Warm days, long nights: summer is the season made for easy, dreamy dates. Meet our favourite venues from around the country, and work them into your date night itineraries.


The Drink: The Everleigh
The cocktail bar in a league of its own. Think old fashioned and sour wrapped in a golden era vibe. Be sure to opt for a booth seat.
150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy 3065.

The Food: Le Bon Ton
A New Orleans-inspired smokehouse and oyster saloon, complete with a front cocktail bar that is, in no way, a slouch. Famed for head-spinningly good barbecue.
51 Gipps Street, Collingwood

The Day Date: DOC
Charcuterie boards and breezy cocktails are made for day dates – luckily, D.O.C. does both marvelously. Giddily waste away the afternoon with their delicatessen fare, then stroll up to Carlton Gardens to work it off.
326 Lygon Street, Carlton


The Drink: The Hacienda
Luxe harbour views. Cuban-inspired fit-out. Oodles of lush botanicals. Order the Old Smoked Presidente – you won’t regret it.
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney (Inside Pullman Quay Grand hotel)

The Food: Cho Cho San
Leave the intimate mood for your nightcaps – Cho Cho San gives dinner (and modern Japanese) a fun, breezy Tokyo twist. Best of all? Their banquet is a filling, flavour-packed knockout.
73 Macleay Street, Potts Point

The Day Date: The Newport
Channel a Hamptons-esque vibe with a daytrip to Newport. More specifically, The Newport. Plenty of gastropub dishes on offer, and a blissed-out waterfront setting that’s worth the drive.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport


The Foraging Quail
Luxe Vietnamese in a sleek, stylish space. Opt for the degustation and take your date on a worthy gastronomic adventure.
Shop B 148 Merthyr Road, New Farm


The upscale Thai joint that lives up to its name. The Tuk Tuk tasting menu is a home run. Have a tipple at the Botanic Bar next door, pre or post-meal. (Or both.)
309 North Terrace, Adelaide


El Publico
A cosy little Mexican joint with a punchy cocktail list. The fried crickets on order make for an easy conversation starter. Rest assured, the rest of the menu is outstanding – and more conservative.
511 Beaufort Street, Highgate

Posted on February 8, 2018