Salsa dancers are very fortunate to be able to find places to dance all over the world. Toronto, Canada is a vibrant, energetic city that offers many places to dance salsa. We visited the Babaluu Supperclub in the upscale area of Yorkville in downtown Toronto, which offers Latin dance every Wednesday through Sunday. On Friday night we walked to the venue from a nearby hotel. Toronto is a big city and parking is not typically free or readily available for bars and restaurants.
If you arrive early for dinner, you don’t have to pay a cover charge for the dance night. Ladies are free before 10pm, otherwise the cover is $14. The food was typically priced for a city like Toronto, not cheap but neither is New York. The quality, taste and presentation of the food was very good. The waiter who served us was excellent.
The venue had a retro feel with nice décor. Like most progressive cities, the restaurants and bars are smoke-free. After 9:30 pm, the restaurant removes some of the center tables to make room for dancing. The restaurant offered a free introductory dance lesson of New York style salsa on 2, cha cha and bachata. After the lesson, the seasoned dancers arrived. The DJ played mainly salsa with a bit of bachata.
The floor is hardwood, which is ideal for salsa. However, the temperature on the dance floor was quite hot. The AC needed to kick in for the crowd. If they could have removed a few more tables, it would have been better. The crowd got a little to close for comfort.
Overall this was a great venue and highly recommended to check out while in Toronto.
Rating (1: Lowest, 5: Highest)
Dance Floor: 5
Dance Space: 3
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