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 Edinburgh. You can thank us later...

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Last updated on 25th March 2024

Porty Vault

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.

The Devil’s Advocate Bar & Kitchen

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. But that's not all, as this slick space is also home to a brilliant kitchen slinging out sharing platters and indulgent Scottish fare.

Lane7 Edinburgh

A neon-covered venue in St James Quarter, Lane7 is the perfect spot to challenge your date to a game of augmented darts, mini-golf, shuffleboard, or bowling. Tired? Head out to their industrial-style chill-out area with comfy wooden benches, where you can enjoy a Wild Bill burger from Fat Hippo, a fresh pint and chit-chat with your boo.

Bellfield Brewery & Taproom

Want to plan a casual date night but still get the vibe right? Then take your beau to Bellfield Brewery & Taproom for a pint or two from one of their many taps. Snuggle up in a heated booth outside or pick a spot indoors where you can gaze into each other's eyes, surrounded by plants and twinkly lights. On the menu? Food vendors take up residency on rotation, such as Don Guero Taqueria and Bahn Mi Brothers, so you won't be strapped for choice. 

Flight Club Edinburgh

Flight Club Edinburgh is a great option for activity dates, boasting several interactive dartboards complete with a range of entertaining games. There's an extensive menu of bar classics like pizzas, burgers and loaded fries, as well as all sorts of quirky cocktails on offer.

Hawksmoor Edinburgh

A classic date night spot perched atop St Andrew Square, Hawksmoor is not just your plain ol' steakhouse; it's the real deal. With six locations in London and one in Manchester, they know their steaks like the back of their hand. From cast-iron fillet steak to Winslade Wellington, their meaty delights will make your heart skip a beat.

Murrayfield Bothy

From relaxed pub lunches to eggs benedict four ways at brunch and glorious steak dinners, Murrayfield Bothy is one of the best places when you need date ideas in Edinburgh. This luxurious space is found inside the Murrayfield Hotel, serving up fine wines and classic cocktails with your meal. To top it off? That marmalade and whisky pudding come dessert.

The Raging Bull

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.

Bar Tonic

Keep your date night fun yet sophisticated with Bar Tonic, the hidden cocktail spot where the menu is music-themed and the interiors are slick. Settle into a cosy booth and knock back quirky concoctions like the Insane In The Champagne, the Pear-less Whisper and the Flying Without Wings.

Panda & Sons

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. 

Tuk Tuk

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. 

The Voodoo Rooms

The Voodoo Rooms is a true tipple connoisseur's paradise. With a dazzling selection of cocktails, spirits and a largely Scottish range of beer, from Bloody Prejudice to Kraken Float rum, this stunning joint is decorated with elaborate ceilings, arched windows, and plush leather booths—the ultimate date night spot.