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 making 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. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You’re welcome.
TO TAKE A WALK
Ask any longtime Brisbanite, and they’ll tell you a list of interesting things about this beautiful city of ours. The glorious year-round weather, the plethora of places to relax by the water, the ability to drive up or down the coast for a quick weekend – these are all sure to be mentioned. The same goes for the abundance of places in Brisbane where you can take a relaxed nature hike. Just because you and your significant other live in a city doesn’t mean you don’t want to take a scenic drive without getting too far from home, after all.
We all love to wander far beyond our own backyards, of course, but when you make a day of it or are away for a few hours, all of these nearby hiking trails seem especially appealing. So grab your partner, pack yourself a picnic, hop in the car, and get ready to start breathing in the fresh air by putting one foot in front of the other, all while staying local.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up five prime locations that fit the bill – including Mt Coot-tha, of course, as well as everywhere from koala-filled bushland to scenic lakes.
LESS THAN $50
HIT THE ARCADE
Pouring beers, smashing buttons: that’s a winning combo. That’s why pubs have had pinball machines and arcade games for a long time. This is why bars entirely dedicated to boozy pinball and arcade games exist and seem to keep popping up. And that’s why BrewDog’s riverside Brisbane brewery is currently home to over 60 pinball machines and 40 classic arcade games.
The occasion: the Australian Kong Off V and Pinball Championships. That’s what’s happening at BrewDog DogTap in Murarrie until Sunday July 24th. There are multiple parts, but whether you want to play or watch others attempt impressive feats – or you’re just a fan of the documentary The King of Kong: A Handful of Quarters – you’ll want to get off.
Watching is an option every day – and competing too, as long as tickets are available. If you and your plus one want to push the buttons yourselves, but just casually, you can score unlimited games for $10 each night from Monday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 20.
Then on Friday July 22 the Australian Women’s Pinball Championship will take place, followed by the Brisbane Pinball Masters from Saturday July 23 to Sunday July 24.
The Brisbane Pinball and Arcade Collective and Netherworld are hosting the fun, but BrewDog is making a special beer for the event, naturally. Called Unleash the Beast, it’s a German-style helles.
LESS THAN $100
EAT ALL THE NUTELLA
If you and your loved one are Nutella fans, you probably follow one rule: when it comes to chocolate hazelnut spread, you can’t get enough. Of course, how you interpret this idea is up to you. Maybe brush it on your bread every morning for breakfast. Maybe you always opt for the Nutella dessert on the menu of a certain restaurant. Or, you can head to the highway for a dedicated Nutella festival.
The Sunshine Coast nightlife district is hosting the latter from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. We recommend that you arrive hungry. Admission is $3, and you’ll have to pay for any Nutella creations you might like to eat or drink — but this festival is more about combining your favorite ingredient with, well, everything.
The food menu includes Nutella donuts and cronuts, and Nutella pancakes. Think Nutella can only be added to traditional dessert-style foods? The festival Nutella pizza and Nutella bao will change that opinion. Nutella brownies, churros, milkshakes, bubble waffles and funnel cakes are also on the menu. And, there will apparently be legit Nutella savory options.
Basically, if you’re wondering what might tempt your taste buds, think of a dish and imagine adding Nutella to it. The spread will even be incorporated into the entertainment lineup, including Nutella juggling, Nutella eating contests, a Nutella variety show, and a magician doing what no one at this event will want (other than when they devour the trick): make Nutella disappear.
LESS THAN $200
LAUGH WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Call this “The One with Familiar but Still Exciting News”: Friends! The musical parody brings their comedic, song-filled take on a certain 90s sitcom to Brisbane this week. Yes, the show has already opened its umbrellas to Brissie, but having the chance to rewatch this production should still make you and your partner the day, the week, the month, and even this year.
This time, Friends! The musical parody will be there for the public at the Tivoli from Wednesday July 20 to Sunday July 24. So get ready to hang out with the show’s versions of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe – hanging out at their beloved Central Perk, of course, and sitting on an orange sofa, without any doubt.
The musical begins with caffeinated catch-ups, but a runaway bride turns the gang’s day upside down. From there, you can giggle through a love-and-laugh-filled pamphlet that pokes fun at the good humor and celebrates the iconic sitcom.
Yeah, nobody told you being obsessed with Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow and David Schwimmer’s show starring about six New Yorkers would be like this – complete with sketches and stage gags, recreations of some of the show’s best-known moments, and songs with titles such as “How You Doin?” and “We will always be here for you”.
And no, no one told us that being a Friends aficionado would continue to offer just as many chances to indulge our fandom 17 years after it ended its run, either.
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GET SUPREMELY CHEESY ON A ROOFTOP – DOUBLE DATE
Even if you and your favorite person don’t like the cold too much – even if you live in Brisbane, basically – everyone has a favorite thing about winter. Maybe you like to cover up and wear all the woolen items you own. Maybe you just love a short respite from summer. Or, you might like the feeling of freshness in the air, the excuse to drink mulled wine or savor hearty menus.
Do you like fondue? It’s also one of the great things about winter – it’s the perfect season for it. Woolloongabba’s Ooh La La Rooftop at C’est Bon clearly agrees, as he devotes an entire night to fulfilling extremely gooey, cheesy dreams.
At WTF! Where is the Fondue? from 6:30 p.m. on Thursday July 21, you will inevitably want to swim. A masterclass is part of the evening, showing you the ins and outs of fondue – and, of course, there will be plenty to eat.
In addition to the full traditional fondue set-up with all the trimmings, you’ll receive a cocktail upon arrival. And, there will be a post-cheese dessert, plus a nightcap chosen by sommelier C’est Bon Sebastian Langkamer. Plus, you’ll want to turn this evening into a double date; tickets are $135 per person, but four guests are required for each fondue setup.
Top photo: Mitch Lowe.