Whether it’s a first date or you’ve been dating for two decades, finding a romantic place to impress both yourself and your other half can prove trickier than you might think. But if relationships have taught us anything it’s to compromise, and sometimes that requires surprising your partner with a game of boozy mini-golf or a romantic pop-up picnic.
So whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or your regular weekly date night, these cute date ideas are guaranteed to shake things up. There’s everything from high octane dates to quiet city escapes for the more sensitive (or exhausted) soul.
Go all out for your next date night with a romantic Sydney staycation. The heritage-listed former Paramount Pictures building offers a fresh take on luxury digs, with 29 rooms ranging from ‘nook’, ‘everyday’, ‘sunny’, ‘loft and ‘mack daddy’, and naturally, the slick interiors fit in with the vibe of Surry Hills; hip and soulful. Right next door are Golden Age Cinema and Paramount Coffee Project, with a recreation club for active couples and a stylish rooftop bar on premise. Another four reasons to lock in an unforgettable date night that continues into the next morning.
From $200 per night
Paramount House: 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
If you and your partner are competitive, then look no further than Holey Moley. With locations in Darlinghurst and Newtown, this Happy Gilmore-approved mini golf course is sure to bring out the big kid in you and your date.
Grab your clubs and make your way around the 18 pop-reference themed holes. Drinking on the job may affect your aim, but at least you’ll have fun doing it, right? Order the ‘Sugar Caddy’ topped with a candy kebab. If golf isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of other gimmicks to see you through the night, like retro arcade games and karaoke.
Holey Moley: Castle Hill, Chatswood, Newtown, North Strathfield and Potts Point
Bring out your inner Demi Moore (Ghost, anyone?) at The Pottery Shed. Offering beginner classes which cover everything from throwing, trimming and glazing in three, two-hour sessions, you will be sculpting Ghost-style in no time! Once you have mastered that you can book either for a returning student session or join one of the weekly masterclasses, because as we all know- couples that hobby together, stay together.
From $69 per person (per session)
The Pottery Shed: 7 Nickson Street, Surry Hills
Sydney is perfect for a romantic picnic, but they can be a bit of a hassle to organise. That’s where Pop-Up Picnic steps in. They offer a range of hampers, as well as entertainment add-ons like giant ten-pin bowling, chess, or croquet. They also include rugs, crockery and picnic tables, so all you need to do is choose the location, order your package and show up on the day. As far as cute date ideas go, this is definitely up there!
Pop-Up Picnic: 227 Parramatta Road, Annandale
For creatives and art-lovers, the MCA provides the perfect date setting. Open till 5pm each day (except Monday), you can lock in a day date to appreciate the latest exhibitions. Over summer, the MCA stays open after 5pm on Fridays with their free, live music series Sounds on the Terrace. Once you have had your artistic fix, retire to the rooftop for sweet sounds and librations.
MCA: 140 George Street, The Rocks
Wine usually comes with tasting notes, so there’s no better way to get educated than with a lesson at the Sydney Wine Centre. Offering regular events and tastings, look out for their next cheese and wine pairing event or sign up for their one-day wine appreciation course. Finishing up late afternoon, head straight to dinner with your new-found wine knowledge.
Sydney Wine Centre: Level 1/119 Harris Street, Pyrmont
A private Skywalk at The Sydney Tower Eye with your loved one is just the thing to get your heart racing. The tour includes a personal guided 60-minute walk around the Observation Deck which drinks in unparalleled views of Sydney from above, and a 4D cinema pre-show experience to get you excited.
From $59.80 per person
Sydney Tower Eye: 100 Market Street, Sydney
Govinda’s has long been a favoured date spot for those in the know – and now you do too. This non-profit restaurant and theatre offers an all-in-one package that starts with a lavish feast of vegetarian Indian cuisine followed by a movie in their bohemian cinema, where you can take your shoes off and snuggle into comfy lie-down cushion beds as the lights go down.
Dinner- $25 per person
Movie tickets- $20 per person
Govinda’s: 112 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Sydney By Sail organises trips around the stunning harbour with your partner so you can take in all the views the harbour has to offer. Step it up a notch with their Romance Bed & Breakfast Cruise, which includes a 2-hour harbour sail, gourmet food platters, and a breakfast basket for you to nibble on as you wake up on the shimmering waters of the harbour.
From $1,435 (per couple)
Sydney By Sail: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
Prepare to harness your inner Picasso – Cork & Chroma combine painting and wine for the ultimate art night out. Budding artists will be given step-by-step instructions, so no matter what your level, we guarantee you’ll be walking away with a completed masterpiece by the end of the night. The best part is that you can BYO booze and drink it throughout the lesson.
From $60 per person
Cork & Chroma: St Leonards & Surry Hills
Impress your date by blending your own gin at Archie Rose. Known for their range of award-winning spirits, upgrade your G&T and book into their blending class where you explore the world of botanicals. The best part, you get to take home your creations. After the class make your way to the bar and compare your blend with the house.
From $115 per person
Archie Rose: The Cannery, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
For an out-of-the-box date night, book an Escape room experience. The general idea is that you're locked in a room and fed clues so you can get out. Next Level Escape in CBD has two themes, The Artefact and Ex Libris is the perfect date for crime show lovers and puzzle solvers, while Newtown's The Cipher Room has different scenarios that require you to solve a mystery and is great for a group date.
Next Level Escape: Lower Ground, 23 O’Connell St Sydney
The Cipher Room: 640 King Street, Newtown
Now that you know ‘Netflix and Chill’ won’t cut it for your next date night, we have heaps more cute date ideas that will give your special someone an experience to remember. From couples-only getaways and romantic restaurants to creative classes and sexy bars, these cute date ideas are guaranteed to impress.