Tired of the classic nightly movie and dinner combo? U.S. too. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new things to do, scouring the city for non-boring activities in Brisbane – ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond the beers made before. at pub.
Whether you’re taking someone on a second date or going your 100th with your partner, we’ve got some awesome (and, yes, cute) ideas for dates this week, no matter how much money you have. spend. And, with Halloween upon us, we kept the theme going too.
Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You’re welcome.
DANCE YOUR WAY AROUND FORTITUDE VALLEY
It was 1997. For the first time, the Fortitude Valley music scene came together to celebrate. Around the downtown suburbs, Valley Fiesta was born. A quarter of a century later, the event is still going strong, despite having taken place in many different formats over the years – and it’s back in 2022 to celebrate its 25th anniversary with over 45 issues on stage in 13 rooms.
The 2022 Valley Fiesta will run from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27, flooding Fortitude Valley with live music and giving you and your favorite person a hell of a way to spend the last weekend of spring. On the program: a host of musicians to see, events dedicated to jazz and art, a parking party and a party in the alleys of the party.
Top of the list: Holy Holy, Gordi, Kian, WIIGZ and Alter Boy, all in a completely free program. They are joined by Jess Day, Safety Club, Scraps, Radium Dolls, Dulcie and more, at venues spanning The Sound Garden, Fortitude Music Hall, outdoors at The Brightside, Woolly Mammoth, Ric’s Backyard, Kickons and 4ZZZ.
The jazz afternoon will showcase existing and emerging talent, while the art session will be filled with creative workshops. The return of the Hidden Lanes Festival, which runs as a pop-up event, brings fun to the lanes of Winn, Bakery and California – and the program also includes a night of vocal, circus, burlesque and drag performers; Quivr DJs do their thing multiple times; a cultural celebration of people of color; and the return of 4ZZZ’s legendary parking lot party.
LESS THAN $50
TAKE A PILE OF SOFT JAPANESE SOUFFLE PANCAKES
A moment on your lips, a life on your Instagram: that’s the future we foresee for you and your plus one when Japanese pancake puff pop-up Kumokumo arrives in Brisbane. Having already treated Perth to its wares, the dessert joint is heading to the Sunshine State to serve up super fluffy, ridiculously photogenic stacks for ten delicious weeks this summer at South Bank.
Those thick, velvety pancakes that instantly make your stomach rumble as soon as you see a picture of them (like reading this article)? That’s what’s on the menu at Kumokumo. It will launch its various varieties from Wednesday, November 23, 2022 through Sunday, January 29, 2023 on Gray Street, operating Wednesday through Sunday each week.
While the pancakes look decadent – flavors like black sugar boba, crème brûlée, biscoffee (yes, Biscoff and coffee cream), matcha cream, tiramisu and honey whipped butter from Jarrah also helps – the pop-up keeps its recipe simple. In the pancakes themselves, you will find eggs, flour, sugar and milk. These different ingredients are of course beaten, passed with a pipette, grilled and turned, including with a little water in the pan to keep the humidity – and that softness that is so important.
The pop-up’s Brisbane setup will be a walk-in-only affair, and it will do take-out – but Kumokumo recommends eating its pancakes within 15 minutes. Appointment from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Wednesday to Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday.
COMBINING BEER AND YOGA IN A BREWERY
The term “best of both worlds” certainly applies to beer yoga. Exercise, alcohol – what’s not to like? And you and your loved one can happily overlook the fact that one counteracts the other, because sipping and stretching simultaneously is so much fun.
This batch of brew-fueled active sessions has a little something extra, though. When you do your best downward dog and then stop for a drink, you’ll be doing all of the above in a brewery. Just join the folks at Ballistic Beer Co fortnightly on Thursdays, including November 24.
You’ll want to head to the Ballistic excavations in Salisbury and arrive at 5.45pm for a 6pm departure.
The session will only cost you $15 each, which includes the class and a ballistic beer — and that’s a BYO yoga mat situation.
LESS THAN $150
WATCH LIVE MUSIC AND COMEDY SHOWS, THEN STOP A CONTAINER BAR
Wynnum Fringe lives up to its name, giving Brisbane Bay its own fringe festival. The festival is upon us for another year, and it just keeps getting bigger. First held in 2020 as a three-day event, then returning in 2021 for six days, the festival is back for a third time in the seaside suburb – this time with almost three weeks of arts and culture on the programme, until Sunday, December 4.
At Wynnum Fringe 2022, you and your loved one will find everything from cabaret and comedy to music and dancing on display, and even a Ferris wheel. The event aims to attract 35,000 people throughout its 19-day run, so you’ll also find good company at a range of venues.
Highlights include Marcia Hines doing her disco in Rewired Velvetan amateur dance eisteddfod for all ages run by Common People Dance Project, Head First Acrobats circus performances GODZ and The best of the bestDane Simpson Didgeridoozya local battle of the gangs and a costume parade for the dogs.
The 2022 festival also features a new garden center in George Clayton Park, where Wynnum Fringe’s spiegeltent will be set up — and a Ferris wheel, food trucks, pop-up daily concerts and traveling entertainment. For drinks, the new festival base also includes a cocktail bar with rooftop seating.
A GREAT CUT
LISTEN TO DISCO AND FUNK AROUND A JAPANESE FEAST
James Street marked a new rendezvous and also gave Brisbane a new must-visit Japanese fine dining restaurant, when Sushi Room opened its doors at the Calile Hotel earlier in 2022. No one needs another excuse for pass by, especially if you love the titular dish – and caviar rolls and wasabi cocktails – but here’s one anyway: a new weekend vinyl and sushi couple.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the Fortitude Valley spot hosts DJs behind the decks to spin disco and funk tunes, and also offers set menus. The atmosphere: pure Tokyo, all in a place designed to be immersive, sensory and theatrical in any case, with an unmissable menu to match.
Don’t expect the kind of beats you can hear anywhere – with tunes starting at 5.30pm and continuing until late. When it comes to set menus, you and your date have two options, all featuring chef Shimpei Raikuni’s produce. The $65 lunch includes six pieces of nigiri, three of sashimi, a choice of fish or steak, miso, and salad. So you get a selection of chef-fresh sashimi and nigiri and then a main course of your choice.
Go for the $140 version and you’ll get Sushi Room’s most complete dining experience, which means a sashimi platter, a tempura platter and a nigiri platter, then a choice of fish or steak, plus a dessert.