7 great places for first dates in Glasgow
Dating in Glasgow? Whether you’re looking for chic cocktails or a casual coffee spot, we’ve found 7 of our favourite places for a first date in the city
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Musuem
Looking to impress your date with some culture? Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is a breath-taking Spanish-baroque building, filled with over 8,000 historical artefacts and artworks. Free to enter, the museum offers 22 themed rooms that you and your date can wander through. Sights range from ancient Egyptian relics to paintings by Salvador Dali. If all goes well, save time to talk about your favourite exhibits over tea and cake in the on-site café afterwards.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG, +44 (0)141 276 9599, glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/kelvingrove-art-gallery-and-museum
Named after Charles Bukowski’s alter ego Hank Chinaski, this dark and discreet bar prides itself on its whiskey selection – there are over 80 on offer. If your date’s not a scotch fan, there are plenty of gin, vodka and rum-based cocktails available too. Food is served until 10pm and there’s even an impressive vegan menu. So, no matter what your date’s dietary requirements are, you can’t go wrong.
Chinaski’s, 239 North Street, Glasgow G3 7DL, +44 (0)141 221 0061, chinaskis.com
A top first date choice for film enthusiasts, the Grosvenor shows the latest blockbusters as well as niche arthouse works. This independent cinema has spacious armchairs and comfy couches, and we love that it also serves cocktails. It’s also handily located on Glasgow’s picturesque Ashton Lane; why not take as troll down the cobbled street after the credits roll and admire the twinkling lights as you discuss plot details.
The Grosvenor, 24 Ashton Lane, Hillhead, Glasgow G12 8SJ, +44 (0)845 166 6002, grosvenorwestend.co.uk
The Hyland Fox
Head to The Hyland Fox if you’re planning a brunch date. This trendy Glaswegian restaurant offers all the classics, including a full Scottish breakfast, eggs benedict, and avocado toast, alongside fresh seafood dishes. We’re fans of the mussels with white wine – and the fact that some claim they’re an aphrodisiac is just a bonus! This is a great place to go if you’re meeting for daytime drinks too – its Bloody Marys are some of the best in the city.
The Hyland Fox, 43 Clarence Drive, Glasgow G12 9QN, +44 (0)141 341 6633, thehylandfox.co.uk
Pollok Country Park
If you know your date is an outdoorsy-type, take them on a walk through Pollok Country Park. The park’s 146-hectare grounds are home to plenty of woodland walks, as well as pretty bridges and ornate gardens to admire. For a memorable date, head down by the river and see how many animals you can spot. If you’re keen-eyed you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Highland cattle that live in the fields nearby.
Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT, +44 (0)141 287 5064, glasgow.gov.uk
Kember and Jones
A first date over coffee is always a good call, and Kember and Jones has the perfect friendly atmosphere to put you and your date at ease. Located on the bohemian Byres Road, the café offers a range of organic coffees and hot chocolate, as well as freshly-made sandwiches, pastries and cakes. Visit in the evening and get to know your date over a glass of wine or bottle of craft beer and one of the café’s delicious sharing boards.
Kember and Jones, 134 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8TD, +44 (0)141 337 3851, kemberandjones.co.uk
Possibly the best-looking restaurant in all of Glasgow, Ubiquitous Chip is known for its excellent food and stunning décor. Dine in the courtyard and you’ll be surrounded by greenery and hanging lights that set a very romantic mood. If you’d prefer a more relaxed date setting, head upstairs to the pub, which has an open fire for that extra-cosy atmosphere.
Ubiquitous Chip, 12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow G12 8SL, +44 (0)141 334 5007, ubiquitouschip.co.uk
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