Date Night in Edinburgh
Though you might not think it, choosing the right place for a date night is often a make-or-break moment. Pick wisely and your relationship could take that next big step. But make the wrong decision and you could be back to square one, desperately swiping right and asking your mates to set you up with their mediocre-looking friend. Fear not, we're here to help. We've searched every corner of the city and have made a list of all the best date night spots in Edinburgh.
Sitting just a stone's throw away from the iconic Grassmarket, Dragonfly is an easy-going cocktail bar that's perfect for a date night. Decorated with candlelit tables and a handful of quirky decorations, the bar steals the limelight here, serving a range of hand-crafted cocktails alongside a selection of ice-cold pints. Head down with that someone special and swoon long into the night at this charming cocktail bar.
The Devil's Advocate has become a favourite spot for the city's many young lovers. Hidden away in the winding alleyways of Old Town, the part pub, part cocktail bar 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, the bar is guaranteed to have just the thing that'll leave your partner with a huge smile.
If you're looking to impress on a date night in Edinburgh, Panda and Sons is just the place for you. Styled as an old-fashioned barber shop, guests first have to charm their way passed the clipboard (just make an online booking) before being allowed inside the speakeasy cocktail bar. Once inside, you'll find a sleek bar decorated with vintage barber chairs, Victorian hair-dressing equipment and a menu created by Mr Panda himself.
Famous for its incredible whisky collection and elegant, Roger Moore-worthy vibes, 99 Hanover Street is the perfect spot for a suave date night in Edinburgh. Nestle into a cosy armchair, order a drink from the endless cocktail menu and watch as your date's smile gets bigger and bigger as the night goes on.
Tigerlily needs little introduction in Edinburgh. A favourite spot for celebrities and young lovers alike, the stunning food and inventive cocktails draws in crowds from across the city and has firmly established the venue at the top of Edinburgh's nightlife scene. Completely with bold, colourful decor and a vibrant buzz, it's perfect for anyone looking to treat that special someone to an elegant date experience.
Ideal if your date is a big whisky fan, Whisky Rooms couples traditional Scottish dishes with traditional Scotch whisky. The chefs have worked tirelessly to create a traditional menu that showcases seasonal ingredients while also working well with the impressive collection of whisky; each dish is paired with a particular single malt in order to highlight certain notes on the palate. It's calm, it's welcoming and, most importantly, it's perfect for an intimate dinner with your partner.
If you're looking for an intimate dining experience, Ting Thai Caravan has everything you could ever need for the perfect date night in Edinburgh. Based across the road from the iconic McEwann Hall, the Thai street food served by the kitchen recreates the heat and bustle of Asia in the centre of Edinburgh, while the bare-bones, simple decor creates an easy-going vibe inside.
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 - and the bartenders are capable of mixing together a range of classic cocktails. But it's the mellow atmosphere and warm embrace of Under The Stairs that makes the perfect for an intimate date night in Edinburgh.
Though high-brow, black-tie-only restaurants are okay, we know that nothing puts a smile on your date's face better than a casual evening of great food. Enter Tuk Tuk. Named after the cute taxi cabs in India, the bright venue serves small plates of Indian street food, all cooked using traditional recipes and fresh ingredients.