Let’s all be honest, dating has gotten kind of unorthodox throughout the years. Things have become more casual with texting and other less-personal means of communication–to the extent that the idea for a classic first date at a restaurant, face-to-face, can be a present day dater’s worst nightmare. Here are five ideas for dates at places that will leave no room for lulls in conversation:
This bar is a Montreal country music institution. Even if you’re not a country music fan, this place is a total hoot. It’s a live music venue that also hosts comedy nights, dinners, and special events. Every Monday night, the Wheel Club opens its doors to non-members for Hillbilly Night. Head in for food, drinks, and line dancing or two-stepping! If you have two left feet, the friendly atmosphere won’t let you feel awkward about it. This venue will totally set you apart from the other "dinner-and-a-movie" dates they’ve been on. Get ready for a hoedown you’ll never forget.
Not to be confused with Big in Japan’s restaurant location, their bar location also serves food.The place looks incognito from the outside with no sign or windows to indicate you’ve arrived. The inside decor is that of a 20's-inspired Speakeasy with a Japanese twist. The long, bar-style tables lined with candles make the bar intimate and romantic. As for drinks, their cocktails are exquisite, so go for the Bees Knees or the Gin Buck. The Japanese cuisine is fantastic, good for sharing or to order individual meals.
Big In Japan - Credit: Tastet
The Lachine Canal is a beautiful place to spend some time, and also home to a number of activities. While in the summer it's ideal for kayaks (singles or a tandem) or electric or paddle boats, the Canal is also the sight to see in the fall season. Go for a picnic and then walk along its pedestrian path. Nothing beats a beautiful autumn day - so spend it at one of Montreal's landmarks.
I can’t imagine a better twist on a dinner date than fondue. The price is worth it for how much food you’ll eat, and the wine and import beers are also well priced. It’s an interactive meal that’s an automatic conversation-starter. The atmosphere is an alpine-style cabin feel. On weekends there's live piano music to compliment the dim lighting for a very romantic vibe.
Alpenhaus - Credit: Acces Resto
I am sure you’ve never considered bringing a date to the farmers market, but it could turn out to be an eventful day! Marché Jean-Talon is one of Montreal’s oldest public markets and is known for it’s huge selection of fruit and vegetable vendors. Right in the heart of Little Italy, this market is one of the largest in North America. You’ll also find flowers, spices, oils, cheese, meat, baked goods, and other regional products. Shop around with your date and then go have a picnic in one of Little Italy’s parks.