The best first dates in Melbourne
Australia’s most romantic city, Melbourne, has a great selection of places to go and things to do on a first date. Whether it be an awkward, active, paranoid or Tinder-swiping first date – here’s the round up of hot dates in Melbourne:
Not great at small talk? Awkward silences can be easily filled with ‘ooh’, ‘ah’ and ‘look over there’ when presented with a beautiful view. Goldilocks is an intimate, hidden, rooftop bar that will impress with its cool, hidden location, great cocktail selection and central city view. Fitzroy’s Naked in The Sky has one of the most impressive views in town, overlooking Carlton Gardens the city skyline and the Dandenong Ranges. Its drinks are great and the atmosphere is buzzing so if conversation about the view starts to run its course, there is always the option to people-watch. For a date that will truly impress, meet up at Vue De Monde‘s Lui Bar where the cocktails are as inspiring as the panoramic view of Melbourne and surrounds, from Level 55 of the Rialto.
Bit nervous? For an interesting first date there are plenty of things to do around town including a visit to Warhol / Ai Weiwei at the National Gallery of Victoria. This exhibition will provide hours of conversation and commentary, with the themed photo booths allowing couples an opportunity to record their first date without being weird about it. A sunset kayak along the Yarra River with Kayak Melbourne provides many sites to see and discuss whilst getting to know each other. Or mix up the classic first date movie night at one of Melbourne’s open air cinemas such asRooftop at Cookie, Moonlight Cinema in the Royal Botanic Gardens or the cool Shadow Electric at Abbotsford Convent.
Don’t want to commit to more than an hour but want the option to stay on if things are going well? Andrew McConnoll’s newest venue in Fitzroy, Marion is the ultimate choice. With its intimate yet casual vibe it is an ideal first date venue with a wall of wines to choose from, dishes that can be shared, flattering lighting indoors as well as outdoor seating on Gertrude Street for balmy nights under the stars. The city’s Bar Lourinha in Little Collins Street is a classic first date venue with its cool, colorful décor, window seating and great drink range – if the conversation is flowing, it is easy to stay on and enjoy the menu too. Or keep it light at South Press wine bar in South Yarra with a beautiful selection of wines and bottled cocktails (courtesy of The Everleigh), delightful courtyard and cheese and charcuterie tasting plates that are at the ready for a longer-than-expected encounter.
Got an international Tinder swipe? This is the easiest date of all. Show off your Melbourne with a walk through the city’s lanes and arcades stopping in at Little Cupcakes for a red velvet cupcake, Journal Cafe for a coffee, Basement Discs to chat music and then Koko Black for a chocolate and a kiss if you’re lucky. The Royal Botanic Gardens is a top spot for a picnic, followed by a punt on the Ornamental Lake then watching the sun go down behind trees as the bats fly above. Visit St Kilda and wander down Acland Street sampling baked goods and ice cream, stop in at one of the beach bars such as Captain Baxter for a drink overlooking the water then take a stroll along St Kilda pier for a spectacular view of Melbourne and see the resident little penguins swim back to their rocky homes as the sun sets.