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.
Share Some LOLs
With a changing roster of both local and national professional funny people on offer every Friday evening, Knockoff has become a classic Brisbane tradition for a very good reason. Tickets are totally free so you can splash that hard earned dosh on some proper grown-up drinks at the pre-show happy hour, kicking off from 6pm. Keep an eye out for Brisbane legends ImproMafia, who regularly appear on the line-up on the last Friday of every month for some classic laugh-your-socks-off improv comedy. You know what they say: the way to your date’s heart is for sure through some quality laughs.
Get Out Of Town
Picture this; crystal blue waters, soft white sand, and some of the best cafes and restaurants this side of the NSW border—it's enough to make you fall in love at first sight. Take a drive down to the Gold Coast for the ultimate outdoors-y date ideas; from taking in everything there is to do in Burleigh, to ticking off everything on this list, our beautiful coastline is just begging to be explored with your S.O.
Feel Suave AF At Brisbane’s Secret Gin Distillery
Humpybong, the best Stafford café you’ve never heard of, have just gone and done something to top their killer coffee and even better treats; they’ve converted the warehouse next door into a super-secret gin distillery. Tucked away behind painted roller doors lies a large open bar, complete with industrial-chic décor, from which bartenders serve house-brewed gin and other beverages. If you didn’t feel suave AF before hitting up Humpybong, you can bet you’ll feel it while you’re sipping 100% Aussie gin with your other half.
Hire A Private Gondola
Who needs an exxy trip to Venice when you can hire your own private gondola for a romantic cruise down the Brisbane River. Golden Gondola, based out of Newstead, offers the whole Venetian package and more with a private cruise for two, delicious seafood platters—mixing either Thai or modern Australian cuisine into the spread—and BYO wine. Candlelit feasting is a must on the evening cruises, while morning daters can kick off the day with breakfast with a view. Who knew Brisbane could just keep on surprising us?
Have An Ultra Hip Staycation
New kid on the block, TRYP Hotel, is Brisbane’s one and only boutique street art hotel, featuring designs from internationally-renowned artists like Magee, Numskull, Rone and Beastman. TRYP boasts a variety of room types with perks like private balconies with spas to quirky private courtyards to themed artist rooms, so you can show your date just how cultured you are. Located in the heart of the Valley, TRYP also provides easy access to the thriving Fortitude Valley foodie scene and a number of entertainment hotspots dotting our fair city. Or, if you don’t feel like heading out, you could always kick back at the hotel’s rooftop bar. What a choice, eh?
Visit A Farmers Market
Brisbane is no stranger to the farm-to-plate method of dining and what better way to impress your date than with a good romp through an organic farmers market before heading home to whip up the feast of a lifetime. The Jan Powers Farmers Market is the classic choice and a great spot to pick up pre-dinner nibbles like freshly baked sourdough bread and a selection of handmade cheeses (yes please!), while West End favourite, the Davies Park Market, is also available for all your organic produce needs. Your Mum didn’t teach you those cooking skills for nothing.
Watch The Sunset From Mt Coot-tha Lookout
Phew, it’s time to work off those post-feast calories by getting your hike on with your new love. We can only gush so much about the merits of the Mt Coot-tha lookout at sunset, offering stunning views over our humble city’s skyline, but it really is the perfect spot for a cheeky kiss on an outdoors date. Don’t forget to stop in at the Summit Restaurant afterwards for a glass of wine—you’ve earned it.
Pretend You Don’t Live In A Sub-Tropic Climate By Ice Skating
Acacia Ridge and Boondall
John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale weren’t messing around when everyone’s favourite cheesy romance movie, Serendipity, turned ice skating into an unarguably amorous activity. Holding hands, cuddling close for warmth, falling inelegantly on your arse but being able to laugh about it for days afterwards—why that all sounds like perfect date material to us. Luckily, just because Brisbane boasts a sub-tropic climate doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little skating yourself. Iceworld, featuring rinks at both Acacia Ridge and Boondall, will happily serve all your arctic date needs. We don’t know about you, but that sounds perfectly serendipitous to us.
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Image credit: Brooke Darling