Sometimes you want to go out with friends for a few casual drinks or to see a movie, but sometimes, whether for a special occasion or just to do something a little different, you want a night out with friends to be a bit more interesting or memorable. These ideas go beyond the typical bar-hopping, so if you want to plan something a little different to do for your next girls' night, read on for some unique options in Toronto.
Make your own jewellery
Anice Jewellery offers a girls night out jewellery-making workshop for $45 per person, not including materials. Workshops run two hours but there’s an option to extend for a third hour (should you need it) for another $10 per person. Bonus: for every four people in the group, Anice provides a bottle of wine and some light snacks to round out your jewellery-making fun. You can either bring a piece of your own jewellery to rework or start on a new peice from scratch.
Spend some time by the pool
Depending on the season, an early evening session sitting by the pool is a relaxing way to while away a few hours with friends. The pool at the Radisson Admiral Hotel, with a prime location on Toronto’s waterfront, is open until 10 p.m. and non-guests can purchase a day pass, which includes towel service, access to changing facilities and locker access. The large pool area also has a full bar and plush lounge chairs. If you’re hoping to plan an evening by the pool out of season, the Sheraton is your best bet, which is home to the largest indoor-outdoor heated pool in downtown Toronto. And because it's an indoor-outdoor pool you can even swim in the winter.
Take a culinary workshop at St. Lawrence Market
The historic St. Lawrence Market isn’t just a great place to stock up on fresh and tasty foods. The Market Kitchen on the mezzanine floor hosts a wide variety of hands-on cooking classes and workshops suited to a variety of culinary interest levels. Many of the classes are held during the day, but there are some evening workshops. “Taste Of” classes are a particularly good option for a girls' night out. These involve helping to put together a meal (anything from a Moroccan feast to Spanish tapas) and then sitting down to enjoy it. These classes run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and there’s wine and beer for sale by the glass. Or, if you really want to indulge, try the Friday Night Market Feast, an interactive five course dinner party paired with local Ontario wines where you shop, cook, eat and drink for a fun but informative night out.
Test your music knowledge with music bingo
Love music? Love Bingo? You can combine them every Wednesday night from 7 to 10 p.m. where you get to test your music knowledge at the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar with Music Bingo. Everybody gets a bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs, and instead of calling out numbers, the host plays music. If you hear a song that’s on your card, stamp it. Winners get prizes and singing along is encouraged.
Listen to some jazz in an aquarium
An aquarium might not the first venue that comes to mind when you think about listening to jazz - or planning a girls' night out. But that’s exactly what you can do on the second Friday of every month at Toronto’s Ripley’s Aquarium. The music goes from 7 to 11 p.m. and there are cash bars located throughout the aquarium if you want to have a drink while you listen to music and watch vibrant fish swim by. Friday Night Jazz is included with the aquarium’s Sharks After Dark or Express Anytime general admission.
Party in an art gallery
On the first Thursday of every month you can party after hours at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) at their justifiably popular (and aptly named) First Thursdays event. The party starts after the gallery closes and tickets sell out quickly. The theme of every party is different but you can expect DJs, live music, art installations and often, interactive exhibits – so you know you’re in for a totally unique girls' night out experience no matter the theme. Plus, you can get to see the AGO in a whole new way. Just note that tickets sell out quickly for this event.
Play some ping pong or lawn games
You might not think about ping pong and lawn games when you think about a night out, but at SPiN and Track & Field you can do both, with drink in hand. As the name suggests, ping pong is the name of the game at SPiN, where you’ll find two bars and 12 ping pong tables as well as a full food menu and a creative cocktail menu. Track & Field has 1000 square feet of lawn game space where you can play either bocce ball or shuffleboard while sipping one of the bar’s cocktails on tap. You can reserve a lane in advance for $40 for an hour of play, or there are two lanes always open for walk-ins.
For any groups of friends that prefer arcade games, head to The Greater Good Bar for a slew of old school and vintage games and pizza courtesy of North of Brooklyn.