There’s nothing wrong with a night of Netflix and takeout. But, there’s no better excuse than Valentine’s day to get all dressed up and do something special with that special someone. Problem is you can just as easily end up having the same overpriced prix-fixe dinner from last year, and history will continue to repeat itself. It’ time to try something new! If you’re looking for a V-Day free of clichés in the East End of Toronto, we’ve got you covered.

Grab a coffee at Dark Horse
The day of love falls on Friday this year, so for starters, get the idea of an early night out of your mind. Start your evening with a caffeinated beverage, because tonight’s going to be a late one. If things are getting steamy a little too early (remember, you’ve got a long night ahead of you), cool things down with an iced coffee or lemonade. If iced drinks in -10º C weather isn’t your cup of tea, you can enjoy a rich Americano. All the beans used at Dark Horse are locally sourced form Canadian roasters 49th Parallel and Detour.

Meet at the Market
After your evening energy boost, it’s time to get some appetizers at Souk Tabule. Their saj bread is delicate, simple and authentically baked in their Lebanese-imported saj oven. Dip it into their fresh muhammara, a paste of roasted pepper, walnut, spices, and Aleppo pepper, or beet mutable, and you’ll be begging for more. If you fall in love with any of their dishes, the front section of the restaurant has a market-style area where you can gather special ingredients imported from Lebanon and surprise your special someone with a spontaneous Valentine’s gift.

Get the authentic Thai experience at Sukhothai
Chef Nuit Regular has been owning the Thai experience in Toronto, and her location in the Canary District won’t disappoint. This cosy spot is just the place to get the best pad thai and khao soi in Toronto. Nothing says, “this is not your typical date” more than getting their messy lettuce cups filled with lemongrass beef, noodles, cabbage, and cilantro served with Sukhothai’s signature sauce. Spilling half of the contents of the wrap all over yourself might not be very romantic, but love conquers all, right?

The Aviary’s got you covered with our Valentine’s Day Special for One!
Don’t have a date? Don’t worry friend. Come hang out with us. Enjoy any 6 Longslice Brewery beers plus our famous Canary Smash Burger and fries for only $50!

You DO have a date? Even better! Enjoy three Longslice Brewery beers each and share a Canary Smash Burger with fries, for only $50! It’s economical AND practical… because let’s be honest. You don’t want to be too full-on Valentine’s Day.

Take it home with you
Before heading home, why not pick up some beers for home from the Longslice Brewery Retail Shop inside The Aviary. There’s the entire catalogue of Longslice beers available in both cans and growler format.

Oops, you did it again!
Did you forget to get them a gift? Did you splurge on the date, and now need to find a great deal quickly? Well, have no fear! Shop-task in the Canary District has got a clearance sale going on for all your last-minute love birds on a huge selection of rollerblades. You can get up to 50% off your next pair. Order online at and pick it up in-store if you really leave it down to the wire.

Love is about working smart, not hard… right?