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Five Romantic Melbourne Date Ideas for This Week From Budget to Blowout

Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
By Concrete Playground
May 17, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
May 17, 2022
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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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UNDER $30

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UNEARTH ANCIENT GREEK TREASURES ON A MUSEUM DATE

If you fancy spending some time with your boo nerding out over your shared love of history, then we've found the exhibition for you. Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections is now showing at Melbourne Museum and it's chock full of ancient works dating back to the early bronze age.

Co-created and presented with the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the Aussie-first showcase features 44 ancient pieces — none of which have ever made it Down Under before. Among them, you'll catch a glimpse of the gold Theseus ring, which dates back to the 15th century BCE, as well as a 2500-year-old marble sphinx that depicts a female head with the body of a winged lion.

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UNDER $50

WOO THEM WITH (BULK) CHOCOLATE

Keen to show your date your sweet side? This month, all you need to do is jump in the car and check out the Yarra Valley Rocky Road Festival, which is happening at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie and Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie until May 31.

Here, the two of you can sink your sweet tooth into a mind-boggling 31 different varieties of rocky road, including flavours inspired by the likes of Golden Gaytime, espresso martini and black forest. If you like a bit of variety when it comes to your chocolate scoffing, there are 45-minute Rock Around the Block tasting workshops happening throughout the week. And for a cosy end to your romantic day out, why not settle in to warm your mitts with a couple of rocky road hot chocolates before the trip home?

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FLIRT OVER FRUIT AND FIZZ AT A CIDER FESTIVAL

If the apple of your eye has a thing for cider — sweet, dry or otherwise — we reckon they'll be chuffed with a little trip to the College Lawn this weekend. The Prahran pub is tapping into those crisp autumn feels by hosting a three-day cider festival, from Friday, May 20–Sunday, May 22.

At the bar, you'll find a hefty offering of local and interstate ciders, including drops from the likes of Pipsqueak, Willie Smith, Custard & Co; which you can enjoy while kicking back on hay bales and picnic blankets in the beer garden. There'll also be mulled cider, cider-infused cocktails and live tunes playing through the weekend. And you won't want to miss the roast pork from the spit, served piled into a soft bap roll alongside an apple and fennel slaw.

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WHISK YOUR DATE 55 STOREYS UP FOR CLEVER COCKTAILS AND AN INTIMATE GIG

You won't find too many inner-city date night venues as impressive as Vue de Monde's cocktail lounge Lui Bar, which sits 55 storeys up and boasts views for days. And for the next few weeks, you've got an additional excuse to venture up here with your SO for a Sunday rendezvous — until June 12, the bar's Creative Sundays series is dishing up a special weekly curation of music and libations from an exciting cast of emerging talent.

Firstly, a cocktail menu takeover by Head Bartender Elisabetta Luppi and her crew will see you sipping your way through an exclusive lineup of inventive, never-before-seen concoctions. Then, from 7pm, you're in for an intimate live set by one of the talented up-and-comers from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. The gigs are set to showcase a different artist each week, with a host of musical genres featured throughout the series, so you're bound to find something both of you can dig.
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ONE BIG BLOWOUT

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RELAX TO THE MAX WITH A DAY OF PAMPERING, COUPLES-STYLE

If your plus one is as thrilled as you by the prospect of a day spent snuggled in a robe, being preened and pampered in style, you know you've found a winner. And you've also found the perfect partner for an indulgent day out soaking up one of Melbourne's best spa experiences. These are our top picks for a rejuvenating pamper sesh in and around the city; whether you fancy a de-stressing hot stone massage, an exfoliating sugar scrub and body wrap, or maybe a blissful soak in a private mineral pool.

Drop in for a treatment or two, or lock in a day of back-to-back therapies. Either way, we guarantee you'll finish up feeling fresh and looking your best — exactly what you want when you're hanging with your main squeeze.

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Top image: Sense of Self, supplied.

Published on May 17, 2022 by Concrete Playground

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