Top 5 Places to Date in Sligo

1. Riverside Hotel


Located right on the banks of the Garavogue river, the Riverside Hotel is the top spot for a date in Sligo. The Riverside restaurant is set in a conservatory and it offers a bright and airy eatery with stunning views across the Garavogue River. They have also recently teamed up with Northwest adventures who now run events from the hotel. Why not bring your date on a SUP and SIP evening paddle boarding, followed by craft beers or the beautiful dusk to dark hike.

2.     Shells Café/Strandhill


Located at the seaside in the beautiful Strandhill, Shell’s is one of the best places to bring a date in Sligo. If you want to do something a little bit different you go for a surf lesson with any one of the surf schools around the corner. If a classic date is more your style, then take a stroll across the beach after your food or grab a drink in the Strand Bar around the corner. Either way, a trip to Jane and Myles seaside café is a brilliant place to bring your date. Be sure to check out their quaint little shop next door too.

3.    Jalan Jalan


Located in the heart of Sligo, this little gem of a restaurant is vibrant, colourful, and does some of the best Asian food I’ve ever tasted, the Pad Thai, in particular, was delicious. It’s an intimate little space that is nearly always busy – so booking is highly recommended. Because it’s located in the town centre you have loads of options when you finish your meal – although I would suggest the short walk to Lillie’s Bar for some of their amazing cocktails. 

4. Austies/Rosses Point



One of the seaside beauties on the outskirts of Sligo town, Austies bar and restaurant is around 200 years old. On the North West Coast of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ Austie’s has some of the best locally sourced seafood dishes in the region. A beautiful walk awaits across Rosses Point beach after you finish your meal, and once you have taken a little stroll, you can return to Austie’s and enjoy some of the fantastic live music they offer – I recommend going on a Sunday evening to catch the Jazz Lads.

5. Montemarte


A smart, modern French restaurant in the shadow of the cathedral, with a beautifully tiled exterior and wooden blinds. The French chefs prepare classic Gallic menus which follow the seasons. They always have a fantastic offering of lesser-known French wines, although most tend to be a bit pricey. The duck is always an excellent choice for your main course but be sure to leave room for dessert, as they are divine. A three-minute walk to the town centre, if you’re not ready to head home after then you have plenty of options.