Have you been to any of Bristol’s hidden date spots?

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A first date is a chance to make a lasting impression, to prove that you are that elusive balance of fascinating, down-to-earth but with your finger on the pulse. Any date in fact, whatever the stage of your relationship, needs a little bit of thought to make the other person feel special; nothing says ‘I’m not hugely inspired by you’ like a meal at a High Street chain restaurant.

Fortunately, Bristol dating is simple as there is a veritable smorgasbord of boho backstreet restaurants, trendy hidden bars and unusual creative venues. Check out our top hidden Bristol date spots and you need never darken the door of Bella Italia again.

Hyde & Co

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Describing itself as “Bristol’s best kept secret prohibition bar”, Hyde & Co is the perfect hidden date spot for anyone who secretly fancies themselves James Bond, relaxing in a dimly lit gentleman’s club, being brought cocktails on a silver tray by a well-groomed waiter.

Hidden away in Upper Byron Place, Hyde & Co isn’t lit up with neon signs; you actually have to knock on an ominous looking black door to get in. The epitome of cool personified in a cocktail bar.

Clifton Lido

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Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to strip down to your trunks; no one wants the pressure of having to wear a bikini in the early stages of a relationship.

Clifton Lido is one of the oldest Lido’s in the UK, dating back to the mid-19th century, and yet many people in Bristol don’t even know about it, tucked away as it is in a narrow Clifton backstreet. As well as the outdoor pool, which looks beautiful on dark evenings, lit by twinkling lights, there is a fabulous spa and award-winning poolside restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy loads of local produce, afternoon teas, tapas and cocktails. (Although not necessarily all at once.)

Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower

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If you want to show your outdoorsy side without having to commit to a ten mile hike, why not take a stroll around Brandon Hill? Just a five minute walk from Park Street, it’s small enough to not leave you unflatteringly out of breath, whilst still making you feel like you’ve done a bit of exercise.

Climb Cabot Tower (open from dawn until dusk 363 days a year) and enjoy stunning views of the city, then pop into nearby Boston Tea Party for a well-earned latte.

The Canteen

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Everyone knows that Bristol is where it’s at when it comes to independent music, but rather than joining the crowds at the Colston Hall or O2 academy, get yourself down to The Canteen in Bristol’s edgy Stokes Croft.

With great food, a spirited vibe and free live music every single day of the week The Canteen really does have something for everyone. Be prepared to have to shout questions at your date though, or just get to know each other through the medium of dance.


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