Date Night In Bristol

On the hunt for a new swish spot? Maybe somewhere new to surprise your other half? This city is full of romantic bars and restaurants that are sure to go down a storm, with everything from intimate pubs through to fancy cocktail joints. Check out our pick of the best date night ideas in Bristol and get ready to turn up the charm.

Last edited by Talia Stanton

Last updated on 31st January 2024

Alcotraz Bristol: Cell Block Two-Two-Six

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Bristol on Various dates from Sunday 3rd March 2024

Hidden down All Saints Street in Bristol, you'll find Alcotraz: Cell Block Two-Two-Six - a speakeasy penitentiary where you have to sneak your booze past the warden into the prison cells. Your reward? An immersive experience complete with bespoke cocktails shaken up by the inmates.


Head to YO! in Cabot Circus for their fun and educational sushi school. The pair of you can learn how to prepare, roll and slice these tasty bites to take home with you - while trying delicious samples of salmon sashimi, Kyoto garden rolls, cucumber maki and more.

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Paint a Pic Bristol

For something a little different on your next date night, why not try your hand at Paint a Pic? They host regular sessions at Phoenix in Champion Square, with experts to guide you through the process of creating your own masterpiece. Grab drinks from the bar and have a go at painting tulips, mountains, animals and more.

Lane7 Bristol

If you're in need of a cheap date night in Bristol, Lane7 could be just the place. Their bowling starts from just £8.50 per person, while simulation shooting costs £10 and interactive darts £9.50, meaning you can play all kinds of fun games without breaking the bank. And afterwards, you can tuck into juicy burgers and cocktails from the bar.


Searching for a new watering hole? For a scenic view during the warm weather, Lido is a great choice for daytime dates with your other half. You'll get to enjoy Mediterranean and Spanish fare and tip back cocktails, while overlooking a gorgeous pool.

The Clockwork Rose

This steampunk-inspired bar is quaint and cute in equal measures. Guaranteed to break the ice as soon as you enter, The Clockwork Rose is ideal for first date ideas in Bristol as it'll immerse you into a fictional world, complete with quirky cocktails and wacky trinkets.

Smoke & Mirrors

After something a little different? One of the most fun things to do in Bristol for couples, Smoke & Mirrors is a brilliant comedy club that's bound to have you both in stitches. Tuck into pizza as you watch a lineup of witty comedians and get to know each other between acts. 

The Milk Thistle

The Milk Thistle is always a popular choice for an evening out in the city. Touting a winning combo of sexy decor, seriously good cocktails and lots of cosy little corners, it's not hard to see how it's earnt its reputation - making it a great pick for a romantic date night in Bristol.