Dublin is the capital of Ireland; small in size and perfect for walkabouts, Dublin also is brimming with lots of fun things to do and boasts some unusual date ideas.
While most people associate dates in Dublin with pub crawls, live music or maybe a spot of dinner, we at IB4UD are here to tell you that there are tonnes of bizarre and unusual date ideas that are bound to keep you engaged and entertained from start to finish.
Sure, we’ve all been on that oh-so-cliché date of dinner and a movie (we’re not knocking it – sometimes it is the best), but have you been on one of these five more unusual dates in Dublin?
1. Vintage Tea Tours – for a cuppa and a chat
It seems in this day and age, dates (especially first ones) always revolve around alcohol. And, while we must admit, a tipple of liquor can help break the ice, we feel it’s time to start turning the clock back the other way. If you do too, check out Vintage Tea Tours.
This is the ideal day date when the only thing you’re in the mood of is a cup of tea and a chat. These unique tours take place on an old-school double-decker bus.
Meandering its way around Dublin city, guests aboard are served selections of sweet and savoury treats, as well as tea, coffee, and some 1950s jazz, of course.
Sure it may be a little more low-key than the status quo, but we’re sure it’ll make for a welcome change, too.
Address: Meeting Point @ Epic The Irish Emigration Museum, The CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, D01 T6K4
2. Jump Zone – to bounce around
If you’re a more excitable couple, check out Jump Zone in Sandyford. This indoor adventure park offers endless fun on a date in Dublin.
Jump Zone is an indoor trampoline park which an open jump zone (think flips, twists, somersaults) as well as a trampoline dodgeball court. For those of you with an insane amount of energy to burn or just a love for quality fun, this is a solid choice.
There’s also a trampoline basketball area and a ninja zone for those looking to prove their stealthy moves. 60 or 90 minutes slots are available at Jump Zone, and it’s simple to book online.
Address: 72 Heather Rd, Sandyford Business Park, Sandyford, Dublin 18, D18 XE70
3. Token – for retro arcade games
Located in Smithfield, this venue is a perfect place to break the ice and have some laughs, with tonnes of games to keep you two lovebirds entertained.
Token boasts a whopping 32 machines, 22 beer taps and some of the most indulgent bar food in all of the city. Think “Big Dogs” (Token’s answer to the classic American hot dog) and sliders with vegan and veggie options galore.
Address: 72-74 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
4. Le Peniche – the restaurant boat
If you care to take your valentine on a romantic but unusual date in Dublin, we suggest you check out Le Peniche, the city’s leading floating restaurant.
Located on the Grand Canal in Dublin, this barge boat restaurant offers fine French fare in an upscale but intimate setting.
Float downstream on your romantic evening cruise as you share dessert and sip on wine. Sure, it may be a little cheesy, but you’re bound to get an A for effort.
Even renowned critic Paolo Tullio from Taste of Ireland named the experience as “unique… and something very different.”
Address: Mespil Rd, Dublin
5. Adventure Rooms – for teambuilding
This bizarre activity reared its head some years back and since has become a significant player in teambuilding, corporate events, work parties, birthday, hens, stags, and even as a date idea in Dublin!
Adventure Rooms is Dublin’s leading centre, although there are lots of escape rooms to enjoy around the city. An escape room is a fun and challenging experience for groups of two or more.
The concept of an escape room is that you and your date (or group) have to work together to solve a puzzle and escape from a locked room in 60 minutes.
Without a doubt, this is one sure-fire way to see if you two are compatible under pressure as a pair!
Address: Classic House, Green St, Rotunda, Dublin