by Kerrie T. on
As a lover of all things Latin, naturally, I like to salsa (or pretend to at least). I thought I was pretty good a faking it for years. That is until recently, when I discovered Cafe Cocomo. My first time here, my friend and I arrived promptly at 8 for the Saturday night lesson. I was quickly turned off by the swarm of awkward techies from Sunnyvale in attendance, so I told my friend I was heading to the balcony to wait for the band to start and the "real" dancers to arrive. So 4 margaritas and 2.5 hrs later, the band finally starts and the place is packed with "real" salsa dancers. It turns out "real" salsa dancers are my misfortune as "real" salsa dancers really don't enjoy dancing with the drunk imposters. Not surprisingly, I think I only danced with the same guy twice all night because no one was self-destructive enough to ask me for a second. So I head back next time with a group of single/couple, gay/straight, /Latino/Gringo friends and we have a blast, dancing in our big group, and partner dancing when we wanted to. The crowd here is slightly intimidating as they are all very good!!!! Everyone here looks professional, that's just how good they are. The space is absolutely beautiful as well- It's an all around transporting experience. There are a couple drawbacks to the Saturday night scene, in addition to the "real" salsa dancer intimidation factor. The bands seem to be very traditionally salsa, and do not really mix it up with any meringue or cumbia, not even in between sets. Also- there were way many more hot women in this joint then men. Maybe that will change after all the hot men read this review?? Hope so! My plan is to continue to check out other venues and keep you all posted!
by Emilio Schradle on
Authentic Greek food, great staff, fun environment. Get a bunch of appetizers (try the fried smelts!) and share one of the platters. Don't be bashful around the bellydancers, either. An Ouzo Lemonee drink will loosen you up!