Looking for a little romance in old Brisvegas? We’ve found Queensland’s answer to Carrie Bradshaw and she’s lifted the lid on the best places to have a little romantic rendezvous.


Brooke Falvey

Brooke Falvey is a Brisbane blogger looking for love. When it comes to dating she’s seen it all and luckily for the rest of us she’s complied her top tips and locations to pulling off the perfect date.

A night at the movies worked well when you were in high school. All you wanted to do was get away from the watchful eyes of your parents to partake in some hand holding and a bit of making out in the first or last row of your local cinema, but these days people expect a little more conversation and a little less action on their first dates (well … most of the time!).

In the early days of getting to know someone (keeping in mind that it’s JUST. A. DATE.) ditch the movies in favour of somewhere where you can talk or even take part in a shared experience—ideally one which doesn’t end with one of you holding back the other’s hair because they’ve had too much to drink!

When organising the date it’s a good idea to hint or even come right out and say that you can only be out until a certain time.This way you give yourself an out if things aren’t going well, while also giving yourself the option to progress on to something more or somewhere else if you’re hitting if off.

Sadly, so many of us have learnt the hard way that you shouldn’t go to dinner on a first date because, despite any contact you may have had online/phone, you don’t actually know the person so it has the potential to go so wrong.

My favourite bad first date involved a near head-on collision on the way to dinner and then, when we got to the restaurant, I was bitten by fleas (admittedly, the fleas weren’t his fault).

His pre-entree moves included showing me an x-ray of someone with a tow-ball stuck up their butt. Now, as fascinated as I am by people who stick weird things up their butts, it’s not really what I expect to discuss on a first date (think more along the lines of family, travel, things you like to do).

And then, as if the fleas, bad driving and weird conversation weren’t enough, he assumed—making an ass out himself—that I’d invite him up to my apartment when he dropped me home.

He didn’t anticipate that I could say thank you, jump out of the car and be safely inside my apartment looking for calamine lotion in less time then it took him to switch off the ignition and undo his seat belt.

So, unless you’d like a similarly awkward experience, stick with something casual for the first date.

A coffee or a drink works well because if conversation doesn’t come easy it can help to be somewhere where you can use your surroundings as a talking point. But whatever the plan, always stick with public places. And guys, don’t be surprised if your date wants to send a text to a mate halfway through the date to let them know she’s okay.

Here are some of my favourite ideas for Brisbane date ideas.

1. Cork & Chroma

Grab your date and bottle or two and head down for a paint and sip session at Cork and Chroma. At the end you’ll have had a laugh, a bit of a sing to their awesome soundtracks and a piece of artwork each to either enjoy or have a giggle at.Cork & Chroma

2.  Pack a picnic

Grab the weekend papers, some snacks and head to New Farm Park, South Bank or the City Botanic Gardens to enjoy the summer sunshine together.

3. Live it up with Riverlife

Kayaking, abseiling or stand up paddle boarding at Riverlife are all great date ideas for those who like to be active. If you’re not feeling overly sporty, go for the Segway.

4. People watching

The Eagle Street Pier precinct is always a great idea for relaxed dates, with the possibility to roll on to something else. Check out Riverbar, Blackbird Bar & Grill or Mr & Mrs G’s for people-watching, cool cocktails and delicious share plates.

5. Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema

They’ve set up at South Bank’s Rainforest Green for a limited season, running until Sunday 9 November. There’s even FREE ice cream and live music every Sunday for the Ben & Jerry’s Sundae Sessions.

6. Do dessert

Think sweets for a sweet (but don’t use that line, it’s as cheesy as ‘Brie Mine’) and you can share a dessert or two. Check out Cowch at South Bank, Freestyle Tout at Emporium or Chester Street Bakery in Fortitude Valley.

7. Take a cooking class

You’ll get to learn something new, eat some great food and relax while doing something you can talk about later. Or you’ll see how they handle the heat in the kitchen!

8. City Cycles

Brisbane City Council’s bright yellow bikes are free to use if you get them back into another drop off point within 30 minutes.

9. Take a trip to the zoo

If you’ve got an animal lover, why not visit one of the zoo’s on the Sunshine Coast.

10. Theme parks are your friend

There’s nothing like throwing someone on the Giant Drop or having them soaked on the Log Ride at Seaworld to see how they handle things.

Whether you’re a guy or a girl doing the asking, have an idea or two up your sleeve before you pop the not-so-big question. That’s not to say you need a rigid plan, some of the best dates are ones that just evolve as you go along.

And fellas — whatever you do, don’t try to do a surprise location on a girl, especially in the early days. If she’s keen on you, she’ll be keen to impress and not having an idea where you’re going (or at least a dress code) could stress her out and if we learnt anything from Laurina on The Bachelor, it’s that women get really annoyed — and embarrassed — if they feel over or under dressed!

Where are favourite date spots in Brisbane?

This post originally appeared on Blonde Ambition and has been republished with full permission.