So after hours of trawling through Tinder and finally finding the perfect match, you finally have a date.
But the problem in Ireland is that most people automatically pick the pub as the first date venue, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to give you a few choice alternatives.
1. Dublin Zoo
With so many habitats and distractions, this is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. The Africa Savannah is our particular favourite.
2. Hiking in Ticknock
Head up to the Dublin mountains, head on a two hour hike with your date and bask in all that stunning scenery.
3. Cooking up a storm in your own kitchen
This crab bruschetta is ensured to get you in their good books in record time and couldn’t be easier to throw together.
4. Head to the National Museum of Ireland
You want to show them that you’re all cultured and stuff, so bring them to the museum. It just so happens to be a pretty interesting to spend an afternoon too.
5. A walk on Dun Laoghaire Pier
A magical stroll with the salty wind blowing through your hair… What could be more romantic?
6. Hire your own private cinema
Denzill cinema only has about 20 seats and is used for brands and premieres, but it doesn’t cost a fortune and you’ll make the impression of a lifetime by having your own cinema.
7. Go skywalking in Croker
There’s nothing like an awesome view of the city from a height of over 17 storeys to get your date’s heart racing. Just pray they’re not afraid of heights.
8. Hot chocolate and a good old chat
Just find a cosy corner and get to know each other over a good long, hot, sweet drink.
9. Mini golf in Dundrum
With any luck you’ll both be so bad that there’ll be plenty of laughs along the way to break the ice.
10. Indoor rock climbing
You probably have to accept the fact that a first date is going to be awkward, so why not take it to the next level and get out of your comfort zones by climbing a rock wall?
11. The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour
You’re also going to be nervous, so why not scare the bejaysus out of each other a little more with a ghost tour?
12. Horse and carriage followed by fish and chips
You probably think that horse and carriages are reserved for tourists, but they’re a great way to give your date a whole new experience of the city. Finish off with an epic fish and chips in Super Miss Sue.
13. International Comedy Club
No better way to get you both laughing than a gig in the International Comedy Club, where you’ll either be splitting your sides laughing at the gags or simply chuckling at how poor the night’s standard is.