Many people resort to mobile dating apps like Tinder,Bumble and Happn to meet a potential dating candidate. It's an easy way to pick and choose someone you could be interested in by simply swiping right or left.
After getting to know the person via chats, perhaps the two of you decide it's time to officially to meet in person and go on your first "Tinder date." It's important to choose the right place with a vibrant environment in case your date goes to complete sh*t. To avoid that "awkward moment." the question then is, where to go? To solve this often occurring problem, here's a list of 8 places to go on a first Tinder (or Bumble,Happn etc.) date in Toronto:
1. Kinka Izakaya // multiple locations.
Kinka Izakaya gives off a traditional Japanese pub vibe. The loud environment, communal tables, welcoming and attentive staff will ensure you won't have a moment of silence. In terms of food, Kinka Izakaya has plenty of tapas on their menu which will allow the two of you to find out if you have something in common, in this case similar taste buds.
2. Arriba // 1 Blue Jays Way.
This dynamic restaurant and lounge will provide an entertaining atmosphere because it provides an extraordinary interior view of the Rogers Centre. If you and your Tinder date have absolutely nothing to talk about and your conversation is a complete nightmare, at least you get to watch a Jays game.
3. Dineen Coffee Co. // 140 Yonge St.
If your Tinder date prefers not to drink perhaps you should take them to a cute coffee shop. Dineen is a boutique coffee house that is for sure a Toronto favourite. Located inside one of Toronto's oldest buildings, it's by far one of the most beautiful coffee shops in the city.
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4. TrueTrue // 169 King St E.
Ok let's be honest here, who doesn't love pizza? Unless you or your date are gluten free, going on a first Tinder date and having delicious pizza will make your date worth while. Worst comes to worst, at least you're guaranteed to enjoy the delicious homemade ZA and sweet atmosphere at TrueTrue.
5. Greek & Co. // couple locations.
If you're not too sure whether or not your Tinder date completely interests you, perhaps you should go to Greek & Co. It's a casual Greek stop that has a hip vibe and serves delicious Greek food that is also super affordable. Plus, if you're really not feeling the date, grab some tzatziki and take a nice breath, and OPA the date should shortly be over.
6. Parts & Labour // 1566 Queen St W.
Parts & Labour is a modish chill resto-bar in Parkdale that serves crafty cocktails and has live music on certain days of the week. If you're not one to socialize, perhaps you could have a couple of drinks at the bar to open up a little to your Tinder date. If the date is really going downhill, you could enjoy the tasty cocktails to forget about this disaster of a date.
7. Barsa Taberna // 26 Market St.
The vibrant Spanish culture is felt as soon as you walk through the doors of Barsa Taberna. A touch of Barcelona, traditional Spanish cuisine and energy is powerful at this beautiful venue. Their menu mostly consists of tapas style dishes, which allows you to experiment with common food preferences. If you've been chatting up on Tinder for quite a while, but have yet to go on a date, this resto-lounge may be a great choice for you to get to know each other in person.
8. The Carbon Bar // 99 Queen St E.
This spacious bar has a chic design and chill environment, which should create a comfortable vibe between you and your Tinder date. Take a seat at the bar and get to know each other over a couple of drinks and shareable plates.
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