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.
WANDER AROUND BRISBANE'S NEW GLOWING ARTS PRECINCT
Thirty years since Expo 88 lit up the Brisbane River's southern banks, the area we all know as South Bank still has a few luminous tricks up its sleeves. Flowstate is one of them, a new temporary creative space taking over the former Arbour View Café precinct, featuring an immersive digital art installation, an open-air performance pavilion and a grassy relaxation zone.
It's the first aspect, JEM by design studio ENESS, that'll immediately capture the city's attention — and have Brisbanites rushing to the South Brisbane parklands. A glowing arc-like structure fashioned from LEDs, it responds to movement, meaning that everyone can influence its display of light and sound. Or, to put it another way, it emits a symphonic and visual experience when approached.
In addition to JEM's eye-catching wonders, the 3000-square-metre space will also boast an array of performances, including a year-long free program during its first year of operation. Also on offer are talks, classes and workshops, from an evolving lineup that features Magda Szubanski, Luke Ryan and Margi Brown Ash. And, because South Bank's grassy areas are made for relaxing, Flowstate Green will host a resident DJ set every Friday evening.
Image: Joel Devereux.
DRESS UP '80S-STYLE AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
Put down your croquet mallet, plaster on your best game show host smile and grab a slushie: it's Heathers' dance party time, again. For the tenth time, the fun-loving folks at Black Bear Lodge are celebrating one of the most very films of the '80s once more, and the whole decade in general of course. Big hair, blazers with shoulder pads and giant red scrunchies are a must. Complaining about everyone you know called Heather — that's optional.
Whether you both decided to channel your inner Veronica and JD, or broaden your remit to other cult flicks of the era, you certainly won't lack in fashion inspiration in what will definitely be a night of big fun. The party's DJs won't lack in ace retro tracks to spin, either. Whatever will be, will be, after all.
So, what's the regular event's damage? It's free, it starts at 11pm, and drinking blue beverages isn't recommended. Be there, or be a pillowcase — or be jealous much.
SPLASH AROUND AT A BEER POOL PARTY
First, the bad news: Brewsvegas, Brisbane's annual celebration of beverages, doesn't take place until March. Now, the good news: once again, they're getting into the early swing of things at the ideal summer event for those who like to cool off with both a beer and a swim.
Say hello to the Great Brewsvegas Pool Party, aka the get-together that wants to amp up your excitement not once, but twice. The festival's 2018 lineup has already been revealed, but there's plenty to celebrate — and descending upon Ithaca Pool ready for an evening of splashing about is certain to get you pumped as well.
Tickets to the pre-fest shindig cost $10, and include a program and a glass of the official Stone & Wood Brewsvegas beer for the year, with all proceeds going to OzHarvest Brisbane. For added merriment, surf rock band The Wet Fish will crank out the on-theme tunes, there'll be an onsite food truck serving up festive eats and extra brews will be on tap.
ENJOY A FOOD TRUCK FEAST WITH A BAYSIDE VIEW
Brisbane's thriving food truck scene is at it again, with another meals-on-wheels get-together joining the city's growing list. This time, the monthly gathering not only offers up plenty of food options, but a bayside view to go along with it.
Kicking off from 4.30pm on February 16 and occurring on the third Friday of each month after that, Shorncliffe Food Truck Fest brings a heap of mobile eateries to Allpass Parade for your eating pleasure. Ending your week with some of Brissie's best bites, an ace watery vantage and your favourite person — now that's the life.
For the first event, King Of The Wings , That Greek Truck, Flavours of Eataly, Indimex, Spud The Food Truck, Micasa, I Dream Ice Cream and Maxi Coffee will be taking care of your hunger, covering everything from chicken to burgers to caffeinated brews and dessert. Plus, All Inn Brewing will also be onsite, so there's your booze covered. And to top it all off, live music is also on the agenda.
BEND AND STRETCH WHILE DRINKING BEVERAGES
Take your date for a nice beverage, or opt for something a little bit different? It's an age-old problem, and one hardly helped by the fact that one's a classic for a reason, and the other can lead to all kinds of great surprises. Doing one and then the other is certainly a solution — but doing both at the same time is better. Behold: beer yoga, the Valentine's Day edition.
Yes, The Flying Cock isn't just getting in on the blissful boozing trend once again (or, finding a way to make drinking even more delightful, you could argue), but turning it into a romantic activity. Whether you're a pair of yoga fanatics who also like a tipple or you just don't want to sit around for another dinner in another restaurant like everyone else, it's an ace way to mark the occasion, and something you probably hadn't been considering.
Tickets cost $60 per couple — and yes, that includes a brew for you both, of course, as well as a mat if you need one. It also covers the class, obviously, plus two dinners afterwards. Booking ahead is recommended, because it's bound to be popular.