Anton Hooper dances with Cathy Freeman at Cuba Libre’s Friday night salsa party. (Evy Mages/For The Washington Post)On Friday and Saturday nights, Cuba Libre transforms itself from a modern Cuban restaurant into downtown D.C.’s hottest salsa venue, with dance performances, live musicians and crowds who really know how to move.
Cuba Libre Nights is the subject of this week’s Nightlife column in the Weekend section. Check out the scene with these vivid photos by Evy Mages to get a sense of the action that awaits. This Friday is “Noche de San Juan,” and the focus is on the music of Puerto Rico, courtesy of guest DJ EU.
Cuba Libre’s staff begins moving tables and chairs out of the dining room around 10 p.m. By 11, the space is packed with dancers, including Laura Barba. (Evy Mages/For The Washington Post)
Friday and Saturday nights feature guest DJs accompanied by live musicians, plus performances by professional dancers. The restaurant hopes to begin hosting live bands early next year. (Evy Mages/For The Washington Post)
Dana Peterson dances with Keith Barton at Cuba Libre. (Evy Mages/For The Washington Post)
Cuba Libre’s movie-set decor, designed to look like a street in pre-Castro Havana, is a great setting for dancing: theres a large bar and an area full of tables where dancers can catch their breath. Here, Stephanie Morales hits the dance floor. (Evy Mages/For The Washington Post)