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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The top 10 new bars for a Tinder date in Toronto

tinder date torontoBars for a Tinder date in Toronto cater to those fishing for a hook up as well as more serious daters. If you swiped right on a guy or gal and want to impress them, there's more than a few new watering holes you can use to charm your way into their heart (or bedroom).

Here are my picks for the top new bars for a Tinder date in Toronto.

Apt. 200
Though a handful of Tinder users are more than happy to skip the song and dance of a real date and head straight for the hookup, you'll probably have to buy your newest conquest a drink before they head home with you. If you want to get those apartment vibes away from your actual apartment, head to this West Queen West spot for a Cosmo; there's even a bed in the back if you're feeling frisky.

Shameful Tiki Room
Not all people can surprise their date with a destination vacation right off the bat and, let's be honest, you probably don't have the cash for that, anyway. Fortunately, you can still indulge in some Polynesian-themed fun at this Parkdale tiki bar. If your conversation falls flat, just order one of their massive drink bowls and it should be smooth sailing from there.

Boxcar Social Riverside
If you frequent or live in the east, you know that most of its bars are pretty low-key. This means you're probably going to have to get to know your Tinder match (cue the screams). Boxcar Social's outpost in Riverside caters to those who are probably looking for more than a one night stand - the menu is free of J├Ągerbombs and will probably win you brownie points for that reason alone.

Dundas Video
Dundas Video is the ultimate no fuss, no muss option. The place doesn't have flashy decor, insane beverages or a dress code - which is ideal for the average Tinder user. If you just want to have a beer (and they have pretty much all of them) and chat outside of the app, it won't disappoint.

The Lowdown
Located in Kensington Market below Torito you'll find a dimly lit cantina that will help do your profile picture justice. If the night seems like it's going in the right direction, head upstairs and enjoy a little tapas. Or, if he or she is a total dud, opt to stay downstairs for a live show - if you need an escape you may be able to shimmy away during a more lively set (but try not to be a jerk, if possible).

Bar Fancy
Bar Fancy isn't actually that fancy, but your date doesn't need to know that (the name of the laid back West Queen West joint may encourage your date to put their best foot forward). The minimalistic space puts conversation at the forefront, so brace yourself for a night involving more than just a shameless make out sesh.

The Lockhart
So you matched with your date because of a mutual interest in Harry Potter? Good for you, you're probably meant to be. If you feel the need to test your date's knowledge of all things Potter, take them to this Dundas West haunt. Possible conversation starters: "is the bartender a muggle?, "does "The Shacklebolt" drink accurately represent its namesake?" and "Would Harry, Ron and Hermione go here?"

I understand anyone's apprehension toward going somewhere with the name like Loveless for a first date, but trust me, this cafe-meets-bar is a solid option. It's casual, boasts a decent cocktail list and has a patio, making it ideal for summer outings. Word to the wise: skip bringing militant vegans/animal rights activists here, there are a few taxidermied birds which may throw them off.

The 47
Tinder users are notorious for only interacting late at night, which makes dining a close to impossible feat. If you're looking to wine and dine your date, this Bloordale bar may be your best bet. It serves food until 2 a.m. and has all the brews, wines, and cocktails you need to impress a new love interest. It's also pretty dark, making it a favourite of those who may have gone a little wild with Facetune.

Civil Liberties
Want to get close to your date ASAP? Head to Civil Liberties. The Bloorcourt spot doesn't have much by way of seating, so the two of you can cozy up by the bar. If the flames aren't flying after a few cocktails, say your goodbyes and make a quick escape to Ossington station (it's just around the corner).

What did I miss? Add your favourite spot for a Tinder date to the comments.

Photo of Apt. 200 by Jesse Milns.

by Alice Prendergast via blogTO

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