Relaxing at home watching Mad Men reruns with your significant other is all well and good, but sometimes you need to make the effort for a proper romantic night out together. When that time comes, dust off your dancing shoes and head to Lula Lounge for a lively night of Latin American-style hip-shaking and shimmying. Though it regularly hosts performances of jazz, Brazilian, African, and world music, this Brockton Village restaurant and nightclub is locally famous for its Friday and Saturday evening salsa parties, so surprise your sweetheart by booking a special dinner package, then wine, dine, and dance the night away. Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before. The evening includes a beginner’s salsa lesson that will teach you the basics—more than enough to have fun and live out your Dancing With the Stars fantasies. Dance to music from a live band, then settle in to your table to watch some of the experts show off their moves. While they kick, spin, and dip, you can savor an order of tangy shrimp ceviche and a bottle of Chilean chardonnay. Before long, you’ll be digging in to entrees like jerk chicken burritos and vegetarian tamales, experiencing Latin flavors on a whole new level. Dessert’s coming, but consider another turn on the dance floor first. After feeding each other bites of raspberry white chocolate mousse and dark chocolate espresso cake, you might not want to move from your seats for a while.

Lula Lounge

1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1T9 ON

(416) 588-0307

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