So you got a match. The next step is harder: finding the right place to impress your date. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back with this list of fun, energetic bars and restaurants, where there’s rarely a chance for an awkward silence. Good luck.

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Bodega x Wyno

Bodega has joined up with Wyno, together the venue is now known as Bodega x Wyno. There’s a bigger focus on vino, a smaller menu and fan favourites, the fish fingers and banana spilt, are still available.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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Alberto’s Lounge

Come here for a playful, subtly Australian-inflected take on Italian cuisine.

17-19 Alberta Street, Sydney

Can Cava Pintxos & Wine

Here, a date can last for as little or as long as you need it to.

101 Hall Street, Bondi
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Dead Ringer

Start with cocktails on the terrace, then grab a booth inside for dinner.

413 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

Open for lunch and dinner, this laid-back classic can cater for any type of meet-up.

210 Australia Street, Newtown
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The Dolphin Hotel

For dates that revolve around good wine. And pizza.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Restaurant Hubert

What could be better for a date than a dim French bistro?

15 Bligh Street, Sydney


Don't take a vegetarian to this temple of meat and cheese.

4 Ash Street, Sydney

Shady Pines Saloon

A taxidermy-filled den that's equally about well-made cocktails and straight spirits, bourbon particularly.

Shop 4 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Cho Cho San

Choose seats at the long dining bar or a small table for two.

73 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Chester White

Cured meats are the star at this tiny Italian diner.

3 Orwell Street, Potts Point


A Turkish meze bar hidden in a former hair salon is serving charcoal meats, Turkish booze and street food.

135 Enmore Road, Enmore
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Ester Restaurant & Bar

If your date is into food, this creative restaurant should be a hit.

46-52 Meagher Street, Chippendale


An expert wine list in trendy surrounds.

16 Foster Street, Surry Hills

Cantina Ok!

At the end of the laneway find Margaritas, rare Mexican spirits and good times.

Council Place, Sydney

Chaco Bar

A little space with big Japanese flavours.

186-188 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Bulletin Place

These veteran bartenders will take care of one of the hardest aspects of any date – choosing drinks.

First floor 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney
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The Wild Rover

An Irish-themed drinking spot from the folks at Grandma's Bar.

75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Big Poppa’s

Hip-hop and all the cheese you can eat. Fun.

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Happy D's

Share some dumplings and wine in a casual, down-to-earth environment.

169 Regent Street, Redfern
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The sharpest looking venue in Newtown, with food and wine to match.

416 King Street, Newtown

Creek & Cella

Wine and cheese. Winning.

54 Norton Street, Leichhardt


For slightly quieter dates, over a good glass of wine.

Unit 1 375 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Love, Tilly Devine

Low on light, high on intimacy.

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

The Lodge

Low lights and deep, comfy chairs. You know exactly where this night is headed.

3/415 Darling Street, Balmain

Johnny Goes Italian

Sit at the bar and share some snacks together. If the conversation lulls, the quick-witted staff has your back.

185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

Chica Bonita

Margaritas and low lights to kickstart your relationship.

Shop 9 A/B 9 The Corso, Manly

Riley Street Garage

Oysters, share plates and a beautiful bar to sit at.

55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Dear Sainte Eloise

The sister venue of Love, Tilly Devine is perfect for a date night of snacks and wine.

Shop 5 29 Orwell Street, Potts Point


Share some antipasti at one of the many tables for two.

62 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
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Fratelli Paradiso

You can never go wrong with this classic Italian.

Restaurant 12-16 Challis Avenue, Potts Point

10 William St

If the date is drinks, the team behind Fratelli Paradiso has you sorted.

10 William Street, Paddington