14 Toronto Date Night Ideas For $15 Or Less That Aren't Just A Walk In The Park
Do more, for less!
We all know the importance of regular date nights. Whether with your S/O, BFF, or even just by yourself, it's a great way to keep things alive and exciting. But going out in Toronto can get expensive real quick — that's why we've come up with this list of, so you don't have to.
If you're looking for a cheap night out that's more than just taking a scenic hike or a stroll in the park, then the list below is full of great options. For just $15 or less per person, you can embark on numerous city adventures. Romantic scavenger hunts, live TV tapings, go-karts; there's a budget-friendly date idea for everyone!
The Social Capital
When: Every Friday night
Address: 154 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can spend the night laughing and drinking at The So Cap's $18 Beer Comedy Night every Friday. It's a little bit over budget, but we just add to include it. The price includes admission and two drink tickets but the show is known to sell out quickly, so booking in advance is key.
Let's Roam Scavenger Hunt
Price: Starting at $12.99
When: No time restrictions
Address: Various locations
Why You Need To Go: Let's Roam is a scavenger hunt app for your phone. For as low as $12.99, you and your S/O can uncover hidden gems in your city. The hunt takes about two hours and includes photo challenges, riddles, trivia, and more!
Happy Hour At King Taps
Price: $15 pizza
When: 9 p.m. until close
Address: 100 King St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: With most of their menu items under $15, you and your date can indulge in pizza, burgers, tacos, shrimp, boozy bevvies, and more. Happy hour takes place Monday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., all day Sunday, and every day after 9 p.m.
Price: $0.50 + drink
Address: 439 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Bubble tea dates are inherently cute and delicious, but this Toronto tea shop has taken tea dates to the next level. For just 50 cents (plus the cost of your drink) you can get a photo of you and your S/O created in your tea. All drinks are listed on the menu for less than $7.
Vintage Arcade Games @ Zed*80
Price: $5 admission
Address: 185 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: For a little nerdy nostalgia date night, look no further than Zed*80. For just $5, you can play unlimited vintage arcade, pinball, and console games from 5 p.m. 'til 2 a.m. To stay energized, why not sample something from their tasty food and drink menu? All menu items are $14 or less. Remember, you must be 19 or older to attend.
When: Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 33 Samor Rd., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Channel your inner HIMYM's Barney Stinson and enjoy half-price laser tag for only $5. For a little extra cash, they also have an extensive food and drink menu. If you're looking for a fun and competitive date night on the cheap, then Playtime Bowl is legen... wait for it... dary!
Visit A Live TV Taping
When: Monday to Friday, 9:15 a.m.
Address: 299 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Ever wanted to be in a studio audience? Now's your chance. The Marilyn Denis Show films in the heart of downtown and anyone 18 or older is welcome to attend. This date takes a little pre-planning but can be an excellent and unique way to spend the day with your S/O or BFF. Plus, it's totally free.
Explore & Dine At Ikea
Price: Prices vary
Address: Various Toronto locations
Why You Need To Go: With food items as low as $2.99, Ikea is one of the cheapest places to eat dinner in the city. Stuff your face with their famous meatballs, then tour around the displays imagining your dream home!
Soccer Glow Kingdom
Address: 2338 Major Mackenzie Dr. W., Vaughan, ON
Why You Need To Go: Looking for an athletic date? Soccer Glow Kingdom offers indoor soccer with a glowing twist. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, music, and glow-in-the-dark equipment. Open seven days a week, this is a date spot that can accommodate everyone's schedule.
When: Wednesday Nights
Address: 317 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Whether you're an art enthusiast or not, a free night at AGO is a creative and budget-friendly date idea for anyone in the city. The various instalments are sure to spark conversation that will last into the evening.
The Rolling Pin
Address: 1970 Avenue Rd., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Satisfy your sweet tooth with your sweetheart at this adorable Toronto bakery. With a rotating menu of custom doughnuts ranging in flavour from maple bacon to tiramisu, you never know which epic treats will be available to try!
Address: 20 Carlton St., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: From cult classics to new Hollywood releases, Carlton Cinema offers a cheap movie night in a historic theatre. With its origin dating back to the late 1940s, this is the perfect way to put a new spin on the same old movie date night. Did we mention they also serve alcohol?
When: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Address: 111 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: Nothing says romance quite like recreating that iconic clay scene from Ghost. The Gardiner Museum offers $15 drop-in clay-making classes every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday with varying start times. Each class is two hours long and you'll come home with a beautiful clay creation to remember the date by.
Address: 797 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON
Why You Need To Go: For only $8, you'll have unlimited access to some of your favourite board games. Test your relationship with a round of "Sorry" or make each other laugh with "Apples to Apples." Delicious snacks are also available, with menu prices not exceeding $14.