Salsa is one of my passions, so while I was studying in Bologna I went to all the different salsa clubs in and around the city. Of all the clubs I went to, the best one by far was Sala Paradiso. It's packed every Friday (and only Friday) with intense Cuban salsa dancers. The majority of the dancers are above average, and occasionally a Rueda can break out in the middle of the club for those who want to join in. The club is made up of one giant room (when I say giant I mean it can fit 500 people), and one smaller room, which is reserved for Puerto Rican salsa dancers. I spent most of my time in the Cuban room, which also played merengue and bachata. Most of the dancers are Latinos and Italians. I highly recommend it to all lovers of salsa.
As an aside, it's not the easiest place to get to if you don't have a car because public transportation takes you up to 1km away from the club, which doesn't help if you're wearing heels or looking snazzy in general. I'd suggest a cab with a group of people and it doesn't end up being too expensive. The club itself, last time I went, was 5 euros entry, but that may have changed.
Dress Code: What you would wear to any salsa club, which depends on your taste. Since in this club they dance mostly Cuban salsa, the attire tends to be baggy hip-hop pants for guys and tight jeans and tank tops for girls. It's all preference.
Great place if you're sick of going to trendy, posch clubs and want to hear REAL music and dance the night away. Usually there's some kind of live act that ends around 12:00 and then its DJ's in two different rooms that play a wide variety from Oldies to Rock to Punk/Grunge. Good drink selection and great visuals in the club of nostalgiac rock history photos and videos that make you feel like you've been transported to the old London underground club scene.
Not open every night but every Fri and Sat so check in advance to make sure there's something going on.
Dress Code: Anything goes...weirder the better...
I spent new year's eve at this clunb (06/07) and has a really good time. Not only is the place smart and modern, the crowd is international, not too stuck up but confident.
There was live music, good cocktails etc.
Located in the a beautiful back street near the two towers you aren't far from Piazza Magiorre.
This place does Food and Aperitivo - see website
Dress Code: Smart/Casual - look like you've made an effort.
Ahh the mythical Vicolo. Part disco, part pub, part ?hey that looks like a comfortable couch, why don?t we sit down so I can get to know you better.? On Wednesday they host an Erasmus night where all international students get in for free. It?s simply awesome. Probably my favorite place.
This is one of the best nightclubs in Bologna and is popular with a younger crowd of locals and tourists alike. This is the place to go if your looking to party and dance all night long, while listening to all of the latest top dance hits. The location is amzing and the atmosphere fun and friendly.
The Kasamatta is a disco-pub in the very centre of the city. It used to be very nice, then they changed the name and renewed it. Now it's extremely posh, and don't go there if you are not wearing the trendiest dresses, because you would feel out of place. It's only a disco-pub in the centre and the owners treat it as if it was the biggest club in the city!!! I don't like it. But it's up to you...! AND...there are 3 rooms: You cannot go upstairs, because "there's the buffet", you cannot go downstairs, because at midnight they are still having dinner and the music is "falling-asleep style", and in the room at the ground floor you cannot seat three at a table for two, because people cannot pass through......TO sum up: you cannot go anywhere and you cannot do anything, except taking a drink (at least they are good). ANd the real music doesn't start before 1 a.m.
The entrance is 8€ and to leave your jacket in the cloakroom is 3€. (robbery!)
Dress Code: trendy, posh
Always located in the centre. It's not very visible from outside, but you see a gate just next to a garage: there is the entrance. The first time you have to pay 10 euros and they give you a card. With this card you have free entrance for one year.
The music is both 80s and also contemporary pop/dance.
As I was there it was a very dull spot; not much people (they were all just waaaaaalking down the corso), bad music (mind that it's my oppinion), expensive drinks,...