If you're in Cardiff for a romantic visit, these are our recommendations.

These ideas work for 2nd dates, 3rd dates and way-into-marriage date night dates too
Choosing the right setting for a first date can be almost as nerve racking as being on the date itself. The trick is to find a relaxed and comfortable venue where you can get to know one another – whilst also impressing your date.

1. Soda

Soda bar is a stand-out cocktail bar near Cardiff Central station and right in the thick of the Mill Lane atmosphere. As first date places go, this is ideal; smart interior and friendly staff. They also serve a great selection of food, so if things are going well, turn drinks into dinner.

2. Chapter Arts Centre

Chapter incorporates a cinema showcasing both major and independent titles with a vibrant cafe-bar. If your date is the creative type, head here and combine an imported beer with an arthouse or indie movie. Awkward silences are impossible because there’s so much going on around you here. Throughout the year the venue plays host to a diverse range of art exhibitions, local creative projects and stand-up comedy – perfect for getting the lowdown on what each others interests are. Chapter is in Canton, near the city centre.

3. Madame Fromage

Cheese for a date? Bold, definitely, but why not? This cosy city centre deli-cafe specialises in a variety of fine cheese and has a unique location within the Castle Arcade. The hearty menu is low-cost and has a particular emphasis on home cooked food; there is very little on the menu which isn’t made on the premises. With the added option of sitting outside and soaking up the period architecture of the arcade, this quirky venue is an ideal location for those early conversations.

4. Cosy Club

Inhabiting a spectacular block of the St. Davids Shopping Centre on The Hayes, Cosy Club has a grandiose entrance and plush furnishings. The atmosphere is both warm and inviting – making it an ideal venue to impress while feeling at ease. The indulgent selection of cocktails on offer can provide an interesting precursor to a tipsy stroll together through the city centre.

5. Around the World Bar

This is an ideal spot as it’s located in the Stadium Plaza, right in the centre of the city. The interior manages to be spacious, cosy and edgy with soft furnishings complimented by industrial minimalism. Trendy and friendly, with a huge range of world beers and extensive cocktail menu. Take the date to the next level with a cocktail master-class!