Want to make up for a whole lot of lost friend time while we were in lockdown, but not a clue what to do? Introducing: friend dates.
Friend dates are the perfect pick-me-ups and the ultimate memory maker, and can entail literally any idea or activity under the sun. With good plans and even better company, there is no limit to the fun things you can get up to with your crew in the big city.
So whether you’re with your extended group or your closest pals, we’ve got you sorted with 15 of the best friend date ideas in and around Brisbane to add to your social calendar.
Create A Dried Floral Arrangement
Dried flowers are a vibe right now, and if you want to brighten up your bedroom with some but also get a fun activity out of it, Florals By Blush Designs in Woolloongabba has you covered. Their dried flower arranging workshops will see you making a gorgeous everlasting flower arrangement, complete with a pot to take home. Bonus, it’s BYO, so you can bring along a drink or two. Book yourself in for one of their upcoming dates here.
Paint And Sip An Afternoon Away
What’s better than drinking? Drinking and painting. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or are still drawing stick figures, Pinot & Picasso has everything you need for a fun night out with your crew. The studio offers step-by-step boozy painting tutorials led by experienced artists—all you need to do is find a friend, grab a bottle of wine and let those creative juices flow.
Do A DIY Crawl Of Brisbane’s Best Breweries
Switch up your next social drinking sesh with a crawl across Brisbane’s best breweries. From Fortitude Valley to West End, set your sights on Brisbane’s local brew heroes and treat your tastebuds to some of the best quality craft beers and seasonal brews around. Grab some mates, plan an itinerary and get ready to head out on the ultimate local brewery tour for guaranteed good times.
Hunt Down The Perfect Picnic
While a park picnic involving plenty of cheese is always a good idea, why not add a little adventure into the equation? Mystery picnics with Amazing Co reimagine a classic weekend activity. If you love a bit of puzzle-solving and some healthy teamwork, this experience is for you. You’ll be sent a series of riddles and clues to solve, each of which will send you to a different location to pick up a stunning picnic spread of artisanal products. Delicious AND entertaining. Just select your location, tailor your picnic to your dietary requirements, and you’re all done. Read more about this picnic right here.
Hit Some Balls At Victoria Park
There’s nothing more thrilling than a bit of friendly competition. Put your putting skills to the test and best your mates in a mini golf tournament at the stunning Victoria Park Golf Complex. Even better, you can down a brew while you putt with an onsite bar as well as 18 challenging holes scattered across rocky terrain. Putt putt not your style? Hit up Brisbane’s only inner-city driving range, right next to the mini golf course. Afterwards, head for the stunning bistro next door to dine overlooking the city after working up an appetite.
Blow Off Some Steam At Maniax
You’ve seen people throw plates at walls in the movies, but how about throwing axes? Now you can right here in Brisbane, at the fully licensed Maniax. Incredibly therapeutic and a great way to blow off some steam, throwing axes is a unique trend taking Australia by storm. What better way to celebrate a friendiversary than by hurling some hatchets together?
Go Chasing Waterfalls
Prefer to spend the day somewhere away from the city? No worries! Brisbane happens to have some of the best waterfalls hidden in the surrounding national parks. So pack the 4WD, grab some snacks and head on your next great adventure outdoors chasing waterfalls with some close mates. Sometimes all you need is a little nature fix. Hunt them down here.
Hit The Bubbles At A Bottomless Brunch
You could just go out for a regular breakfast—or you could add bottomless mimosas and make it a really good time. Not an early bird (or just not sure you can handle bulk cocktails before noon)? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up a list of bottomless brunches that cover morning, noon and even late afternoon for the night owls. From seven-course brunches overlooking the river to bottomless tacos and margs, find them all here.
Make Your Own Designer Earrings
Love big statement earrings? Design your very own pair at this flora and fauna earring workshop. Using laser cut acrylic and wood, you’ll design and create four different pairs of colourful earrings, yours to take home and wear on the daily. Classes are held regularly in Yeerongpilly, and you can book in for their upcoming dates here.
Play Arcades At Archie Brothers
Get lost inside the circus-themed, vibe-slaying, game-playing wonderland that is Archie Brothers Cirque Electric. Literally the stuff of our dreams, Archie Brothers is a euphoric place where you and your mates can slingback cocktails, while immersing yourself in hours of entertainment. From trying out the VR roller coaster, to having a go at the shooting range or hitting up the dodgem cars, embrace every bit of the childhood feels that the arcade has to offer, you’ll love every second of it.
Strike A Bargain While Op Shopping
Dress like a boss for half the cost and take the gang to pop some tags on a tour of Brisbane’s trendiest thrift shops. Make a day out of it—try venturing to an op shop you haven’t visited before, or aim to cover as many stores as you can across the span of a day. Op shops are like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re gonna get, but we can guarantee you it’s practically impossible to walk away from one empty handed.
Blend Your Own Bottle Of Wine
How do you make science experiments fun? Simple, add booze. This Wine Blending Workshop at City Winery Brisbane is the perfect place for you both to enhance your palate and create your own signature drop. Spend 1.5 hours learning the art of wine blending (and tasting) then bottle, seal and label your own blended bespoke wine. So come on all you wine lovers! Find out all the details here.
Make Your Own Gin At Brisbane Distillery
Mix up your next night out by bringing your buddies along to a gin making masterclass at Brisbane Distillery. With an impressive range of flavours and botanical notes to choose from, you’ll be guided step-by-step through the distilling process with an expert to make your own unique combination of flavours, culminating in the perfect gin. And the best part? You and your friends can take your creations home with you in a personalized bottle.
Hit The Road On A Trip
What does a group of friends, a car, and a clear schedule call for? A road trip! Venture beyond the city limits and explore the sights and scenes of somewhere new—all in one day. You could discover the rural paradise of the Scenic Rim, just on the outskirts of the Gold Coast, or opt for a trip to the Garden City of Toowoomba, indulging in its rich country character. You could paddle down the river at Mary Valley, or complete the scenic nature walks on Tamborine Mountain. Wherever you decide to go, these day trips will be worth every minute, so get onto the group chat and start planning.
You could also sample gin at Brisbane’s new gin tasting sessions.
Image credit: Ranyhyn Laine, Victoria Park, Sophie Spencer for Urban List