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

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
December 08, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
December 08, 2021
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Tired of the classic drink 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 Melbourne 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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FREE

John Gollings

TREAT THEM TO A CULTURE FIX

Both got a thing for art, music and design? This year's MPavilion structure The Lightcatcher has just landed in Queen Victoria Gardens, where it'll be dishing up a five-month program packed with all of that and more. Take your date for a stroll to admire its shimmering, reflective design, then return to catch one of the 400 events it'll play host to over the coming months.

This week, you can take your pick of many free live tunes and performances (courtesy of Melbourne Music Week), plus talks, workshops and more. Check out the full program and plan your visit.

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UNDER $50

SIP WINE, FEEL FINE — AND TICK OFF SOME OF YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST

If you've got a fellow vino-lover to entertain, chances are they'll be chuffed to be taken for a spin around Northside Wines' third annual Christmas wine market. Happening across two sessions on Sunday, December 12, this laidback affair offers the chance to sample some great drops and stock up on Christmas presents, all in one go.

There'll be over 100 wines available to taste and purchase on the day, plus plenty of the winemakers will be on hand to offer guidance and advice. Of course, you can always use this as an opportunity to woo your date by showing off your own encyclopaedic wine knowledge.

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UNDER $100

VENTURE SOUTHSIDE FOR A DOSE OF CABARET, COMEDY OR CIRCUS (OR ALL THREE)

It's been a while between drinks, but live performance is finally back. Which means you and your SO can now enjoy an IRL show from IRL seats in front of an IRL stage. If that sounds like your brand of date night magic, book yourselves in to check out something from the final week of So Soiree — a multi-arts festival taking over Prahran's Grattan Gardens and nearby performance space Chapel Off Chapel from December 2–12.

With a diverse offering of cabaret, comedy, circus and music — plus pop-up cocktail bars and beer gardens — there's something here for all palates. Catch some side-splitting stand-up; see the raunchy fusion of cabaret and burlesque acrobatics that is Blunderland; or get ready to clock an unnerving amount of neon spandex when Werk It - Tight Fit delivers its high-energy blend of acrobatics, comedy and circus skills.

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TAKE THEM OVER THE RAINBOW...AND SIP FREE-FLOWING SELTZER WHILE YOU'RE THERE

First dates aren't always sunshine and rainbows — but you'll have a pretty good chance of both if you lock in a rendezvous on the Provincial's rooftop this summer. The Fitzroy pub has teamed up with Moon Dog Brewing to transform its rooftop space into a colourful oasis, complete with vibrant florals, a giant neon rainbow and even a rainbow swing for happy snaps.

To match the good vibes, a newly-installed self-serve tap station is pouring Moon Dog's famed range of Fizzer seltzer, which you can enjoy in bottomless quantities, any day of the week, for $49 (for two hours). Now, that should help calm any first date jitters, right? You can also sip free-flowing Fizzers as part of the Provincial's weekly bottomless brunch offering, which runs from 11am and 2pm every Saturday and Sunday, clocking in at $60.

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ONE BIG BLOWOUT

ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY ON A ROMANTIC GETAWAY

If you and your other half have spent far too much of this year cooped up inside your own house, now is the perfect time for a change of scenery. And why not do that with a cheeky weekend getaway out of the city, to one of these gorgeous Victorian farm stays? We've scouted out seventeen charming rural escapes that promise fresh air, idyllic scenery and tranquility in abundance.

Pick a favourite, pack your bags, and get ready to switch off and reconnect in a place that's far removed from the big smoke.

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Top Image: The Provincial

Published on December 08, 2021 by Concrete Playground

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