Salsa in the City
By Kristina DoRosario. Toronto is a city of many cultures with an especially prominent Latin American community so it’s only fitting that the city provides the hottest salsa scene in Canada. Here are some spots where you can swivel your hips and get the best of Toronto’s Latin sabor on any given night.
The allure of Latin American culture is hard to resist. Its vitality and unrelenting infectious spirit captivates the hearts of Latin Americans and non-Latin Americans alike. The pulse of this culture lies within one of its most famed music and dance genres – salsa. The vigorous tempo and energetic rhythm are so irresistible that the human body spontaneously sways to its beat, whether it is the body of a seasoned salsa dancer or one with two left feet.
Location: Dundas & Dufferin
As festive and colourful on the outside as it is on the inside, Lula Lounge is all about good food, drinks and, especially, live music. Boasting a unique calendar of events filled with dinner and dance packages, shows, live bands and dance lessons, a genuine Latin experience awaits you. Most importantly, Lula is renowned for their salsa nights on Fridays and Saturdays, offering much more than music and dancing. Packages are available where guests can enjoy a delicious meal, followed by a sensational performance, after which the captivating beats of live salsa bands take over and guests dance the night away.
Location: Yonge & Eglinton
Well known for its lively nightlife and scrumptious cuisine, Alleycatz Restaurant & Lounge offers a sensational Latin experience with an array of salsa and bachata nights. The elegant interior gives off a seemingly calm vibe, but the club is actually bursting with energy during the week. With DJs spinning the best Latin beats, salsa nights are held on Mondays and Wednesdays, while Bachata is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you’re new to salsa, fear not! Free lessons are available to all guests from Monday to Thursday.
Location: Yonge & Eglinton
Ultra chic and contemporary, the Uptown Loft hosts a wide variety of events in its attractive space. On Friday nights, it opens the doors to salsa fanatics, both beginners and veterans, and even to those who want only to observe and enjoy the music.
Location: Bathurst & College
With a charming interior that takes guests on a journey into the heart of Latin America, El Rancho’s cuisine amplifies the experience with an authentic and delectable flair. Once the plates are off the table, El Rancho transforms into a bona fide salsa nightclub for an electrifying Saturday night. Lessons are available for those who are new to the scene, following which the newbies can rub shoulders with the more colourful dancers in the city as they swarm the dance floor.
About the Author
Kristina DoRosario is a freelance travel writer from Toronto. As owner of the blog TravelWithKaydo.com, she specializes in solo travel, local life, and authentic cultural experiences. Kristina shares the unique and enriching experiences from her travel adventures in order to intrigue, inspire and motivate others to explore this beautiful world we live in.