Today we present the third in our series on alternatives to the dinner-and-a-show standard. Regardless of whether you’re single or attached, creative date-planning lets your date know that you’re imaginative and thoughtful.
Panoramic and Perverse (Yorkville and The Annex): Dress up and head for dinner high in the sky at either Panorama or the Rooftop Lounge. After soaking up the view, add a feather boa, stock up on lighters, and escort your date to a late-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Bloor Cinema (usually shown at 11:45 PM on the last Friday of the month). Watch her closely – you’ll be rewarded with glimpses of her true sexual nature. Panorama, Manulife Centre on the 51st floor. The Rooftop Lounge at Park Hyatt, 18th floor. The Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West at Bathurst.
Exotic and Engaging (Bloor Street West): Add some exoticism and sensuality to your evening, and go for Ethiopian to Lalibela, where you can eat with your fingers. Plan a long night and experience the leisurely Ethiopian coffee ceremony. Once you and your date are buzzing, zip over to one of Toronto’s newest screening venues, The Brunswick Theatre, for a documentary. It should give you lots of food for thought – and intelligent conversation is definitely sexy. Lalibela, 869 Bloor West at Ossington. The Brunswick Theatre, 296 Brunswick at Bloor.
Romantic and Retro (Lakeshore): Ah, the Indian Summer. Refuse to let go of it by taking one last ride over to Ward’s Island. The Rectory Cafe has a beautiful garden patio (and indoor seating) right on the boardwalk. Bring a sweater so you can take a walk on the beach after dinner. End your evening in classic retro form at the Docks Drive-In. Smooching in the back seat never goes out of style. For reservations at the Rectory Cafe, call (416) 203-2152. The Docks Drive-In, 176 Cherry Street.