You asked. They agreed. And now you have no idea how to impress them.
First dates can be strange, nerve-wrecking beasts, but don’t underestimate the power of a buzzing atmosphere, lip-smackingly good food and a solid cocktail list. Lucky for you, we here at The Urban List just so happen to be cupid’s little helpers, armed with the knowledge of the best places to go on a first date in Auckland. Let the wooing begin!
Casual dining with a bit of intimacy thrown in for good measure, Orphan’s Kitchen is practically designed for date nights. The menu is full of interesting of ‘unadulterated food and naughty wine’, which screams first date success, and the low-key atmosphere will help keep the nerves to a minimum.
Plonk yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of this Federal Street eatery. Depot’s waitstaff will put you both at ease as you tuck into the always delicious food offerings. From oysters and turbot sliders to crispy pork hock and squid ink linguine, everything is made for sharing, so expect a bit of hand brushing or Lady and the Tramp action.
A sterling first date restaurant in Takapuna, Artwok dishes up beautiful Chinese food in a contemporary, easy breezy space. You and your date can get to know each other via flavourful sharing plates, craft beer, and deep fried ice cream. A sure-fire way to wow.
Late night dumplings and cocktails are always a good idea, especially at Xuxu. This wee spot is tucked away in Britomart with an intimate courtyard, low lighting and plenty of romantic vibes. Take them here after a SKYCITY Breakers game at Vector for the ultimate date night in the city.
On the off chance your date is a picky eater (in which case, you might want to reconsider the union), Elliot Stables is an excellent option. Since you’re not sure what they’re into, this fancy food court will keep them happy with sushi, tapas, crepes, Mexican, and of course, wine—a key ingredient to a successful first date.
Bedford Soda & Liquor
Famous for their crazy impressive cocktails, Bedford Soda & Liquor is the best bar to get tipsy with your potential future boo. With pitchers to share and meatballs for when hunger starts harassing, it’s a cracking tried and tested first date venue.
The Crab Shack
Bibs on! Things are about to get messy. Break the ice (and the crab) at The Crab Shack down on Queens Wharf. It’s a hands-on dining experience, which gives you the opportunity to scope out how adventurous your date may or may not be.
If you’re genuinely looking to impress, jump in the car and head out to Bracu for a truly fine dining experience. Your date will be amazed by the beautiful setting and clever flavour combos including Hawkes Bay lamb loin, goats cheese, spinach and sweet olives. Keep in mind that Bracu isn’t the cheapest of first date joints, but it’s sure to score you a cheeky pash before the ride home.
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