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Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Alternative Date Ideas
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Bristol’s Hidden Gems: Alternative Date Ideas

25 April 2017 | Charlie Kenber

We’ve put together a round up of some of the best unusual date spots and activities across the city...

Finding the perfect way to impress your date is one of life’s ongoing predicaments. With so many new places opening up, it can be easy to run out of ideas and hard to stay ahead of the curve. But worry not: your search ends here. For something a little off the beaten track, a bit quirky, or just diehard romantic, check out our list of recommendations…

Get up bright and early for a breakfast date

Who says all dates have to take place in the evening – why not throw a curveball and suggest a pre-work breakfast date to start off the day? There’s little better choice than Pigsty, a new restaurant from the guys behind The Jolly Hog sausages and bacon. You‘ll find it in one of the converted cargo containers in Wapping Wharf, so why not pair it with a walk by the Harbourside? If the date goes well you’ll be feeling good for the whole day, and if not… there’s a full day’s work to bury yourself in. Perfect!

Pigsty is at Units 1&2 Goal Ferry Steps, BS1 6WE

Breathe in the view

Thanks to its hilly topography, much of Bristol offers fabulous views over the surrounding city and countryside. As the weather picks up, what better way to woo your partner than with a leisurely stroll to admire the view – and why not bring a surprise picnic with you and tuck in once you get there! We’d particularly recommend Brandon Hill (and a climb to the top of the historic Cabot Tower), the Clifton Observatory, Totterdown, or Leigh Woods for a leafier excursion.


Cabot Tower in Bristol, photo credit: Heather Cowper

Tour the secret cocktail bars

For a late-night sampling, why not explore one (or five) of Bristol’s unique hidden cocktail bars to show off your insider knowledge. Hyde & Co and The Milk Thistle are great places to start: the former can be found tucked away off a side street by the Triangle in Clifton, the latter in the historic Quay Head House in the city centre. Both are prohibition themed and you’ll have to knock on the right door to be allowed in. Other top tips would include the self-proclaimed ‘adult drinking den’ Red Light off the bottom of Park Street (ring the telephone to get in), Hausbar facing onto the Downs, and Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Plenty of surprises in store!


Photo credit: Edson Hong

Hyde & Co is on Upper Byron Place, BS8 1JY
The Milk Thistle is at Quay Head House, Colston Avenue, BS1 1EB
Red Light is at 1 Unity St, BS1 5HH
Hausbar is at 52 Upper Belgrave Road, BS8 2XP
Her Majesty’s Secret Service is at Whiteladies Gate, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2PH

Nuzzle into nature

For something slightly less sinful, take your date down to Bristol Zoo Gardens to wonder at the natural world. Backing onto the Downs, the zoo houses roughly 300 mammals from fifty different species, as well as a collection of insects, reptiles and fish. There’s also a high ropes course to give you a tree-eye view of the gorillas, gibbons and lemurs. An alternative option would be Windmill Hill City Farm in Bedminster. Boasting farmyard animals, a picnic area and community gardens, the farm is focused on how to preserve the local environment. It’s mostly free, and they also run a wide range of craft courses – perfect for a creative date.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is in Clifton, BS8 3HA
Windmill Hill City Farm is at Philip Street, Bedminster, BS3 4EA

Go for a romantic swim… and a massage for two

Finally, for the real romantic, head over to the Lido for an evening of swimming, dining and spa treatments. Reopened in 2008 after lying derelict for twenty years, this 1849 institution features a beautiful low-chemical pool at its heart, surrounded by changing facilities, an award-winning restaurant and the all-important spa. For the ultimate in luxury, why not treat your date to brunch or dinner, a swim and a couples massage. Bliss!


Photo credit: lidobristol.com

Lido is on Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2BJ
 

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