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11 date ideas in Brisbane City

For all the romantics out there, Brisbane City is the perfect place to spend time with your special someone. From a candlelit dinner for two and a stroll along the river through to a hotel stay,  The City is the loveliest place to get lost in love.

1. Take a sunset paddle on the river

Glide up Brisbane River in an illuminated Riverlife kayak on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm and 6pm. Take in the beautiful sights of our river city from a different perspective with a Twilight Kayak Adventure Experience, complete with wine and cheese. When you return to shore, settle into a riverside marquee to enjoy a delish grazing board paired with an assortment of chilled beer, wine and soft drinks.

Live music at Mr & Mrs G

2. Treat yourselves to a fancy dinner

Make date night into a special occasion with a gourmet experience in Brisbane City. Enjoy an indulgent meal at one of the many fine-dining establishments along Eagle Street with the twinkling Story Bridge and stunning Brisbane River as your backdrop. There's Rico Bar + Dining, featuring a fusion of Australian and South American flavours; exquisite Japanese cuisine at Sake; a modern Australian menu at Alchemy; Fatcow Steak & Lobster restaurant, spicy regional Thai at Naga Thai and Italian flair at COPPA and Massimo. Finish your night with a drink at Mr & Mrs G, Bar Pacino and Riverbar & Kitchen, then stroll along the river by the moonlight. Here's our favourite spots to grab a drink in Brisbane City before or after your meal for two.

The Gardens Club

3. Take a romantic stroll through an inner-city oasis

Pre-book a couple’s picnic basket at The Gardens Club and enjoy the serenity of the lush City Botanic Gardens. The hidden cottage also houses a cafe if you want to grab a bite before a walk around the gardens. Every Sunday, you can pick up homemade wares, savour barista-made coffee and peruse artisan stalls at the Riverside Markets at the Gardens.

Brisbane City Hall

4. Enjoy a heritage tour with a view

Take in a tour of the City Hall Clock Tower and explore the most iconic feature of this heritage-listed building as well as the stunning views of Brisbane from the observation deck. Book the free daily 4.45pm Clock Tower Tour for a glimpse of Brisbane after-dark.

The Gresham Bar

5. Discover laneways and staycays

Brisbane City's laneways are perfect for lunch dates, dinner dates or fun-filled bar dates. We love the intimate vibes and delectable cocktails at award-winning bars such as The Gresham, Death & Taxes in Burnett Lane and Grape Therapy Wine Merchant & Drinking Den. Make it a date to remember at W Brisbane’s WET Deck, where you can lounge poolside and soak up incredible views of The City and Brisbane River. Turn your few hours together into an overnight stay in The City, using our guide to hotels within walking distance of these hidden laneways.

6. Take a twilight bike tour

Get those endorphins pumping and join Brisbane By Bicycle for its two-hour Essentials Brisbane Tour afternoon bike ride through The City, starting and finishing at South Bank. The gentle pace with plenty of scheduled stops makes for a great activity where you can chat as you cycle. 

7. Kick it old school with a bowling date

Home to 12 bowling lanes, a laser tag arena, pool tables, private karaoke rooms and three escape rooms, Strike Wintergarden offers many out-of-the-box options to woo your date. The Rando Sandos pop-up kitchen is also on hand to offer an old-school sandwich while you play plus the onsite cocktail bar for cool libations and beers.

8. …Or a movie night

For a date night with a vintage vibe, check out Elizabeth Picture Theatre. The cinema is housed in a heritage building and combines a retro look with comfy, reclining seats and an opulent bar. You can also head to Event Cinemas at the top of The Myer Centre for all the latest blockbusters along with a V-MAX movie experience.

9. Get your head in the clouds

For a super-cute and exhilarating date, surprise your special someone with a Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Ascend the Story Bridge to experience awe-inspiring 360-degree views of Brisbane City, the river, mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands. With dawn, day, twilight and night climbs on offer, you can get sky-high with bae at any time of the day. Add on the Cantilever Lean Out or Walk the Plank option for an added rush.

10. Pack a picnic

Pick up a gourmet hamper from W Brisbane or Brisbane Marriott hotels before settling into one of The City’s beautiful green picnic spots. Hamper options include a  Brunch Bundle + Bubbly from Marriott Brisbane for early risers, and W Brisbane has a range of four uber-indulgent picnic baskets to whet your appetite. Add a box of handmade Dello Mano brownies from Tattersall’s Arcade to your gourmet haul for something extra sweet.

11. Say cheers to a wine experience for two

Create a custom bottle of your own wine with a signature Wine Blending Workshop at the City Winery Edward Street Cellar Door. Learn the finer points and techniques of blending wines to achieve the perfect taste and texture profile accompanied by light snacks. Best of all, you’ll be able to take your custom blend home to enjoy at leisure with your numero uno.

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