Are you looking for some first date inspiration?
If you live in East Sussex you have a great choice of fun date nights out in Brighton. From relaxed country parks to seafront bars and quirky theme nights, this vibrant artistic town has it all.
Fun Date Nights out in Brighton
Impressing on the first date is so important and where you hold it can make all the difference to how well it goes. If you’ve been the one to arrange it, the venue will communicate much about you as a person, influencing your date’s perception of you. And the right ambience will have a big impact on how successful the night is.
Fortunately, Brighton has no shortage of exciting, fun activities and chilled locations to conduct that initial meeting. If you live in East Sussex with access to the town, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to great nights out.
Date ideas in East Sussex
Here are our top picks for date ideas near you.
Dine or drink at this Grand Cafe. If you’re a night owl – or your date goes on at length – the Late Lounge will accommodate you into the wee small hours. Sip on champagne in the Veuve Cliquot rooftop garden – it’s a sun trap in summer and great for snuggling by a heater in winter. Do try the Hidden Depths cocktail!
For those wanting some entertainment and guaranteed laughs, head to a comedy club. It’s a bit less intense than a dinner or drinks date and gives you plenty to talk about in the breaks. Komedia is considered to be one of the best places for live comedy in the south. But a word of warning – don’t sit on the front row unless you want to be picked on by the host!
Alcotraz: cell block one three
If you’re in the market for something quite different, this takes some beating. Bring a bottle of liquor and smuggle it past the ‘wardens’ at this prison-themed speakeasy bar. You’ll don an orange jumpsuit, take a seat in a metal barred cell and immerse in this theatrical drinking experience as the staff spin your spirit into decadent cocktails.
The Tempest Inn
Fancy a daytime date? It’s often more chilled than meeting after dark at the weekend and you can still enjoy a bevvy or two. Tuck into a long, boozy bottomless brunch at this unusual restaurant situated in a real-life cave. It’s right on the waterfront with a large outdoor terrace for some rejuvenating sea air and fantastic views.
Are you an adrenaline junkie and want to add some thrills to your first date? Ride a 300-metre zip-line over Brighton beach. Or take a freefall ride at Zip’s Drop Zone. You can get a video of your experience for posterity, as well as snacks and drinks on site.
Dead Wax Social at the Lanes
A casual dinner works well for a first date. If you like a funky retro vibe, head to Dead Wax Social found in the Lanes. Here you can grab some pizza, sup on a craft beer or schooner and listen to some vinyl. On Monday nights you can also catch a movie or its legendary music quiz on Wednesdays. There are loads of other super nightspots and bijou shops to check out in the historic part of Brighton.
Online speed dating Brighton
Why have a first date with just one person, when you can first date many in one go? Speed dating has long been a popular way to do this, but did you know you can date locally, without even having to leave your home? And unlike online dating sites, you still get to enjoy a ‘face to face’ date, albeit via virtual means. It’s the ultimate in modern dating. So whether you’re unable to leave home, or just prefer not to after a long day at work, you can meet single Brighton residents and have a fun night out, while staying in.
The Luna Beach Cinema
A night at the movies is classic first date ground. But it becomes even more magical when it takes place under the open sky right beside the beach. Sink into a deckchair and listen to the sound of the waves lapping close by.
Volk’s Electric Railway
A vintage railways ride is a cute and charming way to spend an afternoon and quite different from your standard dating fare. This train dates back to the 1800s and there’s a visitor centre to peruse also. Feel the wind in your hair and go places as you work out whether you’re compatible.
British Airways i360
Glide up 450 feet and take in some of the finest views on the south coast in a glass viewing pod designed by the creators of the London Eye. Once your flight reaches the top, you can indulge in a glass of Nyetimber sparkling wine. Or push the boat out with a Flight and Feast at the West Beach Bar & Kitchen found at the base of the attraction.
Fish and chips at Brighton Palace Pier
What could be more romantic than a wander by this iconic pier at sunset? And best of all, it won’t cost you a penny. But you can make it even better with a hearty portion of fish and chips from the Palm Court restaurant. Eat-in if you want to be fancy, or take away and sit on the beach.
We hope you’ve been inspired by our Brighton date ideas. If you’d like to find someone to try these date ideas with, then give Online Speed Dating in Brighton a try. As Brighton is close to London with great transport links between the two, don’t forget you have the option to date in the capital’s larger pool also. Take advantage of the best of both worlds.