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Five Top-Notch (and Not Boring) Brisbane Date Ideas for This Week

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
January 27, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
January 27, 2022
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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.

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Tourism and Events Queensland

CLIMB INTO A CAVE

Offering a hearty dose of Mother Nature's magic, there's something pretty special about a good cave, rocky and majestic as they are. After all, what better antidote to that hectic city life than a visit to an impressive natural rock formation?

Without trekking too far out of Brisbane, you and your other half will find a handful of captivating grottos to light your adventurous spark — from glow worm caves and underground marvels to huge limestone beauties filled with stalactites. And, you'll also find a memorable date idea, because climbing into a cave isn't the kind of thing you do everyday.

No matter the season, there are caves just waiting for your visit near Brisbane — and some a little further afield, too. We've rounded up our tips so you'll know exactly where to head. Now, you just need to crawl out of your living room cave and into these awe-inspiring ones.

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HANG OUT WITH A SNOWMAN WITHOUT LEAVING BRISBANE

The kind of place where 18 degrees is considered freezing, Brisbane is hardly a snowman's natural habitat. But that's changed now that Queensland Art Gallery has welcomed in its very own icy figure. Yes, it's made out of real snow. If this sounds familiar, that's because Peter Fischli and David Weiss' Snowman first went on display in Brissie in the summer of 2019–20, thanks to the Gallery of Modern Art's eye-catching Water exhibition. Now, it's made a permanent home at Queensland Art Gallery, GOMA's sibling venue, so you and your favourite person can check it out all-year-round — even in summer — in QAG's sculpture courtyard.

Quite the frosty sight to behold, the piece dates back to 1987. First conceived as part of a site-specific work at a German thermic power plant, the fairly typical-looking snowman is made from three balls of snow, with the top one boasting hand-drawn eyes and a mouth.

What's not typical of this well-travelled snowman, however, is its ability to survive even Brisbane's subtropical climate. It sits encased in a glass and metal industrial freezer — so, while QAG visitors can definitely see the frosty sculpture, you absolutely can't touch it.

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SIP MANGO, BLOODY MARY, TEQUILA AND BUTTERSCOTCH SHANDIES

Over-the-top food and drink mashups might be popping up on seemingly every menu these days, but one has been around for much, much longer. That'd be the humble shandy, which mixes beer with something that's definitely not beer — something lemon-flavoured, usually — and makes for perfect summer sipping.

Why just knock back a brew when you and your special someone can also be drinking mango juice, ginger beer and squash? That's the thinking behind The Bavarian's summer shandy series — although no, you won't be downing all of the above ingredients at the same time. Instead, those tipples and a heap of others are featured in nine different shandies, which'll set you back between $10–15 each, come in 500-millilitre steins and are available all summer long.

On the menu: the Summer Mango, which combines Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier with mango juice; the Michelada, a blend of 4 Pines Kolsch, bloody mary spiced juice and lime juice (with a chilli-salt rim); the Nightcap, which pairs Hofbrau Dunkel with coffee liqueur; and the Snake Bite, a mix of Bulmers apple cider, 4 Pines Kolsch and Chambord. Butterscotch, apple rye spice, whiskey and ginger, and a tequila concoction are also available — the latter called the Largarita — because these shandies can also include liqueurs and spirits.

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PAIR ROOFTOP DRINKS, SWIMS AND VIEWS OVER THE CITY

Pool party season just keeps on keeping on at W Brisbane, which is one of the benefits of opening a watering hole with its own spot to take a splash in this almost-always-warm city of ours. The latest excuse for you and your favourite person to put on your togs: Sundaze at Wet Deck, the hotel's weekly summer shindig in its fourth-level rooftop pool and wet deck area.

Running from 2–6pm each Sunday until February 27, this end-of-weekend event lets you swing by to take a dip, sip drinks and dance the afternoon away, all with a massive view over the river towards Mt Coot-tha. Plunge into the 20-metre-long pool, admire the scenery and knock back refreshing cocktails, with your first tipple included in your entry fee.

Tickets cost $25 online — and, after that drink of choice upon arrival, you'll be paying as you sip from there. So, you can make the occasion into as much of a big Sunday sesh as you like, or simply soak in the excuse to paddle around in one of the most eye-catching pools Brissie boasts — it's up to you.

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SWOON OVER A HIT BROADWAY MUSICAL

Broadway and West End smash An American in Paris is currently singing and dancing its way across the QPAC Lyric Theatre, with the four-time Tony-winner kicking off its Australian run in our glorious city until on Sunday, January 30. The dazzling show is based on 1951 film of the same name so yes, if you and your significant other are fans of classic movies — and classic big-screen musicals starring none other than the inimitable Gene Kelly at that — its name will definitely sound familiar.

Story-wise, the musical follows an American soldier in Paris (because its moniker is that straightforward). Set at the end of the Second World War, it charts US GI's Jerry Mulligan's exploits as he falls for a French woman. Well, he is celebrating the end of the combat in the notably romantic city, after all.

Bringing the Oscar-winning 70-year-old film to the stage, this version of An American in Paris is directed by acclaimed contemporary ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon — and adapted for theatre and choreographed by him, too. The Aussie run is also being staged in collaboration with the Australian Ballet, so expect to see some of their dancers helping to bring the musical to life.

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Top image: W Brisbane.

Published on January 27, 2022 by Concrete Playground

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