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 candle-lit cocktail bars, fun pubs and slick restaurants to suit whatever you need. Get ready to fall head over heels and sweep your date off their feet with our picks for date night in Dublin.

Last updated on 13th February 2020

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 night with knock-out creations and intimate booths, before ramping up the volume with late-night DJs if you fancy sticking around for a boogie.

What's more sexy on a date night in Dublin than a secret hideaway and illicit drinking? Check out what this hidden den has in store for you, with its 1920s Prohibition vibes, low-lighting, and expertly-crafted libations... all you have to do is find The Blind Pig.

Farrier & Draper

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Farrier & Draper is an old townhouse that has everything you want when looking for date spots in Dublin. From its atmospheric Italian restaurant in the basement through to the plush, portrait-filled cocktail bar serving swoon-worthy cocktails, this place is sure to win over the city's lovebirds.

Ohana is a tiki-inspired drinking den serving fruity cocktails giants a bold backdrop of handpainted murals, with an intimate cove in the basement for snuggling up by candlelight. If you're hoping to add a dash of whimsicality to your date night, this is a top spot. 

Want to make googly eyes over beautiful interiors and pretty cocktails? Lucky Duck has got it all, with three floors of drinking and dining space. Nab a space in the plush royal blue Reilly Room for an intimate evening, complete with a roaring fireplace come winter.

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.

A plush pink paradise serving a menu of handpicked bottles from across the globe, Bobbys is a sleek spot for a romantic date night. Evenings here consist of delving into a plethora of high-quality finds, which can be paired with boards of pickled mussels, Irish cheese and charcuterie. 

Whether it's an anniversary or a long over-due date out, Sova Vegan Butcher will make you feel all sorts of smooshie. The cool minimalist spot has a raw charm, with mottled grey walls and simple wooden tables, alongside a divine menu of meat-free meals.

They say food is the way to the heart, and when it comes as tasty as Bloom Brasserie, it's little wonder. The plush restaurant is great for wining and dining your other half, with dishes inspired by seasonal Irish fare and cosy surroundings to sweep them away.

From ping pong through to karaoke and giant Jenga, Wigwam is filled with ice breakers to kick off a first date in Dublin. 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.

Great for a first date in Dublin, 57 The Headline is a master of many trades. The cool and casual bars knocks up an excellent G&T with plenty of Irish gin options; there's a load of whiskeys, and if you feel like sharing, check out the craft beer tasting trays.

Seductive, one hell of a looker, and charming through and through; no, we're not talking about your date, but Vintage Cocktail Club. This popular Dublin date night spot hits all the right notes with quirky furnishings, velvet booths, and a punchy cocktail list.