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.
DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF CRAFT AND DESIGN
Brisbane boasts plenty of art galleries, and Artisan is one of them. But, to be even more specific, it's also one of Australia's only craft and design galleries. Since 1970, it has been shining a spotlight the kind of creative endeavours that don't always grace other gallery walls — think architecture, jewellery, fashion, weaving, industrial design and public art, just to name a few disciplines.
For its latest exhibition, Artisan is continuing that mission while also showing how craft and design are intertwined. On display from April 21 to June 9, Expanded Discrete States: Craft + Design demonstrates how one really can't exist without the other. The free showcase highlights the work of six practitioners — Ari Athans, Chantal Henley, Clare Kennedy, Gail Sorronda, Belinda Smith and Anna Varendorff — with Henley, academic and redirective designer Nora Kinnunen, and industrial designer Leon Fitzpatrick also participating in a free panel discussion at 11am on April 21. And, if you and your partner feel like getting crafty yourselves, paid workshops are part of the program as well.
Not only is it a completely fitting display to grace Artisan's walls, but it's an appropriate choice to deck out its new digs. From the exhibition's opening date, the gallery will be celebrating its move from its Brunswick Street base of the past two decades to its new home at 45 King Street in Bowen Hills.
CATCH CLIENT LIAISON HITTING THE DECKS
South Bank's Little Big House boasts plenty of things to lure you and your date in: chicken parmi spring rolls, canned cocktails and a free karaoke room included. The Grey Street has another as well — and it'll definitely pique your interest if you're keen on some not-quite-the-weekend shenanigans.
Every Thursday is now a Little Big Thursday, with the venue putting on a big music gig every single week. Young Franco christened the series when it launched, and Client Liaison are the next big act that's dropping by. On April 19, they'll be in the house for a huge DJ set. Even better: like every Thursday night event, it's free.
Acts on the curated roster change weekly, which gives you an excuse to drop by regularly. Plus, the twilight time slot of 5.30pm means your post-work plans just got better. There's also free pool, which'll keep you occupied between tracks and tipples.
TAKE YOUR DATE (AND YOUR DOGGO) TO AN END-OF-WEEK MARKET
Food. Drinks. Music. Doggos. It's a recipe for a great Friday evening with your favourite person, and it's what's on offer at The Sunset Social.
Every fortnight, West End's Davies Park welcomes stalls, street food, live performers, beverages and some fun for the family. That means that littlies can have fun on the jumping castle, at the animal farm, or playing giant Jenga and Connect 4 — and the adults with them, of course.
The event is fully licensed and completely pet-friendly, with the likes of The Roaming Pig, Divine Doughnuts, Flavours of Eataly, Shanks' A Lot and Wild Rissole among the vendors. Drop by from 5pm until 9.30pm for a relaxing end to the working week. Plus, entry is free, which means you'll have more cash for everything else.
KNOCK BACK ESPRESSO MARTINIS OVER HALF A KILOGRAM OF GNOCCHI
Tuesdays: no one loves them. The weekend's fun seems like a distant memory, there's more days left in the working week than anyone wants to accept, and the 9-to-5 really is seeming like a grind. And it's not yet hump day, so no one really wants to hear you complain, even though everyone feels the same way.
Salt Meats Cheese can't erase your not-quite-midweek apathy, but it can give your day a buzz thanks to their latest weekly special. Every Tuesday is now Espresso Tuesday at the Gasworks eatery — and it comes with $9 espresso martinis on tap all day. Plus, if you visit for dinner, you can also indulge your appetites by sharing half a kilogram of gnocchi, either as a seafood medley of mussels and clams for $45, or with a classic Napoletana sauce for $35.
Australia's own Mr Black specialty cold brew coffee liqueur will be filling glasses — and if you're not familiar with the caffeinated tipple, it's made on the NSW Central Coast, by hand, and in batches of just 300. Sounds like the perfect bev to wash down a pizza or plate of pasta, and to brighten up your week.
ONE BIG BLOWOUT
PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY AT A SPEAKEASY-STYLE CABARET DINNER
Feel like you've experienced every date option that Brisbane has to offer? Looking for something not only special, but novel? If glitz, glamour, drinks, dinner and feeling like you're in a speakeasy several decades ago amount to your idea of a good — and novel — time, then make a beeline to Cloudland's Big Band Cabaret.
Taking place in the Valley venue's Rainbow Room, the decadent shindig will have you and your loved one dancing to the Swing Central Big Band and lapping up performances by Jacqueline Furey's Burlesque Ensemble, all while eating your way through a three-course meal and enjoying a three-hour package of beer, wine and sparkling.
It was such a hit last time, it's no wonder that Cloudland have brought it back. Tickets aren't cheap at $110 per person, but it's certain to liven up your Friday night with something more than a little different.