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.
DANCE YOUR WAY BACK TO THE 90S
Partying like it is 1999 (or anytime after 1989 and before 2000, in fact) has almost become a weekly occurrence in Brisbane, courtesy of all manner of themed club nights. Not all nostalgic music evenings are created equal, however. At No Diggity at Black Bear Lodge, you and your significant other will be doing more than rocking a tie-dyed t-shirt.
That outfit choice is completely acceptable, of course, as is mixing two-decade-old trends by throwing a flannelette shirt on over the top. Looking the part and standing around saying "wow, remember how things used to be?" isn't the main attraction here though, even if prizes are up for grabs; grooving to the music of the era, including one-hit wonders and enduring classics, is.
That's what DJ Black Amex, Mumgenes and Dean Joseph will be spinning from 9pm until late on Saturday, August 18 — and yes, we're pretty sure that the Blackstreet track that gives the shindig its name will be given a whirl. Yep, it's not just a song that Chet Faker covered, and it won't be the only vintage track that'll get you in the 90s mood at this free retro party.
BEND, STRETCH AND HELP A GOOD CAUSE
It's the studio that gave Brisbanites the gift of puppy pilates and kitten yoga; however with Stretch Yoga's new community classes, it's sharing the love around. On Thursday nights in the CBD and Sunday mornings in Holland Park, sessions will only cost $6 — and all of the proceeds will be donated to a selection of charities.
You and your favourite person will benefit from bending and stretching for less than the cost of a glass of wine each, which is perfect if you're newcomers keen to finally try yoga, or if you're both just feeling a little less financial. Good causes will benefit, obviously. And Stretch Yoga's graduate instructors will benefit, as they'll be teaching the classes.
The CBD sessions run from 6–7pm on August 23, plus September 6 and 20 — and if you're closer to Holland Park, drop by from 10.45–11.45am on August 19 or September 2, 16 and 30. Places are limited, so bookings are essential, with all yoga skill levels welcome.
PAIR A BROTHY BOWL OF VEGAN RAMEN WITH NATURAL WINES
Like ramen? Like the brothy noodle soup more when it doesn't include any animal products? So do I Like Ramen. That's the eatery's domain, and the reason that the Gold Coast joint has built up a name for itself — but for three Sundays only, it's bringing its dishes to Brisbane.
In fact, it's bringing them to a rather unlikely place in The Coop; however rest assured, there won't be any real chicken in the chick'n white miso (or any bone broth in the boneless broth, either). Other varieties include mushroom in an earthy shiitake and soy soup, kimchi with plenty of spice, and 'mean green', which involves spinach, bok choy and wakame. You can also opt for a combo of any two types, a super-full loaded bowl, or something non-soupy courtesy of deep-fried panko mushrooms or a panko mushroom po' boy.
Get slurping from 12pm on August 19 and 26, plus September 2, with ramen on offer for both lunch and dinner. A specially curated array of natural wines will also be available — and if all of that takes your fancy, take note: The Coop will only be accepting walk-ins unless your group consists of eight or more people.
RELIVE YOUR CHILDHOOD PLASTER FUN HOUSE DAYS — WITH BOOZE
When it opened its doors a few year back, Morningside's Southside Tea Room quickly proved a hub of unique activities. And while the joint has had quite the facelift — absorbing Death Valley next door, reconfiguring the space and serving up a new menu — that isn't changing. Yes, that means that Plaster Fun House is back.
Reviving an old favourite, Southside is bringing back its beloved Plaster Fun House nights — an evening where you and your partner can get crafty and make something that you can both treasure. Pick from a statue on offer, get into the arty spirit and see what you can whip up! You'll have your own multi-coloured owl, skull, zombie, mermaid, Batman or bulldog in no time.
Not just a one-off affair, the new series will take place monthly on Friday nights. The first gets underway from 6pm on August 17, with painting a plaster figurine with glitter costing $20 per person — plus the price of drinks, and Southside's delicious brisket and mac 'n' cheese-heavy food menu.
ONE BIG BLOWOUT
DEVOUR ALL OF THE STRAWBERRIES
They're red, sweet and juicy. They're everyone's favourite fruit, and they're part of many a romantic endeavour. They're also grown in abundance around Queensland. Did you know that 40 percent of the state's strawberries come from the Moreton Bay region?
Well, you do now, and you might just want to celebrate that fact. All you need to do is head on over to Bribie Island on Saturday, August 18 for Sandstone Point Hotel's fourth annual Strawberry Festival, and you can do just that.
Because you can never have too much of a good thing, the event will paint the pub pink with farm-fresh strawberries, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry ice cream, scones with strawberry jam, and chocolate-coated strawberries. If you're still hungry for more, a strawberry-eating competition is also on the agenda. Then, wash it all down at The Strawberry Patch Bar, the fest's onsite watering hole that only serves strawberry-flavoured beverages.