Five Sydney Date Ideas for This Week That Aren't Dinner and a Movie
Just think of us as your cultural wingman.
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 Sydney 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) Sydney date ideas for this week, no matter how much money you've got to spend. Just think of us as your cultural wingman. You're welcome.
WANDER THROUGH A LUMINOUS ART EXHIBITION
A Sydney institution, White Rabbit Gallery has been running free exhibitions showcasing contemporary Chinese art for over a decade. The Chippendale gallery's latest exhibition, Lumen, showcases imaginative artworks centred around the wonders of light from 30 artists. Running until Sunday, August 1, the lineup stretches from interactive light pieces and frozen copper sculptures to video projections and rooms full of LEDs. Entry to White Rabbit Gallery is free and there are no bookings — so just rock up with your date and enjoy the art.
HAVE A BOOGIE AT THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM
Finishing work on a Thursday afternoon, you can feel the weekend coming. You might want to hit the town but you're just looking for the right excuse. Powerhouse Museum has been offering up that excuse with a run of free late-night events happening every Thursday since January. This week's after-hours culture fix comes courtesy of the Electronic Music Conference. EMC has put together a lineup of boundary-pushing local artists and DJs ranging from dance to hip-hop. Accompanying the music is late-night art and visual projections, a screening of the film Glitterbox: Where Love Lives, a pop-up Campari bar and food from fried chicken gods Butter.
TREAT YOURSELF TO A MID-WEEK ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT MUSSELS FEAST
As the months get colder, the urge to dig into a bowl of cheesy, carby pasta or an exuberant amount of seafood increases. That's why Fratelli Fresh is helping you through winter with three months of culinary specials. As part of the Fratelli Winter Festival, you can tuck into weekly specials including all-you-can-eat pizza, salads and gelato every Tuesday night for $29, or even better, all-you-can-eat mussels for $25 with the purchase of one full-priced drink every Wednesday night. If you want to get even fancier, the Italian restaurant chain is also throwing a series of truffle-heavy dinners across Sydney throughout the next month.
BOOK A PRIVATE IGLOO AT THIS POP-UP WINTER WONDERLAND
Now that 2021's cooler months are here, locations around Australia have been transforming into winter wonderlands, celebrating the chilly season in all of its frosty glory. Sydneysiders can currently catch the limited-time Winter Village at Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta. Here you'll find an ice rink, an igloo village, daily snow showers, and a killer food and drink lineup.
If you choose to book out an igloo for you and your date, you'll enjoy the likes of chips, dips, mini pretzels, cured meats, fried chicken bites, mac 'n' cheese croquettes and espresso martini-flavoured chocolate fudge dipping sauce with marshmallows, berries and brownies for dipping, depending which package you book. You can also cheers to your cute date night with drinks packages that include beer, wine, espresso martinis and Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin cocktails.
GO ALL OUT
FLOAT AROUND THE HARBOUR ON AN AFTER-DARK KAYAKING ADVENTURE
If you're looking for a next-level romantic experience, the team at Sydney Harbour Kayaks is running a special series of after-dark kayaking tours for Sydney Solstice. Your tour of the harbour will paddle off at sunset — perfect for a pic or two — then, as the stars come out, you'll cruise past naval warships and the impressive 1874-built James Craig ship. You'll take in the sights of Glebe Island Bridge and the Anzac Bridge, before stopping for snacks and drinks. The tour starts and ends at Darling Harbour, which means you can pop over to the ice rink or food market at Darling Harbour Winter Festival when you're done. Two birds, one stone.
Published on June 15, 2021 by Concrete Playground