10/14/19 – Conde Nast Traveler
By Megan Spurrell
From the moment I stepped into Salon Los Angeles, a cavernous pink auditorium decked out in shimmering streamers and neon Art Deco signage, thrumming with a crowd that could really move, I knew I had come to the right place. The energy filled the out-of-the-way Guerrero dance hall like helium in a balloon, expanding with the buena onda of people spinning and smiling. I watched a middle-aged man in a bright red zoot suit step onto the floor, a long peasant feather stuck into his hat, wingtip shoes shuffling to the beat, and I knew this was more than a place to dance—this was a scene.
Salon Los Angeles opened its doors in 1937, and it’s been a mainstay dance hall for a tight-knit community since. In fact, it’s the oldest dance hall in all of Mexico City, and through the ebbs and flows of musical trends, it has remained a place to tap your hand-stitched oxford shoes to the clap of claves, catch world-famous bands, and mingle with others who love to dance. While the club has long catered to a steady set of regulars and serious dancers, a new wave of younger Mexicans—and travelers with an ear to the ground—are stepping onto the dance floor.