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...
Come rain or shine, The Refinery at St Andrew Square is always a winner. In the winter months, you can expect cosy throws, dimmed lighting and warming mulled wine, whereas summer sees this place fling open the doors, with space on the terrace for cocktails and nibbles.
Add a touch of opulence to your dinner date with a trip to Gaucho. Providing only the finest cuts of Argentine steak and handpicked wines, it's a quintessentially luxurious spot for a romantic evening, complete with plush leather booths and marble-topped tables.
A great alternative to your regular date night destinations, this fantastic exhibition at the Waverley Mall is taking you on trip through Scottish musical history through memorabilia and memories from the 1950s until the present day.
Searching for ideas for a memorable date night in Edinburgh? Look no further than The Cauldron, an immersive themed cocktail making experience. A must for Harry Potter lovers, this magic-themed bar will have you and your boo donning robes and wands as you pour in potions over a bubbling vat.
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.
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.
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.
Sitting just a stone's throw away from the iconic Grassmarket, Dragonfly is the stuff of date night dreams. Decorated with candlelit tables and a handful of quirky decorations, it's the drinks that steal the limelight here - think raspberry daiquiris, herbaceous gimlets and classic espresso martinis.
If you're looking for a laid-back dining experience, Ting Thai Caravan has everything you could ever need. Based across the road from the iconic McEwan Hall, the street food-esque menu recreates the heat and bustle of Asia, with authentic curries and super-fresh stir-fries.
Wine and dine your boo with an evening at Elliot's Bar & Restaurant in Apex Waterloo. Located within the grand hotel, the kitchen is serving up tasty dishes in a stylish setting. Tuck into burgers, salads, steak and dahl, before finishing things off with a chocolate fondue pot for two.
One of Edinburgh's most esteemed dining spots, The Lookout screams romance with its gorgeous interiors and sweeping views across the city. Offering a tasting menu of the freshest, most seasonal Scottish plates in the city, it's our top pick for those extra special occasions.
McGonagall's Gin & Whisky Emporium is a quirky date night bar in Edinburgh's Old Town. Get stuck into a choice of over 100 gins, with hearty Scottish fare and regular events to get stuck into, as well as cosy interiors thanks to the roaring fireplace and traditional decor.
Tigerlily needs little introduction, a favourite spot for celebrities and young lovers alike, the stunning food and inventive cocktails draw in crowds from across the city and has firmly established the venue as a top pick for elegant nights out and impressive date experiences.
Hidden away in the winding alleyways of Old Town, The Devil's Advocate is stocked with every drink you could possibly want. From peaty single malts and ice-cold craft beer, to delicate cocktails and fine wines from across the globe, it's guaranteed to leave your partner grinning from ear to ear.
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.
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.
Styled as a cosy living room, Under The Stairs has been catering for the city's young romantic crowds for years. Supported by the fresh menu of dishes, the bar is stocked with all your usual suspects - cold beer, fine wines and spirits - with the bartenders mixing a range of bespoke cocktails too.