Romantic or Random: Australia’s most interesting bars and restaurants


Matilda Bay Brewery

Aside from mutual interests, flowing conversation and plenty of laughs, the location of a date could be make-or-break. It should be visually appealing, inspire conversation and offer top-notch service, as well as fantastic food and drinks. Most of all, it should be unique and memorable. So, here are some of Australia’s top bars and restaurants.

1. Cloudland, Brisbane

Cloudland Brisbane

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Disappear with someone special into the dream-like environment of Cloudland. This open-air, plant-filled, four-storey bar is an oasis in the middle of Fortitude Valley’s hectic night-life, and is an explosion of visual stimulus.

2. Ice Lounge, Chillon, Melbourne

Ice Lounge

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Keeping your cool on a date will be no trouble at this sub-zero Melbourne watering hole. An ice-cold drink is guaranteed and, if the date goes to plan, it’s perfect for a cheeky cuddle. You won’t forget this minus 10-degree experience in a hurry.

3. Julaymba Restaurant, Daintree National Park (Far north Qld)

Julaymba Restaurant

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The Daintree, in Far North Queensland, is a delicate ecosystem supporting many thousands of animal, bird, plant and insect species. Diners at this eco-friendly restaurant will feel at peace with nature as they look out over the water. A place for true romantics.

4. Izakaya Den, Melbourne

Izakaya Den

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Understated elegance is what Japanese culture is all about. At this bar/restaurant, you’ll find well-thought-out food and meticulously mixed drinks, not to mention a beautifully designed interior. Perfect for an after-work meet up, the peaceful atmosphere will help you wind down after a busy day.

5. Singapore House, Adelaide

 Singapore House

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Channelling a Victorian botanists’ vibe, Singapore House is full of beautifully preserved butterflies. But you don’t have to be into insects to appreciate the assured sophistication of this stunningly designed dining room/bar.

6. The Hudson, Sydney 

The Hudson Sydney

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Sydney’s Darling Harbour is a perfect theatre for a memorable first date. The deep brown leather banquettes in The Hudson hark back to a 1950s-style elegance, and the view over the harbour is captivating. Order some classic cocktails and take a wander down the wharf.

7. 29th Apartment, Melbourne

29th Apartment

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This bar is the very definition of eccentric. Decorated like an artist’s flat, this is a place to take someone with a creative side. There’s foosball and giant Jenga to bring some fun into the date, plus New York-style food and excellent cocktails. What more could you want from a relaxed, memorable night out?

8. Sounds of Silence restaurant, Uluru

Sounds of Silence

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If you want to dine in an awe-inspiring location – perhaps you’re planning to pop the big question – then look no further. Dining outdoors in the shadow of Uluru – just you, your loved one, the starry night sky and one of the world’s most incredible landmarks – it’s the perfect romantic experience.

9. Matilda Bay Brewery, Melbourne

Matilda Bay Brewery

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Micro breweries have gained popularity across Australia in the past five year so why not jump on board the trend. Matilda Bay brewery is beautifully designed and serves brilliant craft brews and food in a modern, light-filled setting.

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