Raise your hand if you can remember the worst date you’ve ever been on. Now, we bet that date idea from hell also happened to feature some variant of the traditional dinner and a show that left you feeling like Netflix and takeaway would have been a much better option than whatever the heck just happened.
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. If you really want to win over your beau, it’s time to step up your date game. Luckily, we’re here with the best alternative date spots in Brisbane that’ll blow your dinner plans straight out of the water. Just think of us like your fairy godmother, but one that knows where they keep the good wine.
Date night coming up? Here’s seven of the best date ideas Brisbane that aren’t dinner and a show.
Sink Some Hoops
Archie Brothers, Toombul
Requisite for a fun date night at Archie Brothers is a bae with a healthy sense of competition who ain’t afraid of clowns. The circus-themed adult arcade is a wonderland of bright colours, loud noises, and all the other mod-cons of an extrovert’s paradise including a full food menu and cocktail bar. But Archie Brothers is just one of Toombul’s attractions, for more big kid fun, check out adult playground UPSTAIRS, which includes a popcorn ball pit, a neon swing, and live music Thursday through Sunday.
Try Your Hand At Darts
Oche, Fortitude Valley
If you've got a competitive streak, and aren't afraid to let your date see it, Oche is the place to test your dart throwing skills over G&Ts and delicious bar food. The classic game has had a high tech makeover here, with electronic dartboards that keep score for you to put a stop to any arguements—because we don't want that on date night. Not only is it a heap of fun, but Oche also boasts a menu designed by Ben Williamson of Gerard’s Bistro fame. In the spirit of that flavour temple, we recommend the popcorn bekaa chicken and a lager to wash it down.
Soak And Steam An Afternoon Away
Cenote Casa Bathhouse, Woolloongabba
For a date that requires minimal movement, and definitely zero stress, Cenote Casa Bathhouse is the place to go. This stunning outdoor bathhouse will have you stripping down and nabbing a glass of bubbles before soaking in the warm massaging bubbles of the hydrotherapy spa, taking a refreshing dip in the magnesium plunge pool, sweating it up in the cedar wood dry sauna and blissing out in the sauna. In between, you can relax in the multiple inviting lounge areas, sipping on herbal tea in the shade or basking in the sunshine.
Feel Suave In A Secret Gin Bar
Brisbane Distillery, West End
If you want a novel date idea, look no further, because the botanical brewers at Brisbane Distillery are your ultimate wingmen. They host gin-making masterclasses where, under the helpful guidance of one of BD’s talented distillers, you and your squeeze can craft a bespoke bottle of gin from scratch. For a more casual experience, you can select a combination of your favourite botanicals and the distillers will mix it up into a 100ml bottle for you to try with tonic right then and there in the secret bar. Need snacks? Head just down the road and snag a slice from Pie Town.
Play A Round Of Mini Golf
Victoria Park Golf Course, Herston
There's more than one place to play mini golf in Brisbane, but Victoria Park gets our vote for being the place to take a date. Not only is the course full of quirks and outdoors (and fully licensed, might we add), but it's also side by side with the Victoria Park garden bar and bistro, where you can stop in for a jug of something and even a feed once you've finished all nine holes. Also, being that it's mini golf, absolutely no one (including your date) will care if you cheat.
Cool Down With Ice Skating
What is the one thing that every Netflix Christmas special has in common? If you said bad writing, shame on you, because the answer is an ice skating scene, or rather, a scene where the luckless hero/heroine cops scorching sex eyes from their frosty love interest across a frozen pond. Just because we live in a subtropical climate is no reason why you or your beloved need miss out on the cheesiness and romance of a day on the ice. Luckily, Brisbane happens to have some cracking ice skating rinks where you can escape the sick joke of a hot Christmas and go for a little icy scoot scoot.
Make Eyes Over A Picnic
Vintage Picnics, Anywhere
Want all the romance of a picnic—plenty of cheese, soft cushions for lounging, perhaps even a bottle wine—but none of the trouple of set up? Vintage Picnics is here for you. They'll set up a stunning picnic, complete with a low table, fancy glasswear and even a bouquet of flowers, lay out a delicious spread, and then make themselves scarce while you make eyes and feed each other mouthfuls of cheese. Check out their packages here.
Well past the first date stage? Book in a romantic staycation at one of Brisbane's swankiest hotels.
Image credit: Sophie Spencer