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Five Romantic Brisbane Date Ideas for This Week From Budget to Blowout

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
May 16, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
May 16, 2022
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Tired of the classic movie and dinner date night combo? Us too. That's why we're always on the hunt for new things to do, scouring the city for not-boring Brisbane activities — ones that are guaranteed to take your next date way beyond done-before beers at the pub. Whether you're taking someone on a second date or doing your 100th with your significant other, we've got some killer (and, yes, cute) ideas for dates to go on this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.

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SCOPE OUT SCULPTURES BY THE RIVER

A trip to Northshore Hamilton usually means taking in the scenery, whether you and your special someone are staring at the river, the grassy surroundings right there on its banks or both. But until Sunday, July 10, there's something else to look at that you won't see all-year-round: sculptures big and small.

Presented by Sculptors Queensland, two-month-long exhibition Northshore Sculpture by the River is showcasing works by its members, featuring pieces on display both indoors and out — and in all shapes and sizes, too. Peer at sculpted animals, people, fantastical critters, abstract forms, shapes and more, all for free.

There are two parts to the event. Kicking things off, the indoor portion runs until Tuesday, May 24, open 10am–4pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with Monday, Tuesday and Thursday viewings by appointment, all in The Shed at the Hamilton precinct.

Or, wander around outdoors until Sunday, July 10 to spot sculptures around Northshore's Maritime Green.

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UNDER $50

EAT AND DRINK YOUR WAY ALONG PADDINGTON'S TERRACES

Here's one of Brisbane's inescapable truths: if you're wandering along Given and Latrobe terraces in Petrie Terrace and Paddington, you'd best be ready to eat and drink. Throwing a stone along the popular roadway isn't recommended, of course, but you'd hit a heap of restaurants and bars if you did.

To celebrate all of those eateries and watering holes lining the precinct, Taste of the Terraces is giving Brisbanites an excuse to drop by between Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22 (not that you and your plus one ever need a special reason to make a visit). Stretching along down to the Collingwood Street intersection, 38 venues will be dishing up food specials and cocktails across the three days — whether you're keen to head along for breakfast, lunch, an afternoon drink or to make an evening of it.

Exactly where will be serving up what — and for how much — hasn't been revealed, but you've got plenty of places to hit up anyway. Naïm, Hope & Anchor, Kettle & Tin, Darling & Co, Remy's, King Tea, Nota and its new neighbourhood wine bar, Ngon, Sassafras and Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers are just some of the venues taking part.

Arrive hungry and thirsty — and full of love for Paddington — obviously.

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UNDER $100

CHANNEL YOUR INNER KEANU REEVES AND SANDRA BULLOCK (YES, ON A BUS)

All hail the Keanaissance — for bringing him back to our screens, and often; and for giving everyone an excuse to shower his past hits with love as well. Before he was Neo and John Wick, he wasn't just one half of Bill and Ted, or Point Break's surfing FBI agent Johnny Utah, but also a guy trying to stop the bus that couldn't slow down.

We know you and your significant others are fans, because who isn't? Alongside the aforementioned Point Break, Speed is one of action gems of the 90s — and Keanu is at the heart of both of them. And, we know you've always wanted to relive the latter film's high-stakes action movie magic, so here's your chance. Brisbanites, get ready to step onboard a vintage bus and prepare for the ride of your life.

After thrilling fans and making plenty of new ones during several previous Brisbane Comedy Festival runs, Speed: The Movie, The Play is bringing its high-octane thrills back to the fest in 2022. It's taking on passengers until Sunday, May 29, with shows held Thursday–Sunday — and this is one stint of public transport chaos (and 90s nostalgia) that you should willingly sign up for.

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SLEUTH YOUR WAY AROUND THE CBD

Interactive detective game CluedUpp has taken over Australia's streets before — and if you and your favourite person like the idea of solving murders like you're in an episode of CSI, all while you run around town, then it's the pastime for you.

Its next Brisbane event on Saturday, May 21 will bring the TV series to life throughout the city, and get you sleuthing while enjoying and outdoor adventure. Yes, it's like Cluedo come to life, too.

Forget Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the study — this event will bring you and your friends closer to reality and out onto the streets to solve the case. The game will kick off at a secret location, and you can choose to start whenever you like between 9am–2pm. Then, how long it takes depends on how good of a detective you are.

The best news of all, however, is that the event is dog friendly — and there are prizes to be won by both human and canine detectives.

All you need to play is some friends and your phone. Dressing up to fit the theme is encouraged, so you can really get yourself into character. A ticket will set you back $97 per team of six but, handily, you only need two humans to play. With only limited team spots available, getting in quick for your chance to solve the mystery is recommended.

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UNDER $150

SIP ALL THE PINOT

Master sommelier Madeline Triffon describes pinot noir as 'sex in a glass'. Winemaker Randy Ullom calls it 'the ultimate nirvana'. Broadway wannabe Titus Andromedon loved it so much he compares it to 'caviar, Myanmar, mid-size car'.

No wonder the good folk at Revel — who've also brought Malbec Day and Mould our way — are coming back to town with Pinot Palooza, an epic travelling wine festival celebrating all things peeeno noir. For just two days, Brisbane wine connoisseurs (and vino-loving couples) will have the chance to sample more than 100 drops, direct from Australia and New Zealand's best producers.

Whether you're a newbie who wants to start with something light and inviting, or a pinot pro ready for the biggest, most complex mouthful on the menu, there'll be an abundance of selections at either end — and plenty along the spectrum, too. If, at any point, you need to take a pause in your tasting adventures, you'll be catered for.

Pinot Palooza will hit the John Reid Pavilion at Brisbane Showgrounds on Friday, May 20 (from 4.30–8.30pm) and Saturday, May 21 (from 11am–3pm and 4–8pm). Tickets are $65, and include all tastings and a take-home wine glass.

Published on May 16, 2022 by Concrete Playground

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