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    Clubbing in Tucson

    The bumping of Latin dance beats fills the air of El Charro restaurant, 6310 E. Broadway Blvd, on Saturday night, long after the family guests have finished their traditional Mexican dinner.

    Hundreds of Tucsonans shake on the dance floor under neon strobe lights and a classic shiny disco ball. These movers and shakers are at El Charro into the wee hours of the night, where the scene changes into a Vegas-style club on Friday and Saturday nights.

    “”There is nowhere else in Tucson like this,”” said manager Brandon Madore.

    With $2 Coronas in hand, the anxious crowd makes its way into one of the three areas where DJs spin reggatone, hip-hop top 40 and Latin pop beats from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    The nightclub recently proved its popularity by reaching capacity and actually had to turn people away, according to Madore.

    “”Two weeks ago, we reached our limit with about 500 people here. It is the largest group we have had since we started this about 10 years ago,”” Madore said.

    The weekend party has been happening for the past few years, but with the addition of the posh Club Privado 1922 eight months ago, El Charro has become even more popular.

    The private Vegas-style area has hosted guests such as rapper Baby Back and baseball player Luis Gonzales. The exclusive, uber-trendy Club Privado is for those who want privacy and exclusive treatment.

    The most impressive part of Club Privado is the Red Room, which has a one-sided mirror that looks onto the dance floor, a large flat screen TV and complete privacy from the restaurant’s chaotic club scene, where patrons can be shoulder-to-shoulder when walking and dancing at about 11:30 p.m.

    This three-part club has an outdoor patio area, inside dance floor and bar and the V.I.P. Club Privado 1922. There are plenty of places to hang out and relax over a margarita or let loose on the dance floor.

    Inside, the restaurant becomes transformed within a half hour after the last dinner guests leave. The tables are moved and the lights are dimmed, setting the mood for the nightclub scene. El Charro sets up stations to sell beer out of large steel troughs.

    The Latin music and dancing makes this a scene unlike anything on Fourth Avenue. El Charro’s weekend nightclub is just one of many fun places to go in Tucson, but it is definitely for those who enjoy loud music and late nights dancing.

    El Charro is the only place in Tucson that serves two purposes: a family-style Mexican restaurant and an electrifying Latin nightclub.

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