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Reclaim Your City With These 7 Date Ideas That Aren’t Dinner And A Movie

By Sophie Oddo
2nd Jul 2020

A bright and colourful gaming arcade.

2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. With a temporary pause on regular programming managing to feel like a lifetime, it’s safe to say we were thrilled at Queensland's COVID comeback and being able to return to our cities and experience everything they have to offer. 

So, to help you embrace more of what you love, we’ve teamed up with DiDi to serve up the city’s best date activities to get you back out and about — with a special someone or just with your mates. Read on to start making plans (plus a chance to score discounted rides), and rest easy knowing  DiDi’s safe and affordable rides are here to help you embrace date nights once again. 

Paint And Sip 

If you're looking for ultimate paint and sip set up, look no further than Cork and Chroma. Not only can these guys teach even the most novice of painters a thing or two about painting with acrylic on canvas, but they will also equip you with a glass of BYO wine to make the process all the more enjoyable. So whether you consider yourself creative or not, you're bound to have a good time and you'll even leave with your very own masterpiece to take home.

Get Your Game Face On

Three words: adult arcade bars. Yep, that’s right, the legends at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq are serving up dozens of arcade games, including VR gaming, six bowling lanes, an XD theatre, dodgem cars, and a shooting range, so you can well and truly flex your competitive muscle across a range of brightly flashing, circus-themed games. The best part? There’s plenty of delicious cocktails to keep your thirst quenched while you game and loads of delicious food to tuck into like pizzas, burgers, loaded hot dogs, and cajun-dusted waffle fries. Yes please and thank you.

Gin For The Win

Gin lovers, listen up because this is the date you need. Local gin distillery, Winston Quinn has recently opened up their tasting room and are ready to welcome you with open arms and plenty of delicious gin. The sessions go for 90 minutes and include a sample of each of the distillery’s four different gins, all coming with their own garnishes. So, make sure to take full advantage of those precious 90 minutes and order a DiDi ride in so you don't have to worry about driving and can focus your full attention on this deliciously sensory experience.

Release Some Pent-Up Anger

Ever felt the need to smash some stuff up? Whether you answered yes or no, Rage Cage in Highgate Hill, while not a conventional date night, is certainly worth experiencing at least once. Here you’ll find a purpose-built smash cage, filled with all the necessary safety gear to allow you to smash until your heart’s content with a baseball bat in tow. Get ready to pulverise crockery, electrical items, creepy gnomes, you name it, it’s yours to smash. Destruction therapy at its finest.

Take Full Advantage Of Brisbane Winter

Okay, so we all know that one of the best things about living in Brisbane is our winter weather or lack thereof. So with that being said, one of the best dates is getting out for a picnic in some of Brisbane’s best parks and enjoying those 20-degree temps and warm, toasty sunshine. If you can’t be bothered with the sandwich making, cutlery-packing, and fruit cutting then make sure to check out some of the fabulously pre-prepared hampers from The Westin and The W so all that’s left for you to do is pick your location and make sure you arrive hungry. 

Cook Your Way To Their Heart

If you ask us, there’s no better skill in life than that of cooking, which is why Vanilla Zulu is one of our top picks for the perfect date. Run by award-winning Ched Mel Alafaci, this place is a one-stop-shop for learning everything there is to know about cooking. Choose from team-building cooking classes, traditional classes, or a six-week Chef skills course to really get you in check. With a focus on fresh, fast, and delicious meals, you’ll be raring to get home and test out your newly acquired skills.

Relive Your Childhood Dreams

Imagine dozens of interconnected trampolines, a crazy parkour course, climbing walls, ninja course, indoor ski slope, and a dodgeball court. Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore, because this is exactly what you can expect at Urban Xtreme, Brisbane’s massive indoor aerial super park where bouncing, climbing, running along walls and slam dunking is all a part of the fun. Sounds like the ideal date to us. 

To make it easy for you to plan your next date whilst on the go, we’ve partnered with the DiDi app to bring you cheaper rides to some of our favourite spots. Search ‘URBANLIST’ in the DiDi app to view ten of our top destinations in Brisbane From 2 - 16 July, DiDi’s making trips to those locations extra affordable with 15% off (up to $20), so you can make it a cheaper, more affordable date. *T&Cs apply

Image credit: Caitlin Hicks

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by DiDi and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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