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15 Unbelievably Good Edinburgh Date Ideas to Fall in Love With

My date (well, I met him on Tinder!) once planned a romantic stroll through some gardens, thinking, “Hey, a nice quiet walk, some heartfelt conversation amidst flowers”—sweet, eh? Until we realised we’d timed our date with some annual festival.

Instead of whispering sweet nothings, he was yelling, “I REALLY LIKE YOUR DRESS! ”over a troupe of fire eaters and a stand-up comic on a megaphone. Even the squirrels looked stressed.

So, before you guys decide to call it quits and adopt seventeen cats as a backup plan (hello, me!), let me guide you through unbelievably good Edinburgh date ideas. Hey, these are far from what happened to me, so stick around!

Crack puzzles as a team at Escape Reality Edinburgh


Address: One Edinburgh Quay, 1 Fountainbridge

Contact details: +44 131 629 3040

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Friday – 12 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Saturday – 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 8:30 PM


  • Two Players – £27 per person
  • Three Players – £25 per person
  • Four Players – £23 per person
  • Fiver Players – £22 per person
  • Six Players – £22 per person

Escape Reality in Edinburgh is like the spicy hot sauce of date nights. It’s a rush of adrenaline with a side of puzzles that will have you two bonding like superglue.

You guys can team up to unlock mysteries, solve riddles, and escape from a range of themed rooms—anything from asylum to escaping Alcatraz. It’s about working together, so you’ll see how well you can handle a little pressure while having a blast.

Don’t worry, though; it’s not like they’ll lock you up and throw away the key. You’ll have help if you need it, so there’s no need to fret about being trapped forever in a pharaoh’s tomb or anything.

Pro tip: If you’re looking for the perfect present for a puzzle enthusiast or planning a surprise for someone who loves adventure, don’t forget to check out Escape Reality’s gift vouchers.

Laugh together at The Stand Comedy Club night


Address: 5 York Pl.

Contact details: +44 131 558 7272

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 12 AM


  • Standard – £12
  • Members – £6
  • Concession – £8

You know what they say—laughter is the key to the heart! And at The Stand Comedy Club, they’re handing out that key on a silver platter.

It’s all about that raw, intimate vibe, where you can grab a drink, settle down, and prepare for your cheeks to hurt from too much smiling. Different nights offer different themes, so you might catch a fresh-faced newbie one night or a seasoned pro the next.

Between sets, you guys can grab another round, chat about your favourite acts, or maybe even mingle with the comedians themselves if you’re feeling social.

Pro tip: Remember to book a table in advance on weekends as it gets packed fast, and you don’t want to be the couple standing in the back, especially if one of you is ‘vertically challenged’, if you catch my drift.

Explore historic vibes at The Caves with your date

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Address: 8-10 Niddry St., S.

Contact details: +44 131 510 1122

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 3 AM

Cost: N/A

The Caves are straight-up history dipped in folklore and smothered with a unique charm. You guys can wander through the vaults that have seen everything from secret get-togethers to raucous 18th-century wine and whiskey festivals.

It oozes atmosphere from every craggy nook and candle-lit cranny. But it’s not all about the past.

The Caves now play host to some of the coolest live gigs and events around. You may also keep your eyes open for the special touches like the original stone archways and the remnants of old townhouses tucked away in the architecture.

Pro tip: The acoustics inside can be pretty ace, so if you’re into music, definitely check out who’s playing. And hey, it gets a bit chilly, so you might want to cosy up—the perfect excuse for some close-to-the-candlelight action!

Go on the Potter Trail Tour


Address: N/A

Contact details: [email protected] 

Operating hours: 

  • Free tours start at 12 PM

Cost: Free (Private tour’s cost depends on the size of the group)

Are you and your significant other fans of a certain wizard with a lightning bolt on his forehead? Even if you’re not, the Potter Trail Tour is a charming way to explore Edinburgh’s magical side.

It’s like peeling back a layer of the city to reveal some seriously cool connections to Harry Potter. You’ll see where J.K. Rowling penned some of the books and the real-life places that inspired settings in the wizarding world.

You’ll be part of a group with a guide who’s probably more into Harry Potter than anyone you’ve ever met. They’ll show you around, tell you intriguing tidbits, and might even throw in a spell or two, just for fun.

Pro tip: Dress up a bit for the tour if you’re into that—some people go all out with cloaks and wands, and it makes the whole experience more immersive. Plus, it’s a great photo!

Sneak a kiss at Edinburgh Castle’s sunset views


Address: Castlehill

Contact details: +44 131 225 9846

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 9:30 AM to 6 PM

Cost: Free

Edinburgh Castle is the king of the hill, literally and figuratively. It’s been around since time immemorial, all stoic on top of its volcanic rock throne.

When you go, you’ve got to see the legendary cannon, Mons Meg, and the Crown Jewels, and get the scoop on the Stone of Destiny. But it’s not all about daytime history lessons. Stick around for sunset because, mate, those views are second to none.

The sky turns all sorts of oranges and pinks, and looking out over the city with that light show going on is genuinely one of those ‘wow’ moments. Plus, with the castle’s old-world charm, there’s just something incredibly romantic about it.

Pro tip: Make sure you catch the One O’Clock Gun if you can—it’s a tradition that’s been going on since 1861. And if either of you is a sucker for ghost stories, ask about the paranormal activities that are said to happen around the castle grounds.

Face-off in games at Boom Battle Bar


Address: Unit 3 & 4, Omni Centre

Contact details: +44 131 332 1212 

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 12 PM to 11 PM
  • Friday – 12 PM to 12 AM
  • Saturday – 11 AM to 12 AM
  • Sunday – 11 AM to 11 PM


  • Axe Throwing – £30 to £60 per lane
  • Shuffleboard and Darts – £15 to £30 per table
  • Pool table – £12
  • Crazier Gold – £8 to £9 per person
  • Beer or Prosecco Pong – £30 per table

Boom Battle Bar is the ultimate playground for grown-ups in Edinburgh. Think of all those games you love—axe throwing, augmented reality darts, American pool, crazy golf—all crammed under one roof with a vibey atmosphere.

It’s like that bar you designed in your head when you were a kid, but even better because there’s booze. You and your date can face off across a range of games; it’s the perfect ice-breaker or a way to add a little competitive spice to your relationship.

Plus, with a bar that’s fully stocked, you can grab a cocktail or a craft beer to enjoy between games. Expect a buzzing atmosphere, especially on weekends when everyone’s there to unleash their inner child.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out their themed nights if you want to make the most of your visit. And hey, wear shoes you can move in. You don’t want to lose your footing when you’re trying to impress with your dart-throwing skills!

Find out who’s the better dart thrower at Flight Club


Address: 300-306 Level 3, St. James Quarter

Contact details: 

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Tuesday – 11:30 AM to 12 AM
  • Wednesday – 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM
  • Thursday and Friday – 11:30 AM to 1 AM
  • Saturday – 11 AM to 1 AM


  • Social Darts – £10 per person (60 mins.), £14 per person (90 mins.)

If you thought darts were just a pub game, Flight Club in Edinburgh is about to blow your mind. This place takes darts and turns it into an epic social experience with a twist of tech magic.

We’re talking multiple dartboards, instant scoring, so no maths is required (thank goodness), and some seriously cool game variations that will have you and your team competing and maybe even working as a team.

The atmosphere is off-the-charts fun, with a beautifully designed space that’s part chic bar, part Victorian fairground. You can sip on delicious cocktails or craft beers while you play, making those bullseyes (or near misses) even sweeter.

Pro tip: Flight Clubs offers a semi-private event space perfect for any type of celebratory event. Also, you can add a competitive edge to your celebration by hosting your own dart tournament here!

Savour romance over dinner at The Bon Vivant


Address: 55 Thistle St.

Contact details: +44 131 225 3275

Operating hours: 

  • Monday and Tuesday – 4 PM to 11 PM
  • Wednesday and Thursday – 12 PM to 11 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 12 PM to 12 AM
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 11 PM

Cost: ££-£££

The Bon Vivant in Edinburgh is where you take your date when you want to seriously impress without the stuffiness of a traditional fine-dining place. Cozy, with an effortlessly cool vibe, this spot has a menu that’s all about delicious and sophisticated dishes.

Expect to come across steak frites, fried haddock, fried prawns, asparagus tartlets, cheese and charcuterie boards, and more. Plus, their champagne, wine list and cocktails are basically art in a glass. 

The staff knows their stuff, too, so if you’re unsure about what wine pairs with what, just ask.

Pro tip: If you can, grab a seat by the window since it’s great for people-watching and adds a little extra something to your dining experience.

Compete in fun at Fayre Play


Address: 14 Picardy Pl.

Contact details: 

Operating hours: 

  • Wednesday and Thursday – 5 PM to 10 PM
  • Friday – 4 PM to 12 AM
  • Saturday – 12 PM to 12 AM
  • Sunday – 12:30 PM to 11 PM


  • Games (with food and 2 drinks) – £38.50 per person
  • Game ticket – £14.95 per person

Fayre Play is like that best-kept secret you’re almost reluctant to share because it’s just that cool. It’s a haven for those who love board games and a good time. 

With walls lined with every kind of board game imaginable, from the classics to the latest Kickstarter sensations, it’s easy to lose track of time here. You and your date can dive into some strategic gameplay or laugh your way through something ridiculous.

Plus, the food and drinks keep you fueled up for game after game with options like fries, hotdog buns, burgers, and pizzas, as well as cocktails and mocktails.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out their variety of pricing packages—it’s the savvy way to enjoy all the festivities and diversions they offer.

Strike love at Lane7 Edinburgh’s bowling lanes


Address: St. James Square

Contact details: +44 131 373 0003

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 11 AM to 12 AM
  • Friday – 11 AM to 1 AM
  • Saturday – 10 AM to 1 AM
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 12 AM

Cost: £-££

Lane7 is Edinburgh’s answer to the question, “Where can we go for a fun date night that’s a little bit different?” With its retro vibes but modern finish, it’s all about having a good time, whether you’re a bowling pro or more likely to end up in the gutter type.

Beyond bowling, they’ve also got ping-pong, a pool table, arcades, shooting pods, big putts, and even karaoke rooms. The food is way above your standard bowling alley fare; think gourmet burgers and shareable bites that are actually delicious.

And the bar here is stocked with everything you might want to sip on while you play, be it a cocktail, hard shakes or some alcoholic slushies.

Pro tip: Booking a lane in advance is a smart move, especially if you’re planning your visit for the weekend. And don’t skip checking out their special events—there’s often something cool going on.

Stroll hand in hand at the Royal Botanic Garden


Address: 20a Inverleith Row

Contact details: +44 131 248 2909

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 6 PM

Cost: Free

The Royal Botanic Garden is a spot that doesn’t shy away from showing off, especially if you’re all about those nature vibes. This place is a whopping 70 acres of rare plants, woodlands, and landscapes that’ll have you snapping pics left, right, and centre.

And let’s not forget the glasshouses, each with climates ranging from steamy tropics to arid deserts, housing plants you probably can’t pronounce but will love to look at. You’ll find plenty of secluded spots here to just chill and enjoy each other’s company.

If you’re lucky, you might catch one of their outdoor exhibitions or art installations; they always have something cool going on. Plus, with a café on-site serving up some tasty treats, you won’t have to wander far when you’re feeling peckish.

Pro tip: Remember to keep an eye on their event calendar or join a guided tour if you want that extra bit of information that’ll impress your date. Oh, and entry to the garden is free, but those glasshouses will cost you a tiny bit, so maybe stash a few coins before you head out.

Catch a movie or bowl at Fountain Park


Address: 130 Dundee St.

Contact details: +44 131 228 9784

Operating hours: 

  • Open 24 hours

Cost: £-££

Fountain Park is like your one-stop shop for fun in Edinburgh, especially if you’re hitting the dating scene. It has a cinema with all the latest blockbusters, complete with those fancy seats that make you feel like you’re lounging in your living room.

Then, there’s also bowling, laser tag, golf, and more, making it perfect for a bit of friendly competition. If the date goes well, you might want to hit up the arcade and prove your skills, or maybe even team up on a game or two.

The best part is that you’ve got plenty of options for food and drinks. Whether you’re into burgers, pizza, or fancy a cocktail, you’re sorted.

Pro tip: Always book your movie or bowling lane in advance, especially on weekends when it gets busy. And if you’re looking to save a few quid, look out for combo deals on games and meals.

Cheers to love with wine tasting at Decanter Winery


Address: 183 Bruntsfield Pl.

Contact details: +44 131 466 5359

Operating hours: 

  • Tuesday and Wednesday – 3 PM to 11 PM
  • Thursday – 12 PM to 11 PM
  • Friday and Saturday – 12 PM to 12 AM
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 10:30 PM

Cost: ££

Decanter Winery is where you go when you want to up the romance a notch with some wine tasting. They’ve got selections from all over the globe, so if you’re into your whites, reds, or maybe something sparkling, you’re in for a treat.

The staff knows their stuff and is ready to guide you through each tasting with stories about the vineyards and tasting notes. It’s a learning experience too.

You’ll get to know your date’s preferences—do they swoon for a bold red or prefer a delicate white?.

Pro tip: Don’t forget to check out their themed tasting nights or live music nights for an extra special experience. And maybe skip the perfume or aftershave on the day; you’ll want your noses ready to appreciate all those aromas without distractions.

Indulge in luxury afternoon tea at The Palm Court

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Address: 1 Princes St.

Contact details: +44 131 556 2414

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM

Cost: ££

The Palm Court at The Balmoral is where you head when you feel like splurging a bit on a date because, let’s be real, afternoon tea here is an experience. 

Think opulent surroundings, with chandeliers that dazzle and a harpist strumming in the background—it’s all very fancy, actually.

The tea selection is vast, and the staff will help you pick the perfect one to match the towering platters of sandwiches, scones, and, of course, those delicate pastries and cakes.

Pro tip: Dress the part; it adds to the fun and makes the occasion feel even more special. And book well in advance, since afternoon tea at The Palm Court is popular for a reason.

Blend your own whisky at the Johnnie Walker Experience


Address: 145 Princes St.

Contact details: +44 131 376 9494

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Sunday – 10 AM to 11:30 PM


  • Johnnie Walker Journey of Flavour – £30 per person
  • Stir at the Explorers’ Bothy (cocktails and cuisine) – £50 per person
  • Whisky Explorers – £40 per person
  • Luxury Whisky and Artisanal Chocolate Pairing – £65 per person
  • Whisky Makers’ Cellar – £95 per person
  • Blue Label and Elusive Umami Tasting Experience – £30 per person
  • Celebration of Lowland Whisky – £22 per person
  • Johnnie Walker X Harris Tweed Tasting – £22 per person

At the Johnnie Walker Experience, you’re not just going for a drink; you’re in for a whole journey. Tucked away on Princes Street, this place is an ode to all things whisky, offering an immersive experience that’s both educational and, let’s face it, a lot of fun.

You’ll start with a tour that takes you through the history of Johnnie Walker, complete with interactive exhibits that are far from boring. Then comes the blending session, where you get to play whisky wizard and blend your own dram.

The views from the rooftop bar are nothing short of stunning, too.

Pro tip: If you’re planning to blend your own whisky, wear something you won’t mind getting a splash or two on. And definitely book in advance; this experience is popular among locals and visitors alike.

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