You shouldn't be spending much on a first date, and in this city- you can actually get away with not spending at all. If you don't know the person very well yet, and want to spend time getting to know them first, then the amount you spend is irrelevant. First dates are crucial to know if there will be a second or third. Try one of these ideas, and I promise you won't regret it (even if there's no second date).
Lots of lounges and supper clubs have ladies nights once a week to attract more women. Read Irina's articles for those spots here. Essentially you'll spend on your own drinks and dinner, and hers won't cost you a penny.
The simplest, most entertaining first date you can go on. $6 entrance, so you can indulge on the snacks.
You can check out Cinema Guzzo's schedules here.
Wednesdays at Flyjin
They have $1 oysters at Flygin on Wednesday nights now. If you didn't know, oysters are an aphrodisiac. If you don't know what that means, aphrodisiac is a substance, when consumed, increases sexual desire.
House of Jazz
A Montreal landmark of entertainment, fine dining, and jazziness. They've got performances live almost every night at 7:30 pm. You can check out the times and artist playing here.
Get a bottle of white or red wine from the SAQ ($10 to $14). Go grocery shopping before and cook up some salmon and veggies or pasta. It'll show you put in the effort, and you'll even have lunch for the next day.
Go for desert only
Juliette & Chocolat. I went there the other night with my boyfriend and we got a Nutella and banana crepe, with a side of the chocolate fondu cake with vanilla ice cream for a grand total of $21.
This place is INSANE. Ranges from $20-23 per person. You're stuck in a maze for up to one hour and need to escape your way out. Great way to bond, and can also be done with two couples so you can set up a double date. They've got all kinds of different themes, check it out here.
Take her out for brunch. Even the fancy restaurants won't exceed $15 plus tax for a plate. Check out my article on best spots to brunch here.
Check out Michael's article on lunches under $5 here.