The best date places in Aus are… Posse’s city-by-city guide to the best dating spots in the country

May 13, 2014 at 2:54 am


One of the hardest where-to-go decisions to make is choosing a place to take a date. Getting the balance between the person’s tastes, date number, familiarity and venue is no easy task, and the stakes are high if you’re crushing hard. 

Fear not, Posse’s network of users are experts on the best places in town and have been busily sharing their favourite dating spots. We’ve done the analysis of the top spots around the country to take the guesswork out of choosing the ideal place to woo your crush.

The winners of Posse’s best date spots in the country are…

Naturally, the most appropriate style of date varies depending on a number of factors, so the winners on our list range from safe bets like candle-lit dinners, to more creative options like seaplane rides, trips to a winery or famous heritage buildings.

Based on tens of thousands of recommendations lodged by our Aussie Posse, here are the best dating spots in the country, by city:
(Shortcut link to your city: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide).


Famous for its sparkling harbour and pristine beaches, but also known for great bars and dining, Sydney caters to both the traditional indoor dating scene as well as a host of outdoor activities. For the outdoor inclined, the St George Open Air Cinema with views of the Opera house and a screen that rises from the harbour, a seaplane ride to a secluded lunch spot or The Island floating beach club are seriously good options.
Sydney Seaplanes Fly and Dine – Leaves from Rose Bay

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The Island, Floating beach club – Ferry leaves from Rose Bay

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The Winery, Restaurant, courtyard and bar – Surry Hills

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Longrain Restaurant & Bar, Asian fusion fine dining – Surry Hills


St George Open Air Cinema, Outdoor cinema, dining, bar, views of Opera House bar on the harbour – Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney City (Jan-Feb only)

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Ms. G’s, Asian fusion, cocktails- Potts Point
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Porteno, Argentinean restaurant – Surry Hills


Ripples, Seafood restaurant, harbour views – Chowder Bay


Bondi Hardware, Rustic cocktail bar – Bondi Beach

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Melbourne asserts itself as the dining capital and culture hub of the country; it’s weather more conducive to indoor pursuits. Naturally, it follows that some of the best restaurants and cultural experience call the Victorian city home.

Chin Chin Restaurant, Modern Thai – Melbourne City

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Cumulus Inc, Relaxed eating house and bar – Melbourne City 


Madame Brussels, Acclaimed cocktail bar – Melbourne City

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Rooftop Bar, City views and outdoor cinema – Melbourne City

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Rose St Artist Markets, Trawl through hipsterville- Fitzroy

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Panama Dining Room, Stunning ballroom dining – Fitzroy

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Vue De Monde – Fine dining, level 50 Rialto Tower in the CBD – Melbourne City

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Brisbane is an up-and-comer in the restaurant stakes, and has taken off as the faster growing urban area in the country. Within striking distance of the Gold and Sunshine coasts, it’s also a great base from which to head out on a road trip.

Hastings Street, Noosa, Glamour and character a day trip from Brisbane- Sunshine Coast



Q1 Observatory, Sprawling coastal views, day trip from Brisbane – Broadbeach


Aria, Sydney’s famous 3-hat restaurant now calls Brisbane home- Brisbane city


Alfred and Constance, The buzz of Brisbane’s bar scene – Spring Hill


Powerhouse – Shows, restaurants, heritage building, river views – New Farm


Mecca Bah – Turkish restaurant, cocktails – Fortitude Valley

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Freestyle Tout, Decadent dessert bar – Fortitude Valley



With its own unique identity on the country’s isolated West Coast, Perth has developed a persona of its own, and a bar and dining scene to match.

Little Creatures Brewery, The home of Little Creatures craf beer – Fremantle

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The Aviary, The buzz of Perth’s bar scene – Perth City


Mechanics Institute Bar, Small bar – Perth City 


Print Hall, Fine dining – Perth City 

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Adelaide is starting to shake the mantle of sleepy country town, and while it remains small comparative to its larger cohorts, it boasts world class wineries and a vibrant food culture. So close to the Barossa Valley, it’s a foodie paradise and only a short drive away from some of the best wineries in the country.

The Howling Owl, Beer and wine specialists – Adelaide City

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Press Food & Wine, Locally sourced fine dining – Adelaide City

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Gatt Wines, Award-winning winery- Barossa Valley



La Boheme, Parisian-style bar – Adelaide City

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Onyx Dessert Lounge, Decadent desserts – North Adelaide


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