11 Dates To Go On In Kingston That Aren't Just Dinner And A Movie
Something about Kingston dates just seem to add some je ne sais quoi, non?
Like The Spice Girls circa 97', get ready for us to spice up your life. We know it's hard to keep a spark going in a relationship, and even harder when your weekend dinner and movie date has become so much of a routine that comfortable. the restaurant you go to has pretty much got your order. Even though you and your bae are so hot that the neighbours think something's burning in the kitchen, you may be hitting at that point where your dates are plateauing.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?! We're not just Jay-Z and Beyonce, we can't just whip out a worldwide tour to relight the flame!
Well, in comes Kingston to offer up an amazing array of hilarious, fun and exciting date options that'll easily go beyond your dinner and movie date. Whether it's taking in the local art scene, amazing nature, or the sheer beauty of the town - you're guaranteed to find something in the beauty of the 613 that'll intrigue you two. Here are some of our favourite gems in the jewel of a city!
1. Pull out your suave, artistic side for a day and head to the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre at the Tett Centre.
Right along the shores of Lake Ontario not only sits the Tett Centre, holding a community gathering spot for local artists but also a very suave gallery for you and your bae to bond over - it's Modern Fuel. Right now they're featuring an exhibit by Jay White, whose work just so happens to be internationally acclaimed and has even been on the long list entry for an Academy Awards nomination. Take in this fresh exhibit while finding a new ~passion~ with your number one. Why not top it off with a glass of vino at the serene Juniper Cafe after? Sounds like an artistic day to us.
Jay White's exhibit, Traveller, is running from January 7th to February 18th!
2. Nerd out together with Trivia night at The Brooklyn!
Ever since the Brooklyn came to the 613 their cool indie atmosphere and unreal craft beer scene has made it a staple in town. What really brings them up a level is their hilarious events that take place every week, from live music to MOD club - every night brings a new twist. One of our favourite for couples? Trivia night (sh*t, did the title give it away?). It's teams of 6, so it's the ideal spot for hilarious group dates that'll definitely bring any couple out of an ordinary routine or new couples who are still in the ~awkward/getting to know you/ya I'm cool and chill~ phase. The doors open at 8, trivia starts at 9 and your choice of some of the finest craft beer around?
Yes and yes.
3. Take a long romantic stroll (that doesn't resemble a dating site profile pick up line) at Lemoine Point Nature Trail.
Whether you take a stroll, a walk, a jog, a skip or even a shuffle with your bae down this path one thing will stay the same, the beauty of it. Coming straight from Mother Nature the Lemoine Point Nature Trail is a magnificent place to go with your beau for a date that seems like it's out of a rom-com (the good kind obviously). There are over 2500 metres of shoreline and over 11km of hiking trails (low level don't worry Netflix couples), so you have plenty of ways to spend the day getting even closer with your favourite person in not only a new environment but the legit environment.
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4. Food really is the way to your baes heart, get there together and take a cooking class at Riva Restaurant!
Ah yes finally! You and your date get to turn into a slight variation of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze on the iconic pottery scene in Ghost. You, you're significant other, crafting a work of art together, and even better? That piece of art is some gourmet food to ~gracefully~ muck after. Riva is one of the most coveted foodie destinations in Kingston for their divine combination of Italy and the local flavours of the 1000 Islands; wooden beams cover the ceilings while exposed brick fireplace turns up the heat an extra notch. And the magic all comes from the kitchen where you two will spend a great evening mastering the art of the modern Italian food they serve. Some class examples include wine and cheese, bread 101, pasta 101 - oh you already bought your tickets? Guess we'll see you both at the 3-course dinner that follows.
Check out the schedule and secure your spot here.
5. The one way to really impress someone? Bowling, duh. Mix it up and show off your stuff COSMOS bowling at Cloverleaf Lanes Bowling.
AS IF we would put a basic bowling lane date on here smh. This isn't your ordinary bowling date, but it still retains all the age old classics and attractive features of this staple date night. Bowling at Garrison Lanes is sure to bring it up a notch with their hilarious Cosmos Bowling night (Friday and Saturday nights) which includes cool lighting, bumping music and a fully licensed bar and food service! Even if you strike out it's guaranteed to be a groovy night.
6. Add some adrenaline to a basic movie night and go see some unreal cinematography at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Always wanted to be that adrenaline seeking/new age/oudoorsy couple but hindered by the fact that the closest you've got to the great outdoors is your scented candle? It's time to immerse yourself in some HD thrill seeking, high action movies in exotic locations that'll take you and your significant other places only few dare to go. Seeing the best heart racing, adrenaline filled, adventure packed mountain films for around the world is something you wont always get a chance to do, get your tickets here!
7. Skate the night away at Market Square and warm up with some delicious coffee from CoffeeCo after for the essential winter date.
The quintessential winter date is skating with some hot chocolate, but what makes this one even better is first, it's you two (adding the fire to this picture), and second? The beautiful backdrop of the epicentre of Kingston behind you as you skate around the picturesque market square. As for the hot chocolate, head to the charming wholesale fair trade organic coffee shop that not only has fresh espressos for you to savour but some sweet treats to indulge in together. Could this date sound anymore Nicholas Sparks? What an Insta moment am I right or am I right.
Rental skates are available, and you can find all the rink info here!
8. Watch the hilarious scene/social phenomenon that is Bachelor Monday's at Queen's Pub!
Don't lie, we all know you both secretly adore this "reality" TV show. Sure, watching other people try and find love may sound like an odd way to get closer to your number one, but think about it. You get all the drinks and comforting eats at the Queen's Pub you'd get on a regular date, but with the added bonus of being surrounded by a social setting you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Tables of screaming girls (and lots of guys, believe us), all cheering for their favourite contestant make for a hilarious night. The comedic aspect of the actual show is something you can both bond over, and because we know you're secretly a super fan at heart, you two can cheer on your favourites along with a sea of other fans. They'll be laughs, tears, and romance - and we're not just talking about the show. Get there early because they often hit cap right when the show starts at 8pm!
9. Get to really know your S.O. by going through innovative and mysterious challenges together at Improbable Escapes Kingston.
The all knowing "they" says distance makes the heart grow fonder, but did "they" know about the hilarious, challenging, and mysterious appeal of Improbable Escapes? Not only do these escape rooms offer you and your S.O. a chance to work together in a hilariously weird setting, but the sense of urgency and mystery of only having 60 minutes to complete intense and challenging puzzles will have you two getting closer than ever. With most people only escaping with one minute to go, will you two rise up to the challenge?
10. Switch up your classic coffee date with something new, fresh and delicious at Cha Villa Cafe.
This ones is for all the people that are tired of the stereotypical coffee date, so 2016 right! Want to go beyond your classic americano? Be a little adventurous, fun, and dare I say, flirty?! Head to Cha Villa Cafe, one of the recent additions coming out of Kingston's bubble tea craze. These guys offer amazing innovative drinks; try some fresh fruit slushies cramy milkys, desserts (shaved ice!) and fresh brewed bubble tea from Prestotea for you and your bae to go on a tasting frenzy. For a truly unique experience make sure to get your bubble tea served in a light bulb.
11. For a spooky night, take a tour through the town you once thought you knew with The Haunted Walk.
Ah yes Kingston, our favourite adorable, warm, and haunte-WAIT HOLD UP. That's right, Kingston isn't only home of some adorable and picturesque sights, but also holds an intriguing history that makes it every single horror movie loving couples dream. The Original Haunted Walk of Kingston weaves through Kingston's old Sydenham Ward where you'll be guided through haunted hotels, hidden burial grounds, grave robbings, hangings at the old courthouse and the famous haunted courtyard. Get ready to hold onto your S.O. tight and check out Kingston in a whole new way.
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