5 One-Of-A-Kind Valentine’s Day Ideas

These aren't your everyday Valentine's date spots.

Can we just say it out loud? Valentine’s Day, in many ways, is the most annoying holiday. Trying to make a dinner reservation? Hell. Insincere pity from your friends when you are single? Hell. Heart shaped chocolates? Ok, that’s not bad. In the spirit of trying to make lemon out of lemonade, we give you 5 un-terrible things to do with someone special (or not special) this corporate greeting-card company manufactured holiday. Enjoy.
 

Live Music

Dwayne Gretzky plays at the Dakota Tavern, Sunday  January 14, 2013.
Doesn’t matter if you’re attached or single and ready to mingle, live music is always a great date option. Join us at the Danforth Music Hall with Stars with Hey Rosetta! on the 14th. Or get comfy in a soft seat at Massey Hall for Sam Roberts Band. Wavelength Music Festival is also going on all weekend long and Toronto’s Lowell is headlining Valentine’s Day!
 

Throw Axes

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Whether you’re still angry at your ex, or looking for something weird to do with a new or old flame, axe-throwing is always a good option. Toronto’s Backyard Axe Throwing League headquarters, BATL Grounds, is an industrial space nestled between film studios and warehouses on Sterling Rd. BATL Grounds is also BYOB! You can’t get more romantic than getting buzzed and throwing really sharp things at a wall.
 

Paddle Balls

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A little competition is healthy in a relationship, so take your date to SPiN, Toronto’s ping pong bar. The King west spot has a dozen ping pong tables, two bars and a full food menu – loser buys the next round. You can even invite another couple to join, if you’re into that sort of thing. Bonus: You may run into Carlin as he has been known to frequent SPiN.
 

Make Out

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Nobody likes PDA, so if you’re looking for a little privacy (outside of your own home?) and want to check out one of Toronto’s many known kissing spots, bundle up, fill your thermos with some hot chocolate (Baileys optional), and try to claim prime real estate before it’s taken. We hear the Red Canoe in CityPlace is a hot spot. Couples can get cozy and see over the Gardiner to Lake Ontario, because what’s more romantic than making out in the middle of a concrete jungle with the soothing sounds of the Gardiner Expressway, and sweet smells of Lake Ontario, all while freezing your butt off? Maybe Sugar Beach is more your speed. Where urban meets nature, grab a couple Muskoka chairs and enjoy the sand between your… Sorels.
 

Get High

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If you’re an adrenalin seeking couple, or have ever had secret dreams of being in the circus, why not put your trust to the test in a trapeze lesson. Centre of Gravity has a location on Sterling Rd. in the west and on Gerrard St. in the east. If you’d prefer to stay grounded (kinda), embrace your inner kid at Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park. Play dodgeball, jump in the giant foam pit, there’s even trampolines on the walls – the possibilities are endless. Skyzone has two locations in the GTA: Leaside and Missisauga.