Top 8 Venue Picks for Valentine’s Day 2017
Written by: Amanda V. Taylor
Valentine’s Day is universally known as being the most romantic day of the year – and it’s just around the corner. The expectations associated with crafting a flawless romantic experience for that special someone can be daunting, especially when you’ve just started planning.
Luckily, we did all the leg-work for you and narrowed down the list to 5 swoon-worthy date spots sure to send sparks flying. Whether it’s booking a reservation at the perfect restaurant (soon), indulging in a little theatre or relaxing with that special someone, we have you covered with our Top 8 Venue Picks in Toronto for Valentine’s Day.
Bar Chef Is the place for an innovative cocktail experience. Situated close by in trendy Queen West, Bar Chef never falters in service nor quality. The venue is whimsical and atmospheric, instantly transporting consumers to an era reminiscent of an upscale 1920’s speakeasy.
The cocktails themselves really are consumable art; their experienced bartenders will mix anything from Toasted Chamomile to Elderflower Pressé to achieve desirably unique palates.
This spot is ideal for couples with an adventurous spirit (pun intended), seeking a romantic candle-lit evening.
Try: The ever-popular bourbon delight Backwoods Boulevardier or the Cucumber Fizz for something more refreshing.
A quick Toronto favorite and popular among the nightlife scene, this modern French eatery boasts 360 degree views of Toronto’s breathtaking skyline.
Enjoy a vast range of finely curated dishes, with the Tuna Tartare being the most touted item on the menu. This chic locale is a great date spot for those looking to celebrate Valentine’s in style.
3. Princess of Wales Theatre – Cabaret
The Princess of Wales Theatre is the home of fantastical performances and lush red-velvet seating – dubbed as the first "first-class legitimate" playhouse by the venue itself.
The Theatre is undeniably beautiful, but the performances are what keep patrons returning time after time. This Valentine’s Day, Broadway original Cabaret will be taking the stage. Originally appearing in 1966 on Broadway, it instantly became a hit and has been recently revived for Toronto’s viewing pleasure.
Set in 1931 Berlin, Cabaret tells the story of two misfits who land right in the middle of the sordid but seductive Kit Kat Club, where guests go to forget their deepest troubles. The uprise of the Nazi regime plays an underlying yet pivotal role in the production, making it an edgy, political and seductive pick.
For couples looking for a little drama and excitement, this 4.5/5 star production will deliver just that.
4. Second City
For those with a light-hearted approach to romance and a fondness for laughter, Second City’s Valentine’s Day performance explores the subject in a self-described ‘sassy satire’.
Second City is known for spearheading the career of several comedic prodigies (alumni includes Mike Myers, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, and more), making it a first-rate date choice for couples with a healthy sense of humor.
5. Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse
Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse has been serving first-class cuts to Toronto steak aficionados for years. It is one of the most distinguished steakhouses in the city, offering lavish selections of Kobe and Wagyu beef, specially imported from Japan.
The steakhouse has consistently held a spot in Trip Advisor’s Top 5 Restaurants in Toronto year after year, and anyone who’s been to Jacobs & Co. knows why. The venue is easily considered one of Toronto’s swankiest hotspots, complete with plush interiors, a piano bar, and a seemingly endless wine-list.
The venue has remained a haunt for Toronto’s elite for years, meaning this date night might even lead to a few new connections. Jacobs & Co. is the quintessential date spot for a luxurious Valentine’s day
Well known among the Toronto Food scene, award winning Chef Rob Gentile operates the popular restaurant along with Buca Yorkville and Bar Buca.
The menu offers one-of-a-kind decadent options, featuring items like duck offal ragu, grilled sea bass from Cyprus and hand-cut pasta made in fresh in-house. Buca offers truly authentic Italian cuisine, creating dishes that bring a slice of Italy right to Toronto’s doorstep. The service is also top-notch - Details of taste notes in each dish will be recited for you without hesitation.
30-foot high ceilings and exposed brick walls characterize this bona fide Italian eatery. The highly-advocated menu coupled with Buca’s stellar ambience creates an exquisite dining experience.
Buca is an ideal pick for the ultimate Valentine’s romantic dinner, if you can get a reservation. The restaurant is known to book up weeks in advance, so be sure to book quickly.
7. Hammam Spa
Given Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year, what’s a better way to begin a romantic evening than relaxing after work with a couple’s massage and a glass of bubbly?
Located in the heart of the King West neighborhood, Hammam Spa is the go-to for many local residents. The Unite Package offers a steam, 90-minute couple’s massage, mini facials, and a private suite complete with a jacuzzi, champagne, chocolates and mineral bath salts.
The spa is open until 9pm, making it the perfect after-work relaxing retreat for couples with a full work schedule.
Baro is the newest restaurant hot spot, having only just opened its doors this month. The highly anticipated Latin American restaurant has already made waves, with the original Valdez team behind it.
Chef/owner Steve Gonzalez promises a “slightly more modernized spin” on Valdez with Baro. The restaurant will boast a modern-day (and password protected) speakeasy called ‘Escobar’, along with a year-round heated patio and a raw bar.
This see-and-be-seen hotspot is a venue almost made for flaunting your gorgeous date, or showing off a perfectly curated Valentine’s getup.
Amanda V. Taylor | @AmandaVTaylor
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