You’ve been chatting on the app, and have exchanged numbers: and now it’s finally time to meet. While finding the right romantic match is not an easy task even on a good day, it doesn’t have to feel like a repetitive chore just because we want to find someone compatible. Instead, it can become a fun journey of meeting new people and having memorable new experiences. So, we’ve put together a list of first date ideas in Edinburgh that will boost serotonin levels and won’t seem as repetitive. And not to mention, it’s just in time for Valentine’s day!
1. Have a laugh at a stand-up comedy show
Edinburgh has an abundance of comedy performances that won’t break the bank. For example, The Stand Comedy Club hosts Red Raw every Monday, an open-mic night where ten acts face the audience with their brand new sets. It’s sometimes the first time on stage for some of the acts, as well as more seasoned performers trying out new material.
The event is officially the best open-mic night in the UK, so you will have a great time no matter what: even if a couple of acts don’t hit the spot. The entry is also only £5, so it’s a great wee spot if you’re looking to treat someone to a night filled with belly laughs. Plus, you can just come early to have a drink and a chat beforehand as there’s a bar.
While this one can bring out some questionable traits in all of us, it can also be a great laugh if you’re dealing with someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. While you can’t be sure which side of someone you’re gonna get in any given situation, going to an escape room is definitely one of the more unique first date ideas.
If you’re not afraid of being locked in a room with someone for an hour (there’s usually an actor helping solve the mysteries in the too, by the way), you can show off your intellectual skills at the Department Of Magic. You will be solving enchanting mysteries, figuring out endearing combinations and making potions and lotions to unlocking the secrets forgotten by many.
The first thought that came to mind after visiting NQ64 was that this is such a good date spot. You can play Mario Kart, Guitar Hero or Virtua Tennis all while sipping on some creative cocktails. What is more, the venue is decked in neon décor and plays some proper throwback tunes. No need to book, just show up and have a blast by letting that childhood wonder roam free accompanied by some healthy competitiveness.
One thing is clear: Edinburgh is not short of museums and art galleries. The sophisticated splendour that and art gallery offers makes for an endearing first date idea. You can admire art, talk about ideas, look at art you can’t afford, and meander through the energy-filled rooms, followed by a coffee stop. Check out the available exhibitions The Fine Art Society, where no appointments are needed to be booked in advance. Expect to see extraordinary modern and contemporary pieces form the 18th and 19th century until mid-February.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery is also a great idea, even if it’s an obvious choice. It’s always a pleasure to explore the remarkable building and the history of Scotland and its people.
A brand new fun-loving bowling alley has arrived to Edinburgh’s Rose Street. Roxy Lanes offers bowling, batting cages, beer pong, ice-free curling and karaoke booths, to name a few, so be prepared for a date like no other. There are plenty of activities to choose from, and your love interest is surely not gonna get bored with all these first-date ideas on offer.
On top of a bowling alley with ten-pin and duck-pin bowling, the full list of activities is impressive: batting cages for taking some steam off, karaoke rooms for heartfelt singalongs, or ice-free curling for a good ol’ laugh. Plus, American pool, shuffleboard, basketball and beer pong are also welcome additions for the competitive souls out there.
The suggestively named Fayre Play is a pop-up funfair games experience for adults venue in our fair city. With a “nostalgia-packed adventure” of funfair games and enough cocktails for a small village, it’s an excellent reminder that you should never skip Fayre Play. After you’re done with playing around, you can adjourn downstairs where you’ll find a wee bar and a beer garden with board games. Whether you’re after a gourmet burger or going all out with some delish cocktails, it’s a sure-fire success when it comes to first-date ideas.
7. Go to a boozy brunch at this central steakhouse
A boozy brunch with lots meat? Count us in! Enjoy two hours of fun at Bar + Block Edinburgh on Princes Street, indulging in gourmet burgers, beverages and a good chat. Thankfully, you won’t get too buzzed to make a fool of yourself on the brunch, as it includes two drinks per person and two courses of your choice for £28. The general offer includes either prosecco or Pravha, yet those keen on cocktails can upgrade for an extra £10.
For a first date, try something different and let your inner child out to play at Ballie Ballerson’s ball pit for adults. Ballie Ballerson is located on Forrest Road, where the venue spans over two floors and is ready to welcome a few hundred ballers. However, don’t indulge in too many cocktails beforehand, as you have to be sober enough to drive to be able to enter the ball pit, as it’s probably not the best idea to get too smashed on a first date. Plus, there’s a huge slide you can go down on after you’re done throwing balls into your pal’s head and nearly drowning in said balls, especially if you’re short like me.