Looking for unique date nights in Bristol? We've got all the hidden gems you need to plan a fun alternative date night to impress. Whether it’s a mate date or a first date, here are 10 quirky Bristol date nights you'll want to go on this summer...
1. Make a Northern Italian pasta dish
Romance and delicious Italian food go hand in hand - and whether it’s a mate date or a first date, Cibo Matto has real Italian soul in the heart of Bristol. You’ll hand make an authentic Italian dish, including making your own pasta from scratch, then crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy your new found cooking talents together.
Make Northern Italian pasta
2. Listen to a live harp serenade
If you’re after something romantic then Bristol harpist, Scarlett Smith, has you covered with an unforgettable harp serenade. Scarlett plays everything from Daft Punk to Disney and you can even pick from her eclectic song list to make your serenade completely personal. Sit back and listen to some sweet music and at your chosen location in Bristol!
Book a live harp serenade
3. Explore haunted and hidden Bristol
Skip the scary movie and opt for the spooky real life history of Bristol, as you explore the old city in this Haunted and Hidden evening walk. You’ll discover the story of the UK's most haunted cinema, head to the 17th century pub with a poltergeist, and hear the haunted goings on of the oldest part of Bristol. At £8 each, it's the perfect pre-drink experience.
Go on a Haunted and Hidden Bristol walk
4. Ride a bicycle made for two
A summer bike ride, a romantic picnic and beautiful West Country views? It’s a yes from us! Throw in a tandem from the Strawberry Line Cycle Project and you’ve got the perfect day date in the sunshine. Your adventure starts at Yatton and takes you into the countryside along the picturesque Strawberry Line. Your picnic will be ready made, giving this day date maximum wow factor with minimum effort - practically perfect!
Ride a tandem on the Strawberry Line
5. Impress with a private gourmet barbecue
Impress your date with some serious culinary delights in this gourmet home barbecue, complete with your own private chef. Bristol’s own Ben ‘BBQ Ben’ Bartlett has written the book on barbecue grilling, smoking and marinades (two books, in fact!). Get a masterclass in barbecue food if you fancy, or simply sit back and enjoy a glass of something chilled as you experience an incredible, multi-course meal.
Book a gourmet chef barbecue
6. Go axe throwing with Whistle Punks
For a Bristol date night with a difference, it doesn't get much better than flinging axes together. Packed full of fun and with a friendly competitive edge, you’ll both be axe throwing pros in no time thanks to the friendly team at Whistle Punks. Once one of you is crowned the axe throwing champ you’ll celebrate with a drink on Whistle Punks. With a central location and tasty Pizzarova pizza on site, this date will hit the bullseye.
Go axe throwing in Bristol
7. Fly high with an outdoor aerial arts workshop
Take your date soaring through the sky in this exhilarating aerial arts experience on the Downs, with Lavrak Circus. You’ll be able to choose from trying your hand at aerial silks, aerial hoop, dance trapeze - or if you’re feeling brave, a bit of everything! Lavrak’s outdoor rig will be ready and set to give you the experience of just some of the incredible aerial arts you might have seen in circus acts. Impress your date with skills you didn’t even know you had on the beautiful Clifton Downs.
Try outdoor aerial arts
8. Float above Bristol with a champagne balloon flight
For an unforgettable date, drift over Bristol with Bailey Balloons in a sunset or sunrise champagne balloon flight. Set off from Ashton Court and see Bristol from the sky as you float over the Harbourside, see the Clifton Suspension Bridge and then make your way over the countryside surrounding the city. A top date night flight to remember!
Book a Bristol balloon flight
9. Devour a wine tasting flight
Tucked away on Bedminster’s much-loved North Street, Kask’s oasis of a wine garden is the ideal date location. Make your date night drinks a little more fancy with Kask's sumptuous wine tasting flight, including 3 glasses of their minimal intervention, organic wines with delicious local cheeses to match.
Wine and cheese tasting flight
10. Go for a gourmet hike and dine picnic
Foodies will love this ten-mile, stunning countryside walk with a gourmet, hand made lunch. Stroll in the countryside just outside Bristol alongside streams, through picturesque villages and over rolling hills, taking in some of the most spectacular views in the county. Then settle down to a well earned picnic of delights including scotch eggs, chutneys, fresh sourdough, terrines, salads and pork pies.
Gourmet hike and dine picnic
For even more quirky date night ideas, search all the unique experiences happening in Bristol this summer that are perfect to do with a mate or date.