Date Night at the Aquarium? Yes please!

Afraid of sharks at Ripley’s Aquarium

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 2 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 11:00pm 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 3 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.

Admiring the fish with wine in hand!

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 colours! 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 though, some inclines and declines and you might want to be in the mood to carry on the date to one of the great bars or pubs in the area.


Check out our highlight video:

Website to buy tickets here.

Accessible by public transit: sort of – you can walk from Union Station

Best way to get there: walk, taxi or Uber.

Leave your car at home, parking lots in the area ask big money because it is in the area of the Air Canada Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre and Steam Whistle brewery.







  1. Jordyn Galan

    July 12, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I love aquariums! We just went to one yesterday!

  2. Linda Manns Linneman

    July 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    This sounds like a great date night. I love going to the aquarium in our town. Thank you so much for sharing. Stay safe and don’t drink and drive. God Bless

    1. kathrynanywhere

      August 23, 2017 at 12:37 am

      Not a worry Linda, I have two feet and a heart beat to get me to and from!

  3. Larissa

    July 12, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    This sounds really cool! You could also use it as an alternative for a girls’ night out! I wonder if the Georgia Aquarium has something like this. I’m going to have to look into it.

    1. kathrynanywhere

      August 23, 2017 at 12:37 am

      For sure!!!

  4. Melissa

    July 13, 2017 at 6:52 am

    This is such a fun date night idea! I love the aquarium!

  5. valerie lerma

    July 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    sounds like a faboulous date night. thanks for posting its making me want to go on a date night to aquarium

    1. kathrynanywhere

      July 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Valerie! Have a good one!

  6. Jasmine Stanford

    July 22, 2017 at 4:19 am

    That’s such a great idea!

    1. kathrynanywhere

      July 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks Jasmine! Have a good one!

  7. Kristin C

    July 24, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    What a fun place to have a night out!

    1. kathrynanywhere

      July 25, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      YES! thanks for reading!

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  9. Miranda Wood

    October 2, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    This looks like a really fun outing. Thanks

    1. kathrynanywhere

      October 4, 2017 at 1:55 am

      Thanks Miranda!

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