Melbourne Date Ideas For Every Relationship

Date night can be nerve-racking enough without the stresses of finding the perfect location. Whether it’s the casual-drinks kind of date or something a bit more serious, we’ve done the hard work for you and found the best places for all you loved-up crazy kids.

Grab a smooth cocktail at Zhou Zhou Bar on Chapel Street.

1. The Coffee Date

It’s non-committal. It’s often brief. And it’s easily the best way to meet Danny, the plumber you gave your number to at 3am outside Revolver because you can’t really remember: a) if he was cute and b) whether you actually have anything in common.

    Touchwood

    A Richmond staple that delivers excellent coffee and is just big enough to lose that intimate coffee date vibe. Touchwood will also cater to those that don’t actually drink coffee on ‘coffee dates’ by offering caffeine-free alternatives in the form of matcha and golden lattes.

    480 Bridge Rd, Richmond
    touchwoodcafe.com

    Industry Beans

    Hipster chic and killer coffee make Industry Beans the perfect choice for those wanting something casual and low-key while still maintaining your aura of coolness. If you actually find yourself enjoying the company of your date, stay a while longer and branch out into the delicious brunch menu.

    3/62 Rose St, Fitzroy
    industrybeans.com

2. The Tinder Date

You’ve been chatting intermittently for a few weeks now and after some (standard) online stalking feel it’s time to meet the person behind the profile. Along with all the usual ‘strange danger’ warnings, make sure your Tinder dates occur in large public spaces and you always have an easy out excuse lined up in case the sparks aren’t flying.

    Garden State Hotel

    This newbie CBD bar and up-scaled pub is causing quite a stir. Multiple stories of premium bar space mean that you and your tinder date won’t be feeling isolated and you will definitely have witnesses around in case they do turn out to be the serial killer your family warned you about.

    101 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
    gardenstatehotel.com.au

    The Emerson

    The Emerson Rooftop is the ideal place for a casual Tinder date encounter. Grab a drink, take in the views and settle into the comfy lounge chairs as you determine your compatibility away from your screens.

    143/145 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
    www.theemerson.com.au

3. The Second Date

The first date went well and you’re both keen to see each other again. Win! This time capacity for an easy escape isn’t so important and you’re looking for somewhere chill where you can really get to know this (fingers crossed) amazing person.

    Leonard’s House of Love

    The name says it all right? Leonard’s the perfect bar for a laid back date night. American diner style food with knock-out fried chicken, an awesome drinks menu, and a pool table that provides the perfect opportunity for a little healthy competition.

    3 Wilson St, South Yarra

    Zhou Zhou Bar

    An Asian-inspired cocktail bar on Chapel Street provides a classy backdrop for your Round Two date. The cocktails are unique and totally impressive and, should you get hungry, there is a bar menu with snacks, including dumplings. Another option, and something a bit different, includes grabbing a table at the Oriental Tea House downstairs. Too easy.

    455 Chapel St, South Yarra
    www.zhouzhou.com.au

The Town Mouse is the perfect combination of relaxed wine bar and sophisticated cocktail lounge.

4. The 'I Want To Impress Date’

It could be an important milestone in your relationship, a birthday, or maybe you just really really like this person and want to show them how amazing you are by taking them somewhere unforgettable (and thus raising the bar impossibly high for any future dates).

    Cumulus Up

    Upstairs from the much loved Flinders Lane staple Cumulus Inc., Cumulus Up is the ideal location to indulge in an extensive cocktail and wine list while also gorging on a menu that is sure to impress (Fois gras waffles? Yes, please) You can also make bookings upstairs, unlike their downstairs counterpart. Date night sorted.

    45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
    cumulusinc.com.au

    Lui Bar

    Vue de Monde might be out of the budget for date night, but a visit to the Lui Bar will still make the same impact. Overlook Melbourne from the 55th floor of the Rialto Towers while sipping on champagne, oysters and four-cheese truffle toasties. Decadent and affordable.

    Level 55, Rialto Tower 525 Collins St, Melbourne
    www.luibar.com.au

5. The Long-Term 'Date Night' Date

Once you’ve been together a while, moved in together or have kids, the idea of date night is easy to forgot about. Make sure to set the time aside to bring back date night and reignite that relationship spark.

    The Town Mouse

    The perfect combination between relaxed wine bar and a sophisticated cocktail lounge, plus delicious food, the Town Mouse is a faultless date night option. Tables can be reserved or there is plenty of room available for walk-ins, making impromptu date nights possible.

    312 Drummond St, Carlton
    thetownmouse.com.au

    Milk the Cow

    At Milk the Cow cheese is not restricted to just pre-dinner nibbles, it’s the main event! Take a wine and cheese flight and have your wine and cheeses matched by those who know what they’re doing, or choose your own, go for fondue or baked Camembert, or just get one of everything.

    St Kilda: u1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
    Carlton: 323 Lygon St, Carlton
    milkthecow.com.au

6. The Cultural Date: 

It’s important to shake things up on date night and maybe even move away from the bar (even just for a bit) and experience something culturally stimulating. Of course it helps if you have similar interests otherwise someone is going to be very bored (and desperate to hit that bar).

    The National Gallery of Victoria

    The National Gallery is an excellent date spot to roam around and gain a cultural education. Take a guided tour and learn something new, or go freestyle and wander around making up your own interpretations. If you find you need to a hit bar afterwards, Arbory offers the perfect pit-stop of beverages, burgers and spectacular riverside views.

    180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
    www.ngv.vic.gov.au

    The ACMI At Federation Square

    The Australia Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) always has something interesting showing. With the upcoming Melbourne Film Festival, check out the schedule and lock in an art-house film that gets you thinking. Pre/post-dinner and drinks across the road at MoVida is definitely recommended.

    Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
    www.acmi.net.au

7. The Active Date

The tan running track is the perfect place to show off your active wear and engage in an alcohol-free date as you walk/run the 3.8 km around the Royal Botanic Gardens. Warning: Some basic level of fitness is required before you agree to challenge your date to see who can run the fastest lap.

    Jardin Tan

    Shannon Bennett’s Vietnamese-inspired café is a great post-workout coffee spot to continue your date. There are cold pressed juices and excellent coffee on hand if you’re keeping up the appearance of your healthy lifestyle.

    Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
    www.jardintan.com.au

    The Botantical

    This South Yarra staple is a prime location to kick back after exerting any kind of physical energy. Meeting here before your walk may result in no physical activity at all as you settle into midday drinks and casual conversation (or maybe this was your plan all along?)

    169 Domain Rd, South Yarra
    www.thebotanical.com.au

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