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Date Ideas in Plymouth

A chat turns into a date… but what next? Don’t worry – Match is here to help with some dating ideas perfectly positioned in Plymouth.

Music

If there’s one thing to do when you’re nervous before meeting someone (or are comfortable enough with them), it’s to see some live music. Not only does it get rid of the need to make awkward conversation if that’s not your strong suit, but it also allows you to discover a new sound with that special someone – which can also help build an emotional bond easier than regular, boring talking! Here are some of the best places to see a show in Plymouth:

  • B-Bar

A Thai noodle bar and restaurant that boasts frequent comedy and live music, as well as spoken word and a sprinkling of theatre, B-Bar really has everything you could want from a date night venue!

  • Hanging Gardens

Set on the Barbican and run by the ex-owners of Factory, in the week there are music and arts events on, and at the weekend it turns into a DJ-heavy nightclub. Situated just on the beachfront, walking out into the night and hearing the waves after a bout of live music is the most wonderful way to end an evening.

  • The Junction

Home to Plymouth’s biggest music nights, The Junction is a rock-loving classic venue in Plymouth. If your special someone is a rock fan, this is a great idea for an evening date.

Culture

Show your date you have some class! Taking someone around somewhere is a great way to walk and talk, get some passion and energy into a date and find out some factoids you never knew before – and if the date you’re on doesn’t work out, you can always impress the next person with your newfound knowledge! Plymouth is full of great cultural experiences, and the opportunity to learn more about history is never a bad thing.

  • Take a tour of a gin distillery England’s oldest working distillery

Making Plymouth Gin since 1793, a tour is an ideal way to get some local knowledge whilst having fun in the cocktail lounge after your tour.

  • Smeaton’s Tower

A memorial to civil engineer John Smeaton, this tower provides awe-inspiring views of Plymouth and the ocean.

  • The Box

A major museum, art gallery and local archive. Taking someone to The Box is a wonderful way to talk and walk around somewhere with cultural interest.

Nature

There’s nothing more beautiful and awe-inspiring than the power of nature. Whether it’s a walk down to the beach – if you’re dating in Plymouth you’re lucky to have the lovely shores for a stroll – or spending some time in a national park, there are plenty of natural sites to take your special someone to in Plymouth!

  • National Marine Aquarium

The UK’s largest aquarium is right on your doorstep! Whether you’re into seahorses or sharks, there really is something for everyone at The National Marine Aquarium. You can even practise your Baz Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet fish scene!

  • Dartmoor National Park

Let out your wild side! From open moorlands to deep river valleys, you can track the indigenous wildlife and learn more about conservation efforts in Plymouth’s Dartmoor National Park.

  • Drake’s Island

Known as “the jewel of Plymouth Sound”, Drake’s Island has some ready-to-go dating jokes. Think: “they say this island is the jewel of Plymouth Sound, but the only jewel I see around here is you” – and don’t blame us if it doesn’t work!

Dance

Dancing is a great way to spark a physical connection with someone – and an excuse to let loose with the person you’re dating! There are some wonderful places to go dancing on your dating journey in Plymouth. Here are just a few:

  • Annabel’s Cabaret & Discotheque

With live music every Friday and Saturday night, you’ll have all evening to laugh away at Annabel’s – they’re even open until 4 a.m. for those of you whose dates are going really well.

  • The Swallow

Bringing life to Plymouth’s LGBT+ scene, The Swallow is a place where you and your special someone can be yourselves freely and openly. With singing and dancing always welcome, you’ll be having a ball no matter who you’re with at The Swallow.

Date Restaurants

Show off your sophisticated palate at a few restaurants that make for perfect Plymouth dating sites. Eating out is perhaps the most popular dating excursion, but getting it right isn’t always easy. Ever picked somewhere you thought was nice but ended up being too formal? There’s nothing worse! So, here’s our quick guide to places to have a dinner date in Plymouth.

  • Grab some pastries at the UK’s oldest bakery, Jacka

Operating since the 16th century, show off your local knowledge and grab some pastries before your stroll down the beach by Jacka. It’s not just the oldest bakery in the UK – it’s recently been voted the best in Plymouth.

  • Platos

Another golden oldie! Set in the oldest building in Plymouth, the freshly renamed Platos (formerly The Greedy Goose) is run by a husband and wife team. Serving tapas, it’s great for a date when you’re not sure what the other person would like to eat. Variety is the spice of life after all!

  • Cosmic Kitchen

We had to include at least one for all the vegans out there! Rated as the number one bistro in Plymouth, all the menus are plant-based, so if you’re venturing into a vegan diet or are trying to find the perfect place to take your vegan date, Cosmic Kitchen is the place to be.