Bringing in a Latin and cultural blend to Bayside is Sol Bar & Grill, a two level bar and lounge, which opened late June of this year.
The concept of Sol was to create a place that incorporates the different cultures and backgrounds that Queens has to offer.
“Bayside is changing,” said Dev Viswanath, partner and general counsel at Sol. “It’s what I like to call, ‘Nuevo [new] Queens’. The environment we grew up in is now filled with Colombian children, Chinese children, West Indian children and so much more. These children eventually take on our communities and it is because of that mixture and blend of culture that those communities are changing.”
The interior design captures the name of the lounge with downstairs having lighter colors and appearing more inviting, like the day, and upstairs being darker with planetary lights, like the night.
“It’s all about being inviting, which downstairs can attest to that and upstairs being more loungey with a sleek look,” Viswanath said. “Downstairs has more of a traditional American, English bar look to it.”
According to Viswanath, the music genres at Luna Lounge span from Latin music and mash-ups, to 80s and 90s throwbacks, to hip-hop, R&B and house music.
Sol brings in a DJ for special events and theme nights, which will begin this month with a ladies night.
“Our mission is to bring people of different backgrounds to a place where they can come and enjoy themselves,” Viswanath said.
Aside from their mixture of cultures, what makes Sol different is the fact that they serve tap wine, which according to Viswanath, “people love.”
Sol is also home to Latin flavors with Korean and Indian influences, which can be found in their tacos, tortas, guacamole, fried chicken and more. They also have two sangrias, with white and red wine, Chardonnay and more.
“Our bartenders are all trained and are not only from Bayside but are from other Queens areas and more,” Viswanath said.