23 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.

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

Creating a meal with your partner is one of the best bonding activities you can find. At ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, you’ll be able to create a delicious meal and take it home, too. Choose classes from themes like baked goods (cakes and holiday cookies ) to Thanksgiving dinner prep and stuffed pasta. And what good is a cooking class if you can’t taste the food? ATCO provides eats based around the theme of your class – so, no pressure on creating the perfect meal.

909 11 Ave. S.W., 403-245-7630,  atcoblueflamekitchen.com

 

The Blues Can

Book ahead to reserve a table at this small Inglewood blues bar that hosts live music seven nights a week. They host both local performers and big name bands, so check out their website and see who is playing tonight. 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

 

Calgary Zoo

It doesn’t get much cuter than looking at furry animals, especially the four giant pandas. So, grab your cute counterpart and set off to see everything the zoo has to offer. Check out the daily activities such as Zoo Snacks where you can watch and learn about various animal’s eating habits. 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

 

Dark Table 

This is where you go if you already know someone pretty well or want to get to know them a lot sooner, since you’ll be eating your meal in complete darkness. What makes this venue extra special, except for the fact that you’ll be using only your sense of taste and smell to enjoy your food, is that they hire legally blind servers. The concept of the restaurant is to give just a small understanding of what life is like for those visually impaired. Bonus: 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

 

Flying Squirrel 

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. Plus, every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., Flying Squirrel hosts a Neon Lights dance party with a live DJ.

105, 572 Aero Dr. N.E., 403-879-2148, flyingsquirrelsports.ca

 

Frenchie Wine Bar

This intimate, 20-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. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so be sure to show up early than and spend some extra quality time together.

618 17 Ave. S.W., 403-453-1183, frenchieyyc.com

 

Glenbow 

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. Explore Calgarian culture together and grow a new found appreciation for the city.

130 9 Ave. S.E., 403-268-4110, glenbow.org

 

Heritage Park Historical Village 

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. Plus, you can participate in daily activities such as catching a live street theatre production or take in a live demonstration for traditional First Nations’ hunting tools.

1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8500, heritagepark.ca

 

 

Bowling at the National

Bowling in a bar is the ultimate couples date night activity. Challenge each other to a friendly round of bowling in an adults-only atmosphere (after 7 p.m.) and choose your eats from the full National menu. Lanes accommodate up to eight people, so this is a great spot for double or group dates. Extend the evening by playing ping pong or pinball and end the night upstairs with beers at National on 10th or cocktails at the Bourbon Room.

341 10 Ave. S.W., ntnl.ca

 

The Oak Tree Tavern

Go to this pub in Kensington on a Wednesday night when it hosts live comedy at 8 p.m. or check them out on a Sunday at 4 p.m. when they have traditional Irish music. There’s something to do or a deal to be had everyday of the week and it’s a cosy place to be on a cold wintery night cuddled up next to your partner. In the warmer months, you can sit on the patio with your favourite person and your furry companion – dogs are welcome while patio season is in full swing.

124 10 St. N.W., 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.ca

 

Olympic Plaza

There’s fun to be had every day of every season at the Olympic Plaza. In the warmer months couples can check out multiple events and festivals taking place right in the heart of the city. Send off a lantern at the Water Lantern Festival (May) or dance the day and night away at the Fiestaval Latin Festival (July). It doesn’t get much more romantic than ice skating at night at Olympic Plaza in the wintertime. If you forget your skates at home or don’t own a pair, there are rentals available right at the plaza. Bring a blanket to cuddle under when you want to take a break.

228 8 Ave. S.E., calgary.ca

Peters’ Drive-In

Kick it old-school with a burger, fries and a milkshake at Calgary’s beloved drive-in. Sit and eat at 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

 

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Prince’s Island Park

No matter the time of year, walking 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 by the Bow (by-donation) or catch your favourite folk musician at Calgary Folk Music Festival. It’s also nice to bundle up and walk hand-in-hand with your partner while taking in the beautiful fall changeover.

698 Eau Claire Ave. S.W., calgary.c

 

Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall

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. Work up a sweat together and then settle down with drink and put your new found skills to the test on the dance floor.

9615 Macleod Tr. S.E., 403-253-1100, ranchmans.com

 

The Rec Room

Nothing quite pairs better than arcade games and beer. Add your partner to the mix and you have an evening to remember. With more than 100 arcade games to choose from, there’s plenty to do in this 50,000-square-foot entertainment centre located at Deerfoot City. Challenge each other to competition on the climbing wall or work together to win at Trivia night. Afterwards, 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

River Park and Sandy Beach 

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 while your pooch frolics on the hillside.

4500 14A St. S.W.calgary.ca

 

The Ship & Anchor

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

 

The Simmons Building

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. You can also sit on the rooftop patio and enjoy a drink while looking over the Bow River.

618 Confluence Way S.E., evexperience.com/simmons

Studio Bell 

You can easily spend a few hours here learning all about Canadian music ad rocking out to local bands. 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. Make it an all day affair at Studio Bell and then head over to King Eddy for dinner and music.

850 4 St. S.E., 403-543-5115, studiobell.ca

 

Telus Spark 

Go here on Adults Only Night, which happens on the second Thursday of most months from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There’s a bar, music and interactive science displays based on an adult-oriented theme. Plus, the whole science centre is open for you to explore together while sipping on some adult beverages.

220 St. Georges Dr. N.E., 403-817-6800, sparkscience.ca

Theatre Calgary  

Take a stroll through Stephen Avenue and stop for dinner and drinks before heading to the theatre. The Wednesday Room and Charcut Roast House both have a great menu and an even better atmosphere. Leave enough time to walk off some of that food before settling in for a show at Theatre Calgary. You’ll want to get tickets in advance and they also have a cash bar and snacks.

220 9 Ave. S.E., 403-294-7440, theatrecalgary.com

Vin Gogh Paint & Sip

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. Better yet, exchange your art with your partner for a fun reminder of the night’s events.

118, 7004 Macleod Trail S.E., 403-475-4644, vingogh.ca

 

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Yuk Yuk’s

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

 

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