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How to Impress Your Dad/Father-in-Law | A Man Date Itinerary

By Daniel Colasimone
21st Apr 2014

By now you will have no doubt run through the itinerary of our original man-date with your new man-friend. You'll be enjoying the warm glow of a blossoming relationship and spending an increasing amount of time together.

But remember, you have other man-relationships in your life that need fostering too.

When was the last time you spent a day bonding with your dad? Or, even more importantly, your girlfriend or wife's dad? 

I know, after an hour or two things start to get a bit awkward, especially with the father-in-law. Once you've talked about the footy and Flight MH370, there is not much else to do apart from watch sport on TV in relative silence.

It's time for some proper bonding, then. Here we've mapped out a plan that will see you spending an entire day with the old war horse that should actually be enjoyable for the both of you.

Midday | Lunch at the German Club

So you're going to say to your dad/father-in-law that you need some help with a project around the house one weekend, and that you might as well make a day of it.

First you'll need a feed. You can tell him you know just the place for lunch.

There is no more manly people than the Germans, and no more German place in Brisbane than the Brisbane German Club. 

The meals at the German Club are gigantic and the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable. If you want to go the extra mile in terms of preparedness, you can make sure that you are already signed up as a member beforehand. It only costs $5 for five years membership, so stop your complaining. 

Now, a word of warning; you're probably going to be eating a massive steak for dinner. I mention this now because the signature dish at the German Club is the slow-roasted pork knuckle. You could be sensible and order something a bit less, well... meaty, or you could show how much of a caveman you are by going into über-carnivore mode. Your call.

Afternoon | Working Bee, Fuelled by Craft Beer

It's time to recruit the old boy to help you with your manual labour at home. There is probably something that needs doing that you've been putting off, right? Fixing the fence, painting a bedroom, tiling the patio; I don't know your life, champ, I'm sure you can figure something out.

The whole idea here is that pops gets a man-ego boost because you're asking for his help with a hands-on, practical task... and you get free labour.

Anyway, a trip to Bunnings, or similar, will probably be required to pick up the tools and/or supplies that you need. You've just had a big lunch, so if you can put away a couple of the sausages they give out on weekends, it would be particularly impressive.

One more stop before you go home; you're going to need a six pack or so to get you through the afternoon, so swing by one of the better beer merchants in your area, such as Craft in Red Hill, and grab something a bit fancier than usual to fuel your yakka.

I realise that some dads are less handy than others. Maybe as an alternative you can ask him to help you with your taxes or whatever else he is adept at. 

4 pm | Coffee Break at Holloway

For a mid-afternoon breather, head out for a coffee at Holloway in West End. The old battle axe will surely be impressed by layout of the restaurant/cafe inside the 1930s building on Hardgrave Road. Rustic wooden decor gives it an earthy feel (which will remind him of his days growing up in a log cabin, or something), and there's even a boutique cellar studio downstairs with beautifully designed watches and wood products for you to peruse.

Dinner | BlackBird Bar and Grill

You will have both surely worked up an appetite again after your day of toil (which may or may not have devolved into sitting around watching sport on TV), so it is time to spoil yourselves with a meal at the elegant BlackBird Bar and Grill.

A cheeky drink before dinner might be in order in the 1920s jazz-era themed bar. A masculine cocktail like a Manhattan or an Old Fashioned would go nicely just before dinner.

The sumptuous menu at BlackBird, overseen by superchef Jake Nicholson, is highlighted by some wonderful steak and seasonal seafood options. 

You might want to suss out whether dad's (even if it's the father-in-law, I reckon it's okay to call him dad by now) planning on paying for dinner or not before you make your selection.

After the lovely day you've treated him to, surely it's his shout?

TUL Note: Hailing from the 'Paris of the South,' Bundaberg, Dan Colasimone is back in Brisbane after spending the better part of a decade living overseas. He also writes about sport. He once completed an Arts degree. Twitter: @ArgentinaFW 

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