11 Super fun things to do on a first date

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by Leighanne Bent |
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It doesn’t matter if you met on a swiping spree or locked eyes in the back of a sticky club, what happens next is the problematic part: what to do for your first date.

So that you don’t have a mini-meltdown deciding where to go, we've done all the hard work for you. From drinking cocktails and swinging for a hole in one, to toasting marshmallows on a pretty rooftop, here are 10 extraordinary ways to impress that special someone.


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CREDIT: Alcotraz

Complete a (boozy) prison sentence together - London

First things first; we don't actually mean getting yourselves locked up in jail together - that would be very silly (and very illegal). Alcotraz is a pop-up that's housed with prison guards and your job is to smuggle a bottle of booze past them. Once you're both settled behind bars, a fellow inmate will come to take your contraband, only to bring you back hand-crafted cocktails from a secret bar.

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CREDIT: Midnight Apothecary

Drink cocktails and toast marshmallows - London

If you're after an excuse to get a little bit closer to your date, you should think about visiting Midnight Apothecary. Positioned at the top of Brunel Museum, this rooftop garden will have you snuggling together over an open fire, toasting marshmallows and drinking botanical cocktails that are made with ingredients from the garden itself.

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CREDIT: Plonk Crazy Golf

Take a swing at crazy golf - Brighton

If your crap jokes aren't enough to break the ice on a first date, a round of mini golf should do the trick. Plonk Crazy Golf have a course of nine holes to get through, but before you start showing off your mad swingin' skills, you should head to their well stocked bar and tee things off with a drink.

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CREDIT: Old Street Records

Eat pizza, drink cocktails and listen to live music -

Being skint is part and parcel with living in London and although this might suck when it comes to drawing up date night plans, Old Street Records are here to save the day with their 'cheap date' offer. From Monday to Wednesday you can nab two pizzas and two cocktails for just £19. You mightn't be able to put a price on love folks, but you can for date night.

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CREDIT: 68 and Boston

Get to know each other at a surprisingly affordable wine bar - London

Soho isn't exactly known for its affordable prices, but we're going to let you in on a little secret. There's a swanky wine bar called 68 & Boston nestled away on Greek Street and every single bottle of wine comes in at £20. In terms of romantic ambience, this spot has got it all ticked off, from cordoned off spaces to candle-lit tables for two.

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CREDIT: All Star Lanes

Go bowling at a Miami-themed hideaway - London

Get ready to roll a strike on your next date night. All Star Lanes have opened a new venue in Shepherd's Bush and it's top of the bill for a fun night out. The interiors are Miami-inspired (think palm tree wallpaper and gold art deco features) and there are 10 state of the art bowling lanes to saunter down. They've even got a brand new menu to shout about, featuring buttermilk chicken, soft shell crab burgers and halloumi fries.

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CREDIT: Live at the Fitz

Listen to live music at a speakeasy bar - Manchester

The Fitzgerald is a slinky speakeasy bar in Manchester and it's got date night written all over it. Although you can't go wrong with a few drinks here come the weekend, they have live music every Thursday from 8pm, and you can get two cocktails for £10.

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CREDIT: Super Bario

Play arcade games at a retro bar - Glasgow

Sometimes the dating world is all about mind games, but how about you swap them for real games on date night? Super Bario is one of Glasgow's quirkiest bars and it's like an arcade for adults, with plenty of booze. Grab a controller and challenge your date to games of Mortal Kombat II, pinball and Ridge Racer, and show them how brilliant you really are.

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CREDIT: Alfred le Roy

Sip and see London aboard a cool canal boat - London

Boring dates are a thing of the past thanks to Cocktails Ahoy!. This cute cruise will bring you both down River Lea in a bright blue boat, and in case your date isn't pulling enough cheesy one-liners, you can get your fill of dairy from Neal's Yard Daily. Drinks-wise, they have seasonal cocktails, craft beer, prosecco, and bottles of Champagne if you really wanna splash out.

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CREDIT: Skylight Croquet

Visit a rooftop Bar and play croquet - London

Take your dating game to new heights this month and visit pop-up rooftop, Skylight. Flaunting dizzying views of the capital and a summery selection of cocktails, you'll have plenty of excuses to keep your date out past bedtime. That's not all though - this sky-high spot has a top range of activities to get stuck in to. If your croquet skills are up to scratch, grab a mallet and show them all the things you can do with a wooden set of balls.

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CREDIT: The Rivoli Ballroom

Watch a movie in a 1950s ballroom - London

Sure, going to the cinema is a reliable date night option, but you should swap your trip to the Odeon this month for Rivoli Pop-Up Cinema. Housed in a 1950's ballroom, this unique setting is the definition of 'romantic', and it's screening everything from When Harry Met Sally to The Shining. Not one for horror movies? Don't sweat it - you can calm your nerves with a glass of wine at the bar.

For more info on things to do for couples in London and across the UK, visitDesignMyNight and follow them on Instagram and Twitter; @DesignMyNight.

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