And because there’s a certain kind of ritual or process to getting ready for date night, we’ve provided the perfect pre-game drink to pair with your outfit.
Whether you’re approaching your 20th anniversary, are all blissed out in the honeymoon period, or recently fresh to the dating scene -- there’s something special about dressing up for date night. Check out the looks we’re loving and the places we’re booking for every type of date night.
FIRST DATE FEEL
Where to go: Mosconi Fortitude Valley
What To Drink: Vincent Girardin Santenay
If you’ve swiped right, are meeting a friend of a friend, or have had a charismatic gentleman randomly ask for your number -- then you can’t beat Mosconi to grab a cocktail and test the waters. Plus, if things do go well, their duck ragu is amazing -- just saying.
SOMEWHERE TO CELEBRATE
Where to go: 1889 Enoteca
What To Drink: Bibi Graetz Casamatta Sangiovese
Celebrating an anniversary, job promotion, or special occasion with your significant other? Nestled in Woolloongabba's antique district sits this timeless Italian restaurant and is one of our favourites for Sunday lunch or a pre or post-footy game celebration with class. A true homage to Rome you can expect some of Brisbane’s most imaginative dishes and true Italian classics (we suggest the cacio e pepe and zucchini flowers). And although it's not technically Italian we can also vouch for all their cocktails -- especially the margaritas. This heritage-listed building’s interior is super authentic and only furthers that “we could literally be in Italy” feeling. Honestly, this place is made for romance but if your date is going south, Enoteca also serves up plenty of cute waiters. Book early, as this spot fills up fast.
AFTERNOON DRINKS THAT MAY TURN INTO DINNER AND DRINKS
Where to go: Gigi's Howard Smith Wharves
What To Drink: Bardolino Chiaretto Rosé
Looking for a nice place to do a little day drinking and share your week? Gigi’s at the internationally acclaimed Howard Smith Wharves is your place. Striking views of the Story Bridge and the city skyline are the perfect backdrop to flirt, go deep, or reminisce with your date. Kick back in their alfresco garden as you feast on one of Brisbane’s best home-cooking-inspired menus.
THE HIDDEN GEM
Where to go: Hikari Teneriffe
What To Drink: Hitachino Nest
If you’re looking for a Japanese Restaurant that is incredible but doesn’t involve bumping into everyone you know -- then head to Hikari in Teneriffe. They have the freshest sashimi and the tuna tacos are to die for! If you or your dates are beer lovers this hidden gem it has THE best Japanese beer on tap in Brisbane. Also, the service and atmosphere is on point with great staff and tunes.
CUTE AND CASUAL
Where to go: Mario's West End
What To Drink: Sordo Barolo
Impress your date with one of the city’s best-kept secrets -- Mario’s in West End. This aperitivo bar boasts a fun and experimental Italian menu. Read: mushrooms like you’ve never tasted them before. If you’re a wine lover this one is an absolute must with an extensive array of high roller bottles, over 45 varieties of Grappa, and a solid selection of natural Aussie wines.