Casablanca Supper Club has opened its doors at 1108 Dundas Street West. The new kid on the block resides in the old Bunda Lounge location, and brings more champagne and cocktail options to the Dundas-Ossington neighbourhood. Torontonicity was invited to the grand opening of Casablanca on December 11, 2019, and treated to a preview of what to expect from the fresh nightspot – including live music!
Casablanca Supper Club is an intimate lounge with limited table seating, with standing bar room. The space is dark, but contains some neon light features that add colour near the performance and band area at the back, and right near the entrance by the bar. It feels like the vibe at Casablanca will run between high energy live music, and classic crowd-pleasing throwback sing-along tunes that also make you want to get up and dance.
We started our visit with a couple of cocktails from the preview menu: Mojito and a Dark & Stormier. Both drinks were refreshing, but lacked a punch of flavour that would make them stand out as a must-try. This can often happen the opening night of a bar or restaurant, as the team is still gathering their momentum and flow. We did try a Lychee Martini later in the night, and that was quite strong and flavour-forward – a definite improvement from the first experience.
The menu items at Casablanca follow the current tapas-inspired trend of sharing small bites. Guests can expect items such as hummus, labneh, roasted eggplant with Cipollini, trout crudo, lamb kafta skewers, and cheese and charcuterie boards. The food is provided by neighbouring establishment, Bar Sybanne, that serves Israeli-, Lebanese- and Moroccan-inspired cuisine, so expect the dishes to be spiced and flavoured accordingly.
If you’re going to drop by Casablanca just for a cocktail and want something simple to snack on while you let the hours pass listening to live music, I would recommend grabbing the spiced chickpeas with za’atar and sumac. The roasted chickpeas have a slight crunch to them and the spice mix is quite delicious, with a subtle vibrancy from the sumac. Think of this as an elevated bar nut option that’ll keep you kicking back cocktails all night long!
One of the booth seats features an overhead wall mural of a figure in a yellow dress, but it’s unclear whether we’re witnessing the prep to go out and enjoy the night, or a split second before an intimate moment.
If you’re planning an evening out with friends in the Dundas and Ossington area, I would recommend either starting or ending your adventurous night out at Casablanca Supper Club. The venue regularly books live music and local DJs, so if you’re in the mood for dancing or just some high energy music – check them out! This would be a great spot to kick off a night of drinks with friends during the holiday season, or a spot to continue the fun with dancing.
Keep an eye out for what Casablanca has coming up by checking out the Casablanca Supperclub Facebook page and keep an eye out on the live entertainment they’ll be hosting. The new kid on the block seems promising, so make sure to check them out next time you’re in the area. Let us know if you visit, and what you’d recommend!
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