The shakes, the awkward silences, the indecision about whether to give them a kiss or not at the end – first dates are tough. Deciding where to go on a first date can be a make-or-break between the start of a beautiful relationship or another Tinder dud story. Luckily, Ireland is full of craic-filled first date spots which will help you to completely avoid the awkwardness of your standard dinner-with-a-movie. Sure who wants that when you can go go-karting instead? If you’re heading out on a much anticipated first date this weekend, be sure to scope out some of our list’s must-visit attractions.
Token, Smithfield, Dublin 7
The new it-spot in Smithfield is decked out with old-school video games and 80’s neon, that you can enjoy over cheap eats and a few beers. Plenty of opportunities to let your dance-mat skills do the talking.
Blackbird, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Another nostalgia-lover’s paradise, Blackbird has all the Starwars talking points you need, and plenty of boardgames to let your competitive side out.
Viking Splash Tour,Dublin
Have you ever really been to Dublin if you haven’t been on the Viking Splash Tour? Shouts, laughs and a history lesson – the perfect silly first date.
People watching in Pyg, South William Street,Dublin 2
Situated right on Dublin city’s creative centre, Pygmalion is famous for its house tunes and cocktails. But sitting outside and letting Dublin roll by make it perfect for first date chats.
Go-karting, Kylemore, Dublin 10
Go-karting is the perfect way to show off your driving skills and let him see how great you are with a clutch
Fota Island, Cork Harbour
Looking at cute animals on a first date is always a failsafe option, and Fota Island, complete with tiger and leopard cubs, is an absolute winner.
The Barge, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2
There is no better craic than Ireland when the sun is out, and the Barge serves as a perfect setting for an easygoing first date on the canal.
Take the Smithwicks Tour in Kilkenny
The Guinness Storehouse is a famed spot for date, but why not branch out of Dublin and head for the Smithwicks brewery in Kilkenny instead?
The Laughter Lounge, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
If the thought of chatting through dinner makes you feel a little awkward, head to the Laughter Lounge, where you can laugh together at the best up and coming comics in the city.
Bowling at Leisureplex (Various Locations)
Bowling is a classic date for a reason. Try to get to Leisureplex on one of their BYOB evenings for added amusement.