Here are 5 ideas for a fun or special date for couples
Fun nights out for couples
There are only so many times you go out to see a movie or eat dinner together as a couple. Successful couples are always looking for new places to go or things to do. Whether it is a first date or you have been together for years and trying to keep the magic alive, here are 5 great date ideas. Click here for 5 additional fun date ideas.
Would you believe it, Drive-in movie theatres still exist and there are 3 in the Brisbane area. The Yatala Drive-in near Beenleigh screens the latest movies every night and charges a per person entry free, while the Tivoli out Ipswich way opens only on Saturday and charges $10 per car and screens family friendly films that are either in cinemas now or have been recently. In addition, Eat Street Markets in Hamilton now has a drive-in theatre.
The Tivoli is obviously the more family friendly drive in and includes a market from 4 pm, so you can go shopping, enjoy a charity sausage sizzle and see a couple of lovely movies all as part of the experience.
The Yatala is going to be a little better for couples with whatever hot movie is on in the cinemas, but it also has a strong retro feel to it with a 1950s themed diner to get you into the right mood for the drive-in. They feature recent release movies with a price of $13 per person or $18 for two movie sessions.
Now that Eat Street Markets is showing drive-in movies, this is the place for couples to enjoy their movies. For one car with two people though, it is $32, while walk ins are cheaper at $13 per preson. Either way, this is a great place to grab some great food from the markets and then catch a movie.
This a date for young couples looking for something different or oldies trying to recapture their youth. Whatever your reason, drive- in movies are just more fun than regular movies, especially as you are in your own private little space.
The one big difference is that not only do they have those old fashioned window speakers, you can also listen through your cars FM radio, which means better quality stereo sound.
Going out and eating is not that much fun unless you find a fun dining experience. One of the most interesting dining experiences you can have is a degustation menu. Sure a dinner with 9 or more courses sounds a little extravagant but what it really is about is enjoying a range of different tastes and sampling the best the chef has to offer.
Degustation menus are rarely cheap, with prices generally ranging between $75 and $150 per person but if you and your date are into fine dining, this is always a great experience.
Esquire at Eagle Street Pier sets the standard for degustation in Brisbane with menus changing daily. The number of courses also vary from 7 to 15 courses. Expect to pay around $130 for this experience.
For dessert Degustation, Bacchus in South Bank is an option. They have several degustation choices, including vegetarian and vegan. They also have a smaller 4 choice option for people who don't want to eat too much. Of course you can skip the mains and head for the decadent 5 course dessert selection.
Whatever you choose or wherever you go, it is a constant delight to be continually presented with new and unexpected delights over multiple courses.
So let's go in the opposite direction and go for the free date. Sunsets are free, but Brisbane's orientation tends not to favour sunset viewing, however there are a few places worth checking out the sunset.
Mt Gravatt of course has Brisbane's best sunset views. If the cafe on top of Mount Gravatt ever opens again, this will be the place to enjoy the sunset, otherwise take a picnic blanket and some food and enjoy the views for free.
The other option is Kangaroo Point, either on top of the cliffs or down by the river. You should get lovely views of the sun setting behind the city. Unfortunately the only cafe on the cliffs closes at 5 pm, which is late enough in the winter months to enjoy the setting sun with a cup of coffee.
For many people in Australia, karaoke evokes the idea of drunken people getting up in front of a pub and doing their terrible version of "My Way" or "New York, New York". Asia doesn't do karaoke this way, but rather prefers to sing in private rooms and Brisbane has a several karaoke rooms worth signing your heart out in.
Rooms can vary in size from ones suited for 20 people down to lovely couples rooms, so take your date, order some drinks and snacks and sing your favourite songs with or to your loved one in the privacy of your own karaoke room.
The most upmarket is Strike Bowling at Wintergarden on the Queen Street Mall. While they can be more expensive than other places, there are many non peak-time deals such that include drinks, bowling, laser tag and karaoke. Also in the city on Adelaide Street there is the popular Music City Karaoke which is dedicated to karaoke rooms. Another city karaoke location is Fat Louie's which has karaoke rooms at the back a grungy but fun bar with live music. In the Valley there is 2002 Cyber City which combines a Chinese restaurant, video games and karaoke in one venue. You can order food and drink to take with you into the karaoke rooms.
For better or worse there is no more effective way to get to know someone than to play a board game with them. So if you want to put your date to the test, then why not head off to one of the many bars with games.
Brisbane definitely has a lack of cafes that provide board games. Though one interesting exception is the Go Lounge in Stone's Corner. You only have to pay to sit in the lounge and you can use whatever games you want from the wide selection available. Starting at $3 an hour (you can also pay $5 to play all evening on weekdays and $10 to play all day on weekends with a free drink) it definitely a cheap date. They also sell soft drinks and you can order food from a selection of restaurants to eat with your meal.
Alternatively you can find a bar with board games. The small Southside Tea Room in Morningside is a relaxed place to play games, especially during the day.
Don't forget the Mana Bar where you can play video games on a selection of consoles (XBox, Playstation and Wii). The Flying Cock in Fortitude Valley has a pub feel as well as a selection of board games to play. In New Farm the Escobar Bar & Kitchen is the place for craft beers and an extensive collection of board games. The Junk Bar in Ashgrove has a retro feel, which is the perfect atmosphere to revive your childhood prowess in board games.