I have been on my fair share of first dates. I have had some great ones and I have also had my fair share of not so great ones.
Guys – you may think that the best place to go on a date is walking distance from your apartment but I’m here to tell you it isn’t, sorry to burst your bubble. If you want to pull out all the stops to impress, then consider some of the places listed below…
1. Naked For Satan
Naked for Satan is a great little bar in Fitzroy. It’s laid back, has great cocktails and an amazing rooftop view. Although you must know that I once went on a Tinder date here and the night was a bit of a disaster, the guy was a total douchebag and talked about himself and his weekly gym routine the whole time, fingers crossed you have more luck at the place than I did (which was none).
2. The Hardrock then Drinks
This is the perfect date for the more adventurous type. The Hardrock is an indoor rock-climbing company on Swanston St in Melbourne. There are heaps of great bars around the area too! You want options, it’s great to meet somewhere you can do an activity and then leave if it sucks, but also get drinks if it works.
3. Galactic Circus
This place is actually the tits. If you want to present yourself as fun loving, adventurous and maybe a little bit geeky (girls like that) then consider Galactic Circus, if the date is going well head upstairs to crown and finish the night off with some cosy drinks!
4. The Icehouse
Over at Docklands there is a cool ice skating rink called The Icehouse. The rink provides you with several opportunities to flirt with your date. You can play the old “I don’t know how to skate” card and enjoy having your date teach you and catching you when you fall (sounds like a movie doesn’t it?!). You could also take the opposite approach and show off your skills, hoping to secretly impress. (Personally, I would go with the I have no idea what I’m doing because I would actually have no idea what I was doing).
5. Lygon Street
Don’t plan a dinner on a first date. Nobody wants to see you drop a burger down the front of your nice white top. Go for drinks somewhere fairly quiet along this street and just talk.
6. St Kilda Beach
Ditch the drama from the city and go for a simple yet romantic picnic and drinks on the beach. Pack a picnic basket with a blanket and some fruits, dips, crackers and cheese. CUTE!
7. The Melbourne Night Markets
I always think it is best to steer clear of dinner, movies or anything too formal. The majority of girls I know LOVE the night markets and would consider this a pretty cool date. The markets are close to some cool bars, restaurants and public transport stops – in case you need to get the hell out of there…. or head on somewhere else.
I love the secretive back bar here, it is mellow and has some great beer, wine and cocktails. A nice chilled out place to take a date!
Tip: When choosing a bar or restaurant don’t get too personal. That cute little pasta joint where your grandparents fell in love? Save it for round two if there is one. Boundaries.
9. Stand Up Paddling in South Yarra
This is one of the best dates! It’s cheap, it’s fun, it’s adventurous and your date will think you really pulled out all the stops. You can choose to just hire the boards or book in some lessons, you are nice and close to South Yarra so can head along Chapel Street for a drink afterwards (or you have an excuse to go back to your date’s house to shower and dry off).
10. Luna Park
Some people might roll their eyes at this one but I actually love it! It’s a great first date venue as there are plenty of opportunities to get to know one another in a chilled out setting. Just please don’t go on a stomach turning roller coaster and vomit on your date.. that would be gross . I’ve seen this happen and the poor guy blew all of his chances of another date…
11. A Comedy Show
Although I have never been to a comedy show on a first date I think it would be pretty impressive! I was talking to a friend once who was taken to the comedy festival by the guy she was seeing and she said he went from a 7.5 out of 10 to a solid 9, now that’s impressive!
And a couple more ideas…
- 12. Channel a bit of old school and go bowling with drinks afterwards
- 13. Find a gig or a local event on in the city like the David Bowie Symposium (everyone loves David Bowie… if not I don’t think we can be friends)
- 14. Explore the great outdoors and find somewhere to go hiking (bring a cute picnic for extra brownie points)
- 15. Book in a cocktail making master class (these are actually really fun!)
Don’t go to the aquarium, it sounds fun but it’s actually pretty shitty and boring. Don’t take her to the McDonalds drive through, a food court or your mums house. Just don’t. You can thank me later.
PS if you are looking for some more ideas you might like this post: 50 things to do in Melbourne