50 first dates in Brisbane.

This is quite a list of Brisbane first dates, you can read the full post here.

Some of these are pretty looooooooong for a first date. Can you add any other suggestions? What’s your favourite Brisbane first (or other) date?

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FOR THE FOODIES

1. Twilight = Romance. It’s science. Eat Street Markets, on every Friday and Saturday night, will have you feeling the love as you wander around the collection of shipping containers that contain an array of yummyness!

2. Head to Northey Street City Farm Organic Markets on Sunday morning to hand pick your ingredients for a feast that’ll win his or her heart.

3. If you’re looking for a surgary sweet idea then a Mighty Macarons class at Spring Food and Wine should sort you out.

4. The only thing better than eating chocolate with your date, is making chocolate with your date. So dedicate three hours of your life to the Chocolate Cooking Experience with Chocolate Moments.

5. Head out to Sunnybank for the best yum cha in town.

6. Venture off the beaten track and slip into The Walrus Club, hidden underneath the divine Regatta Hotel.

7. Go totally old school and grab a milkshake at South Side Diner in South Bank – it’s an American style ‘50s diner and has a perfectly matched menu if you’re hungry. Onions rings or pumpkin pie anyone?

8. Who says Date Night can’t be on a Monday? The End in West End does five dumplings for $5 AND $5 Asahi on Mondays. Give us one good reason why you wouldn’t?

9. Mondo Organics in West End hold regular cooking classes. Whether it’s a little inspiration you want, a superfoods boost or even a vegetarian class, it’s a cute way to get to know someone.

10. Did someone say FREE BEER? The Scratch specialise in craft beer with free tasters and an array of cheese platters or BYO food! No BS.

11. To the ladies who aren’t beer fans we apologise in advance but for those who are and are partial to getting brownie points on that first date, the XXXX Brewery Tour is the way to go! Pre bookings are a must.

FOR THE ACTIVE ADVENTURERS

12. Take a day trip to Moreton Island for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sand tobogganing, or a zip around on a segway!

13. Hit up Rocksports in The Valley – they cater for ‘first timers’ and it’s a cute way to see if your date will attempt to catch you if you fall!

14. Go barefoot bowling at Merthyr Bowls Club in New Farm.

15. Join in the Friday Night Paddle & Prawns with Riverlife – you will have earnt that beer or wine by the time you get to it!

16. Going out with a group? Pick a gorgeous sunny day and contact Merthyr Croquet Club to organise a game. Hey, if it’s good enough for Alice in Wonderland…

17. Go fishing in Newstead Park! It’s the perfect way to get to know someone, and with a little patience you can catch anything from flathead, jewfish and salmon.

18. Cosy up to your date on a Haunted Brisbane Tour.

19. Get to know the city on a tour with Brisbane Greeters – locals who LOVE Brisbane and LOVE to share their knowledge. Oh yeah, and they’re FREE.

20. Pull on your sexiest pair of bike pants, get on your bike (or grab a CityCycle) and explore all that South Bank has to offer.

21. Try a hot yoga class at Harlow Hot Yoga in Newstead. You can go for a walk beforehand around Newstead Park and along the river.

FOR THE CULTURE VULTURES

22. See a play, attend a workshop or break the ice with a comedy night at Brisbane Powerhouse.

23. Don your cutest outfit and whisk your date to Future Music Festival in March or one of the many other music festivals about town throughout the year!

24. See an exhibition at GOMA – they have a variety of dramatic and large-scale installations by various artists throughout the year.

25. Kick off your Friday night with a free gig at City Sounds. Check the Facebook page for the gig guide.

26. Keep the music going with a gig at the HiFi or The Zoo.

27. Get your geek on at the Sciencentre.

28. For a festival with a difference The Buddha Birthday Festival is on in May at The Parklands in South Bank, it’s free entry and you’ll be enlightened with what you learn!

FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

29. Go for a trifecta with bowling, laser tag AND karaoke at Strike Bowling in the Wintergarden.

30. So you think you can dance? Mad Dance House offer Zumba, tap, ballet, locking, breaking, hip hop – hey if you manage to get your crush to the ballet class, email us. #theyareadefinitekeeper

31. We’re not saying you’ll be flying through the air like Aladdin by the end of your date at Iceworld in Boondall or Acacia Ridge but at least when you fall your date can catch you!

32. Get all dolled up and head to one of the two racing tracks at Doomben. Do it Hawaiian style at the Tiki Village Race Day on Saturday March 28.

FOR THE HOPELESS ROMANTICS

33. Take things to new heights on a Story Bridge Climb – the dawn and twilight climbs are our pick for maximum romance.

34. Jump in the car for a lazy Sunday drive and enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Sirromet (totally impressive).

35. Set the alarm for a champagne brekkie hot air balloon flight. It’s a little exxy but if you want to make that first impression last…

36. Just 45 minutes north of Brisbane you can ride a horse AND go wine tasting with Slickers Horse Riding. Does it get any more romantic?

37. It’s a little off the radar for some but Bribie Island is a quick getaway from the city and an awesome place to head for a picnic or a few arvo beers.

38. Take a cruise to Lone Pine Sanctuary where you can cuddle a koala, and the captain will dazzle you with his passion and knowledge of the river city.

39. Dress in your dapper best and indulge in high tea at Room with Roses in the heritage listed Brisbane Arcade.

40. Go watch whales frolicking in gorgeous Moreton Bay only 30 minutes north of Brizzy.

41. Grab some brunch and explore the fresh produce and arts and crafts at Brisbane’s Riverside at the Pier Markets, on every Sunday.

42. Go to the ballet at QPAC!

FOR THE TRADITIONALIST

43. If you want a break from your local Max Brenner hit up Caffe E Gelato Milany in Hamilton. The Banana Split (to share) is what love is made of.

44. Make like Sandy and Danny and see a movie at the Yatala Drive-In.

45. Pack a picnic and head to Kangaroo Point or New Farm Park where you can relax by the water.

46. Take a drive up to Mt Coot-tha. Purely for the views, of course.

47. Go for a twilight stroll slash progressive dinner from Eagle Street through the Botanic Gardens and over to South Bank for dessert.

48. Have a BBQ lunch and go wildlife spotting at the gorgeous Alexander Clark Park in Loganholme – possums, koalas and gliders are just some of the locals you may run into!

49. Take a ride on The Wheel of Brisbane, it will lift you 60 metres above Brisbane at any time of day.

50. A guy, a girl and a rooftop bar… oh, and an open air cinema which screens movies every Wednesday and Thursday night at Limes Hotel. Plus you can order drinks and tapas to your heart’s content, before, during and after!

Cityswoon review

Always an optimist, I decided to give Cityswoon speed dating a try.  Cityswoon is the new beaut “matched” speed dating, using infamous  algorithms and having to answer a million questions in advance to ensure a wonderfully compatible dating experience.  In reality, seven girls and seven guys booked in, and we had dates with everyone, so the matching wasn’t very high-tech.  The other super-cool innovation was that the whole thing was done through your phones. You received a text to notify you that your date was about to start, then another text which was a “really fun” game (like having to enter the code “abandoned ship” for 10 points – we never found out where those points went).  This was followed by another “really fun” icebreaker question to get the conversation going, like “How many years was your longest relationship?” (cue for the recently divorced to bitch about their marriage, wife, etc. Dating rule no 1 – never talk about past relationships on the first date). Then, we received a text message with the photo of the next date, which we then had to find. A real test of how recent (or not) the profile photos were, some men were difficult to track down!  The disadvantage with all this phone business is that of course other texts and calls came in.. It can be tricky enough to chat to randoms as it is without the conversation broken up by constant phone distractions.

I met quite a few frightened souls who were facing the weird world of dating for the first time in 10 or 15 years, and had to tell me all about it. These conversation went along the lines of:  “Hi, I’m Nervous, been divorced for a year, have three kids, that’s more than enough, ha ha, you don’t want kids do you?!” Purple Frock:  “Well yes actually…so seeing this has no chance, why don’t we just have a nice chat?”  Thank goodness for the unlimited booze. Not sure I drank my $90 worth, but the option was there.

Other highlights included meeting a guy who had spent 13 months without a significant part of his skull after some strep infections, and had photos to prove it, along with a divorce, bitterness and obnoxious attitude. In case you’re wondering, he went for titanium rather than a ceramic rebuild. Otherwise, the conversations ranged from running, weight loss, wedding vows, Brazilian soccer finals, other people’s kids, Chennai, importing Venezualian tequila, how to breathe purple fire out of your mouth, North Queensland, and riding Harleys from Brisbane to Adelaide. 

Fun? Reasonable. I’ve had better nights out, but I’ve also had worse.
Matched dates? Not at all. Just as random as people waiting at a bus stop.

Phones? Get rid of them. 

Despite my complaining about the cheap and nasty food offerings at half time, I ate too many sausage rolls despite my new health regime. Possibly related to the number of champers I consumed.  Regret is mine. 

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Dating and vasectomies.

“Dating” and “vasectomy” are not words one often hears in the same sentence, and for good reason. Recently I was chatting to this guy who was into culture, plays, galleries, coffee in the afternoon, wine, and hates camping and fishing. He keeps fit, seemed socially very adept, has many interests, and wanted a relationship. He had thought about his values and I could cover most of his “ideal woman” criteria (the easygoing part is debatable, depending on your definition!)

“easygoing, flexible, soft natured, stable woman who is caring, intuitive and generous. A woman that can adapt easily and go with the flow. A girl with a good heart, who is honest and loves herself first and foremost. She should be well versed in a range of topics, intelligent and well spoken. Doesn’t mind indulging in life’s finer things occasionally and likes to travel and explore and see the world. A good sense of humour is a definite bonus”.

He was excited to (virtually) meet an arty girl like me, and we had a good whinge about how few arty folk were around in this online dating scene. Before meeting, I dropped my standard “I’m prioritising dating men who would like a(nother) child” line, and he dropped his bomb in return.

He wants children, but has had a vasectomy (not sure how that works?) but would have a reversal for the right girl. Living with a pro Dr. Vasectomy though, I know much more than I would otherwise about vasectomies, including that reversals work about 80% of the time, and cost $6-8k, none of which is covered. If you add IVF into that picture, you’re looking at a very expensive child.

I didn’t quite know how to follow this bombshell. Of course if we had met, clicked, and were desperately in love we would make things work, whether children could happen or not.  Not knowing this guy however, I wasn’t sure how I really felt, and it showed. There was something just too strange in knowing something so intimate about someone I’d never met. I thanked him for being honest, assured him it wasn’t a no (which may or may not have been the truth) but the tone had changed, and I had taken too long to reply. He didn’t. Maybe it was too strange for him as well. 

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