There’s nothing better than a date night, and there are so many great options for date nights in Southampton we thought we’d help you to narrow them down!
We’ve put together our top 10 recommended dates in Southampton to help you make the most of that quality time and romantic nights out…
1. Bounce the night away!
If you’re a particularly busy couple and the daily grind of working life is affecting the fun you have together, then it’s time to bounce! Oxygen Freejumping is Southampton’s favourite trampoline park and is a great place to release the stress of a busy working life, resort to child-like behaviour, and have a great laugh on your much needed date night!
2. Bowl your way to a great date!
Whether it’s your first or fiftieth date you can’t go wrong with bowling. With the new Hollywood Bowl at Westquay you’ve got the perfect place to enjoy some healthy date night competition as you see who gets the first strike!
3. Share the love and your food!
Sometimes the best meals are the ones you share with a loved-one. A selection of sharing foods where you can both try something new and enjoy the experience and tastes together. In Westquay you’ll find some great Thai street food perfect for sharing at Thaikhun Southampton, and nothing says ‘share me’ like a selection of Meze food at The Real Greek Southampton.
4. A walk in the park
A date doesn’t have to cost a lot, it can be as simple as a walk in in the park! With so many green spaces in Southampton it’s ideal for those romantic strolls, hand in hand. Visit the ducks that live on Southampton Common’s lakes, or watch the ships past by whilst enjoying an ice cream at Mayflower Park.
5. A romantic meal is still hard to beat!
A romantic meal out will always be top of the list for date nights. Southampton offers so many restaurants and dining areas to enjoy a meal, but you really can’t beat the romance that oozes from Oxford Street Southampton. This historical area of the city offers cosy corners, award winning food and numerous romantic restaurants to enjoy the full on wine-and-dine date night experience!
6. A night at the movies
Southampton has upped the ante when it comes to enjoying a night at the movies! The new Showcase Cinema De Lux opens at Westquay on the 10th February and promises to offer a cinema experience like no other. With fully customisable electric recliners in every screen, you and your date can enjoy sharing some popcorn in style!
7. Drinks by the water
A popular date, especially for first dates, is simply to enjoy a drink and conversation. Enjoying those drinks with views across the water at the cities picturesque marina is an added bonus. Ocean Village was once a popular spot for Southampton nightlife, and with recent new developments of bars and restaurants looks set to reclaim that title. Enjoy a cocktail at Pitcher and Piano, fine Italian wine at Bacaro, or simply an aromatic coffee at Maritimo Lounge with great views to boot!
8. A night at the Theatre
Enjoying a fantastic show at the theatre is a great date night idea! You’re spoilt for choice for theatre’s in Southampton; from amateur dramatics at the Maskers Theatre Company, National and International touring productions at Nuffield Southampton Theatres, to West End favourites at The Mayflower Theatre!
9. A musical evening
Southampton has many live music venues that provide a great atmosphere and source of entertainment for any date. Whether it’s seeing your favourite band at the O2 Guildhall Southampton, or enjoying the acoustic and instrumental sounds of local talents at venues such as The Art House Cafe or Mettricks tea & coffee houses.
10. A cultural date
Sometimes there’s nothing more romantic than taking in a bit of culture and exploring a part of history, and Southampton is full of both! From the collection of arts, sculptures, paintings and drawings at Southampton City Art Gallery, to over 800 years of history waiting to be discovered at the Tudor House Museum. Walking hand-in-hand as you absorb the culture and discussing what you’ve discovered is a great way to enjoy time together.