Baby It’s Cold Outside: Melbourne Date Spots You Have To Check Out This Winter

The weather may be turning icy, but don’t let that cool down your hot romance. A killer date night will help spark things up, so here are Melbourne’s five cosiest winter romance options.

Drinks by the fireplace

Image credit: Local Tap House Facebook
Image credit: Local Tap House Facebook

The Local Taphouse

St Kilda

As far as cosy taverns go, it’s pretty tough to beat the Local Taphouse. This top venue mixes an excellent range of craft beers with quality food, and you can get anything from classic Aussie pub fare to fancy charcuterie boards. The crackling fireplace makes for the perfect spot to snuggle with your special someone, and be sure to stop by on weekends to catch some live tunes.

“If you are after some good quality local & non local beers this is the place! Close to public transport (so no need to drive) great pub food, did I mention the beers?! Oh, and on Friday & Saturday’s they have live music, so get around it!” – Patrick Swayze 

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Cooking class

Image credit: Gourmet Kitchen Facebook
Image credit: Gourmet Kitchen Facebook

Gourmet Kitchen Cooking School

Moonee Ponds

When it comes to bringing people together, nothing does the trick quite like food. Especially when you’re making it for one another! Gourmet Kitchen Cooking School offers all sorts of fun, engaging lessons covering the full culinary spectrum, from Spanish tapas to vegan Thai. You can learn how to make your favourite date night takeaways, or if you’d prefer to skip to dessert, try a patisserie class. Mousses, cakes, macarons… sounds pretty sweet to us (pun intended)!

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Arcade games

Image credit: Pixel Alley Facebook
Image credit: Pixel Alley Facebook

Pixel Alley

Fitzroy

Nothing says “I love you” like kicking someone’s ass at video games, don’t you think? Pixel Alley is pure retro gaming heaven, with a huge set of arcade cabinets ranging from Time Crisis to Megaman to Daytona USA. They’ve got everything here, as well as an excellent cocktail bar. Rip each other’s spines out in Mortal Kombat, and then make up over a pair of Singapore Slings. That sounds like #relationshipgoals to us!

“It is like one of those old school video arcades, complete with a bunch of old school games, but what sets this place apart is that it is also a bar. Now that is awesome. I discovered this place simply by walking past, and glancing inside I knew that I had to come back here and check it out. Also, when you buy a beer you get a free game token, which mean two games of Pacman for me.” – David Sarkies

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Tour a museum

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Image credit: Melbourne Museum Facebook

Melbourne Museum

Carlton

Smart is sexy, so why not add an air of intellect to complement your good looks and charm? Take your partner on a trip to Melbourne Museum, which runs all sorts of tours and exhibitions throughout the chilly winter months. You’ll escape the weather, have a fun time together, and you might even manage to learn something!

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Dance class

Image credit: Salsa Foundation Facebook
Image credit: Salsa Foundation Facebook

The Salsa Foundation

Melbourne

It’s important to stay active in the cold, so limber up and prepare to carve up the dance floor at The Salsa Foundation. Beginners lessons are totally free (gotta love a cheap date!), and you won’t find a more relaxed and enjoyable environment in which to learn one of the world’s most romantic dances. It’s a great way to get up close to your partner, and you’ll have the basic steps down much quicker than you might think. And as a bonus, when you’re done you’ll have a great new trick to show off at parties!

“By the end of the night we were all laughing and having a great time. Jai, the instructor, was fantastic at putting us ease with his jokes and personable approach. Although I won’t be wowing anyone at the salsa clubs yet, even after one lesson I had the basics down enough to give it a try in public. I’ll definitely be continuing. A big thanks to Maria, Jai and all the lovely people at TSF.” – Karen J Da

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