While planning a first date, it's common for a 'grab a drink' plan to pop up. But in Sydney, you can do much more and impress that special someone with an unforgettable first date. The possibilities are endless in the 'Harbour City', but to make your life easier we have collated the best date ideas in Sydney.
First dates tend to be awkward, with a lot of pauses and silence as you are meeting for the first time. But we have addressed that, and most of our choices have fun ice-breaking inclusions, to break the tension and let the two of you start talking freely.
Dinner On a Floating Restaurant
For the perfect start to your relationship, a date on the best dinner cruise in Sydney is the way to go. Sydney Showboat ticks all the boxes for a memorable date night with a deluxe 3-course dinner, unbeatable views and entertainment. The signature cabaret show ‘Voyage of Love’, is a visual treat that is guaranteed to leave you spellbound. From the glitz of New York Broadway and K-pop to the passionate Flamenco and the groovy Brazilian samba, you’ll be whisked away on a voyage around the world. We don’t want to spoil the plot, so book your seats and have a wonderful date night on our cabaret dinner cruise!
Be Beach Buddies
If the weather is nice and balmy, a day at the beach is an excellent first date idea. The serene and natural setting offers a relaxed atmosphere, ideal for getting to know each other. The clear blue waters, golden sands and the splendid coastal views, it’s romance all the way. And Sydney’s diversity truly shines when it comes to beaches – from the popular Bondi Beach to the lesser-known Milk Beach, you can find a beach that suits your style and convenience.
Laugh It Out At The Comedy Store
A night of laughter is the best way to let your hair down and have some fun. ‘The Comedy Store’ in Moore Park is one of the premier comedy clubs and hosts world-class comedy every week. Here, the pros know how to bring tears of laughter to your eyes with their rib-tickling routines. You'll have a clearer picture of what type of humour your partner is into! Plus, you’ll get lots of time pre and post the show to talk and get to know each other better.
Go After-Hours At AGNSW
How about a cultural fix for your first date? Head to the ‘Art Gallery of New South Wales’ on a Wednesday night. It’s Art After Hours with expert talks, exclusive tours, dance performances and live music. Entry is free, but the experiences are priceless for those who enjoy art. You’ll also get to enjoy the exhibits with fewer distractions and among like-minded individuals.
Solve An Escape Room
Escape Rooms have been popular for some time now and they’ve been poppin all around Sydney. As the name suggests – you simply find a way out of a locked room or a scenario. You’ll have to put your heads together, work as a team and find secret clues within the room. A good strategy is needed between the two of you to successfully finish the puzzle in the Escape Room. The puzzles will keep the conversations flowing and it’s an invaluable opportunity to test each other’s problem-solving skills!
Try Mini-Golf or Bowling
Who doesn’t love a round of mini-golf! A perfect romantic first date idea, ease the tensions with a few rounds of golf. If knocking a ball around doesn’t catch your fancy, bowling is another interesting option. These game centres have decent eateries as well, serving excellent cocktails and pub grub. Others will also have the same idea as you, so better move and book your slots in advance! While ‘Holey Moley’ is a popular choice, the ‘Archie Brothers’ arcade in Alexandria is an excellent alternative with the bonus of arcade games!
First dates can get tricky and confusing, especially when you’re in Sydney where there are endless options. So, explore these handpicked date night activities in Sydney and impress your partner. If a dinner-with-a-view is your idea of a perfect date, then Sydney Showboat is your answer.