We've all gone through some tough financial times at some point, but that doesn't mean you can't get your game on. Girls just want to have a good time, so it is essential that a man has an arsenal of date ideas lined up. The bigger your budget the more options you have. However, you don't necessarily need a big budget to entertain. This article is to all the bros that text each other for advice on where they should bring their date. So here is a list of activities that don't demand a big budget and that can be fun.
1. Place des Arts or Old Port
"Giiiirl we should just walk and talk, walk and talk walk and talk - I just want to know EVERYTHING about you"; said no guy ever. The walk will make your brain release dopamine, which means that your date will be instantly happier even though you're a cheap ass. Okay, you can buy her an ice cream at least and/or a bottle water. Hopefully though she's on a diet and she won't scream for ice cream. Did he just say "hopefully she's on diet"? blame my city i'm just a product of it. Did he just say "blame my city i'm a product of it"?. Yes he did, on a serious note though, be prepared to answer some critical questions that will determine your faith with this girl.
Improv Comedy shows can be dirt cheap and have the potential to make you crack a smile or two. Perhaps a couple of horse laughs but that's all you'll get for 5 bucks (let's not get too greedy shall we?). This recommendation comes with a warning because let's face it, some comedians just suck. But if you go there with a good attitude and at least get a few drinks you can still have a good time.
Netflix and just chill. This one is huge because you spend $8 a month but get a shit load of return on your investment. If you're a player, cheap AND lazy, then this one is a no brainer (I could have just said "if you're a dude"). Oh...you'll need wine with this also.
I didn't know this existed in Montreal until a fellow writer at MTLBlog wrote about it. You spend a couple of minutes with each person. Once you leave the speed dating arena, if the person liked you, you receive a text with their name and number. For a greater description of speed dating click on the link at the bottom of the article.
Painting and wine sounds like a date from the movies. Ok, let's face it, most guys don't care about the painting part but the ladies love that crap PLUS you get to have alcohol again. If you put a little effort and you flex your creative muscle you can even walk away with a new painting to hang on your wall. When people ask you about the painting just describe it as "je ne sais quoi" it will make you sound mysterious and artistic.
Picnic on Mont Royal park is a simple date that can be a lot of fun if orchestrated in the right way. All you need is a blanket, bottle of wine, snacks, and maybe playing cards. Let's be real, wine drunk is the best drunk and I recommend not being completely cheap on this one and getting a bottle from the SAQ because that Couche Tard wine is awful. You're better off adding alcohol to your red vinegar if you plan on being that cheap.
This beautiful museum has a permanent art collection that is free to visit for anybody that is under the age of 30. The museum is also free on every last sunday of the month. This is an awesome date because it shows that your more on the creative side than that classic "lets go out for drinks". I would recommend bringing a girl that your taking a little more seriously here.
L'academie is probably the best bang for your buck. You can bring as much wine as you want and they also have a special that runs from Monday to Thursday where you can get a plate of pasta for under $10.
Between enjoying yummy food, sitting outside in nature (after being stuck inside all winter) and spending time with loved ones, it's no surprise why picnics have become a summer staple in Montreal. This has been especially true during the pandemic.
The team started doing these picnics during the pandemic after years of visitors coming to the orchard and asking to explore the grounds.
They offer monthly menus based on what's in season on the farm and in the area, packed in a beautiful picnic basket that you can take anywhere on the property, whether it's on the tables and chairs scattered throughout the rows of apple trees or on your own picnic blanket.
We booked for five of us to go to celebrate lots of birthdays this month. I went for the first time last year in October, so it's no surprise the menu was different in July — lots of fresh veggies, cold dishes and light sauces, but there was one thing that was consistent: the UNBELIEVABLY fresh quality.
For July, the chicken was the only hot dish, so we decided to eat that first, and let me tell you, it was probably one of the best chicken dishes I've ever had IN MY LIFE. It was quite reminiscent of a Thanksgiving turkey in a light, yet creamy gravy and I could have easily had a whole basket of it.
We then moved onto a veggie sandwich. If you know me, you know I'm a mega-fan of sandwiches. I couldn't decide which was better: the fresh veggies or the fluffiest, doughiest bread that tasted like it was pulled out of the oven five minutes earlier. The rest of the menu was filled with lots of great dishes like salads, porchetta, cold soups, and some fish, too.
Of course, there's always a sweet treat to end off the meal. This month's menu included a fruit shortcake. I'm not much of a shortcake person, but this was honestly so light and delectable that I think I may be one now.
It was such a great day on the farm that we didn't want to go home. It's only 40 minutes outside of the city and felt like a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle. At $80 per basket (a basket is made for two people), it was actually great value for money and I cannot wait to see what's on the menu next month!
La Cabane d'À Côté Picnic
Price: $80 for a basket for two
Address: 3595, Montée Robillard, St-Benoît de Mirabel, QC
Why You Need To Go: For one of the coolest and tastiest picnics you can have less than an hour from Montreal.
The Ciel en Fête hot air balloon festival in Quebec is floating its way through Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu next month, accompanied by a host of activities, including yoga, a Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) picnic and an illuminated night show.
In the event of good weather, the hot air balloon festival will take place every weekend during the month of August.
The festival will host two free yoga sessions at dawn, where you can practice your downward-facing dog surrounded by breathtaking floating hot air balloons.
The SAQ'scinq à sept style Pique-nique découverte allows you to picnic beneath the balloon-dotted sky. Tickets include a basket with a selection of wines or bubbles from Quebec, paired with agrifood products from the region.
Night Glow on August 7 will create a hot air balloon spectacle under the stars, illuminated in the likeness of Chinese lanterns, which you can view through your car.
On several dates, two professional acrobatic divers will perform extreme dives from a hot air balloon in mid-flight — they'll be jumping 20 to 25 metres, equivalent to an 8-storey building, and diving into the water below.
Food trucks and beer will be available at the free Budweiser tailgate on August 14, where you'll be able to watch the Volaria aerial festival.
Reservations for each activity are required, but entrance is free for most events.
Ciel en Fête Festival
Price: Mostly free entry, but prices vary
When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary
Teleport is a new video speed-dating platform where you get set up with five people that you share similarities with and get to go on five dates in 30 minutes.
Afterwards, you're able to continue messaging the people you met during the dates if you both chose the option to keep talking to one another.
It is designed for people of all sexual orientations.
To get paired up, you get yourself a "ticket" for different events that pique your interest, such as one called "Outdoor Adventure anyone?" then you will get to meet people who also signed up for the same event when it begins.
Teleport will officially launch in Montreal on June 17 at 8 p.m. and you'll be able to start signing up for events that evening, which will allow you to go on dates with people of similar interests.
"Starting June 17th, we will have weekly events on Thursdays, 8 pm where people are smartly paired," Teleport told MTL Blog.
Why do the creators think Teleport is necessary in today's world?
The creators of Teleport, Chad Goodman, Tyler Greenberg and Michael Ding have been working on the app for two years now. "We completely evolved the way you meet new people," the creators told MTL Blog.
"The future of social is live, in the moment, and as exciting as the real world. We believe that the best encounters are face-to-face. When you can see their smile, hear their voice, and feel their energy."
"Swiping right will never replace that magic. But, swiping and texting have replaced real connections. The very apps that seek to bring us together are what are making us feel so alone."
They concluded by saying, "Dating should be exciting, in the moment, and face-to-face, not a mindless game, swiping on fake profiles. Teleport is inspired by the real world, and we believe that it’s the first real dating app.”
How can I make a Teleport profile?
Once Teleport launches on June 17, you'll be able to go to either the website or the app, which you can find under "Teleport Dating: Video Events" on the Apple App Store, and start building your profile.
When creating your Teleport profile, you'll be asked different questions like your star sign, how often you exercise, "do you enjoy drinking?" and more to help the team at Teleport get to know you better.
You can also write a bio about yourself and add various photos.
Once your profile is all set up, you can take a look at the events happening for Montreal and see which ones you'd be interested in video chatting people at!
Sink Your Teeth Into Montreal's Latest Inventive Dessert
Where: Chef Tony Rinaldi; Online
Why You Need To Check It Out: The only thing sweeter than bomboloni, the Italian dessert trend that took Montreal by storm last year, is adding Italy's other favourite dessert, gelato, to form a bombolone ice cream sandwich.