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First Date Ideas in South Bank

Let’s be honest, first impressions are everything. Stuck on where to take your date Saturday night? We’ve got you. The South Bank precinct has a variety of restaurants and bars to suit every couple. Here are some of our suggestions. 

Soleil Pool Bar

Dinner with a view

Along River Quay is an array of award-winning restaurants. Here are some date worthy options!

You can’t go wrong with gourmet Italian and a good bottle of red. Popolo offers southern Italian cuisine made with regional produce and paired with an amazing view of the Brisbane river and city skyline. The atmosphere at Popolo is always buzzing and tummies are always full. 

If modern Mediterranean is your muse, the breezy setting of Stokehouse Q will spoil you and your date. Its relaxed and elegant atmosphere is accompanied by outstanding service and second-to-none views of the Brisbane River featuring the Goodwill Bridge as a backdrop. This up-market restaurant has a menu highlighting amazing seafood and European inspired dishes. 

Aquitaine Brasserie is contemporary French dining at its best. Their chefs pride themselves on making everything mostly in house, from the freshly baked bread every morning to their signature charcuterie boards. Aquitaine’s a-la-carte menu features a fabulous variety of stunningly crafted entrees, mains and desserts.

Something more relaxed

Take the stress out of your first date by making one of South Bank's trendy bars your meeting spot.

Bourbon Street has a great southern vibe with moody jazz music. The rustic furniture and fairy-lit verandah will set the mood for a relaxed, low-key evening of wings and absinthe cocktails. You'll find this rocking bar on Grey Street.

The Sangria Bar is located on Little Stanley Street beside its sister, the popular Spanish restaurant, Ole’. This lively space will encourage energetic conversation between margaritas and of course, Sangria. Nibbles and other small dishes to share are available as well as substantial meals if your date is going really well.

Soleil Pool Bar
is perfect for the sophisticated couple. Enjoy rooftop views and exquisite cocktails and delectable canapes, The Secret Garden Party cocktail being our pick. Soleil Pool Bar is located above Grey Street as part of the South Bank Rydges complex.

Dinner and a Show

Located in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) building, Lyrebird Restaurant plates up exquisite meals inspired by the best of Queensland and Australian produce. The selection of food reflects a passion for local ingredients, and similar to the restaurant’s location, every plate has an artistic and creative composition. This is the clear choice if you are really wanting to impress a special someone and is a good prelude to the performance you’ve selected at QPAC. 

Have a brew at The Charming Squire before you catch a movie at South Bank Cineplex. The Charming Squire is a relaxed, warm and inviting space renowned for its array of beer and ciders on tap. The local produce in each dish accompany the craft beer exceptionally. The Charming Squire’s high ceilings and timber fit out make this dining experience a warm comfortable space for patrons.

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