Oct 2, 2016 at 1:35 am

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Have to agree with Al Aponte, JC and Kesh above. Free parking. Huge main dance floor and fun Bachata area. Great mix of music and people of different ages and skill levels. That’s my short version of the place. If you want more of my insights and perspective, see below. Otherwise, see you on the dance floor!

I’ve had about 15 years experience back in the day of running my own Salsa club and I’ll tell you it’s a complex, day and night, expensive undertaking. The rent at Space 550 alone I’m sure is heart stopping. Add security, DJ’s, bands, bartenders, insurance, (plus initial expenses such as liquor license, fire and building code issues, sound systems, dance floors, decorations etc..) and you’ve got major bills at the end of the night. The reality is $20 a pop just doesn’t cover it. How can other venues charge less and give out free this and that? They’re customers drink. A LOT! Beers, wine, jello shots, mixed drinks and so forth. Salsa dancers on the other hand spend most of their time….dancing! They generally go lighter on the alcohol so they can spin, dip and embrace without falling over or barfing on their partners. So, lower alcohol sales means the biggest money generator for other clubs and bars is cut off at the knees for the Salsa clubs, at least in the USA. That’s why the $20 cover. That’s why $ for water.

I sense as Salsa dancers we really love having big, well attended events available on a weekly basis to do our thing. Now we have a place in Space 550 that has 3 clubs in one, with the main priority on Salsa. The Fuego room gives the Reggaeton and Hip Hop crowd exposure to the Salsa / Bachata community just by being in the same venue. Potentially that means more Salsa / Bachata dancers joining the cause in the near future. That means more people sharing this great movement medium of peace, that cuts through social, economic and racial barriers like a hot knife through butter. I for one am willing to spend a bit extra to keep an experience like that going.

In short, perfect bathrooms and free water are a low priority for me in a Salsa club. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. That’s why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5! The reality is I’m there to meet lots of different people, have fun, and DANCE! And that my friend is the priority of this venue and I am thrilled that this place exists. May it improve, stay alive and thrive!

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Jan 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm

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I have been there 2x, both times , very fun… All levels of dancers and great live music. It is worth it to pay the cover because the music is ” Super Chevere” It can get cold in there, SF breeze, so wear sweater, light scarf…. Beto and his partner are excellent instructors and there’s a nice mix of organic dancers vs. learners.
The BaHCATA ROOM IS VERY INTIMATE AND SENSUAL….. The Raggaeton room has a large video screen and folks dance in a circle, so no partner needed.
Thank you for providing a nice, clean , cool venue to go to where the parking is safe, no charge. The drinks are strong and the bathrooms are clean.
Muchisimas gracias, MC

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Feb 19, 2016 at 9:25 pm

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I visited only once form south bay. By the comparison of the other places,This place is clean and spacious. Their musicians and DJs are great. All Salsa and Bachata songs are appropriate for dancing and listening. Bottle water is $3 each. It is OK with me. I have been paying the same or higher price. Staff is helpful and friendly.I saw one or two employees outside the club. They could be the security. I prefer to see them for the safety of walking to parked cars or other concerns. In general, I appreciate such a dance place available for weekly dancing. I hope this place continues good dancing parties and promotes performing arts. After all, a business needs incomes to run. Best wishes to all dancers for some fun music and dance. Thanks to the artists bring up happiness !

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Sep 4, 2016 at 12:23 am

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Emailed to be list on the discounted list stated abovebut when arrived was made to pay $20 each for 3 peoole because we arrived after 11pm.Now where on here saids that at all.Faulse advertising and greedy. Music was average. Quite disappointed since I came all the way from Sydney and wanted to swease my busy schedual to check out this event.

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Jul 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm

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So much fun go and try and ypu will continue

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