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.
BUST OUT YOUR BIGGEST HAIR AND SING '80S TUNES
It's the decade plenty can't remember, but no one will ever forget. Whether you and your date lived through it, have been forced to hear about it over and over again, or simply love pretending you were there, we all can't get enough of the '80s — including its glorious soundtrack.
There really is just something about '80s tunes. The hair was bigger, the outfits were shinier and the ballads were more powerful, after all. The resulting songs are also mighty fine picks to belt out at karaoke, with West End's The End hosting the perfect occasion for it. Astonishingly, it's also the bar's first-ever evening singalong.
Don't Stop Believing '80s Karaoke Night will deliver exactly what its title promises — and much, much more than just one Journey song, obviously — from 7pm on February 22. Dressing up is encouraged given the outrageous array of outfit possibilities. And who knows, it might even help your crooning abilities.
ATTEND A STUDIO GHIBLI PARTY AND SCREENING ON A ROOFTOP
There's never a bad time to watch a Studio Ghibli film, or a bad place. Thankfully, the cinema world agrees, delivering regular opportunities to catch the animation studio's flicks on a big screen. Still, we're betting you and your significant other haven't settled in to view one on a shopping centre's rooftop.
In news almost as exciting as venturing onto the greenery-filled upper reaches of the Studio Ghibli Museum — which you can absolutely do in Tokyo — this year's BrisAsia Festival is throwing a Lunar New Year Rooftop Party with a screening of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. On February 24, you'll want to head to Sunnybank Plaza and head up to the top of the carpark.
The fun kicks off at 4pm, with dragon and lion dancers, lantern workshops, markets, Kpop and plenty to eat, before the film screens when the sun goes down. Entry is free, as is the movie, but bring your wallet to feast on dinner from the nearby restaurants.
EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH A NUTELLA MENU (WITH NUTELLA MARTINIS)
When a French store recently slashed the price of Nutella, customers went wild. Brawling and rioting was reported, and now the country's government is looking to change the laws regarding cheap supermarket promotions.
So, what can you and your fellow hazelnut spread fan expect at SMC 's Gasworks digs? Plenty; they'll be serving up 12 Nutella-filled items for your eating and drinking pleasure. Fancy a Nutella calzone, in both regular and Oreo varieties? New York-style Nutella ricotta cheesecake? Nutella deep fried in pastry? Nutella panna cotta? Gelato topped with Ferrero Rocher, Kinder Bueno and Nutella sauce drizzle? Of course you do.
Or, sip and slurp up your favourite spread, with the Nutella espresso martini — with Skyy vodka, Nutella, coffee liqueur, muscovado sugar and cold drip espresso — certain to be popular. Marocchino Nutella, like they make in the substance's Italian home town, will also be available, as will Nutella lattes and frappes.
DEDICATE AN ENTIRE DAY TO TRYING NEW BEERS
Thirsty? If you and your favourite person aren't now, you will be once you've read this. That's the only appropriate reaction to a festival of beer, after all. Just think of all the amber liquids and foamy goodness.
Okay, enough drooling; here are the important details every ale lover needs: more than 130 beers and ciders will be on offer, plus a range of international food trucks. To set the mood for a full day of booze and food on February 24, there'll also be live entertainment as well.
It's the fifth year that Eatons Hill Hotel has hosted the tipple-fuelled shindig, once again celebrating drinking, eating and enjoying a day in Brisbane's glorious outdoors. If you're serious about your beverages, you'll want to taste, sip, sample and chat to folks from more than 30-plus breweries, with the attendee list ranging from Balter and Green Beacon to Stone & Wood and Young Henrys. Basically, if there's a beer heaven, this is it.
Fancy whisking your partner away on a French Riviera-style getaway, but can't afford the trip to Europe? Pretend you're on the other side of the world while just journeying up the coast thanks to The Cabana Club, the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort's returning Sunday session.
Last year, the hotel launched The Cabanas, which offer pristine shelters and decadent menus, aiming to make visitors think they've been whisked far, far away. While they're only available to those staying at the resort, The Cabana Club is an open-for-everyone affair. Just bring your chic-dressed selves and your eagerness for a fun end to the weekend.
Back for 2018 on February 25 and March 25 from 3pm to 6pm, The Cabana Club will feature DJs spinning relaxed tunes, plus a bar serving beverages to get you in a chilled-out mood. You won't get access to the pool while you're there — unless you spend the night and really make a date of it. Otherwise, entry is free, though you'll need your wallet for the road trip north and whatever you're eating and drinking. Bookings aren't required, but places are limited.