Dating can be a whirlwind of confusion. Will the person think I’m coming on too strong if I suggest we go for dinner?… Is a coffee date too casual?…. Will she/he be intimidated by my confidence if I ask him out first?.. and the list goes on. Between the initial terror of asking someone out on a date to actually planning the excursion, it can be a little tricky. The age of the internet has undoubtedly enabled us to reach people quicker and more often than ever before. So what’s stopping you from making a superb date happen? Who doesn’t love to get an invite?
We have compiled a list of the five best spots in Limerick to go to on a date!
5. The Classic Cinema Date
Although you may think this is a safe and easy option. A cinema date can tell you a lot about a person. Will they go IN on the snacks? Are they a popcorn and Malteser’s combo or a bottle of Ballygowen type person. Will they be engrossed in the ads before the movie or will they attempt to chat? The biggest question of all and the spiciest for definite, will they make moves during the film? Never underestimate the power of a classic cinema date. Showtime Cinema (Vue) on the Ennis road is the perfect spot. It’s big enough so that you don’t bump into half the parish, and small enough so that you won’t get lost on the way to the bathroom. It offers a €6 deal every Tuesday and Wednesday!
Address: 7-9, Ennis Road Retail Park, Ennis Rd, Limerick, Ireland
4. The Casual Drink
This is a truly genius concept for a date. You can get as fancy with your attire as you like. There are some great spots for a casual drink in the heart of Limerick city that is combusting with the atmosphere. The Locke bar has a constant flow of trad music to set the tone for the evening. The Red Hen is stylish as anything and offers a beautiful array of cocktails if you’re really trying to impress your lady! One drink will settle the nerves big time so you can really show your date what fantastic company you are. This date is perfect if you’re not entirely sure about accepting a date offer but feel like you should give it a shot (pardon the pun) as one drink and a light chat can be as speedy as you pace it to be. Other gorgeous bars include ‘House Limerick’ found on Howley’s Quay and 101 O’Connell Street for more of an upbeat, groovy vibe.
Address: 3 George’s Quay, Limerick, V94 K8KX, Ireland
3. A Romantic Evening Stroll
Do you fancy going for a walk? This, my friends, means that the person asking you on a date is genuinely interested in getting to know you a little better. Dig a little deeper perhaps. If you’re a bit shy or modest, a walk can take the heat off the intensity of a date. Rather than peering through each other’s souls, you can simply take in the surroundings as you move forward. You can really keep this as simple as going for a stroll in People’s Park or whisking your date out to Clare Glens to do the loop walk. Clare Glens is a beautiful wooded area which separates Counties Tipperary and Limerick. There are lovely scenic routes to be found in the University of Limerick, by the pontoon as well as in Cratloe Woods which is only a ten-minute drive from Limerick City. Curraghchase would have to take the gold as the best area for a romantic stroll. Pack a blanket and some snacks to make it an unforgettable evening.
Address: People’s Park, Limerick, Ireland
2. Table for two, please
What better way to spend an afternoon than with someone you fancy in a cosy, stylish restaurant surrounded by the aroma of freshly cooked food, the clattering of fancy Gin glasses and the sound of laughter and top banter going on all around you. Limerick City offers some fantastic food and beverage joints that will ensure a tasty experience all around. Tuscany at the Granary serves up sensational Italian dishes, always have a remarkable playlist coming through the speakers, and you can even eat outside when the sun pays a visit! Foodies will simply have to check out Freddy’s Bistro, found on Theatre Lane. Run by three sisters, this place is an absolute delight and will send your taste buds into a craze! Other restaurants that are undeniably superb include Hamptons Grill, Milano’s, The Cornstore and Bella Italia. A dinner date screams class, effort and two people who are clearly happy to hang out!
Address: 2 Michael St, Limerick, V94 F510, Ireland
1. Tea or Coffee?
Whether you’re a green tea fanatic or a coffee addict who doesn’t love a good chat with a warm mug of goodness in hand? A coffee date is the most perfect way to suss out if you would maybe like a second date. It’s not a commitment time-wise, and so if you find yourself nearly burning your tongue downing your latté or perhaps, on the other hand, ordered a second pot of tea hours later it’s a sure sign whether the date is going smoothly or not! A coffee date is also a fantastic way to see how your date responds to the barista’s/waiter. Will they be appreciative of their attentiveness? Limerick provides the best of cafés including ‘The Stormy Teacup’ on Foxes Bow, ‘Rift Coffee’ on Mallow Street, ‘Arabica’ on Shannon Street, ‘Esquires Coffee’ on Catherine Street and ‘Hook & Ladder’ on Sarsfield Street to name a few favourites!