Date Night In Dublin

From Tinder meet-up jitters through to long-time ruts, dating is never a walk in the park. Fortunately, Dublin is one swell city when it comes to romance, with candlelit cocktail bars, fun pubs and slick restaurants to suit whatever you need. Get ready to fall head over heels and sweep your sweetheart off their feet with our picks for date night in Dublin.

Last updated on 14th April 2022




Bow Lane

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You're the kind of couple that likes getting fluttered together? Bow Lane is a classy party palace that will kick off your evening with knock-out creations and intimate booths, before ramping up the volume with late-night DJs if you fancy sticking around for a boogie.

In the mood for amore? Pacino's is an unmissable date night restaurant in Dublin serving the finest in Italian cuisine. Delve into their menu of fresh pasta, pizza and seafood classics while pairing with their curated selection of fine wines, it's sure to get sparks flying. 

What's more sexy than a secret hideaway and illicit drinking? Check out what this secret den has in store for you, with its 1920s Prohibition vibes, low-lighting, and expertly-crafted libations. This hidden spot makes for one of the most unique date ideas in Dublin.

From ping pong through to karaoke and giant Jenga, Wigwam is filled with ice breakers to kick off a first date in a flirty style. Head to this Middle Abbey Street spot for a fun party vibe, with an easy all-day menu of burgers and nachos, and cheapish bottles of wine.

If your sweetie loves chic interiors and decadent eats, then Pink is the plush place for you. Situated on William St South, this themed restaurant dishes out magenta-coloured cocktails and plates of Insta-worthy cuisine.

Splashing the cash on date night? Loretta's is a charming spot for everything from first meetups to anniversaries. Head to the neighbourhood staple and you'll be able to sample the finest in classic Irish cuisine against a backdrop of chic, modern interiors. 

Nothing screams romance quite like a rooftop restaurant, so head on over to Sophie's and make the most of the stunning panoramic views while chomping away on their menu of Italian-inspired classics. If it's sunny? Make sure to check out their cute terrace space to soak up some rays.

With a menu curated by Michelin Star chef Alfred Prasad, Doolally is on a mission to combine the finest Irish local produce with ancient Indian techniques. If you're looking for a date night destination that promises innovative flavours in plush surrounding, this is a top spot.

Whether it's an anniversary or a long overdue night out, Sova Vegan Butcher makes for fantastic cheap date ideas in Dublin. The affordable and minimalist spot has a raw charm, with mottled grey walls and simple wooden tables, alongside a divine menu of meat-free meals.

Too chilly and trying to find indoor date ideas in Dublin? 57 The Headline is a master of many trades and will be sure to keep you nice and toasty during the colder months. This bar knocks up an excellent G&T with plenty of Irish gin options, as well as whiskies and craft beer tasting trays.