Edinburgh is a beautiful, romantic city that is filled with breath-taking castles and stunning scenery. The city, which has been Scotland’s capital since the 1400s, is a bustling, metropolitan area that boasts lots of luxury restaurants, traditional pubs and quaint bars, so it is the perfect location for a date – but if you’re new to the area, you may be a little unsure where to go.
If you can relate to this, don’t worry; we have compiled a list of fantastic first date venues in Edinburgh so that you can sit back and relax. From sophisticated dining to venues that are little more quirky, here is the Date British Guys guide to having a great date in Edinburgh.
A restaurant is a great location for a first date, but you want to make sure that you choose a venue with great food and drinks that isn’t too loud. We recommend these two Edinburgh restaurants;
1. The Gardener’s Cottage
This restaurant has a simple and yet creative menu, and due to the sheer choice even the fussiest eater will be able to find something that they like. The restaurant also boasts a super cosy venue that is both traditional and stylish – perfect for a first date!
2. The Dog’s
If you want to go somewhere a little more quirky, the The Dog’s on Hanover Street is definitely worth checking out. The interesting restaurant has a striking staircase and lots of paintings that feature dogs, so the décor provides a talking point – but the food isn’t to be laughed at. There are lots of traditional Scottish meals for you to choose from, and the reasonable pricing means that you won’t break the bank.
If you want to keep things more casual for your date, a bar could be the perfect place to go. Here are two of the best bars in Edinburgh for a date;
1. Panda and Sons
You may not have heard of Panda and Sons, but the bar recently made it onto the prestigious World’s Best Bars list, and if you visit you will soon see why. The fun bar is set in the basement of a working barbershop, and the wide range of cocktails and whiskeys is sure to impress anyone who enters. The music is also fairly quiet, which is ideal for a date – after all, no-one wants to spend the night shouting to be heard!
Dragonfly is a small cocktail bar with a funky, fun décor that is sure to be a conversation starter. The bar also offers a wide range of cocktails, and they have a selection of resident DJs who are some of the best DJs in Edinburgh.
If you want to do something a little bit different on your date, here are a few outdoor choices for you to consider;
1. Cycling the Innertube
Simply hire two bikes, grab a map of the Innertube and set off for an adventure. You can set a route in advance that ends at a bar or a café, or you can simply cruise around for an hour or two and then use the map to get you back home.
2. The Midlothian Snowsports Centre
This fun snowsports centre offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including snowboarding and skiing opportunities, as well as ice skating and sledding.