In hopes of turning this weather a little warmer, Torontoist wants to suggest some saucy summer venues which are good for going on dates. Because after all, a summer romance needs to be unique, and it can’t if you’re carousing the same locals you did all winter.
If you want to go somewhere busy but intimate: The 360 degree turn that the Black Bull Tavern does when the snow thaws is incredible. Featuring one of the biggest patios downtown, Torontoist noticed 45-minute wait times to get a pint in the sun on two separate occasions last week. So if you and your boy can grab a table, do it. This bar is perfect for so many things, from looking sexy in your butterfly sunglasses while sipping drinks to spotting people you might have once known and gossiping about them. If anything, you will not run out of conversation. (If you do, just order another round!)
If you or he has a dog: Take Spike to the dog park at Cherry Beach, down by The Docks. Girls, this is the chance to look bikini-cute, or be less frivolous and show off some rock-skipping, Frisbee-throwing, or sand-castle-building skills. Apparently, the water is safe for swimming, but we would suggest keeping your bits out of the lake if you want to get romantic later on.
If the idea of a dinner date is too much: Meet for some of the yummiest dessert in the city at Hollywood Gelato. Torontoist really shouldn’t be divulging Leaside’s best-kept secret, but now that people from as far away as Thornhill have been spotted in gelato lineup the Bayview Ave store is almost becoming an obvious choice for a date. Either way, TOist maintains that cone-licking is sexy behaviour for either guy or girl to partake in, so use the ice-cream/gelato date to your advantage.
And if you’re feeling nervous for that big date…We will be the first to admit that thinking of something to do for a “date” puts me into a panic. There are so many things to consider, too many variables to put into place. An episode of Sex and The City (aka our be-all-end-all resource for relationship advice) once had Carrie go on a mock date to calm her nerves. The idea was if she went out with a guy she didn’t like at all, the date could serve as a trial run and a form of preparation for her “real” date later that week.
Torontoist fully supports this style of deceit dating, and would recommend it to anyone confused about the ins and outs of dating experience. If you’re not dedicated to one boy or girl, there is no reason to turn down invitations from anyone who asks. Even if mailroom Joe will never be your type, going on a date with him will at least give you a better hold on your own on-date style- and maybe even a free meal!
Plus, the upside of it all is: if you are able to get enough dates that you can use some as practice runs, you’re already hot enough to totally slay your ideal boy. (and if you’re an aspiring writer, practice dates make for good material!)
Read the first spicy summer dating installment here.