The first date comes with all sorts of butterflies and awkwardness so the venue is very important. Choose a spot with low commitment and an exit strategy if it’s a flop. Good thing for you- we’ve got a few ideas for where to go. These venues are perfect for a first date because they leave you with the option to hang out if going well or you can head on your way and back to your next tinder match in no time.

It’s Just Coffee

Deville Coffee Shop

One of Calgary’s best coffee shops also boasts a great happy hour . Enjoy a java and test the waters or head there for wine and cheese from 3-6pm daily.

Gravity Espresso Bar

A friendly little café in Inglewood, Gravity is a great date spot. Good coffee and snacks and they have rotating daily features, wine, beer and bubbles. You can also catch live music at Gravity various nights of the week making great background noise for a first date. If you really hit it off go grab dinner at Without Papers of 500 Cucina right around the corner.

Kawa Coffee Bar

Great for a first date or when your first date turns into a late night date-Kawa has treats to satisfy the sweet tooth, perfect for sharing! They have an impressive wine and beer list as well so you can stay a while and get to know each other.  Kawa has live music on the weekends.


Love at First Bite


Casual and laid back, table side guacamole, flaming queso fundidas and of course, tequila –sounds like a recipe for a great date. Try their Happy Hour from 3-5 daily which offers half price tequila and margaritas.


Italian’s are all about the love and Borgo is one of the best Italian restaurants on 17th Ave. Borgo has small bites to share and nibble on by the piece or you can order family style entrees and sides. Also one of the best brunches on 17th ave if your first date falls on a Sunday.


Candela is a hot tapas bar on 4th street. It’s  a sexy room with soft lighting and comfy seats.  Great food and an equally stacked cocktail list. Order slowly off of the menu and bond over the delicious eats.


We love Cibo’s pizza crust! A first date at Cibo must get started with Scondellina- small tapas served with toasted crustinis. My recommendation is to order 3 to share. The ricotta, roasted eggplant puree (better than hummus), and bruscetta. You can always pop in for pizza happy hour, $5 pizza feature from 3-5pm. Low commitment and affordable. If its good stick around and order some vino or stroll to Tutti Frutti for dessert.


There is no better way to get to know someone than by sharing a meal together. Taste is a great spot to go for a first date because they offer their menu items in small bite form. You can share and try new things! Taste has a cool and relaxed atmosphere, sit at the bar or grab a table. Take it slow and steady and find some common ground.

Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti get’s our vote for a great first date spot because you can tell a lot from how a person tops their frozen yogurt. There is defintely a strategy involved and everyone is the artist behind a unique masterpiece. Well, at least I’m judging. Also- if they don’t like Fro-yo…you’ll want to figure that out pretty quick. *deal breaker alert*