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.
CHECK OUT AN EYE-CATCHING EXPLORATION OF ART AND FASHION
You are what you eat, or so the saying goes. Perhaps you are what you wear as well? That's one of the ideas behind Dress Code, which explores the impact that fashion has on culture, gender and identity — and whether the clothes we don express our inner selves, or shape them.
Displaying at the Museum of Brisbane between Saturday, November 3, 2018 and Monday, January 28, 2019, the sartorially focused showcase highlights the work of five artists, all of whom navigate the fields of art, design, craft and fashion to examine the making, wearing and purchasing of clothing in the Asia Pacific region. A certain highlight is a section dedicated to Gerwyn Davies, with his signature pieces — combining both photography and costume-making — a huge feature.
An installation by contemporary artist Lisa Hilli, plus newly commissioned pieces by Hannah Gartside, Emily McGuire and Grace Lillian Lee, are all also on offer.
Entry to the exhibition is free, with Dress Code open every day of the week — other than Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day — during its three-month run.
If you're looking for the shindig to end all shindigs this weekend, don't just head to the Valley — hop between three venues like you're taking the train to a wizarding school. With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hitting cinemas, Ric's, Marquee Bar and the RG are celebrating a certain magical franchise and its wondrous world at Brisbane's Biggest Wizard Party That Must Not Be Named.
This isn't an official shindig, so the venues are keeping things vague. That said, if you've spend the last two decades consuming JK Rowling's writing and the films they've inspired, then this grown-up affair is for you. Entry is free, and there'll be eight bars and seven DJs getting into the enchanted spirit across the evening, with the fantastic fun taking place from 7pm on Saturday, November 17.
Apart from drinking wizard-themed cocktails and something called 'wizard beer', you can also get cosy in the free photo booth and just generally magic the night away. Dressing up is encouraged — which people tend to do at these things, so consider yourself warned — and those donning a costume will be in the running for prizes.
BEND AND STRETCH OVER A FEW BREWS
The term 'best of both worlds' certainly applies to beer yoga. Exercise, alcohol — what's not to love? And we'll all just happily overlook the fact that one counteracts the other because simultaneously sipping and stretching is just so much fun.
Brisbane's latest batch of brew-fuelled active sessions boast a little something extra, however. When you're doing your best downward-facing dog and then pausing to take a drink, you'll be doing all of the above in a brewery. Just join the folks at Ballistic Beer Co. fortnightly on Thursdays, with the next sessions happening on November 15 and 29, and December 13.
You'll want to head to its Salisbury digs, and arrive at 5.45pm for a 6pm start. It'll only set you back $15, which includes the class and a Ballistic beer — and it's a BYO yoga mat situation.
SIP DRINKS IN AND AROUND THIS LUXE INNER-CITY POOL
Summer mightn't be here just yet but, thanks to Brisbane's sunny climate, pool party season is. Indeed, it's kicking off with one big splash at W Brisbane, with the opulent hotel nudging everyone into the water with a huge shindig in their fourth-level rooftop pool and wet deck area.
At the second of the venue's Summer Crush Pool Parties — this time named Go Troppo — you'll take a dip, sip drinks and dance the afternoon and evening away, all with a massive view over the river towards Mt Coot-tha. And, while Saturday, November 17 is just an ordinary day, you'll still be making full use of that gorgeous vantage.
When you're not admiring the scenery or plunging into the pool, you'll listen to tunes spun byLuke Million, Buff Girls, Shimmy Disco and Little Fritter (who also happens to be W Brisbane's music curator Kane Dignum). You'll also knock back refreshing cocktails while feasting on a summer barbecue.
Tickets cost $25 online in advance and $35 at the door, which includes a Bacardi cocktail on arrival — and as for the rest of the food and drink spread, it's a pay-as-you-go affair. The fun starts at 2pm, runs through until midnight, and bringing your togs is obviously essential.
ONE BIG BLOWOUT
TUCK INTO SWEET AND SAVOURY ICE CREAM AT AN INDULGENT DEGUSTATION
One of Brisbane's top chefs is cooking up a feast, and it's the kind you'll want to treat yo'self to. With Josue Lopez's degustation taking place at West Village's The Bromley Room #2 — aka, on the site of the former Peter's Ice Cream Factory — you can guess where the ex-GOMA, Moda and Two Small Rooms culinary whiz is taking his cues from.
Josue Lopez at The Bromley Room #2 will feature a seven-course banquet paired with matching wines, and expect ice cream to make an appearance more than once, with five courses featuring the dessert in both savoury and sweet forms. Expect creative combinations, too, in the type of dinner that'll only be held four times.
The event takes place on Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 — and again on Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6. Tickets don't come cheap at $296.49, and there's only 30 spots available each night; however this really is the type of meal you won't get to feast on ever again.