News/23 May 2019

Date Night Ideas In And Around Newcastle

Struggling for ideas to create an unforgettable date? Whether it’s your first or fiftieth, our city’s culture and leisure scene offers so much more than the textbook restaurant or bar routine.

Plan the perfect date and impress your other half or new flame by checking out our guide to all-things alternative, fun and romantic in Newcastle. You’re welcome!

Share some laughs at The Stand We all know that a sense of humour is an attractive trait and shared laughter can be fundamental to a successful date. One of Newcastle’s most popular comedy clubs, The Stand, offers a warm and unpretentious atmosphere for a natural, laid back date. Sit down with some nachos and a drink each, and prepare to giggle away until your cheeks hurt at some of the top local, UK and international comedians!

Roll on down to Lane 7 The typical dinner date can be intimidating, sitting awkwardly across from each other, trying to figure out what you’re going to ask next. The solution? Score a hole in one at Lane 7. Get the endorphins flowing and get to know each other over a game of mini golf or encourage some friendly competition in the bowling alley. Lane 7 also has the best alcoholic milkshakes in town, which will soon make you forget your nerves.

Gin tasting sessions at Dacantus Gin and tonic… a match made in heaven. Perfect for those sunny evenings, Dacantus’ specialty G&T menu offers over 100 combinations, matching gins from all around the world with a variety of tonic waters and botanicals. For those embarking on an important date, how better to settle those pre-match wobbles than a stiff G&T!

Show off your creative streak at Newcastle Arts Centre Who says you can’t be a little crafty on a first date? Check out the various painting and drawing classes on offer at Newcastle Arts Centre for a date rich in creativity and concentration. The deeper meaning of the finished results could even reveal some their inner workings and an oil painting would certainly make for one of the more unique souvenirs from a first date…

Cheese and wine matching at Blackfriars For those who appreciate the finer things in life, indulge in a range of fabulous cheeses and full-bodied wines, all perfectly paired. Progress from lighter to the more robust flavours whist discussing their merits and searching for compatible combinations. There is no doubt that cheese and wine are made for each other – this is a great way to discover whether you are too.

Movie night at Tyneside Cinema Take Netflix on the sofa to the next level by going on an intimate date to the movies. Tyneside Cinema is the city’s last surviving Newsreel theatre still operating as a cinema and is blissful alternative to the big chains. The Grade II listed building has four screens, showing the latest and iconic films in stylish and beautiful surroundings.

Cocktails at The Botanist A city centre favourite, this stunning domed treehouse is made for special occasions. At the top of the spiral staircase lays a fairy-lit roof terrace, overlooking Grey Street and Grey’s Monument, one of Britain’s most magnificent cityscapes. Great drinks, nibbles, live music and conversation; what more could you ask for?

Go animal spotting at Pets Corner Perhaps you want to escape the bustle of the city? Roam freely around the green and peaceful setting of Jesmond Dene park, home to rabbits, goats, pigs, sheep and colourful birds. A cute date idea for any animal lovers.

Have a tipple in a tunnel with Hotel du Vin This sounds super unusual and you’d be right to think that! Hotel du Vin has partnered with the Victoria Tunnels for a wine tasting experience with a difference – it’s underground! Taking place on the last Friday of every month, the evening will begin with a glass of bubbly in the hotel’s bar, before descending into the Victoria Tunnel for a mini tour. The hotel’s head sommelier will then lead a tasting of three wines from around the world, including a blind tasting to put your wine knowledge to the test. If a restaurant setting is more your thing, residents of The Forge can redeem an exclusive offer with Hotel du Vin – two courses and a bottle of wine for £39.