Bars & Pubs

Sydney’s Top Bars For Your First Date

By Amy Neumann
16th Mar 2014

You asked. They said yes. And now you have no idea what your next move should be. Well, we here at The Urban List Sydney are cupid's little helpers and have roundup the best bars in Sydney to wine, dine and impress for the perfect first date.

Panama House | Bondi

Panama House rolls out its American-style fare from 7am in the morning, and well into the night, so you can aim for a breakfast date if you're a morning person. Following the success of your meal head down to Bondi beach and keep the date rolling, alternatively, if all does not go to plan, make a quick escape to Bondi Junction. Location aside, the dishes are delicious and unique, and the cocktails will leave you speechless in a good way.

The Botanist | Kirribilli

The Botanist offers a combination of Kirribilli sophistication, fine produce, exotic spices and the spirit of adventure. Settle in with a cocktail to share and marvel over the contemporary interpretations of the casual classics, such as sliders, pizzas, tacos and sumptuous share dishes. Head to The Botanist for dinner or brunch followed by a romantic walk harbourside, a picturesque ending to your first date.

10 William | Paddington

Warm up in the downstairs bar, order a drink and get a feel for each other's vibe at this bustling Paddington hot spot. If things are going well, ask your date upstairs for a tasting plate or two. The interiors are dark and shadowy—in a flattering way—and the food will be a major talking point for those who love all things Italian and delicious. A stone's throw from the CBD, this is a great bar and eatery for an after-work first date, the intimacy will work in your favour. 10 William is an impressive first date bar option offering a mix of fine food and wine with a solid dose of Italian character.

Vini | Surry Hills

If you're looking for 'fully licensed' then look no further. Some of us need some liquid courage on a date and the menu of impressive Italian wines will help you not only relax, but appear knowledgeable about all the finer things. Surry Hills is the mecca for first date success so you know you've started on the front foot here. The menu changes daily to suit the seasons but Italian flavours are consistent, perfect for Lady and The Tramp-style spaghetti flirtations.

Image credit: Opera Bar

Lobo Plantation | CBD

This CBD basement bar will assist in making you look cooler than you are. Skip the traditional first date vino—and strip it down with some rum. Cocktails and spirits are king in this Caribbean-styled Sydney bar. If you fear 'queue silence' and the awkwardness of standing around, opt for a mid-week drink and arrive early at The Lobo Plantation.

The Passage | Darlinghurst

Trust us on this one. You're in the centre of Darlinghurst and just around the corner from Surry Hills, so there will be many more kick-on options at your disposal. The Passage is open till late, features live music and daily dining specials, which will impress your date without breaking the bank. A fun first date bar and dining destination.

Opera Bar | Circular Quay

Surrounded by three of Sydney's greatest attractions: the harbour; Harbour Bridge; and the Opera House—you can't really go wrong choosing Opera Bar for your first date. With an extensive drinks list, live music, cultural ambience, and myriad distractions (just in case conversation falls short), the mood is set with little effort on your part. All you have to do is get your date there and enjoy the people watching!

MoVida | Surry Hills

If Sydney was a romantic movie then Surry Hills would be the drive-in cinema on date night. Nestled within the heart of this dating precinct, MoVida serves up a delectable menu, incorporating Spanish classics with a modern-Sydney twist. All is designed to share. MoVida's relaxed ambience lends itself to a breezy evening of banter and casual dining that will help take the nervous edge off.

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