With Dublin being such a hive of activity with offerings of everything from the weird to wonderful, it can be difficult to plan the perfect date with so much to choose from so we’ve put together a few ideas that might take the pressure off!
Take a cookery class
Why not spice things up, pardon the pun by bringing your boo to a cookery class? Something that you’ve always wanted to give a lash, The Silk Road Cookery School in Kimmage are hosting cookery courses for two for only €57 with a choice of any Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Evening classes, to book one of these classes, click here.
Dinner & a movie
The much anticipated & stunningly refurbished 1920’s style theatre, Stella Cinema Rathmines is set to open Halloween night, providing a truly elegant date night destination with plush furnishing and table service. Followed by the gastronomical theatre that is the chefs of Tippenyaki restaurant (Rathmines, a 2 minute walk from the theatre) where you can enjoy the skillful and authentic chefs cooking your food in front of you, this is a fun atmosphere to round of the night and a perfect ice breaker should you need one, you can book a table here.
Day for Ulysses lovers
Visit the James Joyce tower & museum literary enthusiasts, for something to really make your date unique. The tower is best known for featuring in the opening section of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Admission to the museum is free and they are open 365 days a year to learn more, you can click here. After soaking in the rich history of James Joyce why not treat yourselves to a delectable meal for two in Feast of Dun Laoghaire (now offering a 2 course meal for two with wine for €49, to avail of this offer, click here) Then to round off your evening you could enjoy a romantic stroll of Dun Laoghaire harbour (only a short walk from Feast restaurant) to enjoy the sea air.
A day at the Zoo
Because who doesn’t love the zoo? The perfect venue for budding romances with umpteen visual distractions to counteract any awkward silences and points for conversation if you start to butt heads on favourite tea brands; Lyons or Barry’s etc. And afterwards you can treat yourselves to the adorable Phoneix Park Tea Rooms located just outside the main entrance of the zoo in the Phoneix park, where you could enjoy a caffeinated beverage and share a slice of cake. Maybe even take a little stroll down to Aras an Uachtaráin and take a tour of the Presidents house, they run every Saturday and operate on a first-come-first-served basis. Occasionally they might not run due to state business, so always check the website beforehand, you can access the website here.
Comedy & A Slice
Nothing beats the Irish sense of humour, and what better way to celebrate it than to soak up the local talent in the Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay. With shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday it’s the perfect venue for a relaxed & entertaining date. After the gig you can can grab a slice in the understated Bach 16 on Bachelor’s Walk (3 minute walk) a charming Italian restaurant that offers authentic thin base pizzas and an impressive wine menu, to wind down after the gig. You can book a table here.
Gig & Cocktails
The Olympia theatre, one of Dublin’s most stunning venues to enjoy a range of lively gigs of all genres, perfect to counteract the awkwardness of a first date situation! Their November line up is to include London Grammar, Kaleo and the Rag N Bone man to name but a few, you can find their full schedule here. After the gig why not take a little stroll back in time to the Vintage Cocktail Club to enjoy a late night cocktail. The exclusive speakeasy is hidden in plain sight, in Dublin’s busy Temple bar and provides the perfect venue to recover from ringing ears after the gig and cosy up beside an open fire, savour their delicious cocktails and whisper sweet nothing to each other.
Dinner & A Show
For any theatre enthusiasts this could be the ideal date for you, a pre-theatre dinner for 2 in Le Bon Crubeen on Talbot Street (3 courses with a bottle of wine) for only €70, you can avail of this offer here. Just a short 5 minute walk to the renowned Abbey theatre, for a list of upcoming shows in November click here.
Canal Boat Restaurant
And finally for something a little different, why not soak up the much overlooked beauty of Dublin’s canals at night while enjoying a delicious 3 course meal on the Canal Boat Restaurant? A unique opportunity to enjoy the city from a different angle as you meander through it, you may even forget that you’re in Ireland at all! The boats travel from Charlemont Place and the Grand Canal Theatre, you can book a table for this experience here.