The Best Date Places in Brisbane

Updated 1 week ago


So you 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, lovers.

  • Lo-fi wines, smooth beats and a menu by an ex-Gerard’s Bistro executive chef. The spiritual successor to one of Brisbane’s favourite bars – inside the old Wandering Cooks space – is a win for West End.

  • A two-storey Japanese izakaya with a beautiful bento box-inspired fit-out. Upstairs in pride of place is a pair of turntables, ready to spin vinyl tunes late into the night.

  • An elite bartending team is behind this approachable cocktail den, slinging an imaginative signature drinks list, Guinness on tap and housemade toasties. It’s all housed behind a heritage brick-and-timber facade in the city centre.

  • A rooftop oasis with splendid views across Fortitude Valley and the CBD. Come for Italian-leaning small plates and cocktails designed by Sydney's Maybe Sammy – one of the world's best bars.

  • Housed inside an 1890's brick building in The Valley, this moody Italian diner and wine bar lists more than 150 sustainable drops from Sicily and beyond. House-baked breads, pastas and antipasti sidle refined mains with a traditional twist.

  • Salt and pepper cuttlefish sangas, Moreton Bay bug char kway teow, fancy wines and spicy cocktails – all in a jaw-dropping three-storey space from the Rick Shores crew.

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  • Via a long marble bar, this moody 60-seat restaurant puts guests up close and personal with its woodfire grill, used to cook an ever-changing menu that might include Black Angus short rib or pickled kohlrabi.

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  • A boundary-pushing cocktail bar from the team behind CBD laneway bar Death and Taxes. It takes service to a whole new level, with roving Martini carts delivering expertly made seasonal drinks to luxurious leather booths.

  • Polished, old-school service and European-inspired dishes are the pillars of this elegant bar and grill in the former Jamie's Italian space. Visit for stellar seafood dishes, a tight selection of pastas and a roving Armagnac cart with bottles dating back to 1931.

  • The top Brisbane brewery’s monster entertainment precinct is a one-stop drinking and dining destination. It’s got you covered with 59 taps, multiple eateries and a non-stop roster of DJs and live music.

  • The successor to Longtime, one of Brisbane’s most celebrated Thai restaurants. As the name suggests, the site’s DNA hasn’t fundamentally changed – but the service is sharper, the space is more beautiful, and the food is more vibrant than ever.

  • Hit this south-side spot for soul-warming pasta, woodfired pizza and spinning Italo-disco tunes. For drinks, it’s birthday Negronis, an Aether-brewed Italian lager and 80-plus Italian wines.

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  • This European-style wine bar pours natural-leaning drops from Australia, France, Italy, Spain and beyond. Enjoy a drop alongside bistro classics such as escargot, steak frites and charcuterie.

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  • This beautiful, fast-paced and very fun Italian restaurant is from the Same Same and Agnes crew. Expect house-made pasta, stacks of antipasti and soft-serve gelato, accompanied by a 350-bottle wine list – all in one of Brisbane's most beguiling dining rooms.

  • Cocktail classic The Bowery has been converted into a Hawaiian-themed dive bar.

  • Refined share plates and mezcal on a classy corner of Brunswick Street.

  • A two-storey Cantonese eatery with a star chef at the helm.

  • A neon-lit stunner from the owner of Phat Elephant and Chai Thai.

  • Family-style Greek from Jonathan Barthelmess, one of Sydney’s favourite restaurateurs.

  • Share some charcuterie at the more casual cousin of Gerard’s Bistro.

  • Cocktails and dim sum in an old, underground bank vault.

  • A European-style wine bar and bistro in South Brisbane.

  • Queensland’s only heritage-listed pub has a refined charm.

  • Casual but classy Italian dining.

  • A small plate-centric wine and cocktail bar from the Happy Boy crew.

  • If you’re after the cream of Italian dining in Brisbane, look no further. This place serves real-deal Roman food, and is officially recognised as one of the world’s best Italian restaurants outside the motherland for its stellar wine list.