5 unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day in Dublin

Beat the cheese and try something different this February 14th.

Check out this list of unique dates ideas for Valentine's Day in Dublin, you won't be disappointed.

Let’s face it – Valentine’s Day is cheesy. We’ve all heard the arguments that it’s an opportunity for greeting-card makers, chocolatiers, and florists to make a lot of money under the guise of romantic love. And here, we’re not going to argue with that.

As it stands, though, it’s pretty impossible to escape the mass hysteria that February 14th brings. But there’s something to be said about using popular holidays like this as an opportunity to let your loved ones (romantic and otherwise) know that you care about them.

Things can get busy out there, and days like this can be a chance to check in on those you care about and spend some quality time together (without breaking the bank).

If you could use some ideas on things to get up to, check out our five unique date ideas if you happen to spend Valentine’s Day in Dublin.

5. Happenings Outdoor Cinema – for lovers of spontaneity

Happenings Outdoor Cinema is a very unique date idea, though pre-planning is difficult and it's sure to sell out for Valentine's Day in Dublin.
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Happenings is a pretty cool initiative in Dublin which aims to organise spontaneous and meaningful events in public spaces all across the city. These have included yoga in the park and retro outdoor cinema screenings.

Due to the spontaneous nature of the enterprise, their events are only publicised 48 hours ahead of time, which makes forward planning for a date a bit tricky. But if you’re in the mood for a unique date (and the weather is looking good), sign up to be notified of the events taking place near you.

Address: Various, check out their website for more details.

4. Token – for retro arcade games and pinball

Token's retro arcade and delicious food make for a unique date this Valentine's Day in Dublin.
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Boasting an impressive 32 vintage arcade games and pinball machines, Token, located in Smithfield, is the ideal spot for a unique (and competitive) date for Valentine’s Day in Dublin.

Enjoy some classic American bar food with a great selection of vegetarian and vegan options to meet almost any needs. Unwind and enjoy some retro fun at this relaxed venue just off the River Liffey, in the heart of the bustling city centre.

Address: 72-74 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7, Ireland

3. Rainforest Adventure Golf – for a date full of healthy competition

For a competitive and unique Valentine's Day in Dublin try Rainforest Adventure Golf, a sure way to have fun.
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Who doesn’t love a themed golf-course? Sometimes the best dates involve a bit of healthy competition to get the craic and conversation flowing. Rainforest Adventure Golf is the ideal activity for a chilled out and fun date this Valentine’s Day.

We know that Irish weather isn’t very dependable, but as this is an indoor venue, you can rest assured you won’t end the evening drenched and sneezing. At 16,000-square feet, this could be an entire afternoon well spent.

The course is open from 10 AM to 11 PM, seven days a week, so it’s suitable for both day dates and evening rendezvous.

Address: Unit 6, South Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin, Ireland

2. Science Gallery – for knowledge seekers

The Science Gallery at Trinity is a great pick for a unique Valentine's Day in Dublin as you're sure to learn a lot.

Why not spend time with a loved one while learning something new? The Science Gallery, a.k.a. The Public Science Centre at Trinity College, is the ideal spot to spark conversation on a date, first or otherwise.

Their newest exhibition is tackling the mammoth issue of climate change. “PLASTIC DEGRADATION = ART DEGRADATION?” poses the question: can arts and culture survive without plastic?

Judging from past exhibitions, you’ll most likely leave with a lot to ponder and have enjoyed some pretty cool visuals. It’s one of our favourite ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Dublin.

Address: The Naughton Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Pearse St, Dublin 2, Ireland

1. Vintage Tea Tours – to take a step back in time

Why not try Vintage Tea Tours for a fun and unique date this February 14th.

Take a break from the heaving Dublin bar scene and steer your date toward a more wholesome direction with Vintage Tea Tours.

People of all ages can benefit from a cuppa and catch-up on this beautifully decorated old-school double-decker bus. Treat yourselves to a selection of teas, coffees, sweet and savoury treats, while enjoying the sights of Ireland’s historical capital.

The tour begins at the CHQ Building on North Dock, and along the way, you’ll be able to spot Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, the Guinness brewery, Phoenix Park, and O’Connell Street.

And to complete the vintage aesthetic, the tour is complete with a sweet soundtrack of 1950s jazz. 

Address: CHQ Building, 1 Custom House Quay, North Dock

If you do decide to make the most of Valentine’s Day in Dublin this year and book in some time with someone special in your life, maybe these ideas will be enough to get your inspiration flowing. Enjoy!

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Born in County Down, Lewis Sloan is a writer who has a passion for Irish travel and history. While studying toward a Master's in English Literary Studies at Queen's University Belfast, he held the role of Features Editor for The Gown, Belfast's largest independent student newspaper. When not writing, he can be found practicing yoga or petting every cat he meets on the street.