Spring is here and love is in the air! What better way to tell someone “I love you” than on a beautiful artsy date? Well, Montreal holds a variety of perfect activities for that special person who loves art just as much as you love them. But, I guarantee that they will love you just as much if you take them on one of these dates.
Now, you may not be too fond of art but, trust me. After you see what I have in store for you and your special someone who already loves art, you will see why they love it so much.
1. Never Apart Art Gallery
The Never Apart gallery has a modern twist on art. They are a non-profit organisation that indulge on the aspects of equality, the environment, and conscious living. Their goal is to start a positive change by tying cultures together through music and many other forms of art.
So, I suggest starting your date by taking a Bixi down to the art gallery. Afterwards, you can go down to little Italy for a nice little lunch at one of the several local cafes found just around the corner on Boulevard St. Laurent.
Since your date just got a taste of the Never Apart art gallery why not give them a taste of something a bit sweeter… Take them out afterwards to a delicious lunch at Pile Ou Glace also located in little Italy. They offer homemade Gelato that will make your sweet tooth throb.
Now that you and your date have seen some great art and had some delicious food, its time to end the night by taking a nice Bixi bike ride in Jarry park.
2. Paint The Nite
Instead of admiring art, tonight you and your date are going to create some! Paint the Nite is an event spread all around the world where you can socialize, paint and drink it up with your special someone.
Montreal gladly hosts multiple events at local bars. Simply go on their website and choose an event, which has a specific theme, and buy your tickets. The bars are located all around Montreal from Boulevard St Laurent to Point-Claire in the West Island.
I recommend getting those tickets ASAP! They tend to sell out fairly quickly and this is truly a great date for your artsy lover.
3. Montreal Street Art
Now its time to appreciate the public art from the streets of Montreal. Montreal is home to some of the world's nicest street art and it's around almost every corner. So with the nice weather approaching, why not take a walk along the Plateau of Montreal and appreciate some great street art.
Start on St-Laurent Boulevard and Pine Street. You and your lovely date can make your way North, either walking or biking, to the corner of Napoléon and Saint Dominique where you can see a lot of the greatest street art. You would later end on St-Laurent Boulevard and Roy Street. Along the way you should definitely stop at Banquise for a poutine since you both probably built up a big appetite while walking!
There is also Street Art in NDG that has notable murals on Sherbrooke between Royal and Cavendish. In addition, between Monkland and De Maisonneuve there is the Yves Laroche Gallery that represents many local street artists as well as international names.
4. Pompeii Exhibition
Instead of trying to take your date to Pompeii, bring Pompeii to them by exploring the exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on Sherbrooke Street West. This beautiful art gallery includes 220 archaeological artifacts, mosaics, frescoes, statues, and much more!
It may be a bit somber since the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D caused the death of thousands of people. However, you can lighten up the mood afterwards by simply walking down Crescent Street to Mandy’s, a local salad joint!
After you have some fresh delicious salad, why not go down to Putting Edge on Rue Guy to conclude your perfect date! Since you admired some fantastic ancient art and had a perfect dinner, get loose and go glow in the dark mini putting. They have beer and even some funky art of their own! Your date is sure to think the date was a hole-in- one!
5. Botanical Garden
Time to appreciate some natural beauty at the Botanical Garden located on 4101 Rue Sherbrooke East. I recommend going straight for the Butterflies Go Free activity where you take a nice stroll through the insectarium and end up in a room filled with butterflies! It may not seem like an artsy date but trust me, once you get there you will realize just how much art there is.
Afterwards, you can explore the biodome and even take a walk around the Olympic stadium to admire the beautiful architecture. There is even the planetarium and multiple food joints located within a five-minute walking distance from one another. I would say that this is a great date for a photographer or a true nature lover.
6. Melvin Charney’s Sculpture Garden
Time to get your sculpting on with a picnic on a warm spring day at Melvin Charney’s sculpture garden, which is an extension of the CCA. Melvin Charney (b.1935 - 2012) was one of Canada's leading architects/artists. It has been said that the sculpture garden speaks to the history of architecture in Montreal.
I suggest to end the night with some desert at the Atwater Market which is not too far from the CCA. You can get pizza or ice cream and simply walk around and maybe even pick up from fresh fruit.
You can even suggest to your partner that you guys should make something on your next date with some fresh food from Atwater, maybe a romantic dinner. It’s a great date to explore your Montreal heritage and what Montreal has to its people.
7. Barbie Expo
Here’s a fun little twist to bring some childhood memories back in a flash! Bring your date to the Montreal Barbie Expo. It's part of Les Cours Mont-Royal in downtown Montreal and holds the largest exhibition of Barbie dolls in the world. Its truly a perfect way to make that special someone feel like a prince or princess! This is a great conversation starter to share some childhood memories with your date and to bring some modern thinking up!
With beautiful weather in mind, why not take a stroll afterwards to Boustan's on Crescent Street. It’s a popular Lebanese restaurant that has the best homemade foods! A great taste of culture that doesn’t end there! You can end the night by hitting up one of Crescent’s greatest famous bars or even a Shisha bar! But if you’re in the mood for more of a classy night out, definitely try Wienstein & Gavino's, a fancy wine restaurant also located on Crescent!
8. BBAM! Art Gallery
For that hipster date I recommend the BRAM! Gallery located on 3255 rue St Jacques. Its funky, fresh, and a hip way to start a date and even end a date.
Not only is it an art Gallery with easy access to the metro, but it is also a performance space, retail store that sells vinyl, books, and it's even a cafe. It's “retro cool”, right next to Pizzeria Martina, and even the Bikram Yoga studio if you want to cool some nerve and relax with your date.
9. Mainline Theater
Why not set the mood at Montreal’s Mainline theater on 3997 Boulevard Saint-Laurent? The Mainline Theater hosts hundreds of shows every year with a variety of genres. Check out what shows they have online, and choose one that suits their personality best. The art of theater can work magic so be prepared for a magical night.
Provided that you are already on Boulevard St- Laurent, you should walk on up to one of Montreal’s famous night clubs like Le Rouge Bar for some serious dancing and light, or you know...drinking. While you’re at it, why not be adventurous and show your date your fun side by treating them to some two-dollar noodles after your wild night.
10. Station 16 Gallery
No, Station 16 is not Montreal’s newest metro station, but it is home to awesome contemporary and urban art! Bring your date here for a mural influenced gallery inspired by pop art from a multitude of local and international artists. I guarantee they will love it!
Afterwards, take a short 5-minute walk to La Diperie for some of Montreal’s best soft served ice cream. A fun way to end the night and maybe some sweet icy kisses.
11. Notre-Dame Basilica
Oh Old Montreal, the perfect place to take a date! Upon entering Old Montreal, you should definitely take your date to the Notre-Dame Basilica. You can both admire its architecture and relics of gold and silver. It's an absolutely beautiful site to see that you maybe never have taken the time to appreciate.
You can then take a short walk to Bevo, a trendy Italian restaurant with wood-fired pizzas, unique drinks and even DJs. It is located on 410 Rue Saint Vincent, and is romantic yet fun with great authentic food. Get some drinks there and then go for some yummy beaver tails to end a sweet night.
12. Le Ceramic Café
One of my personal favourite places is Le Céramic Café. A place where you create art as well as eat delicious food.
It's a great first date since you can laugh, create, and try new things with one another. Not only will your art-loving date have fun but so will you. Spend the whole date there or you can take a nice walk along the Plateau. This is a crowd favourite that wont disappoint!