Unbeknownst to the art world at large, Jackson Pollock's first attempt at abstract expressionism actually resulted from a wild, shirtless night of drinking mojitos and finding a punctured set of maracas filled with paint. Bask in some artfully inspired Latin cuisine rather than Latin-cuisine-inspired art with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of Latin munches, mojitos, moves, and music at Conga Latin Bistro, a Nuevo Latino restaurant known for its lively dancing and top-notch cuisine.
Colorful murals lend a carefree South Beach feel to Conga’s spacious eatery. Start with an order of empanadas, crispy pouches stuffed with beef, chicken, or cheese savories ($8.95), and a signature Conga Blue cocktail ($6.50): the cerulean sip, shaded by sweet blue curacao, packs a potent punch with triple sec, vodka, and Red Bull. For dinner, try the garlic and butter grilled halibut sided with potatoes ($14.75); the paella Valenciana for two, a slow-stewed combination of saffron, lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, halibut, pork, chicken, and Spanish sausages ($40); the New York steak with shrimp in garlic sauce ($16.95); or masitas con mofongo, pork tenderloin with fried crushed plantains ($11.95).
Like hot sauce or flame-jelly, you control the heat of your dining experience: cozy up for an intimate meal in the conga room (mild), belly up to the bar to take in a live show performance (medium), or shake what your mama thoughtfully crocheted for you on the bi-level dance floor (explosionified). Conga Latin Bistro features Latin music seven days a week; stay for dancing Monday through Sunday from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Conga Latin Bistro has a dress code (no baseball hats, other hats, sandals, hoods, sport jerseys, tennis shoes, shorts for men, baggy clothing, and cargo pants); you'll be denied entry if you're not dressed appropriately after 9:30 p.m.
Thrifty Hipster featured Conga Latin Bistro:
- Dine quiet and casually with your date while watching a live dance performance, or, get in the action yourself by hitting the dance floor with an attractive Latin regular. – ThriftyHipster
Conga Latin Bistro
Since the end of the 20th century, patrons have regularly flocked to Conga Latin Bistro to dine on Nuevo Latino cuisine and dance the night away. The multilevel venue houses three main areas decorated with various themed design elements, including murals of colorful congas, conga-shaped floor patterns, and massive congas that stand well over 6 feet tall.
While munching on unique combinations of Latin flavors in the bar-equipped dining area, patrons may gaze deeply into the eyes of a stranger or upon one of many 60-inch plasma TVs. Home to a dance floor and booming sound system, Conga Latin Bistro's downstairs lounge hosts nightly dance sessions fueled by salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaetón, and cumbia music. The venue also invites flamenco dancers to stomp and twirl about during shows on the last Thursday of every month.