When it comes to date night, it’s often the same old story: you and your SO rhyme off some new, half-hearted suggestions and end up defaulting to the place you’ve been going to forever. Stuck in the dinner-and-drinks rut? Consider these cool options, from watching vintage flicks to slinging ceramics and every romance-inducing activity in between.

Revue Cinema


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The movies might feel like a date-night cheap trick, but when you’re catching a film at the Revue on Roncesvalles, it’s a whole other experience. Considered the oldest standing cinema in the city, this charming treasure shows everything from big-budget new releases to locally made films and black-and-white classics with tickets dispensed from an old-school, street-facing ticket booth.

400 Roncesvalles Ave., revuecinema.ca


Othership — a new, 3,000 square foot oasis on Adelaide — is like a spa date with more meaning. Designed for “transformative experiences”, expect your Othership class to include a hot and cold circuit (read: roomy sauna and ice bath plunges) plus all the state-shifting fixings (i.e. breathwork, essential oils and curated soundscapes). As a pair, you can even sign up for their 120-minute evening socials which are an unorthodox alternate to a raucous night out.

425 Adelaide St. W., othership.us

Museum of Contemporary Art


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It doesn’t take an art history major to appreciate a museum: the stillness and contemplation are equally enticing to newbies. It’s why we suggest sauntering along Sterling Road to MOCA, which conveniently stays open until 9pm on Fridays. Check out the latest exhibition (we love Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ installation arrangement entitled Summer), then head back to Dundas for dinner and a nightcap (a glass of wine on Grape Witches’s patio when it opens should do the trick.)

158 Sterling Rd., moca.ca

clayArt Studios


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We’ll spare you the obvious Ghost reference, but for real, taking on a new, hands-on project (of the non-home-renovation variety) is a straight path to connection. At clayArt Studios in the Junction, you’ll sit side by side and learn the ins and outs of ceramic making. Their eight-week courses in the evenings mean your date nights are set in stone for the next couple months. Score!

3052 Dundas St. W., clayartstudios.com



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The couple that sweats together, stays together. (Isn’t that how the saying goes?) Normally we wouldn’t propose a perspiration-producing activity for a romantic outing, but when it comes to rock climbing, there’s a solidarity element we can’t resist. At Basecamp on Bloor, you’ll chalk up, learn to belay each other and totally conquer your inhibitions. Consider it the ultimate trust exercise.

677 Bloor St. W., basecampclimbing.ca/bloor

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