Gloria’s Restaurant in Addison has long been a destination for salsa enthusiasts. Featuring a live salsa band on Fridays and Saturdays every week, the restaurant transforms into a Latin dance haven after dark.
There’s no need to worry if you haven’t yet had the salsa experience at Gloria’s. We’ve provided some need-to-know tips regarding the popular salsa nights at Gloria’s Addison.
The transformation of Gloria’s begins with aesthetics. Tables and chairs that once provided a place to sit during a meal are moved to create a dance floor. The lights are dimmed and club lights shine up the place. To complete the restaurant-to-club make over, a doorman appears near the front door to ensure that no one under 21 years of age is allowed inside the restaurant after 10 p.m.
If you want a chance to sit inside the restaurant and enjoy the live entertainment, it’s best to arrive at Gloria’s Addison before or around 10 p.m. If you arrive after 10:30 or closer to 11 p.m., chances are you will have to wait in a line to get inside.
There is a cover charge of $10 and dress code enforcement starting at 10 p.m. Dress as if you are going to a dance club, no casual or athletic-style clothing will be permitted after 10 p.m. If you don’t feel like dressing up, just get to Gloria’s before 10 p.m. and stay after the restaurant-to-club switch. They won’t kick you out, and you can fit in a meal before getting your groove on.
If you haven’t stepped inside a salsa club, the sights and sounds can be overwhelming. Seeing people dance so effortlessly on a packed dance floor can be intimidating, but don’t sell yourself short.
The style in which you dance salsa depends on where you’re from. For example, Cubans and Puerto Ricans have different dancing styles, but most people will say salsa is just a three-step dance.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to dance a “correct” way. What’s more important is to move your body to the beat and have fun. Most dancers at Gloria’s Addison will embrace a newbie and even teach them a thing or two. Sure, you’ll see professional and elaborate dancers, but most people dance freely and in groups.
If you’re in the mood for a margarita or beer, be prepared to pay a little extra cash starting at 11 p.m. Gloria’s Addison says they slightly raise the prices on alcohol due to “the cost of our weekend entertainment.”
Weekend entertainment includes a live salsa band in addition to a DJ who plays sets when the band takes a break. It’s important to note that the DJ doesn’t always play salsa music. Be prepared to see Gloria’s Addison become more like a hip-hop club than a salsa club at this time. The DJ frequently plays more urban music, like reggaeton and hip-hop, and Spanish dance and pop-rock hits.
Bottom line, Gloria’s Addison is a great place for live salsa, happy-go-lucky dancing and a good margarita. If you enjoy putting on some dancing shoes and don’t mind a packed dance floor, Gloria’s Addison is a fun alternative to the typical dance party.