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 CBD is the loveliest place to get lost in love.
1. A sunset paddle along the Brisbane River
Glide up Brisbane’s majestic river in your own illuminated Riverlife kayak on Friday and Saturday nights. Take in the beautiful sights of our river city from a different perspective with a 90-minute paddle next to your special someone. When you return to the shore you can feast on buckets of fresh, ocean king prawns, bread rolls (Friday) and a traditional Aussie barbecue (Saturday) paired with an assortment of chilled beer, wine and soft drinks.
2. Treat yourselves to a fancy dinner
Keep date night traditional and book a fine dining experience in Brisbane City. Treat yourself to a feast at Eagle Street with the twinkling Story Bridge and stunning Brisbane River as your backdrop. There's Pony Dining's flavour driven menu featuring Australian produce, Japanese at Sake, modern Australian Alchemy, and Italian at Il Centro or Massimo. Nearby you also try southern Italian spot OTTO. Finish your night with a drink close by at Mr & Mrs G's, Bar Pacino or 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.
3. Take a romantic stroll through an inner-city oasis
Pre-book a couples' 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 then walk around the gardens. On Sunday you can pick up home-made wares at the Riverside Gardens Market near the Alice St entrance of the gardens.
4. Visit a museum after dark
Book a ride up to the City Hall Clock Tower and explore the most iconic feature of this heritage-listed building while taking in the stunning views of Brisbane from the observation deck. On Friday nights you can do an after dark clock tower tour and experience an intimate viewing of the exhibitions.
5. Laneways and Staycays
Brisbane City's laneways are perfect for lunch dates, dinner dates or bar dates. Turn your few hours together into a stay-cay using our guide to hotels in walking distance of these hidden laneways.
6. Take a twlight bike tour
Get those endorphins pumping and join Brisbane By Bicycle for its Essentials Tour afternoon bike ride through the Brisbane City area, starting and finishing at South Bank. The Twilight Tour also operates in the summer months, held in the evening as the sun sets over Brisbane and the heat of the summer day disappears.
7. Kick it old school with a bowling date
Home to 12 bowling lanes, a laser tag arena and pool tables, Strike Bowling in Wintergarden offers many options to woo your date. Plus the bar and gourmet kitchen is on hand to offer a beer, cocktail or pizza while you play.
8. ... or a movie night
For a date night with a vintage vibe check out the Elizabeth Picture Theatre. The cinema is housed in a heritage building and combines a retro look with comfy, reclining seats and an opulent bar. Head to the top of The Myer Centre for all the latest blockbusters along with a Vmax experience at their Event Cinema theatre.
9. Be adventurous
For a super-cute and exhilarating date, ascend the Story Bridge to experience awe-inspiring 360 degree views of Brisbane City, the river, mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands at the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. They offer dawn, day, twilight and night climbs.
10. Dinner and a show
Is there anything more romantic than a jazz bar? Doo-Bop Jazz Bar is a two-level Art Deco venue with a whole lot of soul. For cocktails, live tunes and tapas, head to the Brasserie and Piano Bar. Journey down to the basement for live jazz gigs and casual dining.
11. Pack a picnic
Pick up an artisan cheese hamper at Brisbane City's fromagerie, The Cheese Pleaser before settling in at one of the CBD's beautiful green picnic spots. Or roll out the picnic blanket next to the river at sunset. Add the famous, handmade Dell Mano brownies to your picnic basket for something extra special.