Perhaps your overseas sweetie is in town for the night. Maybe your appointment with the kids' favorite babysitter has finally come around. Whatever the case, that long-awaited date night is coming, so it's time to make some plans. Fortunately, the Edmonton area has plenty of options.
For a romantic escape, you can't go wrong with a dimly lit Italian restaurant inside a renovated 1913 mansion. You may not slurp the same spaghetti strand and end with a kiss (à la "Lady and the Tramp"), but Violino's quaint, cozy decor can still score you a smooch. OpenTable graced Violino as one of its "Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada," so you may try making a reservation for patio seating if the weather is mild. For truly special occasions, look into their private dining rooms or the second-floor private veranda.
Monster Mini Golf
On the opposite side of the coin, down a few beers (or shots) and truck over to Monster Mini Golf for an evening of ball-putting whimsy. Imagine that someone plopped a putting green into the Haunted Mansion and painted everything psychedelic Day-Glo, and you'd have this place. A live DJ keeps things rocking, and staff will issue "challenges" to patrons at random. The loser gets a pass for a free game, so your date may just be grateful for taking five strokes on every hole.
For the golf-impaired, there's a top-notch arcade with video games and classics such as air hockey, Skee Ball, prize cranes, and racing games. Take home spooktacular prizes to remember your night of romance forever!
You'd be surprised at how hucking axes and knives can get the juices flowing. Axehole, the first-ever indoor axe throwing venue in Edmonton, has no minimum numbers when booking so you and your date can enjoy some quality time alone throwing heavy, sharp objects at spruce logs. A marriage proposal took place on one of the lanes (she said "Yes") so if you want to remain a swingin' single, steer clear of this house of romance.
Their $37 standard rate includes an hour and a half of axe-chucking fun. You can also purchase presents to hang from the target and split open like a piñata. Perhaps you can arrange to have your engagement ring stashed inside of one! Axehole tends to book up quickly, so you might want to reserve your spot online.
Mayfield Dinner Theatre
At Mayfield, live theatre and fine dining come together to create an unforgettable experience for you and your loved one. It's easy to go crazy at their buffet, which features a rotating variety of cuisine that include sushi, roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, salads, and an incredible dessert spread, but you may want to eat light so you're ready for whatever happens at home after the show.
The talented actors and actresses at Mayfield provide mysteries, musical
revues, rock operas and more. Check their show schedule and
see what's playing for your special night.
Whether you've been with your partner for 50 days or 50 years, choosing the right date spot is of utmost importance to fuel the fires of passion. Whether it's music and candlelight, or putting a ball through a zombie's brain, Edmonton has what you're looking for.
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