Love is in the air: sober date night ideas

A young couple sat in the boot of their car with popcorn, watching a drive thru movie.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and for many couples, it's a special time to celebrate their love for each other. But for those who choose not to drink alcohol, finding fun and romantic date ideas can be a challenge. That's why we've put together a list of 5 sober date night ideas that are sure to add some spark to your evening.

Take a cookery class together

Spend the evening learning to cook new and delicious meals. This is a fun and interactive way to bond with your partner and make memories that will last a lifetime, as well as picking up tips and recipes when you're running low on dinner inspiration during the week. 

An Asian couple in cookery aprons. He's chopping strawberries, while she's feeding him one. They're both mid-giggle.

Go stargazing

Find a local park, hill, or beach, bring a blanket and enjoy the stars together. This is a peaceful and romantic way to spend the evening, and it's an opportunity to connect and appreciate the beauty of the world around you.

A couple wrapped in a cosy cable-knitted blanket at dusk. He is kissing her forehead as she smiles and looks at the sky

Visit a museum or art gallery

Take a stroll through a museum or art gallery and learn about history and culture. It's a great and reflective way to engage in meaningful conversation and expand your minds together.

A woman and man looking at art on the wall of an exhibit, while sharing a listening device to have it explained to them

Take a dance class

Whether you think you'd have a chance at taking home the coveted Strictly disco ball, or you're just starting out, taking a dance class together is a fun and romantic way to spend an evening. Not only will you be able to enjoy each other's company, but you'll also be able to learn something new and improve your skills.

Gay couple smiling and dancing mid-twirl

Have a game night

Gather your favorite board games or try a new video game, and spend the evening competing against each other in a friendly competition. It's a great way to bond and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere. With boardgame cafes dotted around the UK, a boardgame date night doesn't have to mean a night in.

A couple sat outdoors, laughing while playing chess

Sober definitely doesn't mean boring. With a little creativity and planning, you can create an evening filled with laughter, love, and meaningful conversation. Whether you choose to cook a meal together, visit a museum, or lock eyes across the Monopoly board, the most important thing is to spend time with the one you love.

And of course, if you have your heart set on the traditional simplicity of a romantic meal, there are lots of venues up and down the UK who offer a great range of low, or alcohol-free drinks with dinner. If you’re looking for recommendations, you can take a look at our venues page to see reviews from other SipTrippers. You could find your new favourite sober-friendly restaurant!

Posted on February 8th 2023

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