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The Best Bars for a First Date in Toronto

The Best Bars for a First Date in Toronto

The Best Bars for a First Date in Toronto

The best bars for a first date in Toronto are cool and casual and will make you feel comfortable as you meet your new prospects for the first time in person. With so much uncertainty on a first date, it is of utmost importance that the atmosphere radiates a vibe that will allow you to present as your best self. This means choosing a spot that’s not too loud, so you don’t have to shout, but not so quiet that all you can hear is yourself think.

Preferably, the bar will boast an extensive drink menu that will help strike up good conversation and keep some of the first date jitters at bay. From swanky wine bars to speakeasies to dimly lit cocktail havens, the best first date bars in Toronto will make it oh-so-easy for you to have a great time and make a positive, long-lasting first impression.

130 Eglinton Avenue East Lower-Level

Good Fortune Bar

Good Fortune Bar

Tucked in the downstairs space at La Carnita Uptown, this bar is warm and inviting with pink stucco, terracotta and palm leaf wallpaper against green leather couches and neon for a nostalgic Miami Beach clubhouse type feel. The menu boasts a selection of burgers and crinkle-cut fries, that pair excellently with their selection of seasonal cocktails.

1468 Dundas St W

Cry Baby Gallery

Cry Baby Gallery

Located behind a contemporary art gallery on Dundas Street West, this industrial dimly-lit cocktail and oyster bar with illuminated circular mirrors and salvaged warehouse windows is a perfect low-key first date spot, unlike anywhere else in the city.

1471 Gerrard St E

Lake Inez

Lake Inez

This quirky yet refined space on Gerrard Street East is serving up creative Asian-inspired dishes and an extensive beer list. If you’re feeling adventurous, they also offer a mystery patio tasting menu which can be reserved ahead of time on their website.

878 Bloor St W

Civil Liberties

Civil Liberties

Founded on the basic principle that no two guests are alike, there is no cocktail menu at this bar. Instead, guests can rely on the expertise of their highly trained bartenders to help discover their new favourite or forgotten classic.

270 Adelaide St W #300

Melrose on Adelaide

Melrose on Adelaide

Located in the Entertainment District, this bar has the perfect atmosphere for a first date. With candles, string lights and a moderate music level, so you can uphold some excellent conversation while sipping on one of their thoughtfully crafted cocktails or treating yourself to a light bar snack.

1161 Dundas St W

Paris Paris

Paris Paris

Having recently moved to 146 Ossington Avenue, this unpretentious wine bar has an extensive selection of wines by the glass, plus an internationally inspired snack menu. Be sure to check out their new space with tropical greenery, expansive skylights and neon lighting.

1070 Queen St W

Bar Fancy

Bar Fancy

This upbeat, rustic-modern snack bar is serving up some of the city's best fried chicken, wine, beer and a thoughtful array of cocktails. Follow the neon tiger, and grab a seat on their cozy CaféTO patio, where their staff will take excellent care of you.

136 Ossington Ave

Reposado

Reposado

A chic, dimly-lit watering hole dedicated to top-shelf mezcal and tequila, Reposado is the place for Mexican tapas and live music. Have a seat indoors, or while the weather co-operates, on either their front or back patios for a guaranteed good night.

17 St Nicholas St

Bar Volo

Bar Volo

Located in a speakeasy-like alleyway, this cozy rustic bar has an array of rare and imported craft beers, as well as house-brews on tap that pair beautifully with their Southern Italian-inspired snack menu.

505 College St

Bar Raval

Bar Raval

This Barcelona-inspired pintxo bar has a variety of curated small plates to share, hand-crafted cocktails, beers, and fortified wines that you can enjoy either on their sprawling patio or in their swanky award-winning interior space.

472 Queen St W

BarChef

BarChef

This dark, intimate hangout on Queen Street West is a Toronto staple, offering creative cocktail experiences, with over 5000 house-made bitters and a snacking menu with sliders, charcuterie and Japanese fried chicken in case you’re feeling peckish.

The Best Bars for a First Date in Toronto

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The Best Bars for a First Date in Toronto

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The best bars for a first date in Toronto are cool and casual and will make you feel comfortable as you meet your new prospects for the first time in person. With so much uncertainty on a first date, it is of utmost importance that the atmosphere radiates a vibe that will allow you to present as your best self. This means choosing a spot that’s not too loud, so you don’t have to shout, but not so quiet that all you can hear is yourself think.

Preferably, the bar will boast an extensive drink menu that will help strike up good conversation and keep some of the first date jitters at bay. From swanky wine bars to speakeasies to dimly lit cocktail havens, the best first date bars in Toronto will make it oh-so-easy for you to have a great time and make a positive, long-lasting first impression.