The First Date Rules | Location, Location, Location

A close friend of mine was recently taken out on a first date to Grill'd.  My reaction?  Put it this way—mortified would be a gross understatement.  I can't even fathom what my reaction would be if I was the person actually going on the date.  
 
Don't get me wrong, Grill'd burgers are delicious, and there are many times when I crave a Baa Baa Burger with a side of thick-cut chips and Grill’d’s signature sweet chilli mayo.  But on a first date?  Never.  Like, ever.  Call me old fashioned, but I am a strong advocate for playing by the traditional dating rulebook.  To paraphrase the rulebook, the location for a real first date must be somewhere slightly more thoughtful than your local burger joint.  
 
If you are a bit rusty on the old rules and need some inspiration for a first date spot, here is my edit of the best first date venues in Brisbane's inner city.  My advice is to choose a place with a buzzing, yet intimate, atmosphere to enjoy a few drinks over a selection of share plates or tapas. Sharing food on a first date demonstrates your potential to ultimately share in a relationship; nobody likes a selfish lover after all.  

 
Peasant | Paddington
What could be sexier than Spanish tapas and sangria?  Peasant is one of my absolute favourite restaurants in town and a very worthy first-date venue. 
 
Libertine | Paddington 
The French are also well versed when it comes to love.  Head to Libertine for a chic date, dining on delicate French-Vietnamese-inspired cuisine.
 
Colonial cottage, cosy courtyard, and killer cocktails.  Need I say more?
 
Sling Lounge | West End
Sling Lounge is the place to be for a cocktail or two. Or ten.  I don't suggest that you and your date sample the entire cocktail menu in one sitting (although that could make for an interesting night), but I do highly recommend this oh-so-trendy bar.
 
Canvas | Wooloongabba
This fine wine and cocktail bar is perfect for an evening or late-night rendezvous.  It also recently took out cocktail list of the year at the Australian Bar Awards.  
 
Super Whatnot | Brisbance CBD
Tucked down Burnett Lane, in the heart of the city, is this intimate and modern bar that has excellent date potential.  They serve craft beer on tap, adventurous cocktail concoctions, and gourmet, Mexican snackery.  
 
The Laneway | Brisbane CBD
There is a kind of mysterious appeal to the location of The Laneway.  This cosmopolitan bar is located in an elevated space above its sister restaurants, Urbane and The Euro. And the cocktails are to die for.
 
Mr and Mrs G Riverbar | Brisbane CBD
The new Mr and Mrs G Riverbar on Eagle Street Pier is so hot right now. With the ultimate riverfront view of the Story Bridge, it is an ideal venue for those wanting to impress. 
 
Mecca Bah | Fortitude Valley
The elegant and exotic Mecca Bah is a Mecca for couples on dates, and who could blame them? All that eating with your hands is sure to get pulses racing…
 
Cru Bar | Fortitude Valley
No matter what time of the day it is, Cru Bar is always buzzing with a sophisticated-yet-relaxed atmosphere.  The only thing left for you to do is bring your charming personality.
 
Who?  You and your date.  When?  An afternoon or evening on the weekend.  Where?  At Watt - behind the Powerhouse and along the river.  What?  A date, duh.
 
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