5 Places to Take Your Tinder Date in Mississauga


It finally happened.

You swiped right 600 million+ times if you're a man and maybe 50 times if you're a woman and you finally matched with someone you enjoyed talking to -- or someone's whose pictures and textual flirtations were on point enough to lead to a scheduled rendezvous. You've connected on Tinder and you're ready to meet up.

Now, where to meet up depends on a lot of things. What are you looking for? What kind of date (if any), do you want to go on? What are your interests? Fortunately, I've done the guesswork for you. Here's a handy guide on where to take your Tinder date in this fine city.

1)    Cafe

If you're interested in actually getting to know your date in a casual setting, a cafe is ideal. If things go sour immediately, you can get away with committing no more than 20 minutes to the date because you won't have to wait for a bill to arrive or a movie to end. Cafes are perfect places to duck out of quick-time if your date is 10+ years older or younger and/or looks completely different from their photos (some might say that's shallow, but major dishonesty upfront is a red flag). On the other hand, if things go really well, you can probably sit there uninterrupted until the place closes down.

As for what cafes to choose, pick your location wisely. Don't settle for a Tim Hortons, Coffee Time or Country Style if you can help it. These are not sexy places. They're cheap and lack ambiance. They don't provide lilting indie rock or soothing earth tones. Your best bet is a Starbucks or Second Cup in City Centre or Port Credit. It's also wise to choose a cafe inside a bookstore, as you can browse some tomes if you get bored of sitting. You can also try Aroma or Coffee Culture if you want to do lunch without committing too much time upfront.

2)    Celebration Square Movie Night

I don't usually endorse movies as good first date activities, especially if it's your first face-to-face meeting. Sitting in silence for two hours is not conducive to getting to know someone and committing to a full night together (like dinner and movie or a movie and drinks) might be a bad idea if you don't click in person. A Celebration Square open air movie (which happens every Thursday night at 8 pm throughout the warmer months) is a good exception because it's not too quiet to chat (the movie is loud and closed-captioned, so interested viewers can pay attention despite surrounding noise) and you can wander the square for a little change of scenery if the film gets dry or you lose interest. You can also grab takeout from Square One or a nearby restaurant and enjoy a picnic on a blanket as you get to know each other with Wall-E playing in the background.

3)    Intellectually or Physically Demanding Activity

Tinder uses are known for two things: listing their heights and claiming to be the most active people in the world. They'll write things like, "snowboard every day or GTFO!" or yammer on (or yammer as much as possible in less than 500 characters) about how they're always at the gym just workin' on their fitness. Those people are obnoxious as fuq and you should tell them to move to Whistler and never speak to you again.

On the other hand, some people are more active and like to enjoy something adventurous with a potential bf or gf. Those people are cool and there are a lot of things you can do together, such as:

 - Paintball: There are several paintball facilities in Sauga (Paintball Nation and Defcon Paintball Mississauga, to name a few) and you can try any of them if you both like pain and staining.

 - Archery Tag or Axe-Throwing: Women love men who can slay enemies.

 - Room Escapes: In this harsh world, you need someone you can depend on to interpret hieroglyphics, catch murderous criminals and prevent viral outbreaks.

4) Make the World a Better Place

You might meet a tender Tinderer who cares and wants to give back. You and your kind-hearted right-swiping friend can meet at Studio 89 for a night of ethical and bird-conscious coffee (the gentle proprietors of this social justice-oriented community hub are very concerned about birds and you should be too because birds are cool and only the best people care about defenseless winged animals), board games, art and musical performances. If your online paramour knows about this place and wants to get to know you over a book discussion or crunchy acoustic set, you've probably found a quirky intellectual worth dating. He or she might even wear cool glasses or rock an unconventional hair style that you're hopefully young enough to appreciate.

If you're still in the mood to party after nurturing your goodness, you can take your deep discussion to a local watering hole with an extensive craft beer selection (think Rib Eye Jacks or West 50 or the Old Credit Brewing Company) and let the drinks enhance your emotional honesty.

5) "After the Party it's the Ho-Tel Lobby"

That's an R. Kelly reference.

Tinder has a reputation for being a hook-up site. It might be because it relies on pictures and brief blurbs to match singles or because someone once said it was a hook-up site and everyone believed it and was like, "OMG Jessica stay off that site you deserve eHarmony!" While it's a multi-use site that can be used to find long-term partners, there are obviously people who use it for isolated nights of rambunctious NSA lovemaking. If you're looking for a more genital-based interaction and you can't host (maybe you live at home or with roommates) or go to your date's place (they don't want you to see the bodies), you should pick a cool hotel that provides some chic boutique flair without the high-end price point.

If you want glass showers, a queen-size bed and crisp, luxurious linens, maybe check out the Alt Hotel on Viscount Road near Pearson. The rooms are an affordable $154 (and that's the max, you can find cheaper suites if necessary) and the hotel boasts a bar and quick-service restaurant so you can wow your date with some pre- or post-sex cosmos and pre-made salads.



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