Bae Mine: 5 Valentine’s Date Ideas Close to Campus

Valentine’s Day can put a lot of pressure on a couple. No matter how you choose to spend the day, it has to be thoughtful and well planned. It can be stressful – especially for the person planning the date – but this year, we’ve got you and your bae covered.

It’s a holiday that should be about spending time with the ones we love – not stressing over the perfect date or how much you’re spending on said date. That’s why for this V-Day, we say leave all the planning to us. We’ve rounded up some fun, unique date ideas for February 14th that will not only be approved by your special somebody, but by your wallet as well. Want more good news? All of these dates are on or around Ryerson campus because we know it’s midterm time and that the struggle is more than real.

Date 1: Eat dinner in the dark

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

Does going out for dinner sound like same old Saturday night to you? Well, O.NOIR Toronto offers a unique spin on this typical V-Day date. For one to two hours, you and your date can sip on some red wine and enjoy a three-course meal, all while sitting in complete darkness. You will be served by a waiter that is either blind or vision-impaired, who will guide you through the whole experience. The dinner menu is full of delicious options like grilled calamari, filet mignon and penne pasta with a light tomato sauce – then top it off with some dark chocolate mousse for dessert. Bonus: You can play footsie with your date in the dark judgment-free.

Date 2: Play a board game

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

If you’re looking for a more low-key date idea, there’s the Roll Play Cafe located just off of Yonge Street. Walk in, grab a board game off the shelf and get your game-face on — sassing each other is encouraged. There are 300 games to choose from, such as couple-friendly options like Love Letter or Ghost Blitz, and childhood favourites like Clue or Jenga. It’s also student-budget friendly, meaning there’s no cover charge to play the games. The only rule is that you have to purchase something off of the menu, which, trust us, won’t be hard. For those couples looking to share, you can split some nachos, or you can indulge in a slice of red velvet cheesecake or homemade triple chocolate brownie with ice cream (need I say more?). Roll Play’s Valentine’s Day specials also include bourbon steak and wine.

Date 3: Make breakfast together and go skating

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

Instead of popping some Eggo waffles in the toaster or pouring yourself a bowl of cereal, put on a fun 8tracks playlist (complete with improv kitchen dancing) and make breakfast together — bacon, eggs, pancakes and the whole shebang! Starting the day with a hearty (pun intended) meal will put you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Once you’ve eaten your weight in bacon and maple syrup, grab some skates and head over to Lake Devo or Nathan Phillips Square for a couple of hand-holding laps.

Date 4: Indulge in some drinks and mini desserts at Bite Bar

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

Got a sweet tooth? Check out Bite Bar for bite-sized cheesecakes, tarts, macaroons and cupcakes in a variety of flavours – you won’t have to feel guilty about indulging in more than one of these sugary treats. Cozy up in the sit-down lounge, order a drink (perhaps a chocolate salted caramel pretzel-tini for her and a maple bacon bourbon for him?) and nibble on PB&J cupcakes, cookie cheesecake and café brule tarts.

Date 5: Cook dinner together and watch old movies

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

Photo: Jessica DeFreitas

If you know your date is a big fan of pizza from Terroni, avoid the crazy dinner rush crowd and make it a date to make pizza together instead. Begin with going grocery shopping together (both Metro and Loblaws are within walking distance of Ryerson for those who live in the area) and pick all the ingredients you need to cook it together at home. Whether the meal turns out or not, it’ll be a date you both won’t forget. Once you’re finished, gather up all your pillows and blankets, make a fort and watch an old movie on your laptop or binge-watch Friends on Netflix. Quality time together is something some student couples never have enough of, with working a part-time job and all the assignments we get slammed with, so this is the ultimate way to reconnect with your partner – and your pizza.