25 Places to Go on a Date in Calgary
Play Punk Rock Bingo at The Ship, stroll through River Park, grab burgers at Peters' Drive-In or take dance lessons at Ranchmans.
The Rec Room at Deerfoot City has arcade games, a restaurant and a stage.
Photograph by Alana Willerton
Sign up for a cooking class to learn something new and work together to create your meal. Class themes include gnocchi, sushi and Indian and French cuisine.
909 11 Ave. S.W., 403-245-7630, atcoblueflamekitchen.com
Book ahead to reserve a table at this small Inglewood blues bar that hosts live music seven nights a week. Spend the evening sharing Lousiana-style food (like breaded frog legs and gumbo) and dancing to the sweet sounds of blues and jazz.
1429 9 Ave. S.E., 403-262-2666, thebluescan.com
It doesn’t get much cuter than looking at furry animals, especially the four giant pandas arriving at the Calgary Zoo this May. During the winter holiday season, walk down the red-lit Lover’s Lane at Zoo Lights.
210 St. George's Dr. N.E., 800-588-9993, calgaryzoo.com
This is where you go if you know already someone pretty well, since you’ll be eating your meal in complete darkness. You won’t be distracted by your phone and the experience will definitely make for some good laughs.
731 6 Ave. S.W., 403-287-1427, darktable.ca
If it’s snowing or raining outside, burn off some energy together at this indoor trampoline park. Release your inner child as you swing on a rope into a foam pit, challenge each other on the obstacle course and practice your back flips.
105, 572 Aero Dr. N.E., 403-879-2148, flyingsquirrelsports.ca
This intimate, 15-seat wine bar is tucked behind Una Pizza + Wine. Come here for an after-dinner glass of vino or, for something easy on the wallet, come for half-priced fondue on Wednesdays and Sundays.
618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, frenchieyyc.com
Visit the Glenbow museum on the first Thursday of the month when admission is free. Explore one of the permanent exhibitions such as the New Sun Gallery of Aboriginal Art and Culture or check the website to see what’s new.
130 9 Ave. S.E., 403-268-4110, glenbow.org
Canada’s largest living history museum offers lots to do year-round. Book a dinner reservation at Selkirk Grille, go on a horse-drawn wagon ride, get ice cream and ride the Ferris wheel or hop aboard the S.S. Moyie Paddlewheeler on the Glenmore Reservoir.
1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca
Challenge each other to a friendly round of bowling in an adults-only atmosphere (after 7 p.m.). This is also a great spot for a group date. After, continue the fun at ping pong or pinball. End the night upstairs with beers at National on 10th or cocktails at the Bourbon Room.
341 10 Ave. S.W., ntnl.ca
Go to this pub in Kensington on a Wednesday night when it hosts live comedy at 8 p.m. Get there early to secure a table and have dinner first (order the beef and Guinness stew).
124 10 St. N.W., 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.ca
It doesn't get much more romantic than ice skating at night at Olympic Plaza in the wintertime. In the warmer months, couples can meet here for an al fresco lunch (grab sandwiches from nearby Meat & Bread) or dance at once of the many festivals like Fiestaval Latin Festival in July.
228 8 Ave. S.E., calgary.ca
Kick it old-school with a burger, fries and a milkshake at Calgary’s beloved drive-in. Sit and eat and one of the picnic tables outside or park at the nearby downtown lookout point on Crescent Road to eat (and snuggle up) on the hood of the car.
219 16 Ave. N.E., 403-277-2747, petersdrivein.com
Nothing tests a new relationship like a game of Monopoly. Pips in Marda Loop has more than 500 games to choose from and the menu includes hot sips from Rosso Coffee Roasters, craft beer, flatbreads and eggs Benedict for a breakfast date.
2015 33 Ave. S.W., 587-349-0047, pipscafe.com
No matter the time of year, the walk through Prince’s Island Park to River Café is almost as wonderful as the food. Go for brunch or dinner. In the summer, cuddle up on a blanket for a performance of Shakespeare in the Park (it’s by-donation).
698 Eau Claire Ave. S.W., calgary.c
Sign up for a dance class at Ranchman’s. Each class is suited for beginners. Try two-step on Wednesdays, East Coast swing on Thursdays and complimentary two-step on Fridays.
9615 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-253-1100, ranchmans.com
There’s no time for awkward silence at this 50,000-square-foot entertainment centre located at Deerfoot City. There are more than 100 arcade games to choose from and you can wind down together over a wood-fired pizza at The Rec Room’s restaurant, Three10.
1180, 901 64 Ave. N.E., 587-6077, therecroom.com
This is a great spot for first-dates or couples with fur babies. Go in the summer or fall for a barbecue or picnic beside the Elbow River down at Sandy Beach. Up on the ridge at off-leash River Park, stop for a chat on a bench and take in the perfect view of the downtown skyline.
4500 14A St. S.W., calgary.ca
The Ship's Punk Rock Bingo is not your grandma’s bingo night. The pints are flowing and the prizes are an odd assortment of items that can include retro board games and nerdy memorabilia. The lively atmosphere makes for a memorable night out.
534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com
Start in Eau Claire and go for a stroll along the East Village Riverwalk, ending at The Simmons Building. Sip lattes at Phil and Sebastian, have dinner at Charbar or share a scone from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.
618 Confluence Way S.E., evexperience.com/simmons
When the sun is shining, cross over the George C. King Bridge from the East Village into this 31-acre park. Go for a walk or a bike ride and have a picnic while enjoying the downtown view.
1300 Zoo Rd. N.E., evexperience.com/patrick-island
You can easily spend a few hours here learning all about Canadian music. Stop to make your own music together at interactive exhibits where you can play guitar, piano or bang on a drum. Check to see if there's live music happening at one of Studio Bell’s stages or at the King Eddy next door.
850 4 St. S.E., 403-543-5115, studiobell.ca
Go here on Adults Only Night, which happens on the second Thursday of most months from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There’s a bar, music and interactive science displays based on an adult-oriented theme. This February, the theme is “This is Your Brain on Love.”
220 St. Georges Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca
220 9 Ave. S.E., 403-294-7447, theatrecalgary.com
Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, this will make for a fun and unique date night (the wine helps). Sign up for the “Paint Your Pet” night and create works of art for your gallery wall.
18, 7004 Macleod Trail S.E., 403-475-4644, vingogh.ca
A comedy show is a great way to break the ice — just don’t sit right next to the stage if you don’t want to be called out by the comedians. Yuk Yuk's hosts some of Canada's most well known and up-and-coming talent. Most nights there’s both an early show and a late-night show (the later show usually being the rowdier of the two).
218 18 Ave. S.E., 403-258-2028, yukyuks.com