Fun and unique date ideas to try in Dublin this winter

By Brian Dillon

Last winter, there wasn't much scope for dating in Dublin.

Heck, we weren't even allowed to meet people outside for a walk.

But the situation for Dublin singletons wanting to date is looking a lot more promising this year, with bars, restaurants and attractions ready to welcome you and your potential new bae.

Do people still say bae?

Regardless, here are eleven lovely date ideas to try in Dublin this winter.

Dinner at La Paniche

Does it get more romantic that dining on a boat on the canal? We don't believe so. That's what you'll get at La Peniche on the Grand Canal, a restored classic cargo barge moored between locks C4 and C5.

In winter as the evenings get dark, it makes for some really scenic and atmospheric dining.

Food in Lauduree

This Parisian tea room on South William Street has an abundance of sweet treats available in the most picturesque setting. You'll also get a stunning brunch if that's what you're in the market for, an afternoon tea experience, a selection of cakes or a simple cup of coffee.

One of the city's hidden bars

There are a few hidden bars around the city that are just waiting to be discovered, such as Liquor Rooms, The Blind Pig and Vintage Cocktails Club.

How impressed will your date be when you show them you know the best hidden spots around the city? You're welcome.

Vintage Cocktail Club (Facebook)

Little Dumpling

You'll find the cutest little dumpling restaurant on Mary Street and Stephen Street, serving a simple menu of dumplings that you and your date can share.

Make sure you're confident in your chopstick abilities first though, because the last thing you want to do is accidentally fling a dumpling at your date.

Roe & Co Distillery

Roe & Co Distillery is found in Dublin's historic Dublin 8, fully embracing the distilling history of the area. Try one of Ireland's favourite whiskeys and even take part in a cocktail masterclass. Plus, you'll have the chance to go on a guided tour around the facility which makes for a really fascinating evening out.

Royal Canal Walk

The Royal Canal is one of the most underrated walks in the city, in our humble opinion. Start at the bustling Drumcondra, make your way along the canal up to Phibsborough (where you could stop for food and a pint) and keep going until you want to turn back. There are also plenty of spots to sit along the canal if you fancy stopping with your date.

The Royal Canal at Ashtown (Google Maps)

Fallon & Byrne Wine Cellar

Below the Fallon & Byrne store on Exchequer Street is their candle lit wine cellar. Here. you'll get the chance to choose from over 300 boutique wines from all around the world. Plus, you can sample a cheese board as well as other delectable bites.

Coffee and Sandwich at Happy Out

Stroll along Dollymount Strand before heading to this Dublin favourite for a hot cup of coffee, one of their delicious sambos and great views.

Ice skating

Ice skating is returning to Dublin this winter and we're buzzing about it. South Dublin On Ice will come to Tallaght Stadium while Dundrum On Ice returns to the town centre.

Meanwhile, Swords On Ice returns in November.

Blackrock Market

Dublin's oldest market makes for a wonderful day out, especially when on a date. Think about it: You have bits to look at and talk about. That really helps with the first date nerves.

Expect over 30 stalls selling everything from vegan treats to Asian food, jewellery, art, vintage clothes and much more. There's even a fortune teller, so you might just find out if this thing between the two of you will work.

National Archaeology Museum

Again, stuff to look at and talk about is always great. What's even better is that it's free.

The National Archaeology Museum on Kildare Street houses artefacts (and even bog bodies) that will certainly get you and your date talking, and show you a historical Ireland you'll be blown away by.

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