We could all benefit from swapping a lazy night in for a fun and unique date night out instead. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t finished binge-watching Jessica Jones on Netflix yet – you need to get out there and go on real dates more often instead of using the cold as an excuse to stay in. Winter in Vancouver offers plenty of romantic and special date ideas to choose from.
The only way to build genuine connections and memories is by sharing awesome experiences. In that spirit, here are 35 awesome ideas for winter SuperDates in Vancouver:
From authentic tropical decor to unique exotic drinks and to-die-for tapas, The Shameful Tiki Room is more than just a restaurant: it’s a tiki experience. With no visible windows to the outside world, you’ll forget you’re in Vancouver (and you’ll forget it’s winter). At the Shameful Tiki, you’ll feel as though you’re sipping cocktails on a romantic tropical island. Order the mystery bowl for you and your date to share. It’s an exotic, boozy drink with two straws, served in a giant clam shell – and it arrives on fire.
Address: 4362 Main Street, Vancouver
French food seems to make us embrace winter and Les Faux Bourgeois has delicious food and wine from France. This restaurant really knows how to conjure up the ultimate cold-weather favourites such as slow-cooked Veal shank, French onion soup, and their fantastic version of French blood pudding.
Address: 663 East 15th Street, Vancouver
Address: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
The Acorn on Main Street serves brunch now, and it’s not to be missed. This is brunch at its finest, people.
Address: 3995 Main Street, Vancouver
The Prohibition bar at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a 1920s inspired, sophisticated, and romantic venue with excellent live music and a variety of premium cocktails. Every drink is crafted to perfection, and their unique menu features “cocktails by mood.”
Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver (entrance off Howe Street)
Gringo’s is an awesome Mexican restaurant located in Gastown’s trendy Blood Alley. This unique joint has a cool and colourful ’90s vibe. Not only do they serve delicious tacos, they also offer up amazing cocktails in colourful buckets perfect for sharing.
Address: 27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver (Gastown)
Vancouver Theatre Sports is more than just a comedy show: it’s a daring and innovate improv performance which promises to be one of the most entertaining shows you’ll ever see. See a show, then walk around the charming and beautiful streets of Granville Island with your date afterwards.
Address: 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Chambar‘s chic brick-exposed space, delicious Belgium cuisine and premium cocktails make it the ultimate date spot. Need a perfect post-dinner activity less than a 10 minute walk away from the restauarant? Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at Concord Pacific Place is where you and your date should be heading.
Kooza combines amazing acrobatic performances with the art of clowning, stunning lighting and legendary constumes. Featuring remarkable stunts such as the wheel of death and a double highwire, this is sure to be one of the best SuperDates you’ll ever go on. Kooza is on until December 27 and tickets can be purchased here.
Address: Chambar – 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
The York Theatre on Commercial Drive always has a great show playing, and the Drive also has awesome restaurants like brand new Spanish tapas restaurant Cabrito. Until January 3, York Theatre is playing Hansel & Gretel, so for this SuperDate you’ll grab some delicious sangria and Spanish food from Cabrito, then catch the show at the nearby theatre.
Address: Cabrito – 2270 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Until January 3, 2016 you can be swept up in romance under the Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. Get into the holiday spirit and be astounded by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park, the suspension bridge, the treetops and the entire lit-up rainforest. Being enveloped in sparkling lights is sure to set the romantic mood.
Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
An awesome winter SuperDate involves a trek to whimsical Whistler. For the ultimate winter wonderland date night, stay the night at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre and book a couples massage at the beautiful Scandinave Spa for the following day before heading back to Vancouver.
Address: 8010 Mons Road, Whistler
The Diamond restaurant is an upper-level (second story) restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, great tapas and a romantic ambiance. One of the best parts of dining here is the view of charming street lamps in whimsical Gastown.
Address: 6 Powell Street, Vancouver
Craft Beer Market is a fun pub-style restaurant with awesome food and an amazing selection of local drafts. While you can order an individual glass, we highly recommend their 6-pack beer sampler.
Address: 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Olympic Village)
The Glowbal group’s restaurant at Telus Gardens boasts a 150-seat heated patio where many of the tables are designed as life-sized bird cages. The food is amazing at this location as well, and who says you can’t enjoy outdoor patio dining in the winter? For super cheap drinks and appetizers, hit up Glowbal at Telus Gardens during happy hour from 2:30 to 5 p.m. daily.
Address: 590 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Village Bistro has some of the best happy hour specials in the city. From 4 to 6 p.m. seven days per week, all food is only $6 per plate, house wine is only $5 and double hi-balls are $6. Try rich, delicious beef croquette, flavorful quinoa mushroom fritters or mouth-watering beef carpaccio for only $6. The $5 house wine happens to be awesome, it’s from a winery in the Okanagan.
Address: 1143 Davie Street, Vancouver
When you walk into Rodney’s Oyster House in Yaletown, you feel as though you’ve just entered a laid-back surfer’s bar that just happens to serve some of the finest seafood in town. The vibe is very California surf town meets historic Yaletown charm.
Address: 1228 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Until December 24, Scuba Claus will dive daily at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Arctic exhibit, sharing the tank with adorable beluga whales and beautiful sea life. A date night at the aquarium is always fun, but especially when Santa’s there.
Address: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Test your wits and your mind at Vancouver’s Exit Room, an awesome escape room company with several themed rooms to choose from. You and your date must solve puzzles and clues to escape before your 45 minutes are up.
Address: 309 West Broadway, Vancouver
Cost: Approx $25 per player (up to six players)
Every Wednesday evening in the heart of Yaletown, the Opus bar offers live music to its guests. Other perks include premium cocktails, a diverse wine list, colourful decor and complimentary flat bread during happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Head to the nearby West Oak for dinner where the menu in incredible, including favourites such as the chinois prawns, the mushroom risotto, and the beef short rib.
Opus: 322 Davie Street, Vancouver
West Oak: 1035 Mainland Street, Vancouver
One of the few places in Yaletown that maintains a casual vibe, Soho Billiards is the ideal date location with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. You and your date can enjoy cheap pitchers of beer while you play foosball and pool.
Address: 1283 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
At Miku restaurant, you can eat amazing sushi and high-quality seafood with views of the water and snow-capped mountains at downtown Vancouver’s stunning waterfront.
Address: 200 Granville Street, Vancouver
Storm Crow Tavern has an extensive library of board games such as Cards Against Humanity and Mastermind, or you and your date can bring your own board game.
Address: 1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Monday night just may be the best night for a date night. Why? Because every Monday night, Vancouver Poetry House hosts a live poetry slam – an evening of amazing spoken word poetry at Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive.
Address: 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cardero’s restaurant is an ideal date location. It has everything you need for a great date: amazing food, great drinks, a gorgeous waterfront view and even live music. Seafood lovers will love this date. Talk a walk along the pier afterwards and enjoy the city lights sparkle at night.
Address: 1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver (Coal Harbour)
One of the best Italian restaurants in Vancouver is Cibo Trattoria. Adjacent to the Moda Hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Cibo offers up inventive Italian dishes using only the finest, most flavourful ingredients.
Address: 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Black & Blue restaurant is famous for its seafood, steak, and super-fun rooftop. Premium cocktails are available along with a diverse wine list and awesome music.
Address: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
The Oakwood in Kitsilano is nothing but good vibes and great cocktails. Try the Alpine Daiquiri or the Oakwood Aviation, both sure to delight your taste buds. Afterwards, bundle up and take a beautiful walk along the nearby Kitsilano beach, because fresh air is good for you (even in the winter).
Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The lobby lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Coal Harbour is the perfect place to go for a drink when you feel like getting dressed up. The beautiful setting and delicious premium cocktails make for the ultimate special SuperDate.
Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
What better day-date is there than Science World? Bring out your fun and childish side – that side of you doesn’t get to come out often enough. Enjoy science theatre and stage shows with your date. The entertaining shows at Science World include fire, bubbles, chemistry, moving objects and electricity.
Address: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Cost: $25 per person
Withn amazing lineup of hilarious comedians, dates at The Comedy Mix never fall short of awesome. From amateurs to well-known comedians, all of them are super funny and one thing is for sure: This is one of the most entertaining dates you’ll ever go on.
Address: 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Get bundled up for this entrancing walking tour in Gastown. You’ll be getting the inside scoop into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history. Gastown was once a violent town, and has a murky past. The 1.5 hour gothic adventure of The Lost Souls of Gastown will pull you in deep, and it’s incredibly entertaining.
Address: #1208 – 207 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Hours & Details: Tours run Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. $22 per person. Call 604-839-3126 for reservations.
The current art exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery is Vancouver artist Elizabeth Zvonar. As described by the gallery: “Elizabeth conjures romantic sentiment and melancholic undertones in The Experience, a bleached-out collage that boldly positions itself in downtown Vancouver during the dreary winter months.”
Address: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for Tuesdays when the gallery stays open until 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, however on Tuesdays you can visit the gallery by donation.
Dark table restaurant offers you and your date a unique opportunity to experience dining a whole new way: in the dark. Without the sense of sight, the senses of taste and smell are intensified, allowing you to truly taste your food a whole new way.
Address: 2611 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Hours: Dinner services run from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. seven days per week. Reservations required. Call 604-739-DARK to make a reservation.
The ambience at the Vancouver Christmas Market is unbelievable. Sip warm, spiced mulled wine Amidst giant candy canes, Christmas lights, live music, cute little food huts and even a carousel – it’s the perfect destination for a SuperDate. Apple cider, rum and eggnog or mulled wine is available for purchase in Christmas mugs and the German cuisine is awesome.
Address: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Hours: Open daily until December 24 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Vancouver’s Space Centre offers evening star theatre and astronomy shows which will take you and your date on a journey beyond our solar system. This is arguably much better than going to see a regular movie.
Address: 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm. $13 per person.
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