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 14th April 2022

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 bar for a first date in Dublin. Pop over for a romantic drink or, if you're feeling adventurous, switch it up with a boozy brunch or free-flow supper club for something a little different. 

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

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, live music and plenty of cocktails flowing from the bar, this place will keep you entertained all night long.

Opium really does do it all; fronting a cocktail bar, swish restaurant, roof terrace and club all under one roof. One of Dublin's hottest tickets for a night out, its sure to impress that special someone with an evening full of eating, drinking and dancing, all in an undeniably cool location.

Peruke & Periwig

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This hideaway on Dawson Road offers quirky cocktails and an old school speakeasy vibe, perfect for those seeking out cosy first date bars in Dublin. Snuggle up in Peruke & Periwig's plush seating surrounded by vintage decor as you sip on quirky concoctions from the expert bartenders. 

Proof is a trendy pizzeria and cocktail bar in The Liberties, offering a relaxed approach to first dates in Dublin. The bar's cocktail wall offers a plethora of mixes on draft, from Aperol spritz, espresso martini and old fashioned. Felling peckish? Try out the menu of Romano-style crispy pizzas.

Bison Bar combines hearty grub off the grill with the largest selection of whiskies in Ireland, making for one quirky date night location. Head over to this American-inspired gem and dive into the menu of mouthwatering smoked meat paired with impressive signature sips. 

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 that all-important first meeting. With its stylish decor, impressive food offering and curated list of expertly blended cocktails, this bar is sure to make your date swoon.