So you swiped right and got a match. The next step is harder: finding the right place to impress your date.

These aren't places for quiet, white-tableclothed romance. They're fun, energetic restaurants and bars packed with atmosphere, where there's rarely a chance for an awkward silence. Good luck.


For dates that revolve around good wine.

336 George Street, Brisbane

Coppa Spuntino

At this snack-focused bar, dates can last as little or as long as you need.

Shop 4 88 Creek Street, Brisbane

Gerard’s Bar

The perfect warm-up for an extended date at Gerard's Bistro, provided things go well.

13A 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley


Sit at the bar together and watch your pizza puff up.

77 Grey Street, South Brisbane


Always a party.

610 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley


Small, intimate and totally cool.

9 Fish Lane, South Brisbane

La Lune Wine Co

Sit at the bar, order a few wines and interact with the chefs. No chance of an awkward silence here.

Shop 5 109 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Junk Boat

Share some dumplings and a few beers.

Shop 11-12 Little Stanley Street, South Bank


When you don't need somewhere too slick, this rustic pizza joint is the perfect choice.

31 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

The End

Those low lights and accessible drinks are your friend. Just make sure to start early, before it gets too loud.

73 Vulture Street, West End

The Apo

Sharp cocktails, sharp food, sharp fit-out.

690 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Sichuan Bang Bang

The seats are low and close at this vibing Chinese diner – you'll be right in each other's faces.

8 Wongabel Street, Kenmore

Pizzeria Violetta

Who doesn't like pizza?

10 Wongabel Street, Kenmore
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The Gresham

This heritage-listed bar is a hot contender for the city's most elegant space. Ideal for a picky date, in other words.

308-322 Queen Street, Brisbane

Super Whatnot

If you're planning a short, relaxed date, this is your best option.

48 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

The Catbird Seat Bistro

A charming bistro with plenty of tables for two.

2 888 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane

Eleven Rooftop Bar

What could set the mood better than sweeping city views?

Level 11 757 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley


Arrive early-ish for guaranteed good vibes, before it gets too rowdy.

105 38 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley