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Are There Any Date-Night Spots In Melbourne?

It's good to have options when you want to liven things up on a date, but dinner and drinks might still be your go-to. Melbourne has so many attractions that you will have trouble picking just one date location.

Even while it's impossible to anticipate every possible date scenario, it is possible to increase the odds of success by doing something interesting and entertaining for your date. We've compiled a list of the top date ideas, including both daytime and nighttime pursuits, expensive and inexpensive possibilities. Here's a varied selection of date suggestions in Melbourne that should appeal to people of all interests.

The dating scene, even if you're going on dates as quickly as your finger can swipe right or you and your S.O. have a semi-regular date night locked in, can become old after a while. Although stopping for a drink at the neighbourhood watering hole is convenient, it won't exactly get your adrenaline pumping.

Our city, fortunately, is replete with exciting options for dates. When you are next granted free reign over the event's logistics, try some of the ones we found. Go with one of these and you'll have fun regardless of how your date goes out.

FAQs About Melbourne

The first dates are for getting to know each other. Do something that will make you both a bit vulnerable, like skydiving. You'll be more likely to rely on and open up to each other.

Skydiving, sailing, dance classes, axe throwing, trampolining, bowling, mini-golf, ice skating.

Victoria's Most Romantic Places

  • Explore Hatley Park and Castle.
  • Discover beautiful flower gardens.
  • Rent a double kayak.
  • Ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
  • See Victoria from the air.
  • Unwind with a spa treatment.
  • Enjoy a scenic hike up Mount Tolmie Park.
  • Go on a wine tour in the Saanich Peninsula.

Renowned as the cosmopolitan city, Melbourne CBD offers plenty for singles in social clubs, cafes, restaurants, bars and university life. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 52 per cent of the residents are aged 20-35, and 38 per cent are singles living alone.

Fun Dating Ideas

  • Plan and carry out a scavenger hunt for a treasure hunt for your partner.
  • Go tubing, kayaking, or canoeing together.
  • Go fruit picking together.
  • Enjoy a candlelight dinner together at your home or apartment. 
  • Go for a bike ride together.
  • Go bowling together. 
  • Attend a local festival together.

Home Date Ideas for Couples 

  • Play Board Games/Card Games. Courtesy of Unsplash. 
  • Have a Dress-Up Night. 
  • Work Together on a Puzzle Challenge. 
  • Have a Spa Night. 
  • Plan the Ultimate Vacation. 
  • Wine and Movie Night in Bed. 
  • Teach Each Other Something New or Learn a New Skill. 
  • Have Your Wine Tasting.

Thoughtful Ways to Be More Romantic

  • First, put in the work—for yourself.
  • Plan a fun activity once a week. 
  • Celebrate even the smallest successes. 
  • Revisit—or get to writing—those vows. 
  • Think of creative new points of conversation.
  • Befriend other couples.
  • Regularly tell your partner what you love about them.

Date Ideas for Couples in Melbourne

It's easy to get stressed out by the seemingly endless supply of fun things to do on a date in our wonderful city of Melbourne. Therefore, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the greatest and most unusual date activities to do in and around the city, saving you the trouble of doing the research yourself.

Sip on a Drink While Competing in Darts at Ballers Clubhouse

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Ever played competitive darts under ambient lighting, beverage in hand? Now you can! Ballers Clubhouse in the CBD acts as a big kids playground (complete with dart booths, pimped up ping pong tables and shuffleboard courts) and impressive bar (75 beer taps, thank you very much) all rolled into one.

While the adults-only playground may be visited by long term couples seeking a place to flex their competitiveness, the high energy, self-dubbed ‘supervenue’ acts as a conversation buffer for early-stage dates, too - between your first unexpectedly competitive darts session and you're seventy, you’ll feel the date jitters and dreaded awkward pauses fade away (or at least be drowned out by the boisterous noise around you).

Sit Along the Yarra with a Takeaway Spread

Going on a date doesn't need to mean getting dressed to the nines for a night on the town. It can mean (and should mean, at least once in your life, because it’s irrevocably delightful) setting up shop by the Yarra River and ordering a feast from Uber Eats.

If it’s a first or second date you’re venturing on (and you’re feeling the dreaded pre-date jitters), enlist the help of Spotify for some quiet background music - this will help drown out any possible awkward lulls in conversation, well as increase the ambience of the date by tenfold.

Hot Tip: Amble onto Swanston for a cheeky crepe or ice cream after dinner if you're feeling fancy.

Feel Very Trendy at Waxflower, a Wine and Vinyl Bar in Brunswick

Some things in life feel unashamedly hipster - and a Brunswick wine bar/ vinyl store hybrid is dubiously one of them.

Not only does Waxflower exude coolness (and exude coolness it does), this minimal and unassuming north side vinyl bar serves as the perfect backdrop for a dreamy, laidback date night.

If the impressive drinks list incorporating both local tap beers and specialty wines isn’t enough to get you and your partner down to Brunswick (stat), perhaps the rotation of local DJs and a dramatic surround sound system (turning the venue into a self-proclaimed “listening space” - because of course, a Brunswick vinyl bar was going to pride itself in its over the top acoustics) will be.

Get Your Cultural Fix at NGV

While it’s become an unassuming staple of late (don’t believe those who say it’s overdone), on every Melbournians date bucket list should be a trip to the National Gallery of Victoria.

The NGV is a favourite of lovers of culture and unique activities close to the city and its many bars alike. With a free staple exhibition, you’ll be having a cultural and cost-effective night out.

Throw a Double Date Dinner Party with Another Couple

We are looking for a double date situation that doesn’t feel rigid and overly planned? Throw a casual dinner gathering, a dinner party if you will, with another couple.

Whether you decide to opt for a potluck -in which the other couple will bring a dish to the gathering (we like this option because it’s less work and also more food; a classic win-win situation)- or prefer to instead prepare the night’s meal by yourself (all the whilst praying to the food gods for good fortune) is up to you.

To increase the date-ness of your dinner evening, we recommend dimming the lights, lighting some candles (sticking candlesticks into empty wine bottles seems to garner consistently positive responses while simultaneously being the easiest decoration hack, possibly ever) and playing some gentle background jazz music.

Embark on a Mystery Picnic, a Giant Food Scavenger Hunt

To say this picnic is the best would be an understatement (subtle food-related pun intended).

AmazingCo's Mystery Picnic Date is like a huge food scavenger hunt in which you and your date have to figure out a series of clues and solve a series of riddles to uncover the location of a secret picnic spot. The details of your picnic will come from the local gourmet shops where you shop for answers to these questions.

At the end of the day, you and your companion will be escorted (yet again via answering a clue) to a picturesque picnic location where you can eat your treats in peace.

Feeling a Little Adventurous? Go Rock Climbing in the Heart of the CBD

Up for an adventurous date? Pay the kind folks over at Hardrock Climbing in the CBD a visit, and give the giant, 16m tall climbing wall a go (first-time visitors are given a quick intro lesson, so you’re in good hands).

Follow it up with a short tram ride (or 10-minute stroll) to Lygon Street, and plonk yourselves in the ever so cosy Heartattack and Vine wine bar for a vino and antipasto platter.

Stay In with an At-Home Date Night

They seek a no-fuss date night that can be done without even leaving the house (because sometimes nights in truly are better than nights out)?

Enter AmazingCo’s At Home Date Night, where you and your partner won’t even need to leave the couch to have a romantic night in. 

Throughout the experience, you and your date will make your way through multiple activities, challenges and games, all detailed in your digital date night guide - perfect for those seeking a cosy night in, sans Netflix.

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Sip on a Coffee While Surrounded by Preloved Records at Alley Tunes

As far as coffee dates go, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a cafe better (or cosier) than Alley Tunes.

Situated approximately eight steps from Glenferrie Station, the beloved -and at this stage, institutional- coffee shop/ record store hybrid is a before work hotspot for professionals and lunchtime hang of students from neighbouring Swinburne University alike. 

More importantly, its homely interior (reminiscent of an 80s movie record store) makes for the perfect, low key and cosy coffee date venue.

We recommend making yourselves at home in the outdoor seating (perfect for people watching), bringing a card or board game along, and perusing the vinyl-lined store afterwards.

Flex Your Artistic Skills with a Paint and Sip Night

The presence of a paint and sip date night is easy and fairly self-explanatory; throughout the date, you’ll be wielding a paintbrush in one hand, wine (or alternate beverage of choice) in the other, letting your creative juices (and hopefully conversation) flow.

While countless paint and sip workshops and venues have materialised across this fair city of ours in recent years, we think it’s easier to do it yourself. Set up shop in a garden or nearby park (ensuring you bring all painting supplies needed with you), pour the vino and get cracking. 

While there’s no saying what object or phenomenon will present itself as a muse on the day, we recommend both attempting to paint each other, then doing a grand reveal of your majestic creations afterwards.

Have a Masterchef style Cook-Off

Preparing a home-cooked meal for your date is dubiously romantic and personable - but going head to head and competing in an epic cook-off battle is more fun.

A cook-off is as simple as it sounds - you and your partner decide on a dish, set a stopwatch to a specified time, then spend the night (each) crafting that same meal before subsequently deciding on the winner. Ramp up the romance factor by lighting some candles, popping open a bottle of vino and playing some dinner night tunes.

Do your Ears a Favour and Pay a Visit to a Jazz Club

There's just something about a jazz bar that screams "date": the intimate atmosphere (typically a basement), the sophisticated music (jazz), or the cushy seating (jazz bars are often located in basements).

Even if you're not a huge fan of jazz, you can still enjoy the vibes here.

Are you looking for a Melbourne jazz bar but not sure where to go? In Fitzroy, Paris Cat Jazz Club is well-liked by the community, while Vamos! caters to fans of jazz with a Latin twist (also in Fitzroy).

Romantic Restaurants in Melbourne

Melbourne is full of romantic opportunities, from winning to dining with your special someone. Even before the first course is served, guests will have a wonderful time due to the elegant surroundings, relaxing atmosphere, and stunning vistas.

If you want to wow your significant other on your next date, we recommend one of these top Melbourne restaurants for couples.

Bistrot d'Orsay

Escape to the city of love, even if it’s just for the night. Moody, intimate, and serving up a classic provençal Mediterranean menu guaranteed to impress, this cosy spot at the Paris End of Collins St is a local lover’s favourite. 

Settle in under the trompe l’oeil ceiling with a glass of champagne (French, of course) and a charcuterie board to share before indulging in French Bistro classics such as Bouillabaisse and Coq Au Vin. You’ll want to save room for dessert - the vanilla crème brûlée is best enjoyed in two.

184 Collins Street, Melbourne 

Foglia Di Fico

No one does romance quite like the Italians. With their honey, hole in the wall trattorias, fresh pasta, and last but certainly not least, a wine for every occasion, it's impossible not to get sucked in by it all.

 Bringing la dolce vita to Melbourne's CBD is Foglia Di Fico. Aside from the overwhelmingly charming interior that lends itself perfectly to a little romance, Foglia's heart and soul is in their fresh hand-made pasta. Look no further than the ultra indulgent gnocchi w braised duck, sautéed forest mushrooms & white truffle oil. Seriously, it's divine. 

585 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Navi

One of Melbourne's most creative and romantic eateries may be found in the trendy neighbourhood of Yarraville. Weekends are typically filled out months in advance, and the fact that they serve a degustation meal to only 25 customers a night speaks volumes about the success of chef and owner Julian Hills's efforts.

The eclectic music and unique beverages (such wattleseed espresso martinis and toasted rice kombucha) make this the ideal secret spot for celebratory dinners with friends or significant others.

83b Gamon Street, Yarraville

Marion

When it comes to date night, Marion is a triple threat; mouth-wateringly good food, an unparalleled wine list, and an intimate atmosphere perfect for two. While there is no mistaking that this north-side institution is a wine bar (and a great one at that), the food certainly doesn't take a back seat. 

Please stop in for a glass of wine before dinner or make it the main event with unfussy yet surprisingly elevated dishes that hero seasonal produce. With oysters, chocolate, and of course red wine on the menu, ramping up the romance has never been easier - if you catch our drift... 

53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Lûmé

South Melbourne’s Lûmé describes itself as a “foraging restaurant”, using plant and animal species that are endemic, indigenous, and abundant in Victoria. 

The experience could be described as Noma-esque, full of wild ingredients, mind-bending creativity, and high technique that engages every sense. 

There’s a range of degustations on offer, including short, vegan, full, and the Journey – a blockbuster, $390 menu billed as a ‘complete exploration’ of our state’s bio-regions.

226 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Cutler & Co

Serving an artful blend of inventive Japanese and European cuisine, this Fitzroy fine-diner is an institution in its own right. Come date night – come to think of it, any night – this revered restaurant has couples queuing out the door. 

Not least for its seductively chic, industrial-style setting, but for its impressive food selection. It’s seriously next-level. If you’re looking to impress, Cutler & Co never disappoints. 

Settle into the restaurant to work your way through sumptuous plates of yellowfin tuna Crudo, Aylesbury duck breast glazed with smoked maple syrup, and fresh and candied cherries with vanilla yogurt and ginger snap biscuit.

55–57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Lui Bar

Could it be a dining establishment? No. Is the romance gushing? What the hell, sure. Lui Bar, located on the 55th floor of the Rialto, is the ultimate setting for a romantic evening. Even if the view is spectacular, you won't want to leave until you've tried one of the city's best cocktails. If you like espresso martinis, you may want to reconsider trying the Vodka Pour Over because you may never go back to the regular kind again.

Believe us, we've thought of everything. Why not go to Vue De Monde instead, since it's the sibling venue and a better fit? To be clear, we agree that Vue De Monde is among Melbourne's most romantic eateries; however, we imagine that you already knew that. The atmosphere upstairs is more casual, making it ideal for a romantic candlelit dinner for two.

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Bar Liberty

A hipster wine bar that serves excellent snacks; a little restaurant was boasting an eclectic selection of darn good drops. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Bar Liberty has you covered. 

Iterations of Old and New World wines guarantee endless tasting notes, whilst the fermented beverage list and selection of ‘sticky icky' drops will keep your date suitably entertained. 

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Flower Drum

The Flower Drum is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two. This sophisticated Chinese restaurant delivers traditional Cantonese cuisine in an intimate setting, along with fine wines and attentive service. Banana fritters are the perfect way to end a midweek date because they're sweet and fluffy.

17 Market Lane, Melbourne 

INES

Rocking a modern fit out but harbouring an old soul, INES glows with frictionless chatter between lovers and friends. This classy European wine bar pleases all – there are all your Italian favourites (like truffle mash) on the menu, French wine in the cellar and Ol’ Blue Eyes setting the mood. 

See the neon sign that says “sometimes you win, sometimes you booze", though if you ask us, a date night at INES is always a safe bet.

150 Chapel Street, Windsor

Grossi Florentino

When a dining experience kicks off with a ceremonial Champagne trolley, you know you’re in for a good night. And in the opulent setting of Grossi Florentino, they pull out all the stops. 

Crystal chandeliers hang elegantly from the ornate ceiling, and ancient murals decoratively line the walls. This has Italian romance written all over it. The food is exquisite, and though it’s on the pricier side, we guarantee it’s more than worth it. This is a dining experience like no other. 

80 Bourke Street, Melbourne

 

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