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.
DISCOVER WHAT HAPPENS WHEN VISUAL ART AND VIRTUAL REALITY COMBINE
Flowstate, South Bank's new temporary creative precinct, isn't just adding another artistic space to the inner-city — for its first year of operation, the venue is hosting all of its shows for free. That means that you and your partner officially have no excuse not to stop by. But more than that, it means that you can access a heap of inventive performances (and go on inventive date nights) that you mightn't otherwise.
Take Mixed Reality, for example. It's not your usual production — in fact, you probably haven't come across anything like it. Painting in virtual reality isn't the kind of thing you see every day, after all. Nor is watching sculptor Briony Law paint in 3D while a drone replicates exactly what she's doing.
A work in progress, the piece will be presented to audiences on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 with sessions between 6pm and 9pm. If you'd like to hear more about this unique effort, head by on the second night, with a Q&A taking place at 7.30pm.
ATTEND AN AFFORDABLE GIG FILLED WITH UP-AND-COMING TALENT
It's date night, but you don't get paid until next week. Or perhaps you're saving all your cash for your next couples holiday. Or, maybe you've broken your bank account by showering your significant other with gifts. However it happened, you're still broke and you still want to do something special. As long as you've got two fivers burning a hole in your wallet, you can still have a great Thursday night out.
Thank the legends at The Zoo for an evening's entertainment that everyone can afford. If you've ever wondered how the Ann Street icon has managed to keep the tunes pumping and the crowds coming since 1992, it's because of ace ideas like this one.
Yes, Five Bands Five Bucks is exactly what it sounds like — and what it sounds like is 100 percent awesome. Fresco Kyoto, Chesterfield, Jeremy Hunter, Moodie Gloom and Salmon & The Peaches will be on the bill on Thursday, June 14, waiting for you to part with a piece of pink-coloured currency to hear their latest and greatest tunes.
BOND OVER BURGERS
What happens when some of Brisbane's most beloved burger bosses go head to head? Well, you and your favourite person are about to find out. Come Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, the likes of Mr Burger, Ben's Burgers, Salt Meats Cheese, Notorious E.A.T, Bearded Brothers and more will all descend on the Welcome to Bowen Hills lot for Brisbane's first Burger Invitational.
If there's one thing that Brissie loves, it's burgers, after all — and to celebrate, the event will offer a weekend's worth of meat and other goodie between two pieces of bread. Expect some fierce foodie competition as each vendor vies for burger glory. Plus, if you gather up five mates, you can sit in a booth and pair your burg-eating experience with bottomless booze for three hours.
General entry is free, and — as always — you can bring your four-legged BFF along. As for the burgs, everything on the menu will be available at regular prices on the day.
PARTY WITH ANCIENT MUMMIES
Come June 15, it's time for a night at the museum — but you won't find Ben Stiller roaming the halls here. Given what's currently on display at Queensland Museum, here's hoping the revelry doesn't actually awaken the exhibits either.
Walking, talking, drinking and partying like an Egyptian, QM's latest After Dark shindig is all about mummies as part of the museum's Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition. There'll be music, drinks and demonstrations — plus attendees will get free reign of the space, peering not only at the six real-life mummies dating back to 900BC, or at the almost 200 objects on show with them, but also the rest of the joint's displays.
You'll be knocking back beverages, examining pieces that have seen thousands of new years go by, and trying to unlock ancient mysteries like you're Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz or Tom Cruise – but a word of warning, the last one sold out quickly so you'll want to nab a ticket asap. Also a highlight: a talk called Brew like an Egyptian: Ancient Egyptian Beer Making by Dr Serena Love, should you want to learn a new skill too.
If there's one thing that Sundays were made for, it's enjoying leisurely drinks to the strains of a live tune or several in one of Brisbane's best hangouts. If wine and acoustic grooves tick the first two boxes for you, then head to The Triffid on Sunday, June 17 to take care of the latter at Vino & Vibes.
Ten Aussie wineries will bring more than 50 tipples to Newstead for you and your partner's tasting pleasure, so prepare to keep a wine glass in your hand. You'll actually receive your very own to take home with you, plus discounts if you're keen on purchasing a few bottles or more.
Don't forget the other great aspect of wine events: picking up a few tidbits and insider tricks that you can wheel out over dinner every time you get the chance afterwards. Oh, and plonk and lots of it. We'll say cheers to that — all for $69 per ticket.