Hot Spots: The most popular date night destinations according to one of Vancouver’s favourite dating apps

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When it comes to dating in Vancouver, you should be selective.

Not just with the people you choose to enjoy a night on the town with, but also the places you go. A great date destination should be fun, exciting and most importantly, provide the perfect backdrop for great conversation. A dull destination, a dull date.

With that in mind, we’ve partnered with The Inner Circle to highlight the best date destination in town as selected by their own members. From hidden gems to timeless locations, these are the best places to start your “how we met” story in Vancouver.

L’Abattoir – 217 Carrall Street

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Recognized as one of the best restaurants in town, L’Abattoir serves modern French food from a gorgeous space in Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood. Situated right in Maple Tree Square between Gaoler’s Mews and Blood Alley, L’Abattoir was built in the 19th century and is also the site of Vancouver’s first jail. The restaurant serves up ambience for days, from their exquisite bar to their airy dining space, this is classic Parisian romance with a breezy west coast twist. A must visit for any (potential) couple that enjoys the finer things in life.

Seasons in the Park – West 33rd Avenue

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Located in Queen Elizabeth Park, this restaurant is the absolute perfect “special occasion” dining spot. The restaurant’s Pacific NorthWest cuisine is only rivaled by its absolutely breathtaking views of the surrounding garden, the North Shore mountains and the Vancouver skyline. For something extra special, join them for their Sunday evening prime rib dinners or simply reserve a spot on the patio during sunset.

The Blackbird Public House – 905 Dunsmuir Street

Located in Vancouver’s Financial District, The Blackbird Public House features fresh oysters, creative pizzas, and drinks including cocktails and a satellite scotch bar. The classic wooden interior and rich leathered seating gives this neighbourhood watering hole an intimate setting that’s perfect for mesmerizing late night conversations. They also offer 80 varieties of scotch, so… scotch lovers rejoice?

Calabash Bistro – 428 Carrall St

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When you imagine an amazing date, what do you see? Candlelight? Great music? From elevated Caribbean cuisine to refreshing rum-based cocktails, Calabash is high on good vibes and date night ambience through and through. If you come on the weekend, stay late as their downstairs dining room transforms into an underground house party, featuring the best Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae and Dancehall playlists in town.

Earls Ambleside Beach – 1375 Bellevue Avenue

Admit it, you love Earls the same way every Vancouerite loves Earls. Don’t be ashamed, this particular location offers stunning oceanfront views from Ambleside Beach Park, alongside all your favourite dishes and cocktails. In Vancouver, couples that Earls together, stay together.

Marutama Ra-men – 270 Robson St

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Not every date destination needs to be fancy. In fact, Inner Circle users are loving this casual ramen spot near the Vancouver Public Library. Marutama boasts an authentic ramen experience with some seriously outstanding online reviews. Their Aka ramen incorporates red chili flakes and nuts into the tradition broth, making rich, creamy and delicately spiced. Sounds like a good date to us! Whether your date loves ramen or you’re just craving something low key and amazingly delicious, this should definitely be on your list.

LOCAL Public Eatery – 2210 Cornwall

With an amazing patio and an extensive food and beer menu that will suit pretty much any palate, LOCAL is the perfect locale for people to get to know each other. There’s something for everyone here, making it a great safe bet or starting point for an evening out.

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Good dates take work, great dates are effortless.

The Inner Circle is a selective dating app that frees users of the arduous and discouraging aspects of the online dating experience. The app’s approach ensures that each user is properly screened, allowing only genuine, ambitious singles onto its unique platform. Once approved you’ll receive instant access to exclusive monthly events at world class venues, in addition to awesome date night destination recommendations in Vancouver and beyond. These events offer the opportunity to meet tons of like minded singles in real life, letting you skip the “app” part of dating apps almost entirely.

Ready for a night out? Join The Inner Circle for free today.