9 Alternative Date Ideas in Dublin

(That do not involve food)

dublin-date-guide-hapenny-bridge-2000x800

Words by Alyssa Zepeda
March 15th, 2016

Are you constantly at a loss trying to think of unique and creative date ideas? Still caught in the endless cycle of going to your favourite (expensive) restaurants? Whether you are on a first date or in a long-term relationship it can be stressful planning the perfect outing that is fun and memorable. Don’t get us wrong, a romantic candlelight dinner is nice every now and then but it can grow repetitive and show a lack of spontaneity. Therefore, we’ve put our heads together and come up with 10 alternative date spots in Dublin that will ensure you have an amazing time, all the while making your date feel extraordinary.

1. Powerscourt Estate

Four award winning gardens to walk through, Ireland’s highest waterfall, a five star spa and the tastiest scones you will ever come across in the Avoca café… Need we say more? Powerscourt Estate is technically located in Co. Wicklow but it is just a short drive from Dublin. (Just 15 minutes from Carrickmines so trust us when we say it’s not far.) With multiple memory-making photo opportunities, the open space and beautiful surroundings here beg for quiet moments and romantic interludes.

powerscourt-gardens-wicklow-ireland

For more, visit Powerscourt.com.

2. Laughter Lounge

Can you make your date laugh? If not, borrow someone else’s talent for a couple of hours. Known as Dublin’s premier comedy club, the Laughter Lounge showcases the best of both Irish and international comedians including our favourites Dara O’Briain and Michael McIntyre. At the end of the day we all enjoy somebody we can laugh with.

maven46-date-alternatives-laughter-lounge

For more information and to find out about upcoming shows click here.

3. City Kayaking

View the city centre from a different perspective by taking a kayaking city tour along the famous River Liffey. For extra points, turn around and re-enact that scene from The Notebook (although we advise not falling in). You can even take a trip at night and be enchanted by the lights of Dublin city for a more romantic experience.

maven46-date-alternatives-kayaking

To find out more about city kayaking see citykayaking.com.

4. Zipit

For the adventurous couples, you can zip-line through the trees at Zipit Forest Adventures in Tibradden Woods. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, the instructors here will help you on your way in no time at all. This is not one for those with a fear of heights, but for those with a need for speed this is the place for you. Warning, once you’ve completed your first course here you won’t want to leave but luckily there is 5 courses to make your way around so don’t leave yourself short on time!

maven46-date-alternatives-ziplining

To book a day in the trees, visit Zipit.ie.

5. Dublin Zoo

It’s easy to spend endless hours walking around Dublin’s zoo hand in hand obsessing over your love for animals. Bring a picnic with you and make the most of the day by having lunch on the grass in Phoenix Park just across the road and you’ll cross two Dublin attractions off your list in one. Avoid busier times in order to skip the hoards of school children for a quiet, more secluded experience.

Zoo-cute-tiger-cubs-ireland

For tickets and opening times see DublinZoo.ie.

6. Dublin Bay Cruise

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin, take a short cruise from Dun Laoghaire over to Howth. Ireland’s most beautiful fishing village is the perfect place to get a breath of fresh air. This charming seaside town screams romance with intimate tea rooms, scenic hiking trails, and stunning views of the harbour. You won’t find better fish and chips than here so go with an empty stomach.

maven46-date-alternatives-cruise-to-howth

To book a cruise, visit DublinBayCruises.com.

7. Wine Tasting Class

If you are a wine enthusiast or just need a little liquid courage to soothe the nerves, a wine tasting class can be a perfect way to set the mood. La Cave Wine Bar hosts weekly wine tasting classes in the city centre. We all like to think we are a little bit of a sommelier, so why fake it when you can impress for real!

To book a class, visit LaCaveWineBar.com.

8. National Botanic Gardens

Explore the beautiful National Botanic Gardens, the leisurely stroll makes for a tranquil atmosphere with over 20,000 plants to view. Best of all, it’s free!

For more information see BotanicGardens.ie.

9. Vicar Street

Do you share a love for the same type of music? The Academy and Vicar Street are Dublin’s best smaller and more intimate venues that have affordable gigs every weekend. Even Ed Sheeran has made appearances here, making for unforgettable shows. (Again, trust us. We’ve been there.) Cosy up to some late night music and your other half in these intimate spots.

maven46-date-alternatives-vicar-street

To see what’s on at Vicar Street, click here and to see what’s coming up at The Academy, click here.

Have you had any out-of-the ordinary date experiences in Dublin? Share with us below! Or if you’re looking for things to do this month without a date, read our culture guide here!