Read on for 12 of our favourite date night ideas on a rainy day in Vancouver.
1. Check out an exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery is a classic date night spot, rain or shine. You can always count on seeing some fantastic local artists or a beautiful exhibit that’ll give you a refreshing cultural experience. On right now is the awesome Yoko Ono exhibit, Growing Freedom, that is truly a must-see! Don’t forget that Tuesday nights from 5pm to 8pm is by donation!
2. Watch a movie in theatres
Lucky for us, there are tons of hit movies out right now in theatres. The long anticipated Dune movie is out, as well as the French Dispatch; both of which we absolutely loved. On our bucket list is the Last Night in Soho and the House of Gucci. The Fifth Avenue cinema is one of our favourite spots to watch a new movie, but there are tons of cool movie theatres all over the city.
3. Release your inner child at one of Vancouver´s best arcade bars
Is there anything more fun than having a drink and playing arcade games with your friends at a retro arcades bar? You don´t need sunshine to go crazy on the air hockey table or to challenge your friends in a game of pool. And the best part? They have all -day happy hour on Tuesdays and events pretty much every night of the week. There´s always something fun happening here.
4. Get lost in an immersive art show
Wander through the stunning frescos of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel at the Exhibition coming to Vancouver in November. Using a special printing technique, this beautiful exhibit brings to life the look and feel of the original paintings to a whole other magnitude. Grab your tickets and experience the beauty of the Sistine Chapel (without flying to Italy).
5. Try your luck at Trivia Night
This local Kitsilano bar is home to fantastic happy hours and week-day deals, but our favourite night to visit is Trivia Night! But trust us, you won´t believe how competitive these can get…see if you and a date can handle yourselves one of these nights.
6. Spend a wholesome morning in the Granville Island Public Market
Even in the rain, a visit to Granville Island is the perfect way to spend the morning. Stock up on the best local produce, delicious cheeses and meats, and grab a warm drink at one of the cafes inside. Honestly, a wander along the seawall here is always lovely, even when the sky is grey.
7. Check out one of Strange Fellow Brewing´s Strange Skill Nights
You can always count on this fantastic local brewery to be hosting some crazy fun events. In the past they´ve hosted candle making nights, comedy shows and tons of other fun, live events. Stay tuned for their upcoming events in February!
8. Admire the night sky at the Space Center
If you’re looking for something both intellectually stimulating and beautiful for a date night, why not try the HR MacMillan Space Centre? They have both day time and Friday evening programming that feature a Star Theatre show, a tour of their Cassegrain telescope and a visit to their Observatory! A date night here is sure to be memorable.
9. Dance your heart out at concert
Slowly but surely things are returning to normal. There are tons of awesome musicians and performers touring in Vancouver. Check online where you can grab tickets and get your blood pumping!
10. Go climbing
Want to break a sweat? The Hive Indoor Bouldering Gym is an awesome spot for indoor climbing with four locations all around Metro Vancouver. Have no fear if you´ve never been before, drop-ins of all levels are welcomed! Not only will you be surprised at how difficult it is, but how rewarding it feels getting to the top!
11. Watch a Canucks Game
Another thing we´ve been missing – cheering on our favourite home teams in person! Snag some tickets for the next home game and support the Vancouver Canucks with your date on your next night out. It´s a guaranteed good time for everyone.
12. Try out this cool, new virtual reality art experience
Have you tried a virtual reality show yet? This all-new and innovative way of experiencing art is transforming the way we´re learning about one of the world´s most famous artists. The Da Vinci Experience & His Machines has been gaining tons of popularity because of this unique component to their exhibition. This insane, 360 degree, multi-sensory immersion in this famous artist´s work is a must-see before it closes at the end of February! A fun, Valentine´s Day treat.
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