What wine would you pair with octopus? Are you in the mood for a sauvignon blanc? Have about a merlot? How does that sound with eight tentacles and two beady black eyes?
What would you pair with a shark? Something strong and flavourful like a dark ale?
Have a beverage that you would enjoy with jellyfish? Wait, what?! Jellyfish?! Are we eating the jellyfish? No. We are not. We are not eating the shark or octopus either. Where am I going with this?
On the second Friday of every month, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in downtown Toronto hosts a musical underwater adventure—jazz night! The aquarium stays open until 11:00 pm and a jazz band serenades guests of the aquarium as they sip libations, completely in awe of the aquatic life around them.
On any given day, Ripley’s Aquarium is worth visiting, but what is super awesome about this event is that it takes place after dark–so you’re not likely to bring your children along…and since there are three cash bars in the aquarium to partake in beverage purchases, it’s pretty perfect for an overdue date night. You see, we have two younger children and when you visit with your children, there’s a lot of wrangling, child minding, snack catering, and mind losing (theirs and mine). Quality mom and dad time while there with the kids is not going to happen. Going there as part of a couple, relaxed and with wine in hard means you can actually take in the scene and sights and appreciate the rainbow reef or ray bay without grabbing little hands or having to run back to Canadian Waters to grab them.
While there are not serving food around the aquarium, the grab and go food spot by the Discovery Centre (and where the band plays) is still open if you feel like a hot dog. I think I’d feel weird eating fish tacos while looking at fish. Eat dinner before you go!
There is honestly nothing more fun on a Friday evening than going through the Dangerous Lagoon on the moving sidewalk while having your third glass of wine WITH NO KIDS IN SIGHT!
It’s not all about to booze and jellyfish viewing, I swear! As a total side note, when I have had a couple drinks, I can only spend a few minutes in Planet Jellies before I start getting confused by the colors! It’s a trip!
My best piece of date night advice–wear good shoes if you’re going to the aquarium, not crazy heels that will hurt you after you have walked a little while in them. There is a lot of ground to walk through, some inclines and declines. You also might want to be in the mood to carry on the date to one of the great bars or pubs in the area when you’re done!
This post originally appeared on KathrynAnywhere. It has been reprinted with permission.
For more than 15 years, Kathryn has proven herself to be an industrious, creative storyteller and leader in the post production television industry in Toronto, who has the versatility to jump from factual programming, to reality, to experiential reality-docs and even old school documentary, without losing her mind. The only thing that has made her lose it is motherhood.