Figuring out where to go on a date in Toronto, whether you’re new to the city or you’ve lived here most of your life, can sometimes be frustrating. Not for lack of choice – Toronto is filled with bars, cafes, restaurants, museums, galleries and other venues ideal for a date night (or day). But ultimately, what often plays a big role in deciding where to go, is convenience. And what’s more convenient than being close to the subway? No one has to drive and getting there and back is relatively painless when you don’t have to worry about parking.
Dates by subway stop
Recently, dating website Elite Singles came up with a subway map that showcases date ideas that are within walking distance from all of Toronto’s 69 subway stops. Walking distance is defined as 10 to 15 minutes from subway platform to the venue with a maximum time of 15 minutes (depending on how fast you’re walking, of course). They’ve also put together a street map that also points to each date idea.
The map makes for a handy way to help decide on fun yet convenient date options throughout the city. Date ideas include bars, restaurants, cafes, entertainment venues like movie theatres and comedy clubs and activities like parks, museums and galleries. So depending on the types of things you and your date enjoy, there are lots of options to choose from and range from Steam Whistle Brewing and Christie Pits Park, to St. Lawrence Market and the ROM. Dates are also colour coded (orange for entertainment, green for activity, etc.) making it even easier to suss out where to go with your significant other (or Tinder date, or blind date).
Each venue/date idea has also been given a numerical score to help you make your dating decision. At the time the map was put together, the date ideas mentioned scored an average of four stars (or higher) when rankings on Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google Maps were averaged.
What else makes a good date spot in Toronto?
This subway map made me think of what else, in addition to convenient subway stop proximity, makes for a good date spot in Toronto. It depends a lot on what kind of date it is. For example, a first date would have different criteria than a date with someone you’ve known for a while. So let’s look at some criteria for both when it comes to dating in Toronto.
If you’re on a budget (whether it’s a first date or not), here are some good low-cost date options to consider in Toronto that won’t break the bank, as well as some good Toronto bars with cheap drinks.
If you’re on a first date, you need to think about going someplace where you’re going to (ideally) feel comfortable. In Toronto this usually means a bar or a coffee shop since they’re low-pressure venues that can be easy to escape should the date go awry. But instead of a regular bar, make things even more comfortable by going to a bar or café with an activity, like board games, arcade games, pinball or something else you can do while getting to know each other. Some options include Track and Field Bar, Disgraceland (lots of board games, vegan menu options), Night Owl, Snakes and Lattes and Get Well.
If you’ve been together for a while you have a bit more leeway in terms of what to do in that there won’t be any risk for awkwardness. Going above and beyond the usual dinner and drinks or movie date is easy in Toronto. Try out one of these romantic date ideas in Toronto or these ones or use those ideas as inspiration for branching out with where you go and what you do on dates in the city.