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Being the third-largest city in Scotland, Aberdeen has a lot to offer. From its fishing and shipping industries and ties to the North Sea, through to its history and the connected and buzzing bar scene, there is plenty to do for that first (and second and twentieth) date!
Whether you prefer the laid-back and casual date or the high-end wining and dining, Flirtio has it all covered in The Silver City.
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If a serene date where you can chat in comfort is what you’d prefer, Aberdeen Beach is perfect. You can walk the two-mile stretch or cycle along the higher promenade at your own pace. Between May and August, you may even spot a pod of dolphins or the odd seal or whale! Dusk is a beautiful time to take a picnic to the beach and let the sun go down on a fabulous date.
If you don’t feel like going home and the night is young, head over to Dusk Bar in Aberdeen’s West End. You will find an array of both classic cocktails and craft ales. Dusk Bar is an intimate venue which provides a memorable experience for your date night. Brewdog is another bar worth a visit. Situated on Castlegate, with 16 lines of craft beers and a decent menu to boot, this is a buzzing venue for date night. Slain’s Castle is another venue, this one having a gothic vibe, offering cocktails, great draught beers and live music and dancing. Nights include open-mic, live DJs and acoustic sets.
For fine dining with a wow-factor, book a table at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. Offering a diverse menu, much of it locally sourced, the Marcliffe also offers various eating spaces, such as the conservatory or open terrace. This will be worth the extra cash!
The Grill has a long-established history, first opening its doors in 1870. The pub has maintained its traditional look and ambience. The Grill offers a broad range of drinks, not least including their renowned range of whiskies. With The Music Hall just over the road, this also makes a great starting or ending point to an evening of music.
For a quick coffee date, look at Thyme Out, Blether or The Bread Maker. Serving great coffee, brunch, afternoon tea, and fabulous cakes and desserts, any of these venues will make an excellent setting for a cosy catch up.
For the more adventurous, have a go at orienteering in Duthie Park. You can easily navigate around the park with a specially drawn map, finding various paths, trees and water features. If that seems relatively tame, you could try Go Ape which is set in the grounds of a sixteenth-century castle with tremendous scenic views. You can try your hand at rope walks and zip wires – not for the faint-hearted!
Aberdeen has so much more to offer than just the venues above. Visit Hazlehead Park for a leisurely walk which also boasts a pet’s corner. The Aberdeen Maritime Museum showcases the area’s history with the sea and hosts a superb collection of exhibits. The Tolbooth Museum is a 17th-century gaol with fascinating artefacts and history. The labyrinthine ruins of Slains Castle are also well worth a visit. The hardest part is choosing where to go.