So you got a match. The next step is harder: finding the right place to impress your date.

These aren't places for quiet, white-tableclothed romance. They're fun, energetic restaurants and bars packed with atmosphere, where there's rarely a chance for an awkward silence. Good luck.

Yoko Dining

A two-storey Japanese izakaya from star restaurateur Jonathan Barthelmess.

Howard Smith Wharves 5 Boundary Sreet, Brisbane

Proof BBQ and Booze

An iconic spot transformed into an American-style barbeque joint with whiskey and Kentucky-style hospitality.

14 104 Newmarket Road, Windsor
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Chu the Phat

A 300-seater with the heart of a late-night market stall.

111 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Mr Percival’s

The octagonal, overwater stunner with a fresh-seafood slant and an enviable view.

Howard Smith Wharves 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane

Hello Gorgeous

Seafood and spritzers in a down-to-earth bar that is definitely not a “speakeasy”.

32A Chester Street, Newstead

Za Za Ta

A gorgeous restaurant and bar at the centre of Brisbane's Middle Eastern moment.

1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
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Widely regarded as one of the country’s best Greek restaurants.

Level 1 48 James Street, Fortitude Valley
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A two-storey Cantonese eatery with a star chef at the helm.

5 Boundary Street, Brisbane


Pizza that's been delighting Brisbane since 2004.

10 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe

Super Whatnot

If you're planning a short, relaxed date, this is your best option.

48 Burnett Lane, Brisbane
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Phat Boy

A neon-lit stunner from the owner of Phat Elephant and Chai Thai.

300 George Street, Brisbane


Refined share plates and mezcal on a classy corner of Brunswick Street.

211 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

The End

Those low lights and accessible drinks are your friend. Just make sure to start early, before it gets too loud.

73 Vulture Street, West End


Family-style Greek from Jonathan Barthelmess, one of Sydney’s favourite restaurateurs.

Howard Smith Wharf Precinct 5 Boundary Street, Brisbane

Gerard’s Bar

The perfect warm-up for an extended date at Gerard's Bistro, provided things go well.

13A 23 James Street, Fortitude Valley

La Lune Wine Co

Sit at the bar, order a few wines and interact with the chefs. No chance of an awkward silence here.

Shop 5 109 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane


A European-style wine bar and bistro in South Brisbane.

Level 1 39 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

The Gresham

This heritage-listed bar is a hot contender for the city's most elegant space. Ideal for a picky date, in other words.

308-322 Queen Street, Brisbane

Pizzeria Violetta

Who doesn't like pizza?

10 Wongabel Street, Kenmore
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Sichuan Bang Bang

The seats are low and close at this vibing Chinese diner – you'll be right in each other's faces.

8 Wongabel Street, Kenmore

Happy Boy Fortitude Valley

Modern Chinese food and a killer wine list from brothers Cameron and Jordan Votan.

826 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley


For dates that revolve around good wine.

336 George Street, Brisbane


Casual but classy Italian dining.

77 Grey Street, South Brisbane


Small, intimate and totally cool.

9 Fish Lane, South Brisbane

Uh Oh Spaghettio

At this neon-lit, two-storey late-night pasta joint, you'll find $15 serves of house-made pasta, $13 glasses of wine and late-night beats.

690 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Cielo Rooftop Bar

A Fortitude Valley rooftop bar from the Salt Meats Cheese and Eterna crew. Come for small plates, stunning views and cocktails designed by Maybe Sammy – one of the world's best bars.

209 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley