Date Night in Edinburgh

You've swiped right, the well-chosen gif has worked a treat and the conversation has been flowing. The time has now come to make the first move and step out onto Edinburgh's cobbled streets. Whether you're looking for a chilled-out spot to grab a drink, a thrilling couple's activity to minimise the small talk, or simply want to impress with a candle-lit dinner, we've created a guide to the very best date night ideas in the Scottish capital. You can thank us later...

Last updated on 25th January 2023

Le Monde

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Wanna make your date swoon? There's no better place than swanky hotel bar Le Monde. Located on the gorgeous George Street, this spot is decked out with comfy velvet booths, low-hanging plants and chic neon lights. Head here for an early dinner before descending to the basement for drinking and dancing aplenty.

Wahaca Edinburgh

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While you might not be able to jet your partner away to some far-flung isle, you can inject a little bit of exoticism into your night by heading to Wahaca for an all-guns-blazing Mexican feast. Chomp on spicy tacos, cheesy enchiladas and zingy salsas in chic and modern surroundings. 

The Raging Bull

274 user reviews 5

Looking to impress? A night at The Raging Bull is sure to do the job. Not only is it popular for its wonderfully wacky interiors, but it also just happens to boast the city's most extensive selection of espresso martinis. Spend the evening sipping on salted caramel, hazelnut and orange-flavoured libations as you work your charm.

If you're after plans with your beau, then venture to Porty Vault on Portobello High Street. This laid-back venue is flaunting a range of sultry corners for those cosy moments, alongside a mouthwatering selection of BBQ-style eats. Think pulled pork or mac 'n' cheese. Yum.

Ballie Ballerson Edinburgh

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When in need of date ideas in Edinburgh, keep Ballie Ballerson on your radar. The ball pit cocktail bar is whipping up nostalgic cocktails and letting you dive in among the balls, all while the DJ brings the beats.


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Need date night plans? Dragonfly has got you covered. Housed within a former fire station, this popular joint touts a boatload of history, so expect this to be reflected in its interiors. Take in the pretty chandeliers and potted plants as you quaff bespoke concoctions with your other half.


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Impress your beau with your knowledge of Edinburgh's slick underground bars by taking them to Nightcap. This sultry haunt is sure to earn you brownie points, thanks to its elegant yet quirky decor, extensive list of house cocktails and so much more.

Paint a Pic Edinburgh

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Edinburgh date ideas are topped off by Paint A Pic, where you and your boo can head to a local bar for a fun art class. You'll get to sip away on drinks, all while getting guided through the creative process by an artist.

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Renowned across Edinburgh for its cracking beer garden, excellent grub and fun-filled roster of events, The Three Sisters is a fantastic date night location. Head along for live music, cabaret performances and stand-up comedy.

The Cocktail Mafia

164 user reviews 5

Let's make date night that extra bit special in the cobbled streets of Edinburgh's West End. Make your way to The Cocktail Mafia, with two rooms inspired by the glamourous prohibition era, this is the perfect spot to sip on one of their 37 different cocktails.

A sleek little wine bar and cafe down in Stockbridge, Whiskers hosts one of the best bottle selections in the city. Ideal for sipping a few glasses come date night, their regularly changing collections are always small but perfectly formed, and designed to pair with their menu of classic British cuisine.

Panda & Sons

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If you're looking to impress on a date night in Edinburgh, Panda & Sons is just the place for you. Styled as an old-fashioned barber shop, guests first have to charm their way past the clipboard (or just make an online booking) before being allowed inside the speakeasy cocktail bar. 

Nothing puts a smile on your date's face better than a fun evening of great food. Enter Tuk Tuk. Named after the iconic taxi cabs in Mumbai, this bright venue serves small plates of Indian street food, all cooked using traditional recipes and fresh ingredients.