While a Brisbane winter is considerably mild, going out on a chilly day is still a struggle. Grab your special someone and treat them to a magical date at one of our top winter date spots around town. There’ll be sparks, romance, and you might even get a kiss (or two)!
Nestled between a fish and chip shop and a Chinese takeaway joint, peel back the velvet curtain and enter the secret hideaway of Ashgrove’s original hole-in-the-wall hideaway, Junk Bar. Your date is sure to be impressed by this place, what with its velvet loveseats, old-timey décor, and a carefully selected drinks menu constructed by masterful bartenders. Cosy up on a couch, sip on delicious cocktails, and be whisked away to another time for an unforgettable great date.
“It’s hard to find a bar where you can sit down, relax, have a good cocktail and not be disturbed the drunkards. The classy bars are hard to find, but this one has so much character and it’s tucked away in Ashgrove! Walking past it during the day, you would never notice it. When you walk inside it’s like you’ve stepped into a very groovy time-warp. The service is absolutely fantastic, if you go back for a second time, they remember you, your drink order and where you chose to sit. Any time I feel like dressing funky and going out for some delicious/old school cocktails, Junk Bar is where I go!” – snvs
If you really want to impress your date, then going to the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art is your best bet. Imagine wandering around the beautiful exhibits and going to the in-house cinema while the rain pours down outside… romantic right? After your gallery and movie experience, cap off your wonderful winter date with a fine dining experience at the two-hatted GOMA Restaurant.
“So glad Brisbane got this gallery. It really has allowed us to get some great exhibitions and the architecture of the building is impressive. A great gallery with some interesting spaces that allow for large artworks and installations.” – Pikake
The uber sophisticated and stylish Cloudland will make you forget winter even exists and create the backdrop to an unforgettably magical date night. You and your date will never get bored, with two separate bars including the secret underground cellar bar, cosy booths, and a selection of incredible Pan-Asian food at the Madame Hedges restaurant. On Thursdays, put on your dancing shoes for a night of Soul’sa. Even if you have two left feet, there’s no excuse as they offer free salsa dance lessons too. Looks like date night just got spicy!
“such a funky place, interior design is so groovy and always get mezmerised by the bathrooms. ha ha. I am yet to try the food but what i can say is, the cocktails are INCREDIBLE. I always ask for something sweet and to be surprised and they never disappoint, very talented staff and know what works and what doesn’t. Always a go to when im in the mood for a few drinks!” – Sim124
Dinner and a movie is a classic date formula for good reason. However, at the cute boutique Blue Room Cinebar, you can fancy it up and enjoy a sophisticated date night out. What’s great about Blue Room is that you can order dinner, dessert, and snacks (and even beer, wine and cocktails) and it’ll be served to you during the movie. How’s that for service? Check out a blockbuster with brunch, or impress your date with an art-house movie that shows your quirky side.
“I love this place – small cosy comfy cinemas showing recent releases with a great menu and selection of drinks delivered directly to your seat – what’s not to love?” – WineTime
For a fun and casual date, the Eat Street Markets are perfect. Open on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Sunday afternoons during winter, Eat Street isn’t just an ordinary market. You’ll find some amazing food, indulge in some local craft beer, enjoy live music and performances, or even relive the good old days at their super cute outdoor retro drive-in cinema. The Eat Street Drive-in allows you to walk or drive in to see a movie, and get food and drinks delivered to you from the American-style diner (by staff on segways!). Snuggle up and prepare for the perfect winter date.
“Too much delicious food, too small of stomach, this market has so much variety, great upbeat atmosphere and live music and great little nicknacks.” – Candyce