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The term ‘BrisVegas’ may have been coined with a bit of tongue in cheek, but look who’s laughing now; Brisbane has grown into a bustling city with lots to do and see! With infinite date options, you may even find that it’s hard to settle on a location. But have no fear – we’ve narrowed down the options for you.
Introducing the best of Brisbane’s date ideas:
Going out for dinner is a tried and tested date option, and Brisbane is home to oodles of great dining locations. For show-stopping views of the Story Bridge and surrounding city, head to Pony on Eagle Street Pier. The atmosphere is contemporary yet cosy and the Modern Australian cuisine is prepared on a wood fire grill – tasty stuff. If you’d prefer to stay out of the CBD, head to Paddington’s French staple Montrachet. The food is superb and the elegant atmosphere sets a sophisticated tone for the evening.
Escape the uni crowd and head for a more sophisticated atmosphere at The Barracks’ Libertine Bar and Restaurant">, which features unique antique decor and luxurious seating. They also serve stunning French Vietnamese cuisine in the case that drinks graduate to dinner. For a quirkier approach, head for a cocktail at the Fortitude Valley’s Lychee Lounge, or Cloudland.
Markets are a great place for singles who are keen to swap the traditional dinner date with something a little less formal. Best spots for market trundling are the Boundary St Markets and the Finders Keepers Markets at Bowen Hills. If you’re a foodie, you can’t beat Hamilton’s Eat Street Markets, held on Friday and Saturday nights, or the Northey St Organic Market, open on Sunday mornings from 6-10.30 (that’s right, late risers need not apply!)
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If your date is interested in film, forget the commercial multiplex and make your way to the Blue Room Cinebar in Rosalie. The Palace cinema at James Street and Petrie Terrace Barracks are other up-market options, both nestled among an array of nearby dinner options should an after-movie meal be in order.
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For the thespians among you, head to QPAC where you’ll find an extensive program of interstate and international productions. Or try smaller theatres La Boite Theatre Company and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, where you’ll experience the best of Brisbane’s contemporary theatre scene.
If you’re the laid-back type, nothing beats an afternoon at New Farm Park. Pack a picnic and toss around a Frisbee, or go for a drink at the nearby Powerhouse where you can kick back and watch the City Cats go about their daily business.
Make your way to the James Street Cooking School, where you can learn the tricks of the trade in cuisines from around the globe. The saying goes that too many cooks spoil the broth, but two should be just fine.
Make the most of Brissie’s impeccable weather and go for a ride along the river. With so many great spots to stop off at, the date can be as short or as long as you like!
Ok we’ve done the hard yards – now’s time for you to do your bit: choose an activity and get dating!