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Belfast dating: your guide to finding real connections

by eharmony Editorial Team - May 3, 2023

Belfast is a city where history can be tangibly felt, from the cobbled streets of the Cathedral Quarter to the bustling hub of Donegall Square. And like its complex history and reemergence as an economic and cultural hotspot, Belfast dating life can be a unique blend of romantic misadventures and life-affirming connections. We unpack these contrasts, look at dating sites in Belfast and disover why it’s a great place to find love. 

Belfast dating life for singles?

Let’s start with the numbers. According to recent census data, about 38% of people in Belfast are single.1 It’s also the happiest region in the UK2, yet some Belfast singles find it can be challenging to find regular dates. 

Belfast is a mid-sized city that can feel like a small town, owing to its tightly-knit communities, and it helps that most social hubs in the centre are within walking distance of each other. The bar scene is famously lively and recent years have seen a burgeoning restaurant culture develop into one of Ireland’s best foodie destinations.

The perks of using dating sites in Belfast

From free dating sites in Belfast to more niche online services, Northern Irish singles are increasingly attracted to the ease and convenience of finding love online compared to traditional dating.

Rather than having to carve out large tracts of time from your personal and professional life to try and meet new people, dating sites in Belfast let you pick your schedule for dating while giving you the freedom to interact with singles whereever and whenever you like.

These apps also demystify the Belfast dating scene to a great degree by showing you who’s single in your city and looking for the same thing as you, presenting an overhead perspective of your local dating landscape. Not just that, but most services let you filter through the dating pool to find people who are right for you, based on factors such as proximity or age.   

And if you’re among those who find approaching people unnerving, a Belfast dating site is the perfect way to initiate conversations with interesting singles.

How we elevate your Belfast dating experience

Knowing who’s out there and eligible is just the first step. You need to interact before you can establish a spark and this can take time.

At eharmony, we don’t just want you to find someone, but the right someone. Unlike other dating sites in Belfast, we exclusively focus on connecting relationship-seeking singles through compatibility rather than swiping.

Using our highly sophisticated Compatibility Matching System, we find members who suit you on a deeply psychological level and with whom you have much higher chances of forming a happy, lasting relationship.  

eharmony features that help you find success

  • We have a large and diverse member base in Belfast, Northern Ireland and internationally
  • A matching system so effective that someone on eharmony finds love every 14 minutes
  • Powerful filters that let you quickly navigate compatible singles based on whatever filters you find most important
  • Our profiles give a brief but valuable overview of members. They also explain what aspects of them make you a good pairing
  • Strong security policies and community guidelines that create a real sense of safety and mutual respect on the platform 

Getting started on your Belfast dating journey

  • Sign up on this site or download our app
  • Complete our Compatibility Quiz. This is how we get to know the inner you better and find singles with whom you can build strong connections. The resulting Personality Profile you receive is packed with personal insights
  • Set up your profile with some expressive photos and write a little about yourself
  • Find which of our singles you’re most compatible with in the Discover section. Sort by proximity or Compatibility Score or use our other filters
  • Contact someone who catches your interest using our various communication features, from text messaging to Ice Breakers

It’s that simple.  

Some of our top Belfast date ideas

Now for the fun part of using dating sites in Belfast: the actual date.

Some suggestions:

  • The Tipsy Bird is a treat for the eyes and the senses
  • Have a casual stroll through the scenic Ormeau Park
  • Enjoy a movie beneath the stars at Let’s Go Hydro Drive-In Cinema
  • Laugh together at a comedy show at the Empire Music Hall
  • Explore the carnival of activities at Citigolf
  • Six By Nico offers reasonably priced themed six-course menus
  • Belfast Zoo is a wealth of conversation starters
  • Share a coffee at the Narnia-inspired Lamppost Café
  • The hip nightclub Cuckoo offers a range of retro 2-player arcade games
  • If you both have a sweet tooth, try a casual meet-up at Dilly & Dolly’s

Don’t accept anything less than your ideal partner

The communal feel and small-city energy of Belfast can make meeting new singles feel like a challenge. Finding happiness can often feel a product of being in the right time and place. But with eharmony, you don’t need fate on your side. Take control of your dating journey and sign up today.

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  1. According to the NISRA 

  2. According to the Office of National Statistics