Top 5 Date Night Ideas
Remember when you first started dating your partner? Going out of your way to think of special things to do together that would surprise and delight the other? I used to think ‘date night’ was a great idea for couples busy with kids, who needed to set time aside for each other – and so it is. But then I discovered that life can get so busy, so social, that even without kids, couples can forget to spend one-on-one time together … and so I added a weekly date night into our calendar. Since mid-2014, Franz and I have taken turns, week about, to organise it, always keeping the details a surprise from each other until we arrive at the destination. Some have been bucket-list experiences (especially when we’re travelling) and others much more low key … but it’s always a highlight of our week. Here are some of our more innovative date night suggestions – and if you’d like more, have a look at my Date Night Pinterest board for all of them, with a new one added each week.
Stars & Curry Sydney Observatory, Millers Point
How many Sydney-siders regularly whiz past the wonderfully historic observatory beside the Harbour Bridge’s southern pylon, but have never peered through its giant telescope? After seeing the rings of Saturn, we drove down the hill to the Lord Nelson for an excellent Nepalese curry and glass of house-brewed ale.
Art After Hours Art Gallery of NSW, The Domain
Did you know the Art Gallery is open until 10pm on Wednesdays? Wander through the free general collection or view a special exhibition (we went for the Archibald, Wynne & Sulman), then grab a glass of wine and listen to free live music before dinner at Chiswick at The Gallery with fab harbour views.
Great Toasties & a Movie Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Surry Hills
Ever wondered what’s in that elegant art-deco building wrapped around the corner of Commonwealth and Hunt Streets? Try a cosy art-house cinema and moody basement bar with short, fun menu (including seriously good toasties on Brasserie Bread sourdough), great cocktails, beer and wines and live music most nights.
Walking on Air Sydney Tower, Sydney
I’m not sure about heights, but once I was suited and harnessed up and out on the viewing platform touching the bottom of the Westfield ‘W’ – I loved it. Then a 3-minute stroll and we were at Fix Wine Bar with a glass of something quirky and a platter of Pino salumi and great cheeses.
Fish & Chips with a View UTS Rowing Club, Haberfield
This is where it all began, our first date night (25 June 2014). The menu’s basic, but the view’s great and, being on Parramatta River, it’s a part of Sydney Harbour many people haven’t seen. Stick to beer-battered flathead with Asian slaw, order a great bottle of riesling and relax.