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The Best Dates in YYC Awards 2014


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There are plenty of important decisions to make in life. Making the little ones, like “what should we eat for dinner?”, can  become an annoying debate between couples and friends.

Whether you’re looking to celebrate, try something new or just don’t want to get stuck in the “dinner and a movie” phase, we have your back with ideas. ItsDateNight.com focuses on the experience you’re searching for.

We plan life based on the occasion. So, you should be able to search for where to go this way too! ItsDateNight.com filters your searches this way to help you make the perfect plans!

We encourage you to get out and explore what this city has to offer. ItsDateNight.com is a platform to see all your options in one place.


It’s like the easy button, with the best of Calgary at your fingertips.

So whether you’re single, dating, in a long-term relationship or just wanting to try something new,

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After months of surveying, we present 

The Best Dates in Calgary for 2014


Happy Hour & Cocktail Date
BEST: Anejo Restaurant

Whether you’re grabbing a quick something before dinner or lingering into the wee hours of the night, we know where to get the best drinks in Calgary. Añejo is the pick for the best cocktail date and happy hour date. It’s completely buzz-worthy (pun intended). This venue transforms from a trendy sit down spot to a bumping late night destination to throw a few back with friends. The Booze Bullies at Añejo shake up some killer cocktails. The margarita flavours are unbeatable: Chili coconut, mango, or classic, just to name a few. You’ll be saying “uno mas” in no time. Our personal favourite is the owner’s go-to drink El Jefe (meaning “the boss”). Añejo’s unbeatable happy hour, known as  “#halfyhour”, features half-off margaritas and every tequila (even top shelf!). You can be “happy” every day from 3pm-5pm, so maybe leave work a little early to join your amigos for a good time.

We encourage you to get out and explore what this city has to offer. ItsDateNight.com is a platform to see all your options in one place.

Next Best: Cocktail Date Ox & Angela Milk Tiger Raw Bar

Next Best: Cocktail Date

Ox & Angela

Milk Tiger

Raw Bar


The Group Date
BEST: National on 10th

Do you truly believe in “the more the merrier”? National on 10th is for you! With large seating areas, ping-pong tables, bowling and foosball - National on 10th is the epicenter of a good time. We should also mention that they carry 108 different types of beer, an extensive wine and cocktail menu, and pretty amazing group platters. With a laid back vibe- you don’t need to worry about dressing up- but you should dress to impress. This adult playground brings out the “work hard, play hard” crew, with good times guaranteed. Downstairs you can challenge your friends to a little bowling. Waiting for a lane? Order up a round of tacos or play a few rounds of Buck-Hunter to kill time. If you are looking for a more intimate group setting, the Bourbon room upstairs is an elevated experience. With Stephen Phipps, Calgary’s top Barkeep, leading the vision for The Bourbon Room you’re in great hands. You can expect handcrafted cocktails and an ultra-sexy vibe. Totally unique to Calgary, every Saturday night at National is “Soul Night”, featuring classy soul music and old-school R&B. Stephen Phipps also runs movie nights and hands-on cocktail classes in the Bourbon Room.

Next Best: Group Date

Candela

Roosevelt

Wurst


The D-Floor Date
BEST: Commonwealth Bar & Stage

Known as an “uncommon bar for common people” Commonwealth is the top place in YYC to throw down your moves. With a prime location on 10th Ave, it’s a quick cab from after-work drinks once you’re ready to turn up the night.  With multiple bars spread throughout, and two dance floors pumping out killer beats, it’s hard to not have a great time. Commonwealth houses the best DJs in the city who are always spinning playlists with unique mixes and classic crowd pleasers. We suggest wearing footwear that won’t leave you avoiding the dance floor or risking a tumble down the large staircase (not speaking from experience or anything). This place is definitely a Calgary hot spot. Make sure to head there early because the line is known to stretch down the block! 

Next Best: Dance Floor Date

Black Betty

HIFI

MARQUEE


The Coffee Date
BEST: Analog

This is the place for all the cool cats on 17th Avenue. Some customers are here for a pit stop, and others will post up for the day with their laptops. The place is constantly buzzing with conversation, crowds and coffee orders among a lovable energy. Top-notch products from local suppliers Fratello coffee, Calgary-raised brothers opened up Analog with a vision to provide the city with an intimate, urban venue with local love. The baked goods are supplied by local fave Sidewalk Citizen Bakery - the almond croissant is fall-apart fresh and the daily sandwiches are always delicious. Opening early and closing at midnight, this place is a go-to meeting place to catch up over coffee with any of your friends or family. Come here in your workout gear after a run or in your most stylin’ duds, there will be enough of a mix in the crowd to feel right at home! You may have tough luck getting a table, but the friendly staff can always give you your coffee in a to-go cup, so you can stroll with it down 17th Ave.

Next Best: Coffee Date

Caffee Rosso

Phil & Sebastian

Purple Perk


The Late-Night Date
BEST: UNA Pizza + Wine

No need to settle for drive-thru’s for a good midnight snack. The best late-night eat in town is UNA! Famous in YYC for delicious pizza, this wine and pizza bar is open for seating until 1am. They don’t take reservations but the wait times are up-to-date on twitter. You can also place your name on a waitlist to receive a call when your table is ready. Stroll down 17th Ave while you wait. National or Brava are two nearby venues for a quick drink! For pizza pies, the 4-maggi pizza or the prosciutto pizza are drool-worthy classics. Other top picks include the meatballs and the kale caesar salad. Did we forget to mention that they also do take out? Order out and make it a late-night date at home, just you and your pizza, oh yeah and your date. 

Next Best: Late-Night Date

Clive Burger

Big Cheese

Singapore Sam's


The Celebration Date
BEST: The Living Room

This venue offers a cozy romantic setting unique to 17th Ave. Come here for an intimate date or a landmark celebration, such as an anniversary or a birthday dinner with your loved one. Although perfect for an intimate date, The Living Room knows how to party too!  They have a giant private dining room downstairs so you can celebrate with all of your friends! Some classic menu staples include beef tartar, oysters and fondue. Known for fantastic old school cocktails, The Living Room’s real claim to fame is found on the drink menu. “The Shaft” is a Calgary born drink, mixing espresso, milk and vodka on the rocks. If you’re stopping by the bar late night for this Calgary favourite pick-me-up, ask for Lee he’ll fix it up just right for you! 

Next Best: Celebration Date

Sky 360

River Cafe

Bonterra


The Wine Date
BEST: The Vin Room

At either venue (Mission or Aspen Landing) expect an intimate setting. It’s best to come here on a romantic date or perfect for catch-up date with a friend. This isn’t the place to pre-drink with your friends before a night on the town, it’s the spot for a small crowd to stay all night and chat. The food is all by small plates and is best for sharing - especially any of the cheese boards, the eggplant chips or the lobster nachos! As for the wine, we encourage ordering the 2 oz tasters so you can try as many labels as you like! 

Next Best: Wine Date

Cibo

Black Betty

Winebar Kensington 

 


The Games Night Date
BEST: The Ship & Anchor

Tuesday nights are boring no more. Calgary’s classic pub offers the most unique game night experience at the Ship with their Punk Rock Bingo. Starting at 8pm, the crowd is made up of the tattooed bearded folk, and the after work crowd in loosened ties. It’s a fun and friendly atmosphere, with the jacks-of-all-trades coming together for a good time. It’s best to get there early to get a seat on the “bingo side” of the venue if you’d like to play. The staff does a great job of accommodating large groups who want to play bingo, but with limited seating and space you may have to share tables with some strangers - but it makes for new friendships and plenty of glass-clinking! It’s a given that you drink one of the many beers on tap, as there are rules in the Ship’s take on bingo as to when you must “cheers” and chug your drink. The giant servings of nachos are a popular go-to for groups, and the Ship burger is always a great dinner. This bingo is  both a game and a show, so kick back and have fun! 

Next Best: Games Night Date

Oak Tree Tavern

Broken City


The Live Music Date
BEST: The Palomino

It’s a BBQ all year round at the Palomino. This is Calgary’s top music venue for a reason - live shows every night, with a stage upstairs and downstairs. There is never a dull, (or quiet) moment, so strap your boots on for a good time. There is a variety of music, but you can usually expect rock, and a mixed crowd. It’s best to come here with a group or on a date that you’re comfortable gettin’ down and chowin’ down with. You can’t miss the bacon-wrapped corn on the cob, and this is definitely the type of place to have a beer-in-hand at. Located right along the C Train tracks at 1 Street West station, you can get home safely if you have one too many.

Next Best: Live Music Date

Wine-Ohs

Cafe Koi

The Blues Can 


The Hidden Gem Date
BEST: Billingsgate

This is a great venue to support local on a casual date. Passed down through five generations, Billingsgate Seafood Market is true to quality. As a local business, Billingsgate supports supplying local product - such as Village Brewery beer, served ice cold. The best Fish n’ Chips in the city puts family recipe “Grandpa Bertie’s Beer Batter” to the test, and it never fails. The venue has early hours and daily specials, so it’s best to come here for a filling lunch or an early dinner. The buck-a-shuck oysters are a must on Sundays! Quaint and buzzing, you literally sit in the midst of the market at tables and chairs amongst the daily hustle and bustle. It may smell a bit fishy, but this place is anything but that! 

Next Best: Live Music Date

Lina's Italian Market

Garrison Pub

Niko's Bistro


The Sweet Date
BEST: Tutti Frutti

Whether it’s an after dinner treat or the main attraction, the dessert date is always a hit. Tutti Frutti on 17th Ave is a lively little hot spot for a perfect date. Pick your flavours (yes, you can mix), pick your toppings, and proceed to sink into a cloud of total bliss. Skip dessert at the restaurant, Tutti Frutti is more than just a treat -   it’s an experience. You can go dairy-free and top it off with fruit, or dive into the chocolate and candies.  The possibilities are endless! There are taster cups available to try things out before you commit (too bad dating doesn’t work this way). At ItsDateNight, we’ve concluded that a person’s fro-yo strategy can be quite telling of their personality, so watch carefully.

Next Best: Sweet Date

Kawa

Village Ice Cream

Menchies


The Sunday Date
BEST: Calgary Farmers Market

Let’s face it, Calgary can be an icebox. With winter just around the corner, a stroll outdoors may not sound that appealing. Luckily, Calgary has plenty of great spots to keep Sunday a fun-day, even in the dead of winter. The Calgary Farmers market is the spot, hosting close to 100 vendors with a variety of locally produced food and hand made goods. Some of our favourites include fresh produce, meat pies, bison jerky and homemade crepes. It’s the ultimate casual culinary experience. Want to get all of your taste buds firing? Challenge your date to a walk around the building and compete for who can try the most samples. We love a little competition, and this one is wallet friendly! If you want a hot take-home item, the bruschetta from Two Greek Gals is the top-selling product at the market. Another in-market must have is a stop at Fratello Analog café on your way in or out. The careful creation of your coffee is an experience of its own! 

Next Best: Sunday Date

Kensington

4th Street

IKEA (seriously)

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