5 Spots to Take Your Mates on a Date in Sydney

Your friends are the most important people in your life, so why not celebrate that? Here are five ways to have an amazing day with your besties in Sydney.

Where to Eat

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Vaucluse House Tearooms


Here’s something for the ladies! Nestled away in the grand old Vaucluse Estate, the eponymous tearooms are a tranquil haven of high tea and art deco charm. Grab the girls, put on some fancy dresses, and prepare yourself for an afternoon of classical relaxation, complete with tiny cakes, canapés and strolls around the beautiful garden grounds. Find out more

“Came here on Sunday afternoon, it was so refreshing to see places like here are still around. The weather was good so we enjoyed some sun sitting outside, and the service provided was impeccable. Nice fresh food was served and of course the tea was delicious.” – Murphy Kevins

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The Botanist


With its leafy, enticingly exotic interior, entering the Botanist is a bit like embarking upon a most excellent adventure of your very own. The comfort food-heavy small plates menu is perfect for sharing with friends and keeps things nice and down to earth, albeit with a few snazzy twists (why did we never think of putting haloumi on a pizza before?). Good wine, good food, good company… yup! This is how life is meant to be lived. Find out more

“The Botanist is a wonderful slice of “small bar cool” in the leafy lower North Shore. Choose from the team’s fine selection of seasonal cocktails, or opt for an old classic – the bar boasts a wide selection of gin, so if a dry martini is your thing, look no further! As for food, The Botanists’ share plates make for fantastic grazing as you soak up the cosy ambiance and exotic feel.” – John Bergin

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LP’s Quality Meats


It might sound like a butcher’s shop run by a friendly, moustachioed fellow, but LP’s Quality Meats is something far better than that. This awesome restaurant is pure meat heaven (especially the Maple Bacon) and the charismatic super-chefs have crafted an entire menu out of the finest cured and smoked meats you’ll find anywhere in Sydney. Each dish is designed to be shared, so you and your mates will get to try a little bit of everything! If it’s a hearty feed you want, a hearty feed you shall have! Find out more

“Meat lovers unite! If you love roasts, slow cooked short ribs, and fresh sides, this is the place for you. A busy and hustling restaurant many would never notice it as it sits pretty much obscured in an alleyway. The staff are super friendly and they roe try much have two sessions for dinner, 6pm and 8:30. Bookings are essential as the bar and seating fill up fast.” – atan7

Where to Play

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Bubble Soccer


Have you ever fancied dressing up as a giant, squishy goldfish bowl and having a little kickaround? Of course you have! That’s why Bubble Soccer is the perfect way to give your Valentine’s Day a much-needed shot of goofy, carefree fun this year. You and your mates’ll have an absolute blast, and who knows, it might even turn into a regular thing! Find out more

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M9 Laser Skirmish

Darling Harbour

Some of the strongest friendships have been formed in the laser skirmish arena, so grab your mates, grab a gun, and get ready to chase each other around in the dark. These Laser Wars will be remembered for generations, so make sure you can look your grandkids in the eyes and tell them you fought with honour! Find out more

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