Date Night In Belfast

Looking to make a memorable first impression? Wanna take your partner somewhere new? You've come to the right place. In a city brimming with award-winning restaurants, romantic bars and cabaret, love is well and truly in the air. So, whether you fancy drinks, dinner or something a little different, you'll find just the thing in our guide to date night in Belfast. 

Last edited by Kiera Chapman

Last updated on 5th February 2024


Rita's is a lavish cocktail lounge serving up live music and regular happy hours in the heart of the Linen Quarter. With an extensive list of gin, craft brews and signature libations like Tanqueray and Aperol-based Jasmin, this beauty's definitely up there with the best places for a date night in Belfast city centre as it's a cosy venue with a lot of nooks perfect for snuggling up in, equipped with table lamps.

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If you're the kind of couple who love a good drink then it's time to give Santeria a visit. A great city centre bar for date night, this quirky hangout will set the scene for romance with hot toddies and a range of cocktails inspired by Latin America, like the Smoking Hot Mary made with Ojo de Dios Mezcal.

The Bar at The Fitzwilliam Hotel

If you're after romantic things to do in Belfast for couples then take your partner to The Bar at The Fitzwilliam Hotel. Along with swanky interiors like a dark marble countertop and geometric art hanging on the wall, plus an impressive wine list, they also have an award-winning beverage manager on hand whipping up classic cocktails. Why not bag 3 for £22 on delicious tasting plates, like salt and chilli squid or teriyaki and sesame salmon skewers, if you get peckish, too?

Liquor XXX

Sexy decor, salacious drinks and South American tunes come together at Liquor XXX. Hidden behind an adult shopfront, this slinky haunt is filled with snug nooks and potent cocktails, like the kiwi-infused Piscola and a burnt butter margarita, perfect for an intimate tête-à-tête with your other half.


Looking for date ideas in Northern Ireland? We've got you sorted. The Tetto garden boasts jaw-dropping views across the city and a range of cocktails like the elderflower liqueur-based Hugo spritz. Head up to the sky-high spot at the weekend in the summer to catch a late-night DJ set, or dine at the bright, tropical restaurant and bar for scrumptious flatbreads and sourdough pizzas.

The Cocktail Bar At The Merchant Hotel

Formerly named the best hotel bar in the world by Tales of the Cocktail, this stunner is decked out with banquette seating, chandeliers and decadent curtains. The Cocktail Bar at The Merchant Hotel's hand-crafted drinks menu is also guaranteed to please, featuring absinthe, gin and whisky-laced concoctions aplenty, making it the ideal spot for an indoor date night in Belfast.

Yügo City

Impress your crush with a trip to Yügo City. The chic Wellington Street dining room is kitted out in modern lighting and golden lucky cats - always welcome on a first date - while the kitchen is churning out kimchi bao buns, teriyaki-glazed sweet potato and crispy pork dumplings.


Cooking up contemporary Spanish tapas from an open kitchen along Upper Queen Street, Bib Gourmand-awarded EDO uses local produce to create lip-smacking small plates. Share a bottle of wine while making googly eyes and nibbling on octopus linguini with tomato and chilli, salt-baked sea bream and langoustine fritters accompanied by tartare sauce.