Planning a romantic weekend away or a date night in Brisbane? These 5 outings are sure to pull at his heart strings.
The task of planning a weekend getaway or date night that he will love just as much as you do can be a daunting task. While you cannot beat the comforts of the tried and true, the great steak house that promises and always delivers a mouth-watering meal, you will get real points for planning the perfect date that requires some thought outside the box. This task may be a bit easier for major cities like Melbourne and Sydney, destinations that are more notable for their quirky and offbeat eateries, events and sights, but what about Australia’s underrated and hidden gem Brisbane?
Brisbane is quickly making a name for itself with the emergence of off the wall venues and events planned all over the city. While there is no shortage of things to do for your average date night, you may need to look a bit harder for that evening that will romance your man.
When thinking of the “perfect” date night in Brisbane from a man’s perspective, consider these top 5 dates that will deliver:
1. A Night of Mystery.
Take a gamble and make him feel like James Bond himself. Spend the evening dressing up, drinking a cocktail or two and hitting the floor at the Treasury Casino Hotel.
A night indulging him in a few games of Blackjack or Roulette is sure to make him feel like a suave secret agent. Don’t concern yourself too much with his new found confidence he’ll be sure to have after a few strokes of luck throwing snake eyes, all staff at the casino are fully trained in RSG QLD (responsible service of gambling in Queensland) and will ensure you have a star studded evening leaving you reeling on the punting high and not down in the dumps.
2. Coffee and Cigars.
Whether you are after that morning hit of espresso or an afternoon cuppa complete with that decadent dark chocolate slice or go to favourite almond croissant, visiting a café is on everyone’s to do list at some point or another and many a first dates got their start here. However, want to make going to a café something he will love? This time around, instead of visiting your standard locations, checkout a café that is steeped in understated masculine bravado, a café in a bomb shelter. In Brisbane you are spoiled for choice between two locations that serve up your daily dose of caffeine and brekky favourites.
- Paladar Fumior Salon: Plantation coffee and Cuban cigars in an old bomb shelter? I think you may notice signs of an early marriage proposal after this date, if not you are sure to gain points for taking him out to this unconventional café. With a look as though it was transplanted straight from the heart of Cuba to South Brisbane, this café will leave him feeling like a Che Guevara renegade.
- Milton’s Bunker in Railway Terrace: This unique café offers up specialty chocolates and coffee all from the shell of an old World War II bomb shelter. Found nestled in between offices and commercial buildings in Milton, this café, complete with its dimly lit atmosphere and inconspicuous, camouflage style façade, literally covered in ivy, will surely be a date experience he will want to make a regular outing.
3. A little Lime Light
There is your standard weekend repertoire of dinner and a movie and then there is a dinner and movie experience that will fill your evening with excitement and romance.
Limes in Fortitude Valley hosts a rooftop cinema, with drinks and tapas on offer, and once you done that bikini I’m sure you could get away with just about any movie genre. Want a more unique experience than already watching a movie on the rooftop of a luxury hotel, then purchase the plunge pool package which will give you the golden ticket to watch the movie from one of their pools on the roof. You both will surely feel like celebrities after this steamy date night, cuddling up in a hot tub on a hotel roof, oh, and remember there is a movie too!
4. Brews and Games.
You can’t go wrong with a date night at a pub. Nothing beats a good pint of cold beer and a pub meal. Want to make it a night out that stands at from your average pub then visit Scratch, for craft beer and board games. This pub has an assortment of board games to entertain you while you drink and to keep the laughs coming, as well as excellent tap beer that is constantly changing. If you don’t know what type of beer you’re in the mood for, their staff, all sure to be well versed in RSA QLD (responsible service of alcohol in Queensland), will let you sample everything on tap, and I mean everything.
What more could he love about that? How about a theme night at the Scratch like Dead by Dawn, An Evil Dead Art Show to be hosted at the pub to promote their upcoming annual Weekend of Darkness Festival, held 15-17 of July. The Weekend of Darkness Festival will showcase, over 3 nights, over 30 of their biggest, boldest and darkest beers to challenge those to drink toward an affinity for the dark brew.
5. Art Gallery
If art is your thing and H.R. Giger is not making a showing with his sexualized and sometime violent blend of human and mechanic images, then consider a shakeup of your standard gallery outing and plan something that will entice him to get more ‘cultured, ‘ with a date exploring some of Brisbane’s street art scattered all over the city.
Brisbane City Council has recently begun to rethink their zero-tolerance policy on graffiti and street art, offering plenty of opportunities for you to experience some of Brisbane’s colourful and unique pieces. Notable places to check out include the wall art behind Jamie’s Espresso Café, James Street in Fortitude Valley, Merivale Street in South Brisbane and Burnett Lane, in Brisbane’s CBD. This will definitely be an art gallery that is right up his alley.
About the Author
Emma Bellucci is the staff writer for Express Online Training in Australia. EOT specialise in online training courses for work in the hospitality and construction industries. Emma writes frequently on all matters across hospitality, travel and training in Australia. If you are looking to travel in Australia and even pick up some part time work in hospitality, you can take advantage of EOTs offer for a 50% discount in the RSA Online QLD certificate. Alternatively if you are looking for casino or gaming work you can alternatively use the RSG QLD certificate for a 50% discount as well.
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