For most of us, geographical proximity is paramount when looking to meet our potential match. However, while a requirement of necessity, geographical similarity doesn’t always mean romance. If you’re looking to meet Sussex singles, Match helps you not only to find local dates, but also to filter potential mates by particular interests – from religion to music, and all sorts of other personal passions.

Once you have found a match you share interests with, Sussex offers many dating opportunities from cinema and museum visits to long country and beach walks or an elegant evening at a cocktail bar.

The beauty with dating in Sussex is that it can be as diverse or as niche as you like in offering a mixture of landscapes, from big cities to smaller towns and villages. Once you register your account and location with Match, you’ll be the first to hear about the widely popular Match nights and socials in your area. In the meantime, below are listed several venues perfect for a variety of dates with a fellow Sussex single.

Music

Arguably, music and food are the two most universal interests. Few things can bond a potential romantic couple more than discovering a new music artist together and sharing in a live experience. Even if you’re both into different genres, the venn diagram can overlap over a beer, pizza and a new band.

  • Back Beat Bar, Hove
    Offering great cocktails and live musicians almost every night, Hove’s Back Beat Bar delivers. With a part speak-easy retro feel, the setting is intimate and the dark, multicolored lighting enhances this feel. The overall atmosphere is casual and fun.
  • The Factory Live, Worthing
    Feeling nostalgic for some 80s and 90s tunes? Steve Gardner developed this venue and through his music industry connections has managed to secure lineups featuring 80’s legend Toyah Wilcox, Stereo MC’s, The Christians, Turin Brakes, to ‘90s indie stars Space, 80’s icons China Crisis and so many more. The atmosphere is casual yet romantic with a bandstand, dance floor and bar so whether you fancy intimate conversation or dancing, Factory Live has you covered for a fun and diverse date.
  • Casablanca Jazz Club, Brighton
    With one room for live music and another for DJing, the Casablanca Jazz Club serves up various vibes to suit your dating mood. Despite the name, jazz isn’t the only genre played here as retro dance anthem nights are also held. This is a great place to dance your nerves away and bond over music.
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Culture

A cinema or museum trip is particularly great for those who may sit on the shyer side of the fence. Absorbing culture while watching a film or walking through an exhibition allows for some silence, reflection and introspection. It also provides a great conversation starting point for that chat over coffee post-movie or show.

  • Brighton Pier, Brighton
    A classic British attraction which has featured in films such as Brighton Rock, the pier is a great place for fun and not to mention one of the most romantic locations. Take a couples ride on the helter skelter or bumper cars and enjoy some sugared donuts while you flirt in the arcade.
  • The Novium Museum, Chichester
    Chichester District’s award-winning museum is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and boasts three floors of fantastic exhibitions so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to strolling and absorbing in culture with your date. Enjoy coffee, cake and a get-to-know-you chat while taking in the remains of the Roman bathhouse post exhibition.
  • Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

The building itself is worthy of an exhibition with its abstract shape and array of multi colors providing a great photo-opp! It hosts one of the most significant public art collections in the South of England and draws over 100,000 visitors a year. Each room is a different color from pastel pink to warm lilac grey and a variety of modern art and photography exhibitions are there to choose from.

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Nature

Sussex offers an array of natural beauty and don’t think that a walk in the park date is restricted to mature Sussex singles alone! Dates in nature can get creative from picnics to canoeing in a lake. So pack your thermos and take in the fresh air.

  • Seaford Head Nature Reserve,Seaford
    Covering an area from Seaford Head to the Cuckmere Valley and inland encompassing the River Cuckmere, Seaford Head is the best spot to enjoy the iconic view of the majestic Seven Sisters cliffs. Various activities are available including birdwatching and wildlife games. Equally, enjoy a tranquil stroll with your date among wild mushrooms and small fields of lavender.
  • Tilgate Park, Crawley
    Perfect for animal lovers, Tilgate Park offers a nature park with an animal selection that you’d expect from a sustainable zoo. The lake also offers canoes and paddle boats if you feel like a romantic paddle with your date.
  • WWT Wetland Centre, Arundel
    An oasis of pelicans and other interesting birds and wildlife, a stroll around the Arundel Wetland Centre will create a comfortable and calm environment to get to know your date. Walk along the lake with a coffee and open up.
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Casual Restaurants

Ah the dinner date, arguably the most popular of all the date categories. However, the struggle early on can be finding the perfect balance between smart and casual – a setting that feels too posh can feel awkward and intimidating but a fast food chain equally does not allow for comfortable conversation to flow. Here are some picks that perfectly strike that balance.

  • The Orangery at Powder Mills Hotel, East Sussex
    Powder Mills is a 18th C. listed Country House Hotel in 150 acres comprising parks, lakes and woodlands adjoining the battlefield of 1066. The Orangery is an antique building with purple and green wisteria gracing either side of the entrance. Inside you’ll find circular tables covered in white tablecloths and an enormous bouquet of white flowers standing in a marble casing in the centre of the room. If you’re in the mood for an elegant third date and fancy treating yourself, The Orangery is the place to go.
  • Landgate Bistro, Rye
    For modern British delicacies, Landgate Bistro offers a comfortable, cosy yet casually elegant setting and serves fresh fish caught only two hundred meters away. It also delivers a slice of history being situated just opposite the medieval landmark, Landgate. Share new and exciting with your Sussex single with a juxtaposed modern and medieval view.

Baqueano, Brighton
The most casual of these three options, Baqueano is an Argentinian joint serving up delicious steak, chicken and veggie sandwiches in a cosy yet elegant space. The setting is bright yet sleek and plants bring the space alive. Ideal for an after work date in a smart casual setting accompanied by a comfort food dish.