7. PAPARRUCHO'S Restaurant by day, Latin club by night is basically how it goes at Paparrucho's. The Galleria-area space is a perfect spot to fill yourself full of pre-dancing carbs, and you don't even have to move a muscle until it clears out to make way for the dancers. Once they do, though, you better put that full belly to good use, because you ain't sittin' if you're at Paparrucho's past sundown.
3055 Sage, 713-212-3178, paparruchos.com
6. CHULA'S SPORTS CANTINA This sports bar's lack of salsa nights doesn't negate its authenticity as a Latin bar. It's super soccer-centric and full of cute girls in very tiny apparel, and we dare you to try and find a time when it's empty. Boatloads of dudes are always hanging out by the massive bar, downing cervezas by the dozen while checking out the game and the goods. We like this place.
10516 Katy Fwy., 713-465-6544
5. PISTACHOS LOUNGE & BAR Quite possibly the newest member of our Latin list, Pistachio's is a wee baby in terms of age, but this salsa haunt has made a major impression in just a short time. With Sibido Thursdays, Social Fridays and the inimitable Latin Saturdays, this lounge isn't pretentious but it is full of chatty, dancing patrons who are ready to take advantage of the tequila specials and merengue tunes.
5887 Westheimer, 832-755-6491, pistachosloungebar.com
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