Whether you just recently matched with someone on Tinder or Bumble or you’re in a relationship for a while now, thinking of dates can be a tricky one. We all know being from Ireland we are labeled as the drinkers of the EU or the party animals. Typically most people chose a pub or somewhere that serves alcohol for a date night but over the past while I have taken up so many alternative options in Dublin that beat the typical drinking dates. So if you’re stuck for ideas or just curious then continue to read ahead.
Mini Golf at Dundrum: Located at the Dundrum shopping centre, the Rain-forest Adventure Golf suits anyone of all ages and abilities, whether you are a competitive sports player or just looking for a fun evening then the Rain-forest Golf facility is for you. Open from 10-11 pm Monday to Sunday, you will always have an opportunity to fit in a game. I’ve been myself and would easily return for more mini-golf games. No booking needed, you just show up and prices aren’t bad at all with it being €14.90 for a game of not just one but two golf courses. With each course taking around 45 minutes to complete you will have plenty of time to get to know your date and maybe even see their competitive side. They also offer date night on a Monday and Tuesday night from 6 pm in which you get free pizza to share when two adults play golf, what more could you ask for? For more information head to https://www.rainforestadventuregolf.ie/
A day out to Howth including a gas boat ride: Howth is about a twenty minute train journey from the city centre and is perfect for a date day. When I went I was mainly going to visit The Grind cafe in Howth in which the place is famous for their pancakes and coffee. The staff are beyond helpful and the pancakes are to die for, but extremely filling so make sure you head with an empty stomach. From the Grind we then headed for a stroll along the Howth pier which is a little cold in January so make sure to wrap up..I always heard stories about how my uncle got a boat from Howth to Dun Laoghaire so I made it my mission to experience the famous boat journey. However, what I went on and what he went on was a very different thing all together. Myself and Cian waited in the cold to see a little dingy boat coming towards us in which only twelve people could fit on so we decided to give it a go and honestly it has been the funniest day out that I have ever experienced. It does cost ten euro each in which I personally think was a little pricey for the journey of the ride, however I guess they have to make their money somehow. Now I didn’t realise how rocky and bumpy the sea was going to be and you do get wet but it just makes the trip even funnier and you do get to see some sea stacks and some fort. I never laughed so much in my life and I’d honestly highly recommend it. From there you can grab a famous fish and chips in Leo Burdock's before heading back to the DART for your journey back into the centre. For more information on either the Grind Cafe or the Boat Trip here are the links. http://thegrindcoffeebar.com/?page_id=20 http://www.islandferries.net/
Go Quest: I think this has been my favourite thing to do so far. Go Quest is an indoor adventure arena for all ages! This is a perfect day out for a double date. There are two venues one in Carrickmines and one located in Finglas. The cost for four adults was 80 euro but trust me it is totally worth it. So basically without giving too much away, Go Quest has 28 unique challenge rooms in which your team is in competition with other teams and you have 90 minutes to complete as many as you can. So when you enter a room you have a limited amount of time in order to try solve the challenges, which can either be a mental or a physical challenge. If you fail in a room the light will turn red and you can either re-try the room or move onto another. The more rooms you complete the more points you receive. It can cause tension between members of your team but it will honestly be a joyful and memorable experience and so many laughs will be had. We came out with a score of 26 points and we attempted 48 challenges.
For more information and for bookings check out their website at https://goquest.ie/
Wishbone: If you are a chicken wing or chicken tender lover then Wishbone is perfect for you for a date night. Located on Harcourt Street in Town (near Dicey's) the small restaurant is romantic and serves delicious chicken wings! Even thinking of them now is making me hungry. The place does be full most of the time so bookings are recommended, but sometimes you can be lucky enough for a walk-in. Before 4pm Wishbone offer wings/tenders, a dipping sauce and fries for only ten euro so if you’re ever in town for a shopping day or whatever definitely head to Wishbone because I promise you won't regret it, but I’m warning you once you go you may get addicted.
Hell Escape: Located in Walkinstown the Hell Escape rooms is a perfect date opportunity. From teams from 2 members to 8 players. Now I went with Cian and my sister and no word of a lie for the whole hour experience I didn’t have a clue what was happening or how to complete any of the mental challenges so I did find it quite frustrating but we made it to the final room within the hour and I was proud of my team for getting us there even though for most of it I sat on the ground absolutely in shock at how tough the challengers were. However I am delighted I went and I would go back, it’s much more fun than sitting in a pub drinking. https://hellescape.ie/
So there you have five alternative date ideas instead of going for drinks!! Enjoy!