Winter is definitely over, so you can no longer use the excuse that it’s cold to spend every date night sitting on the couch in your Ugg boots and PJs. It’s time to frock up, pop on some real pants and get back out to enjoying the best restaurants Brisbane has to offer—whether your hot date is your significant other, your bestie or your mum. You can come up with better date night ideas, Brisbane.
We’ve made it even easier for you with Urban Feast, an ingenious card that gets you $25 off at 20 of the best restaurants in Brisbane (you can get yours here). So yes, it is possible to have a swanky dinner out for under $50 these days, and we’re going to prove it with eight spots where you can throw down your Urban Feast card and get dinner for two for under $50.
Nothing screams romance like an epic cheese board and a glass of wine—trust us, boys. Especially if it’s shared in the sleek, intimate surrounds of Gerard’s Bar in the Valley, and the cheese board happens to be called Cheese Dreams. Sweet dreams are definitely made of the fresh, blue, aged and funky cheese you’ll find on this board, and with an Urban Feast card, you’ll basically get two glasses of wine for free. Dreamy.
Far classier than the usual joint you stop at for for fish and chips on a Friday night, One Fish Two Fish is housed in a fully renovated old cottage, complete with Queenslander features and cosy corners. There’s something for both the fine diners and the casual sharers, but us, well, we’d probably order just one of nearly everything on the starters menu and call it a day.
Limiting yourself to spending only $50 on French-Vietnamese fusion fare at Libertine would normally be a hard ask—but not with an Urban Feast card. Take a seat in their French-boudoir inspired dining room and feast on spicy chicken dumplings, mushroom, tofu and smoked speck san choi bao, crackling pork belly and spiced cauliflower bites. Throw in a serve of rice and you’ll have a Brisbane date night that still comes in at under a fifty.
A date night spot where it’s perfectly acceptable to wear stretchy pants, Phat Boy is the city’s hot new Thai restaurant from the crew behind Phat Elephant, so you know you’re in for a good time. The restaurant itself is seriously cool, but it’s the food that will win over your hearts. Chow down on a bamboo tower piled with duck spring rolls, crispy prawns, chicken satay skewers and san choi bow before creating that (uber romantic) food baby with slow cooked beef rib and sweet potato curry and pad Thai chicken.
Charcuterie, cheese and dessert, oh my! Hidden away in the suburbs, Vaquero is a sleek dining spot to rival any city restaurant, and their cheese and charcuterie boards really are the stars of the show. Whatever you decide to order (get the quail—just saying), make there’s enough of your dinner budget left to order their Violet Crumble inspired dessert.
If you haven’t heard of this Woolloongabba spot, it’s about time you took a special someone there—there’s a hidden bar to find that will surely impress a hot date. Before you get to that though, nab a table in Electric Avenue's glam heritage style dining room and tuck in to a good feed. Work the menu right and you can definitely get two mains and at least two glasses of wine each for under $50 with your Urban Feast card.
Share plates and cocktails is the name of the game at Canvas, and whether you find a table in their dimly lit bar or outside in the fairy light-lit courtyard, there’s a cosy corner to snuggle up with your beaux here. You get the jalapeno poppers, spicy chicken wings and potato croquettes, we’ll take care of the first round of cocktails with your Urban Feast card, deal? Two margaritas coming right up.
Chu The Phat’s fried chicken and beer and dumpling and martini nights are the stuff of legend, but if you want to turn up the Brisbane date night vibes, here's an idea: just get a table on a regular night to eat your way through their pan-Asian plates. The mung bean pancakes are a must, and definitely don’t go past the sweet corn and coriander dumplings, but we’ll leave the rest up to you. Plus, Gelato Messina is right next door for dessert, hint hint.
Want to see where else you can get $25 off your dinner bill for a Brisbane date night idea? Head here.
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