BRISBANE’s CHEAPEST DATES – It’s all about the company!
You can’t always afford an expensive night out, so here are Conveyancing Home Queensland’s ideas for a good, romantic or fun time. Nothing beats a Picnic in the park at South Bank, or the Roma Street Parklands, with lakeside barbecues, tables and a great sports field. Try the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha. You can spread a rug by the lagoon or walk up to the viewing platform or Australian flower garden.
A Pub Meal is probably one of the best cheap dates or nights out. Though of course these days there is a wide range of different pubs, if you look around and choose the right place on the right night you can get some excellent deals. For an evening with friends, you want the right atmosphere while for a date you want that special ambience – expect a nice meal of around $10 to $15 plus a drink. But generally, you are looking at going out on Sundays through to Thursday nights. Always look at your favourite pub’s website for their new deals.
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A night out dancing is very cost-effective – head out to one of the Latin dance nights being hosted in various pubs and clubs around Brisbane. These are usually free on Weeknights. When there is no cover charge all you have is the cost of a drink or two. Latin rhythms for the rest of the night usually follow dance classes. There is one at the base of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs on the first Sunday of every month, and other events come and go around Brisbane.
Mini-Golf & Bowling Alleys
One of the things people don’t really think about that much anymore is mini-golf or putt-putt. The most fun option is Holey Moley, a combination cocktail bar and putt-putt course located in Fortitude Valley, The City and Chermside. It is around $17 here for 9 holes. Combine that with a drink and it is $30. Many bowling alleys have other activities such as laser tag, restaurants & bars. There are some more outdoor mini-golf courses around Brisbane for a night or fun afternoon date.
Night Markets & Food Truck Events
Markets are always fun places to visit. You have some shopping, usually some entertainment as well as a fine selection of food which you can sample. Brisbane is a little bit weak on night markets at the moment, but there is a growing number of regular food truck events as well. Eat Street Markets is by far the biggest; meals are between $10 and $15 per person. There are 3 live music stages, multiple bars, some shops and even movies.
Fish & Chips on the Beach
Science has found what people have known for a long time, seafood tastes better when you can smell the ocean. There is no better way to get the ocean scent than to be actually sitting on the beach, and in most beachside suburbs in the greater Brisbane area you will find wonderful fish & chip shops near the beach. The better places include a good selection of salads to go with the fish and chips.
Fun & Games
The holy Buddha said that you should maintain your inner child. Nothing brings out your inner child like cafes and bars that provide games. Whatever game you play you can find several places around Brisbane. These include Sasquatch Bar in Chermside and Saccharomyces in Fish Lane in South Brisbane. Ultimately games prove that you are a fun person. Though don’t choose anything too hard and don’t cheat when playing scrabble. Or at least don’t argue over all the rules if you want it to be romantic.
Going for a walk with someone can be very romantic, and there are lots of walks in the Brisbane area you can go on. Some general rules of a romantic walk include – somewhere scenic to walk; Sandgate or Manly foreshore are a couple of great locations. Walks with points of interest are cool too, such as sculptor or historic sites walks. Have a good destination in mind. For fit people, a walk up Mt Coot-tha to the views from the summit is a great option. You can walk from South Bank along the Kangaroo Point Cliffs and across the bridge to the Howard Smith Wharves. A walk around the lakes at the University of Queensland, especially during jacaranda season can be followed by coffee, cake or a meal at one of the cafes there.
Manly to Wynnum is a lovely walk, with the better cafes being at Manly. Sandgate down to Shorncliffe is fun. The better cafes are at Sandgate, so put Sandgate at the end of the walk. The Brisbane Botanic Gardens has flowers, the exotic, 3 lakes, and views and you can head on through the gardens and up Mt Coot-tha if you want by the Spotted Gum Track. New Farm Park down to Newstead is a favourite walk. You can visit the historic Newstead House at the end and go for steaks at the Breakfast Creek Hotel.