Loved-up and looking for date night ideas? Spend quality time with your SO doing something different – from a hotel staycation to something more adventurous, there are plenty of ways to be crazy in love in the Valley.
1. Arcade fire
Channel those first-date vibes with an old-school arcade parlour date. Neon lights, fancy cocktails, arcade bleeps and a little friendly competition are sure to get the heart racing! We love the retro pinball machines, arcade games and craft brews at Netherworld and the neon pulse of B. Lucky & Sons adult playground with its alcoholic bubble teas and cocktails.
2. Dim sum dates
For OG share plates, you can’t go past dim sum and the Valley is the spot to indulge in dumplings. Share some bite-size morsels at Tatsu Ramen Gyoza Bar, 8848 Momo House, Gung Ho! Dumpling, Fat Dumpling Bar and Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant. Late-night lovers – visit Ling Lings for dumplings available way after dark.
Discover the Valley’s best dumplings here.
3. Cocktails and dreams
Shake it up with a cocktail-making class, lovers! Learning new cocktails to add to your repertoire is heaps more fun than just ordering one and it keeps those hands busy. Hey, it worked for Tom Cruise…Check out the Cocktail Masterclass at Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess, or book a private session.
4. Dive bar moods
For the couple who loves live music, set the scene at one of the Valley’s underground dive bars. From rock’n’roll vibes at O’Skulligans lounge bar, the secret subterranean retreat of Greaser Bar or to the tropical tiki appeal/grungy surf shack that is Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar, these hip underground locations will be right up your alley.
5. Rooftop rendezvous
Do you like piña coladas? Up the romance with a sky-high view. The Valley is dotted with rooftop bars for alfresco feels and sparkling city vistas. Book a Mirage Booth at Dirty Sultan, or an inviting daybed at Elixir Rooftop Bar for your own private party á deux. Or, channel an easy-breezy Mexican riviera couple’s escape at MAYA Mexican, complete with margaritas.
6. Competitive couples
Fancy a little friendly competition? Turn date night into games night with an outing that pairs fun activities with drinks. We love Oche Fortitude Valley for darts-throwing action for two, or head to Holey Moley Golf Club with your putt-putt partner for life to sink some drinks and a hole-in-one at the themed mini-golf course.
7. Get inked
Make your commitment permanent with a matching tattoo. Visit Valley Ink for a custom ink design such as watercolour, colour work and fine lines. While walk-ins are welcome, it’s best to book ahead for a double appointment to avoid disappointment.
8. Strictly dancing
When was the last time you went dancing together? Make it a date night out and get footloose at Retro’s Cocktail Lounge for old-school tunes, bop into Prohibition or The Met for house and EDM and round out the night in classic Brissie style at The Beat.
9. Valley staycation
Why not escape the everyday with a Valley staycay? Check-in to one of the Valley’s top hotels to enjoy room service and plenty of onsite amenities for a romantic night away. With boutique hotels such as Limes Boutique Hotel and The Constance, designer hotels like Hotel X and many more, there are plenty of indulgent stays on offer in the Valley.
– January 2022