Dating in Galway

Dating in Galway | West is Best

At Arealkeeper we always advise you to take your relationship offline and into the real world as quickly as you feel comfortable. There is no better way to get to know a person than face to face where you can develop your romantic chemistry and look each other in the eye.

However, we understand that first encounters can be quite daunting after the comfort of being behind a keyboard. Going for a coffee might seem like a good, casual way to meet but there may be pressure to ‘perform’ straight away. There is great value in choosing a first date that provides a bit of entertainment so the focus is on the venue and you can comfortably generate conversation while you mutually enjoy the distraction of your surroundings. The more relaxed you are, the more you will enjoy your date.

If you are dating in the West of Ireland, then you are happily within easy distance of Galway. Culturally it is hard to beat what Galway City and County has to offer with its’ music, art, sculpture, crafts, comedy, literary and poetry festivals. It has even officially been designated European Capital of Culture 2020 www.galway2020.ie. With all that Galway has to offer from Cultural and Sporting events to the beautiful scenery, it is hard to pinpoint the very best ways to enjoy your first date.

Here are our Top 8 picks for Romantic things to do if you are dating in Galway

A great catch: Clinking glasses over candle light sitting by an open fire, looking out over Galway Bay while tucking in to unbeatably fresh fish dishes. O’Grady’s on the Pier in the quaint village of Barna that rests just 6km from the city, is an award-winning hidden gem, bathed in romantic ambience. www.ogradysonthepier.com

GSOH: If you like a good laugh then book a trip to the Ruby Room on the top floor of The Kings Head pub. The Ruby Room is used for a variety of intimate gigs including comedy from greats such as Al Porter and Tommy Tiernan testing out large tour material. www.thekingshead.ie

The love of the Game: Connacht Rugby has enjoyed a bumper few years of success, and has become a squad to be reckoned with. Galway boasts the Connacht Rugby team grounds just walking distance from the city centre. If you and your date are sports fans, home games are always fun, casual affairs with passionate supporter’s eager to enjoy regular head to heads with Europe’s biggest teams. www.connachtrugby.ie

A Real Keeper: This may be one for a second or third date but If you have a very strong feeling about your match, then why not suggest visiting the oldest Jewellers in Ireland to treat yourselves matching Claddagh rings. Thomas Dillon’s of William Street, Galway have been making Claddagh rings since 1750. Claddagh rings distinctly represent love, loyalty and friendship and have a close association with the Claddagh district of Galway. If you want a first date to remember, this is the one. Thomas Dillon’s of William Street

Dancing Queen: Galway city is famed for hosting the most impressive live bands in a variety of authentic venues. One of the best places to see the best of International, National and Local acts showcased is Monroe’s of Dominick Street. You can experience live music of all kinds from Rock to Bluegrass and Rockabilly. A truly fun way to kick of a relationship by dancing the night away.

Salthill at Sunset: The legendary Prom in Galway’s Salthill is a hub of activity for busy Galwegians and Tourists drinking in the sunset across the bay. No better way to start off a romance than by enjoying a 2km stroll from Black rock finishing up at Salthill’s many restaurants and bars. If the sun is shining share a 99 and sit together on a bench to get the best of the view or get in out of the cold and snuggle up over an Irish coffee at O’Connor’s Famous Irish Pub - www.oconnorsbar.com

Budding romance: Nestled just 20 minutes north of Galway city is Brigit’s Garden where you can experience the magic of Celtic heritage. If you appreciate the beauty of nature or share an interest in history, this is the perfect place to kick off your romance. Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, award-winning Brigit’s Garden is set within 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. Boasting the largest Calendar sundial in Ireland, visitors can also see an ancient ring fort and enjoy a romantic nature trail followed by Coffee and Cake at the Garden Café. A wonderfully relaxed way to spend a first date.

Romance Express: Set in two original carriages of the Orient Express, the Pullman Restaurant at Glenlo Abbey is without doubt Galway’s most unique dining experience. Enjoy afternoon tea in a private booth in the exquisite surroundings of the meticulously restored carriages and bathe in the beauty of the spectacular views overlooking Glenlo Abbey estate and Lough Corrib. Most certainly a date to remember.

So, take our advice, be confident, be adventurous and take your relationship from online dating to offline whilst discovering the many perfect date destinations in Galway.