Bars For A First Date in Dublin

You've worked up all your courage, or just swiped right, and found the perfect match, now it's time for that all-important meet-up. To help you find the perfect spot, we've whipped up a list of our favourite bars in Dublin for a first date. Whether you're looking to impress with a hidden cocktail haunt or blow their socks off with panoramic views of the city, consider us your well-wishing guides as we set you off on the path to romance.

Last updated on 31st January 2020

The Blind Pig is hidden away in Dublin's city centre with a speakeasy aesthetic and kooky cocktails from award-winning mixologist Paul Lambert. Expect to encounter candlelit tables, mahogany furnishings and plenty of paraphernalia in this romantic haunt. 

Bow Lane

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If you're looking to impress with some great craic and crafted cocktails, Bow Lane is an effortlessly cool place to visit on a first date. Pop over for a romantic drink or, if you're feeling adventurous, switch it up with a drag brunch or free-flow supper club for something a little different. 

Farrier & Draper

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Farrier and Draper is a slick spot for a cocktail or two before heading downstairs to the authentic Italian restaurant La Cucina below. Offering plush seating and vintage decor alongside a wide range of cocktails and craft brews, the stylish bar is a pretty suave place for a first date.

If you're looking for a fuss-free first date with tasty scran, a cracking soundtrack and all-round good vibes, Wigwam is a top choice. Complete with ping pong tables, regular live music nights and plenty of cocktails flowing from the bar, it's a real winner. 

A basement bar that's brimming with charm, The Liquor Rooms is a hub for cocktail lovers across the city. Found just a stone's throw from the River Liffey, the venue boasts four distinct rooms of differing themes to keep you and your date entertained all night long. 

One of the city's most elegant eateries and bars, Isabelle's is a stunning choice for a first date. With its stylish decor, impressive food menus and curated list of expertly-mixed cocktails, this bar is sure to make your date swoon. 

A cocktail bar that specialises in classic New York cocktails with side of live entertainment, NoLita is like an all-in-one. With Italian eats, delicious drinks and plenty of places to hide way and chat, this quirky bar will make your date swoon. 

Peruke & Periwig

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This hideaway on Dawson Road offers old school interiors, quirky cocktails and a chilled vibe for those looking for a slightly more low-key first date. Snuggle up in plush seating surrounded by vintage decor as you sip on quirky concoctions from the experts. 

Boasting 360 views of the city, Sophie's is definitely one of Dublin's most impressive date locations. With its ample list of cocktails alongside a curated selection of gin and alcohol-free options, the bar is a great all-rounder with a lovely rooftop terrace for the warmer months.