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).
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.
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.