It always plays out the same way. Two young, interesting, good looking people meet (likely on Tinder). They banter for a bit, realize they both have a great sense of humour. Sometimes a back check is in order; maybe a quick Facebook scan or a scroll through the Instagram feed. Then finally someone pops the question – “would you like to grab a drink sometime?”
Let’s get original, people! If you want to stand out amidst all the other prospects your guy/girl is wheeling, you gotta do better than that. Surprise your date by inviting them to partake in one of the completely original, super fun sober activities listed below. You’ll thank me later.
1. Spin some pottery at the Clay Café // 6413 Quinpool Road
Nothing says “I love you” like a new urn! Prices for pottery classes at the Clay Café start at only $5.00, and they supply all the clay and paints your creation will require.
2. Play Cosmic Bingo at the Halifax Forum // Windsor Street
Every Saturday night at 10:00pm the black lights come on and Halifax’s Forum is filled with raving youth. Swing by and impress your date by winning some serious cash, only $9.00 for a book.
3. Catch a show at the Neptune Theatre // 1593 Argyle Street
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is on stage now until October 9th at the Neptune, one of Halifax’s most famous theatres. Ticket prices start at just over $30.00.
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4. Go for brunch at the Ardmore Tea Room // 6499 Quinpool Road
Great spot for a breakfast date OR after a long night out – The Ardmore opens at 5am! Be sure to try their famous milkshakes.
5. Hang out at the Waegwoltic Club // 6549 Coburg Road
If you’re looking for a classy night out try grabbing dinner at the Wag, and afterwards enjoy views of the sunset from the club’s beautiful patio overlooking the Northwest Arm.
6. Hit up Nocturne
Stay up late and enjoy art installations all over Halifax once a year during the Nocturne Festival.
7. Grab some food at the Farmers' Market // 1209 Marginal Road
Head down early on a Saturday morning to check out a wide variety of local produce, fresh smoothies, crafts and more at North America’s oldest operating farmer’s market.
8. Bust a gut at Yuk Yuk’s // 1181 Hollis Street
Catch some amazing touring comedians at the Yuk Yuk’s comedy club, underneath the Westin Hotel. Tickets typically go for around $20.00.
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9. Play some tennis
There are plenty of public tennis courts all over Halifax! Grab a racquet and try not to get too competitive.
10. Try the oysters at Press Gang // 5218 Prince Street
The notion that oysters are an aphrodisiac is a myth unfortunately, however the local selection at Press Gang is so good they just might do the job.
11. Get some desert at The Middle Spoon // 1563 Barrington Street
The Middle Spoon Desserterie has an unreal selection of cakes and ice creams for you and your date to share.
12. Show off your skills at The Putting Edge // 182 Chain Lake Drive
Try out your best Happy Gilmore impression at the Putting Edge, an 18-hole glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course just outside Bayer’s Lake.
13. See an outdoor concert
There’s always amazing local musicians to see throughout the HRM; but if you’re into more of an A-list music scene, Simple Plan will be playing the Halifax Metro Centre November 22nd.