Copa Bar and Grill’s classy restaurant and dance club is located within walking distance from the river in downtown Austin. You will have a charming evening of dancing to Latin styles, with two floors of beautiful hardwoods below your feet, mirrors lining the walls, and seductive lighting. You may be upstairs or down depending on the evening, but either way it will be a night to remember.

Salsa dance lessons are offered on Thursday and Friday nights at 8:30 and there are Argentine Tango lessons on Wednesdays at 7:30. There’s a small cost for the classes but you don’t have to register in advance – you can just show up. Also, since you rotate partners during the lesson, it doesn’t matter if you come with one or come alone. After the lessons you will test your new skills to the sounds of the seasoned DJ or the live band. Saturday nights are reserved for a rotation of a mix of international sounds; there are Latin, Reggae, and Brazilian Nights, for example, on different Saturdays of the month.

During a night of dancing at Copa you will need to cool off which you can do on the spacious back patio. If you’re inclined to getting there early, check out the Happy Hours Wednesday-Friday. They include half-price appetizers, $5 glasses of wine, and $4 cocktails.