10 romantic spots for date night in Cork City

By Fiona Frawley

October 13, 2023 at 12:01pm


They've said yes, now all you need to do is figure out the perfect location.

If you're looking to treat your feen or beour to a night out in the real capital, there's no shortage of places to head to.

Particularly since the push for outdoor dining post-lockdown which Cork embraced beautifully, there's an excellent selection of rooftop bars and terraces full of twinkly lights and tasty cocktail options. Here are our top 10 spots to head to if you're planning a special night out with your love.

Montenotte Hotel

A luxury hotel surrounded by lush Victorian gardens and blessed with panoramic views of Cork city. The perfect spot to bust out your best "what a view!" pun when uploading a pic of your date to insta.

River Lee Hotel

Another truly stunning inside/outside spot with twinkling lights, lush greenery and a delicious cocktail menu.


Brick Lane

Superior bar food, boutique interiors and expertly shaken cocktails, cosy up under a feather corset-turned lampshade and bust out your most romantic small talk. It's always easier with the big light off.


Some of the most inventive cocktails you'll come across, accompanied by live DJ's and a delicious menu showcasing local produce.


Another excellent speciality cocktail spot with cosy, tranquil vibes and creamy Beamish smoother than your smoothest date moves.



Asian fusion dining in intimate surroundings with riverside views and yet another excellent cocktail menu.

Crane Lane Theatre

You probably already have this spot on your date night hit list but just in case. A house of blues, jazz and burlesque with luxe interiors and all round great vibes.

Tom Barrys


If you're looking for something a bit more casual but equally cosy and intimate, Tom Barry's have you covered in the candlelit pizza department. The perfect spot to gaze lovingly into each others eyes.

Pigalle Kitchen

A beautiful central spot with a unique, regularly changing menu, a cosy outdoor area and, as I'm sure you've come to expect at this stage, excellent cocktails.

Tedo Tapas Bar

Small plates, cosy decor and Latin music to set the scene, Tedo's is the perfect place to whisper sweet nothings over a jug of sangria.


Header image via Instagram/Montenotte Hotel/O'Sho


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