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Alberta is nicknamed Canada’s Texas, and the lively metropolis of Calgary marches to the beat of her own drum – and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Set deep in the prairies just east of the Rocky Mountains, it’s a city for music-mad, honky-tonking, hiking-crazy foodie fanatics. It’s also a great place to show your crush a good time. If you’re after a way to step up your dating game in Calgary (without falling back on cheesy tropes), we’ve got the top picks from our local insiders. Read on, Romeos and Juliets of the 21st century.
Love is blind. No, we’re not talking about the reality TV show, by the way, but your next date in Calgary. The restaurant Dark Table, located downtown, operates in complete darkness. The idea is to enhance guests’ other senses – mainly taste and smell. The mushroom and herb risotto is a favorite (with the added plus you don’t have to cut anything up). And if you do make a fool of yourself in front of your date, no one will see you blushing. Recommended by local insider Patrick Twomey