I don't go out as much as I used to, but when I do, I always have a good time, actually a great time. It’s very easy for me to get into the party spirit to enjoy whatever fun comes my way.
This occasion was literally amazing.
I normally go to gay night spots, rarely go to straight places, but if I do I try to make the most of it because if I am out, I'm out & I tend to switch on my celebration mode - which is an easy thing to do for me.
Something different had to happen and it did.
When I started working in my current job, looking after the Latin/America & Spanish market, I was instantly exposed to my Latin roots and, in so many ways, I have been re-linked to my Latin culture - which sometimes I miss a lot, in particular the music. I feel my blood is now a mix of the Irish green and latin fever, so it is and will always be colorful, vibrant and tasteful just like my culture is.
Socialising is a good way to get to know your colleagues outside the work environment. It's a way to establish relationships of any kind and why not? a way to gain new friends and acquaintances. Also, some people loosen themselves up in social situations which I think it is brilliant. And oh my god, some of them really did...in a very Latin way.
I organised a "Latin Night" for my work mates, so I needed to find a place where we could get together to drink, dance and have the time of our lives. I heard of River Bar had a Latin night on Fridays, and I went "Bingo!", that's it. Plus, I had to make sure I was picking the right place for the occasion, so I got a recommendation about The River Bar from Stephen Quilligan (director at Havana Tapas Bar on George street, my favourite tapas place).
My initial contact - through Facebook - was with organiser Brian Heavey - who from the start made me feel welcome and who did everything he could to offer me a service that excelled my expectations. I told him what I wanted as I needed to make sure the crowd I was bringing along had to have not a great time, but an amazing time. Brian clearly understood my party intentions and provided us with what I requested.
Dancing, sweating and laughing.
We arrived at the River Bar just after 9pm. It was still quiet. I had reserved an area downstairs, so when we were going there we hadn’t a clue that we were entering Latin inferno. Instantly, we got embraced by music and started shaking our booties. It was the perfect warm-up for what lay ahead.
As part of the entertainment, they have a dancing class for free, just before the night really kicks in. It’s an hour class full of electrifying music that will not only transport you to the most exciting tropical places of Latin america, but also makes you sweat. It is like a work-out, but full of fun and rhythm. Well-worth it.
When the class finished you are rearing to go and keep on dancing. I am not exaggerating when I say it is absolutely fantastic. I have to mention they guy who teaches the class is very good and kept us going for the whole full hour...dancing, dancing and... dancing.
Why you should give it a try
Located in the heart of Dublin City Center, River Bar has its Latin Fever on every Friday. Free entry all night. It has two floors place with great contagious music, from Salsa to Bachata to Merengue to Reggaton and everything in between which will make you feel you are in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia or even The Dominican Republic. So good music is a guarantee and to make it even better, it’s great value, they serve finger food which you need to keep on dancing, plus drinks are cheap, pints from just three euro. It couldn’t get any better.
I would highly recommend Latin Fever to everybody. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you are from, you will just dance, believe me! The music is so good, vibrant, colorful that you will be transported to colorful places full of rhythm.
I can not wait to go back on the dance floor shaking my shoulders, hips and booty to the amazing music, I can not wait to go back because Latin Fever stole my Latin Heart.
As you can see, the pictures speak for themselves.