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Top 5 Ideas For a Blind Date

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by Olga (subscribe)
Have been living in Melbourne for 10 years and absolutely love this city! Always looking for new things to explore and can't stay away from a bargain.
Published April 1st 2012
Blind dates can be more intimidating and awkward than other first dates. How can you feel relaxed and enjoy yourself when you've just met your date for the first time a couple of seconds ago?

Although it's very safe to pick a coffee place for your first date why not try these ideas for something a bit different.

1. Driving Range

The driving range can be the perfect location for a fun, relaxed blind date. Not too physically challenging, your only aim is to hit the golf ball as far as you can.

The stress and awkwardness that you might feel with the first date should dissipate as you hit those balls with all your strength. Creating a mutual goal can also help you bond (mine was to hit the buggy that comes and collects the balls).
Albert Park Driving Range
Trying to hit the buggy

Hire just the one club and take 100 balls. By sharing the club you ensure your date won't wonder off and having 100 balls should give you plenty of time to get to know each other.

For a driving range check Albert Park Driving Range
Cost: Driving Range Users: 50 Balls: $9.40; 100 Balls: $17.50
Club Hire: Drivers $6.00; Irons/Putters: $3.00
Hours: Monday 10am until late (normally 10pm)
Tuesday Sunday 7am until late (normally 10pm)

2. The Zoo

Going to a place where you are surrounded with people whilst on a blind date is always a very good idea. By having a date at the zoo you are guaranteed to find something to talk about as you pass the many wonderful animals.

If the date becomes somewhat boring the meerkats are always good to provide a show or check the seals, they are usually very entertaining.
Meerkats @ Melbourne Zoo
Hopefully you won't feel like that on your date... Meerkats @ Melbourne Zoo

Seals @ Melbourne Zoo
Seals @ Melbourne Zoo

Victoria Zoos:
Melbourne Zoo.
Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Healesville Sanctuary.

3. Bike Ride

There are evidently 50 Melbourne bike shares stations located around the CBD and city fringe and you have 9 bike tours to pick from or just create your own blind date tour.

As you ride your bike you get a chance to relax and with your quiet time you can think about topics to cover in your next stop.

It can also be to your advantage to be on wheels on a blind date. Once you had enough, you can hop on your bike and keep riding until you reach your destination (home).

At least you had a workout!

Melbourne Share bikes -
Cost: $2.60 for the day from $2 (for up to 60 minutes) to $17 (for up to 2 hours).
Note - There is a $50 security deposit for each bike
Helmets You must wear a helmet whilst riding a bike. You can buy helmets from participating 7-Eleven stores around central Melbourne for $5 and if you return the helmets you will get $3 refund.

4. Tram Bar

As a change from the traditional coffee date you can check the Tram Bar outside the Arts Centre, near The Famous Spiegeltent.

With the funky Tram Bar, a drink of your choice and the great view of St Kilda Rd you are bound to find interesting conversation starters.

The central location of the bar allows you to continue your date and have dinner in the city or if the conversation was less than exciting the public transport is also very close!

For more info check here.
Cost - anywhere from $5 for a beer to $40 for a cocktail pitcher

5. Infuse Some Laughter

It's a great sign when the conversation just flows and you find yourself laughing non -stop. To help create this situation head to one of Melbourne's comedy clubs.

Checkpoint Charlie Comedy featured at Eurotrash bar every Wednesday can be a good a choice. For $5 entry fee and $6 drinks throughout the night you'll find yourself laughing hysterically, be silent and uncomfortable or just stare blankly at the comedian as the different amateur comedians take the stage.

Checkpoint Charlie - Eurotrash Bar
Located at 18 Corrs Ln, Melbourne CBD
Cost - $5 Entry fee
Time: from 7:30pm every Wednesday
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Great ideas Olga!
by jimmy (score: 0|3) 3101 days ago
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