I’m not going to sugarcoat it, finding a bar in a big city is hard. It’s especially hard if you’re looking for a date spot, and you want to
fool convince your date that you are a classy individual who does not choose establishments solely based on happy hour prices. Life is hard, but there is good news! If you’re based in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Austin, Miami, Nashville, Dallas, Washington DC, Phoenix-Scottsdale, Houston, Seattle, Orange County, or Toronto, there’s an app to help you out. Skorch is a new app that can help you pick bars, restaurants, lounges, and other hotspots in your city.
And the best part? Every locale is specifically curated to what you’re looking for. You can refine your results based on “hotness” and distance (which is, incidentally, how I choose my dating app matches), plus you can filter by category: bar, club, lounge, cafe, restaurant, event, attraction, and outdoor.
Basically, Skorch takes all the effort, difficulty, and indecision out of picking a place to eat and drink. So I decided to put Skorch to the test and see what classy date spots I could find in NYC using the app. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
When Gallow Green came up on Skorch I knew I had to include it, because it’s so classy I could only afford to go there when my cousin was the bartender. Excuse me, the mixologist. Thanks for the free drinks, Kev!
Gallow Green is a rooftop bar at the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, and it makes you feel like you are in a secret tranquil garden atop this dirty trash city. You can order drinks or dinner, or drinks AND dinner. Plus, you can say things like, “I’ll have the Scottish Law. Do you only have Glenlivet 18-year, or can you substitute with Glenlivet 21-year?” and then throw a suggestive wink at my guy. Locked. It. Up.
Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda is located in my absolute favorite part of New York City, the West Village. You can’t get much classier than a neighborhood where I saw Liv Tyler every morning on the way to work, am I right?
Not only is Jack’s Wife Freda in a great spot, but it also has a menu that’s the bomb, relatively reasonable prices, and is in a small space, so you’ll be able to get pretty close to your date. So ideal! And when you’re finished, you can stroll down the quaint streets together, pointing out all the beautiful brownstones and pick out the one you’ll buy together once you’ve scraped together $12 million.
Oh HELLO, do my eyes deceive me or is this a still from a rom-com?
The Standard Biergarten
Just admit it, we all love to day drink. The sun is shining, the possibilities are endless, and you can get to bed at 9pm. I know you’re thinking that day drinking might not be all that elegant, but you’re wrong. Sure, maybe it’s not classy when you’re in the backyard of the Sigma Chi house doing keg stands, but at a luxury boutique hotel where you might find Solange assaulting Jay-Z in an elevator? Abso-f*cking-lutely.
At the Standard Biergarten you can get, you guessed it, beer, as well as the other traditional German fare. And if you like a little competitive element to your dates, you can pass the time at the ping-pong table, since every dude likes a girl that can hit a winner.
Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Sure, Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is in Times Square, but some of us work in Midtown! And everyone likes a quick commute to their cocktail. Magic Hour is owned by the Tao Group, who also own Tao and Lavo, two of my favorite high-class places. The $19 dumplings are to
go broke for die for.
Magic Hour has expensive cocktails and a great view, but it also has cheeky elements that make it a perfect date spot. It’s got a mini golf course that is called Foreplay and features sexy animals in suggestive poses. Yes, I did just say “sexy animals.” And sure, a mini-golf course called Foreplay might not be coy, but sometimes you just have to be forward about what you want. Am I right, ladies?
And those are just a few of the many ideas that Skorch gave me for my classy date night! It’s available in a bunch of cities, so if you’re trying to snag husband material in say, Austin, you should definitely check it out. And you can use Skorch for way more than bars, like planning your next group dinner, finding a cute cafe to work at, or deciding where to go for your best night out.
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Us Torontonians live and breathe for
the cute Instagrams at outdoor bars in the summer. Let’s be honest here, we need to take advantage of the warm weather before the blistering winter comes around. And what better way to finish off an incredible (and disgustingly hot) summer than at the best outdoor bars in Toronto? This list has you covered from amazing rooftop bars to Instagrammable adult beverages, and everything in between.
1. Thompson Hotel
Located on King West, this rooftop patio is typically reserved for hotel guests and event goers. However, the views of the city are some of the best and should definitely make it onto your list of bars to visit before the summer is over. It’s super spacious and has a pool, perfect for this killer heat wave. Scam your way in if you have to.
2. The Porch
This one makes it on all the best outdoor bars in Toronto lists, but for good reasons. It is known for its unobstructed view of the CN tower and serving drinks in buckets. The only downside is due to its Instagrammable backdrop, there tend to be super long lines in the summer, so beware.
3. Cocktail Bar
With gorgeous cocktails that focus on flavour and change depending on the season, it’s no wonder that this bar made it onto our list of the best outdoor bars in Toronto. They offer beer and wine as well, but I suggest you stick with a cocktail when ordering since that is their specialty. Only bummer? Their patio is only open until 11 pm now *eyeroll*.
4. Drake Sky Yard
There’s no place quite like this one, making it one of the best outdoor bars in Toronto that you really need to visit before the summer ends. With murals on the wall painted by local artists, great food, and amazing drinks, you really can’t go wrong — other than not getting a seat. What to order? Their mojitos are my personal fav.
It’s the pub you never knew you needed. With its New-Zealand inspiration, located in Yorkville, this is a great stop on your end of summer bar crawl. They have 2 dozen draft beers to choose from and tons of pub food to nosh on. No wonder it’s been around for 35 years.
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