Quirky Date Ideas in Edinburgh

Sure fancy candlelit dinners may have their appeal, but to really get to know someone? We reckon it's best to get a little bit weird. Whether you're keen to take on an adrenaline-pumping escape room, shake things up with a boozy cocktail-making session or head underground for a romantic night of jazz, these quirky date night spots in Edinburgh will have you swooning for days.

Last updated on 11th August 2021




The Cauldron has got to be in the running for the best quirky date ideas in Edinburgh. The magic-themed bar is inviting witches and wizards to their abode for an evening of boozy potion making in a fantastic setting. And don't worry about the outfit - they'll provide the robes and wand.

Looking to take your loved one off the beaten path? Check out our guide to all things secret bars in Edinburgh. Reserved for those in the know, these quirky spots can be found hidden behind barber shops and beneath bridges. You didn't hear it from us. 

Shout! Edinburgh

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Shout! Edinburgh is one unmissable quirky date idea for couples who love their music. Journey through the history of the Scottish scene, through archive footage and interactive exhibitions, until you reach the gorgeous rooftop for drinks and some live tunes.

Bar Soba Edinburgh

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Whether it's the interactive cocktail masterclass, diverse Pan-Asian menu or drinks list filled with classic cocktails that you're after, Bar Soba always delivers. Make your way to Hanover Street for a date night with a difference (and with great student deals, it doesn't have to break the bank either).

The perfect venue for a double date in Edinburgh, this escape room challenges you to take on one of the four themed adventures. Battle swashbuckling pirates, fierce Vikings and super-skilled Samurais, all within a 60 minute time limit.

Heads & Tales

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This Edinburgh date night bar comes complete with its very own on-site distillery, meaning the cocktails are just about as fresh and unique as they come. If you fancy getting a bit more hands-on though? There's a selection of boozy masterclasses, giving you and your sweetheart the perfect opportunity to brush up on your gin-based trivia.