For two decades, College Street cocktail lounge Souz Dal has been a favorite with Torontonians seeking hip and intimate surroundings for a great first date. Earlier this summer, Souz Dal diehards were surprised to hear their favorite bar was moving out of its sexy space after the owner wasn’t able to negotiate terms on a new lease.
But those who feared the loss of a trusted date spot needn’t have worried. For starters, Souz Dal reopened in a new College Street space just a few doors from its former digs.
The cozy space at the front of the new Souz Dal remains as inviting as its previous incarnation, with brick and wood accents, muted lighting and candle-lit tables creating a sensual atmosphere. Out front, a tiny patio has room for just a few lucky souls.
But Souz Dal Version 2.0 does incorporate a few unusual touches. Owner Sid Dichter previously operated Sutra Tiki Bar out of this space, and remnants of the old Polynesian-themed hangout remain. Head out the back door of this long and narrow space and you’ll find yourself in man-made tropical surroundings, with sand-covered ground and tables set under beach umbrellas. It’s two distinct vibes under one roof.
And the long list of reasonably priced cocktails, inventive martini combinations, sangria, wine and beer remains as tantalizing as ever. So whether you’re looking for a place to spend the evening with friends in Little Italy, one of Toronto’s coolest neighborhoods, or you want to share a nightcap with a new friend, Souz Dal should be on your list of Toronto nightlife worth checking out.