Ten summer date night ideas

The days are sunny, the nights are balmy, and love is in the air! Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or a day that’s special for you and your date, try these romantic recommendations for an unforgettable evening.

Fatto Bar & Cantina

Want to keep it simple? Great pizza. Perfectly chilled prosecco. Tiramisu for two. A city skyline sunset by the river. Fatto Bar & Cantina ticks all these boxes, and more besides, from salad to salumi.

People sitting outdoor at tables at sunset in an outdoor bar

Fatto Bar and Cantina

Entrecote oyster happy hour

Mumm Champagne and freshly shucked oysters at a French restaurant will impress your date, but are they beyond your budget? Not at Entrecote City during their daily 4-6pm happy hour, when Mumm’s just $12 a glass and oysters $2 a pop. Ooh la la!

Dumplings for Dating at Oriental Tea House

The classiest place in town for tea and dumplings is launching a game night for lovers on Valentine’s Day. This board game slash getting-to-know-you questionnaire is about having fun, drinking a bit too much and eating way too many dumplings. From the chilli wagyu beef to the chocolate Wonka dumplings, it’s game on at Oriental Tea House!

Two hands holding chopsticks over a tray of dumplings

Dumplings for dating at Oriental Teahouse

Arts Centre’s tixatsix

Date night doesn’t need to cost a bomb. Arts Centre Melbourne offers limited $30 tickets daily at 6pm for that night’s shows across all its venues, including the Music Bowl. There’s a limit of two tickets, so it’s a deal made for lovers on a budget. Try your luck – maybe Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical under the spire in the State Theatre?

A couple sitting at a table talking and drinking

Dream Lover at Arts Centre Melbourne

Spring Street Grocer picnic

Two of the many things Melbourne does well are beautiful food and parks, so romantics can’t go wrong with a picnic. Spring Street Grocer has everything you need. Rolls and sandwiches to go, made from seven different types of bread. Caviar, dips and charcuterie. Salads, including vegan options. Cold-pressed juices. Fresh seafood. A whole room full of cheese! Parliament Gardens Reserve’s lush grass and refreshing fountain are just across the street, so pop back into the grocer for post-picnic gelato.

Don’t pick the flowers in the park! There’s a pop-up florist just around the corner at Garden State Hotel on 12-14 February.

Hands wrapping a bouquet of flowers

Mary Mary Studio pop-up florist at Garden State Hotel

MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts

Enjoy Champagne entertainment at tap-water prices when the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra plays under the stars. From classical favourites to Valentine’s Day operatic romance, the final MSO Sidney Myer Free Concert on Wednesday 14 February will give your Valentine’s date night a classy soundtrack.

A crowd of people sitting on the grass watching an orchestra perform on an outdoor stage

MSO Sidney Myer Music Bowl Concerts

Venice on the Yarra

What’s more romantic than floating along in a private boat with your boo? Venice on the Yarra does it in style with gorgeous hand-built Venetian-inspired gondolas fitted out with plush upholstery and cushions. Sip your way through a bottle of bubbles on ice while watching Melbourne’s riverside scenery slowly slip by.

Melbourne Street Art Tours

Show your date how cultured and street-smart you are with a walk around the city’s coolest stencil-art, throwies and murals. Melbourne Street Art Tours, which are led by actual street artists, reveal hidden treasures down lanes and arcades. Finish up at Blender Studios to see artists at work and chat over a drink. Tours run Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

A man standing in front of a mural with the word Melbourne written on it

Melbourne Street Art Tours

Strike Bowling

How about an American-style date night? Or the chance to release your inner child together? Either way, Strike Bowling QV and Melbourne Central have got you covered. Knock over a few pins. Chow down on classics like hot dogs and wings. Share a giant cocktail – maybe the Pimm’s O’Clock for your summertime take on Lady and the Tramp. If your love doesn’t like sitting around, there’s $10 unlimited laser tag on Wednesdays at Strike Melbourne Central!

The Night Market

With its curated stalls, international street food, summertime drinks, entertainment and party lights, The Night Market is a Melbourne summer essential. Next week’s market just happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day, so make it extra special by booking a private table for two. You get a bottle of bubbles on arrival and $50+ worth of Night Market vouchers. Visit the Studio of Love for professional photographs loved up with props, dress-up accessories, a cute park bench and heartfelt songs. Dance the night away to live musos like Abbey Stone, That Gold Street Sound and Bella Ciao, and DJ Vince Peach.

A couple dancing in front of a band on stage

Enjoy live music at The Night Market


More Valentine’s Day ideas

Picnic on the Water – this Valentine’s Day, enjoy a romantic two-hour cruise around the bay on a vintage-style steamboat, and enjoy a gourmet hamper for two as you watch the sunset.

Uncle Valentine’s Day Feast – head to Uncle for a tasty Vietnamese feast this Valentine’s Day. Choose from two desserts created especially to end the evening: the monkey banana split, with peanut praline, coconut foam, tapioca and popping candy, along with the Spiced chocolate mousse, ice cream, crispy pearls, dried raspberries and snap.

Garden State Valentine’s Day  treat your loved one to a four course shared menu or or six course degustation at Garden State in the cosmpolitan heart of Flinders Lane.

Lady Cutler Showboat – a two hour Valentine’s Day Cruise at sunset offering spectacular views of the city and harbour, and a fully licensed bar on board.

Entrecôte South Yarra – what can be more romantic than a little bit of Paris? Indulge in a four course set menu at this atmospheric French eatery overlooking Royal Botanic Gardens. Bookings essential.

Find out more ideas of things to do, see and go in the city at What’s On Melbourne.

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