13 Romantic Date Ideas in Vancouver for Any Budget
Going out on dates is fun, exciting, and a great way to spend quality time with that special someone, but it can be very easy to get stuck in a routine that quickly becomes boring. Let’s face it, there are only so many dinner and movie dates you can take.
Mix it up on date night and discover that Vancouver has to offer. No matter what you’re into, there is something that will give you both something to look forward to.
The next time you try to look up movie listings, consider one of these date ideas instead:
Drinks at Shameful Tiki Room
Make it a night of island fun with some of the best cocktails in the city. Bold, colourful, and with some of the best service in town, this is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy great company.
Perfect for dates and double dates, the atmosphere is always fun and relaxed. When you visit, make sure to order the “mystery bowl” for some interactive entertainment.
- Address: 4362 Main St, Vancouver, BC
- Website: https://shamefultikiroom.com/vancouver/
A Romantic Bike Ride in Stanley Park
What could be more romantic than a bike ride through one of the most diverse parks in BC? A popular tourist attraction for good reason, the park has plenty to see and do from day to night.
Discover historical landmarks, admire the totem poles, relax on the beach, and then ride along the Seawall to take in the beautiful scenery at sunset.
Picnic at Jericho Beach
Often considered a hidden gem that all the locals love, Jericho beach is the perfect picnic spot for the beautiful mountain views and the number of restaurants that can provide gourmet picnic dining.
Pack a blanket, check out local food options, and find a good spot for the coming sunset.
Check Out Live Bands at Fox Cabaret
A popular music venue with a less than traditional past, the former adult movie theatre is now home to host a wealth of local talent.
Perfect for catching live bands, grabbing some drinks, and letting loose on the dance floor, Fox Cabaret is the perfect date location for hours of entertainment.
- Address: 2321 Main St, Vancouver, BC
- Website: www.foxcabaret.com
Belt it Out at Millennium Karaoke
What better way to let loose and show off your vocal skills than by a singing date at Millennium Karaoke? The modern bar and lounge are perfect for socializing, and the food options have everything from light snacks to classic karaoke bar feasts.
Nestled in the heart of Richmond, this is the perfect place for games, drinks, and private rooms for couples or groups.
- Address: 4451 No. 3 Rd #201, Richmond, BC
- Website: www.mkaraoke.ca
Get Lost in a Hedge Maze at Van Dusen Gardens
Fun for all ages, the hedge maze at Van Dusen is a great date spot during the day. Race each other from different ends or explore each corner together.
There is also a convenient restaurant located right in the park for a serene romantic dinner surrounded by nature.
- Address: 5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC
- Website: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vandusen-botanical-garden.aspx
Cozy Up on a Sunset Dinner Cruise
Perfect any time of the year, a dinner cruise is a special way to experience something different from a regular date night and it offers great views of the city and surrounding area.
With regular sailings from Granville Island, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a gourmet dinner, drinks, and a beautiful setting straight out of the movies.
Get Lost in the City
Learn to be a tourist in your own city by exploring all of the popular sights and get lost down all the nooks and crannies in neighbourhoods like Gastown, Yaletown, Davies Village, and Coal Harbour.
The best way to do this is by heading out with no plan in mind. Check out the different shops, try different foods when you come across them, and stop at any attraction you find interesting. A great way to see the city through a new perspective, it’s an adventure that gives you both a chance to build new memories and spend quality time together.
Check out our Vancouver neighbourhoods guide for more ideas and things to do.
Dance the Night Away at the Commodore Ballroom
Go back to the glitz and glamour of the 20’s and admire the beautiful Art Deco style of the Commodore Ballroom. Catch live bands, performances, and dance your heart out, and cozy up in one of the lounge areas.
Once known as one of the only venues in the world with a dance floor that had a spring to it, the club is made for extra fun and comfort for hours of dancing.
- Address: 868 Granville St, Vancouver, BC
- Website: www.commodoreballroom.com
Couples Massage at a Hotel Spa
Soothe those aching muscles with a romantic couple’s massage. There are lots of spas around Vancouver that have side-by-side massage sessions, so you can both enjoy the relaxing treatments together.
The best part of a spa date is that some of the best ones are located in hotels, so you can easily turn it into a quick getaway with a luxury overnight stay.
Read our article on Vancouver's top romantic hotels for a list of hotels we recommend for couples.
Hit Some Trails at Grouse Mountain
A great way to get active and enjoy the natural landscape, Grouse mountain not only has challenging hiking trails, but a spectacular gondola ride up for anyone less inclined to hike up steep slopes.
Once at the top, you can enjoy incredible sunset views across Vancouver, and even enjoy dinner and drinks at the restaurant up top.
Get Creative at Vancouver Art Gallery
For a more artsy date option, check out the traditional and contemporary displays and try your hand at a few sketches based on the work of the masters. Just grab a couple of sketch books, pencils, and let those creative juices flow.
- Address: 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC
- Website: www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
Get in a Good Laugh at Vancouver TheatreSports League
One of the top places for improv comedy, TheatreSports League is located in the theatre-rich Granville Island and easily accessed on foot or by ferry.
A great place to let loose and get involved with the comedy show, this interactive experience is a great way to show off your comedic timing, or at least break the ice with someone new.
- Address: 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC
- Website: www.vtsl.com
Dates should be fun and stress free (not to mention easy on the wallet), so the next time you want to plan something special, don’t worry about spending tons of cash, think outside the box and explore new areas of the city. The whole point of a date is to have a great time!