Date night is an important aspect of keeping any relationship fresh, but it can get stale quickly when options are limited. For those who enjoy the geekier things in life, a typical stroll through the park doesn't always cut it, and you can only see the latest Marvel movie in theatres so many times. Thankfully, hunting for Ottawa date ideas that will satisfy your inner nerd is easier than ever before!

If heading out to explore fantasy dungeons and slay dragons sounds better than going to dinner and a movie (again), then you're in luck! From haunted D&D nights to LARPing, board games, book cafes, and old school videogames, you're sure to have 8-bits of fun in the capital!

The Loft/Level One

Price: Prices vary

When: Hours vary, typically 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Address: 14 Waller St.

Why You Need To Go: Two restaurants, one location, countless hours of fun! You can enjoy a variety of board and video games, food, drinks, and more. There are even special geek trivia nights and haunted D&D sessions for you and bae to nerd out on! Level One is on the ground floor and The Loft is located upstairs and while the same staff work both floors, there are different menus for each. 


Price: Prices vary

When: Daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Address: 1014 Wellington St.

Why You Need To Go: The two of you can sip on fancy wine and treat yourself to one of the ever-changing (and highly mouthwatering) charcuterie boards. Of course, there are board games and a pinball machine as well so you can engage in a little nerdy competition along with your meal. 

Felfrost LARPing

Price: Free

When: Sundays at 1 p.m.

Address: Hogs Back Park

Why You Need To Go: You can satisfy all of your medieval fighting fantasies with Ottawa's Fellfrost LARPing (Live Action Roleplaying) group. If you love it (and you probably will), you and your S/O can play weekly and eventually learn how to craft your own weapons and outfits. A great way to get a little exercise on date night! Be sure to check the How To Play section on their website before heading out.

Laser Quest

Price: Starting at $9 per person 

When: Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Address: 1800 St. Laurent Blvd. 

Why You Need To Go: If you're down for a group date then Laser Quest will be legen-wait-for-it-dary! With multiple levels, swirling fog machines, specialty lighting, and epic music, this is a date night location you won't soon forget. So, as Barney Stinson would say, suit up!

The Blurry Pixel

Price: $15-or-under menu items

When: Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Address: 201 Queen St.

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy over 200 video games, from classic childhood favourites to popular new titles, on one of many 100" projector screens. Many of the cocktails have a nerdy theme like the "Broken Down Mario Kart Shot." Some drinks even come in potion bottles! They also stream e-sports if you'd rather sit back and watch someone else play. 

Black Squirrel Books

Price: Prices vary

When: Daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 12 a.m. 

Address: 1073 Bank St.

Why You Need To Go: You and bae can get lost in a good book together or simply browse the impressive array of aisles to see if you can add to your home library. Pick up a graphic novel and dive in together while you share delicious coffee and treats. 

Wizard's Tower

Price: Prices vary

When: Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m to 9 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: 3350 Fallowfield Rd.

Why You Need To Go: Whether you need to stock up on new D&D or Magic The Gathering supplies or want to participate in a weekly tournament together, Wizard's Tower is the place to do it. Be sure to keep an eye on their events calendar for your next date night!

House of Targ

Price: Prices vary

When: Wednesday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to close.

Address: 1077 Bank St.

Why You Need To Go: You'll find no shortage of date night entertainment at this sweet underground bar. From the impressive collection of pinball machines to classic 8-bit games, live music, famous perogies, and more, there is plenty of nerdy fun for you and your S/O to soak in.


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