15 of the best date ideas in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an exciting and busy city that is full of activities and venues that make for the perfect date night. Whether you want to just grab a drink together or immerse yourself in the cities history, Edinburgh has something that will be perfect for you.

1. The Royal Observatory


Make your way to the top of Blackford Hill, The Royal Observatory provides the perfect opportunity to watch the stars together and wonder at the vastness of the universe. This makes for a very original date idea and if your date is interested in space and the night sky, be sure to go on one of the nights where they host astronomy talks, perfect for any science lover!

2. Maison de Moggy


Get to know each other over a cup of coffee whilst you enjoy the company of our feline friends, an excellent choice for any cat lover. Maison de Moggy provides a relaxed environment in which to get to know someone and the cute cats will break up any awkward silences with their inquisitive minds.

3. The Stand


If you are looking for a date night idea that is not too serious, then The Stand Comedy Club is perfect for you. The club will be sure to remove any awkwardness between the two of you and will provide a night full of laugher that is sure to make a memorable date. If you are looking for a date on a budget, then The Stand is perfect as its lunchtime shows are free.

4. Lucky Liquor Co


This quirky bar which also features in our hidden bars in Edinburgh article is set in the style of a sixties kitchen, and you will wonder how you ever walked past it before with its bright neon sign outside. The bar has an everchanging menu of thirteen different cocktails including the likes of their ‘Mr Magoo’ cocktail, which is with Scotch whisky, coffee and caramel corn syrup. Lucky Liquor is well within walking distance of the city centre and will be the setting of a memorable night with good drinks and music.

5. Hoot the Redeemer


Another great bar for a date night, this venue is like no other. Entry to this hidden bar is through a tarot door which asks you a question before you enter, instantly making your experience different from any other bar in Edinburgh. If you simply cannot decide what drink you want (there are so many to choose from) you can have a shot on their Pinch n’ Sip claw machine which will select your drink for you.

6. Bike Ride

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to explore the city is by bike. Just simply grab your bike (or if you do not have one, you can hire one for the day) and pedal around the city, taking in all the sites as you go. This date idea gives you both complete control over what you see and do. If you do not fancy cycling in the busy Edinburgh streets, then you could make your way over to Portobello beach and enjoy a cycle with sea-views there!

7. Christmas Markets

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A trip to Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets is sure to get the romance flowing, with so much good food on offer and bright lights to watch, the markets provide an atmosphere that is unlike anything else. There is so much to do in the markets that it can occupy a couple for a whole day, never mind just a date night.

8. Dominion

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The cinema is the perfect option for those who like a more relaxed setting for their date nights. To make the experience even more enjoyable, then you should take your date to Dominion for a cinema experience that is unlike any other. They have sofas, footrests and little tables beside your seats to make your trip to the cinema as comfortable as possible, you’ll hardly believe that you are not watching a film in the comfort of your own home!

9. Visit a museum


Edinburgh has a wide range of museums on offer so you could spend an entire day just rambling through them. The National Museum of Scotland is a great choice, entry is free, and there is a range of exhibits on everything from Ancient Egypt, fashion and space. However, if you are looking for a museum on a more niche subject, then Edinburgh has plenty of those. Edinburgh has museums on every subject you could think of, including the National War Museum, The Writer’s Museum and the Museum of Childhood.

10. Escape Rooms


There won’t be any awkward silences on your date if you pick an escape room. You will have to work together to crack the clues to escape, and you are sure to realise instantly in such a situation whether you work well together or not. Escape rooms are a fun and different way to get to know each other and will provide a fun experience that will get your brains thinking.

11. Tour of Edinburgh Gin distillery

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If you are a fan of gin, then this is the perfect choice for you. This date idea is more than just getting to know each other over some drinks, you can immerse yourselves in the gin creation process and enjoy a gin tasting session at the end. It won’t break the bank either, this tour and tasting session only costs £10 per person, it makes for a cheap and intellectual date.

12. The Castle

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The perfect option for those who love history. Explore the castle grounds and enjoy the stunning views it offers out over to the city, and brush up on your knowledge of the city’s history with a tour around the castle. Young Scot cardholders also gain a reduced entry fee into the castle of only £1, making it one of the cheapest dates out there.

13. Sunsets from Arthur’s Seat

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Whilst the 251-metre climb is steep, it will most certainly be worth it once you reach the top and get to see the magnificent views of the city from its peak, especially if you complete your climb at sunset. The peaceful atmosphere at the top of Arthur’s Seat and the orange sunset over the city will provide a romantic atmosphere that is bound to impress.

14. Voodoo show

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Enjoy an evening at The Voodoo Rooms, where they have an award-winning restaurant and bar along with a variety of different forms of entertainment. Enjoy your food and drink whilst watching a cabaret show or listening to some blues music. Whatever is being performed, you and your date will be sure to enjoy it immensely.

15. A picnic in the park

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Take your lunch and picnic blanket down to Princes Street Gardens and watch the world go by. Enjoy the last of the summer sun with some lemonade and get to know your date better in one of Edinburgh’s prettiest spots.

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