Whether in the heat of the moment or meticulously planned out, date nights are a chance to explore cities and connect. From sub-zero ice bars to live music, consider Culture Trip your cupid and discover our guide to perfect date ideas in Glasgow. Let the romance commence!
A work of art, The Lighthouse was the first public commission of Glasgow golden boy Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Admire the architectural prowess of what is now Scotland’s Centre For Design and Architecture and chat away about its unique essence. Once at the top, expect unrivalled views of the city. Climbing up makes for a mandatory Kodak and hand-holding moment!
Appropriately named, Baltic Ice Bar is cool beyond comprehension. Remember the scene in Die Another Day when James Bond enters a palace made entirely of ice? Well, Baltic, Scotland’s first and only ice bar, is a step in that direction! You don’t have to worry about room temperature beverages as the crafty cocktails are presented in glasses made entirely of ice. The ice throne is a fun touch and the complimentary loan of cosy capes is welcomed.
Although wonderfully cliché, you can’t beat a cheeky wee romantic stroll. Besides, it’s a great way to get the chat rolling and the butterflies fluttering! Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, The Kelvin Walkway, which skims the rivers Kelvin, Clyde and Allander, goes from the centre of Glasgow to Milngavie. It also serves as an addition to the famed West Highland Way. Although more of a daytime date idea, a pre-dinner stroll for a portion of the route makes for a spot of fresh air and bonding time.
Being a Unesco City Of Music, Glasgow is a perennial stomping ground for both emerging and established musicians. Around every corner lies a new sound, beat and lyrical masterpiece. Famed for being the very spot where Oasis was signed, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut is bursting with character and unwavering charm. This cracking venue has an addictive atmosphere, cracking bar and boasts a multitude of live gigs, making it a perfect place to take a date.
No one does romance quite like the French. Hop on the romantic bandwagon and make reservations at Le Chardon D’or. From there, go to town with the splendid assortment of tantalizing French food and gaze longingly into each other’s eyes (get off your phone)! This classy yet unpretentious restaurant is intimate and serene, with the secluded eating suites adding that extra wow factor. The Scottish twist is the pièce de résistance.
Open late on Thursdays, GoMA is a glorious place to take a date. Not only is it free, but the wondrous selection of contemporary artworks never fail to make a statement or tell a story worth hearing. Wander around the beautiful neoclassical building and experience masterpieces by international and local artists. Between the artworks, which serve as stellar conversation starters, and falling head over heels for your crush making intellectual arty observations, the rest is easy.
Visiting the Glasgow Botanic Gardens doesn’t have to be an extended affair. This little horticultural paradise is suited to spontaneous strolls or early evening picnics. Open from 7am until dusk every day, swing by before it closes and enjoy a whistle-stop tour of the eclectic plants and wildlife. Don’t miss the dreamy glasshouses, especially Kibble Palace. After that, the city is your playground up until the wee hours. Your date will swoon over this romantic and unexpected gesture.
La Lanterna is everything you could ever want in an Italian restaurant, and then some. Beautifully decorated and overflowing with personality, this idyllic family-run and critically acclaimed eatery makes crafting that desirable romantic movie moment a walk in the park. Every dish on the menu is as authentic as it is delicious and the staff on point, which always helps when you need a date night to run smoothly! Don’t leave without trying the desserts and bear in mind they have some excellent veggie options too. And hey, if the sparks fizzle out, at least you can taste some first class food.