Quirky Date Ideas In Cardiff

Whether you've secured a first date or are just looking for something new to do, this list of unusual outings is sure to spice up your evening. From quirky cocktails in slinky bars to eye-catching restaurants and social darts accompanied by pizza paddles, check out our recommendations for unique date nights in Cardiff and go a little off-piste.

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Last updated on 19th April 2024

Alcotraz Cardiff: Cell Block Nine-One

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cardiff on Various dates from Thursday 18th July 2024

Ever been on a date to prison? Head to Alcotraz: Cell Block Nine-One, an immersive secret speakeasy inspired by Hollywood movies and TV. Smuggle liquor into the hands of the long-serving inmates so they can deliver bespoke cocktails for you and your partner, that is, if you haven't been caught by the warden. 

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YO! Sushi School - Cardiff St David's

@ YO! Cardiff St David's on Various dates from Wednesday 24th July 2024

YO! is holding a weekly Sushi School at its Cardiff St David's outpost. Great for breaking the ice on first dates or charming your long-standing love, this unique experience sees you learning a new set of cooking skills to whip up a range of delicious Japanese bites like maki and California rolls (before eating them, of course).


One of the city's best hidden gems, this unique cocktail bar is changing the game when it comes to curious concoctions. Boasting an incredible range of curated spirits, like the Kill Our Demons involving pink grapefruit liqueur, paired with a slick hip hop soundtrack, Pennyroyal will certainly earn you date night brownie points.

The Botanist, Cardiff Central

Unlimited drinks for 90 minutes!

Pretty restaurants rarely come as eye-catching as The Botanist. So if you're looking for quirky evening activities in Cardiff, make sure to check this city centre hangout. Its foliage-obsessed decor and fairy-lit rooftop offer a romantic backdrop for any date night, with live music and a menu full of international eats and moreish cookie dough desserts. 

Cardiff Fun Puzzle Treasure Hunt!

@ Cardiff Central Train Station on Various dates from Thursday 18th July 2024

Embark on a trail across the fact-filled city of Cardiff with the Fun Puzzle Treasure Hunt and learn more about its winding streets as you work together to solve the clues on the map and, ultimately, find X marks the spot. Tickets start from £19.99 for two players and the prize may or may not involve a lovely discount off of your bill at a cosy boozer. 

NQ64 Cardiff

Add a little nostalgia to your night and pay a visit to NQ64, a luminous retro gaming arcade with all your favourite games like Guitar Hero, dance mat and Pacman. What's more, there's even some crazy themed cocktails to get your head (and lips) around, like the Crash Bandicoot-inspired Aku Aku Fruit Punch.

The Alchemist Cardiff

Enjoy a celebratory bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne on arrival for £65!

For a truly unique treat, head over to just outside the Castle Quarter where The Alchemist is serving creative concoctions, the likes of which you won't have experienced before. Mixing up drinks that smoke, pop and change colour before your eyes, like the rum-based Lava Lamp featuring disco lights, this sleek space is one for the cocktail curious.

Chance & Counters

More of a classic games and comfort grub kind of duo? Chance & Counters has got you covered, as they house a mammoth range of new and old board games (and friendly staff to help you with the rules), as well as a tasty menu of wholesome grub like burgers and wings, plus some jazzy cocktails.

Steak of the Art

Steak Of The Art is one of the best restaurants around, bringing something a little different to the table. From the art-splashed walls down to the massive plates, this one will certainly get you talking. Pick your cut and sides and devour a plate of delicious, responsibly sourced nosh before hitting up a poetry reading or some live jazz.

Roxy Lanes Cardiff

If you're looking for a bowling lane with a little more pizzazz, then you're going to love the neon-lit, graffiti-adorned Roxy Lanes in Cardiff. Not only does it boast a range of activities like shuffleboard and pool, but it's also home to some super quirky cocktails, like the lychee-based Purple Haze and tangy Yuzu Spritz.