Fun First Date Ideas That Will Have You Buzzing with Excitement

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Let’s be honest most first dates are pretty awkward (even if you do count yourself as a seasoned professional!). While most of us test the water with a coffee or drink on the first date, there are still some of us who believe in the magic that is wine, dine, tell her she’s fine.

I get it. You like to think ahead, and the thought of being stuck with someone over a whole dinner who you aren’t vibing with at all is a god damn terrifying thought. I have had girlfriends ask me to call them at 7:30 PM sharp and ask them if it’s a yes or no (we had code words pre planned like “Hello grandma” for no and “I’ll call you back just at dinner for" a yes. If it was a yes I would politely hang up the phone and let them continue their evening in peace. If it was a no I would make up an epic excuse so they could get out of the date they were in. Genius right?

But I am here to ask you if perhaps you are going about the whole thing wrong, if you have already set up a pre-conceived exit strategy (and a good one at that) chances are you are bound to fail. So let me put this to you, maybe it’s time to spin the dating game on its head and shake things up with some epic ideas that don’t involve an awkward dinner with one of you drinking too much wine and downloading your dating resume like an interview for a new job you don’t even really want.

Let’s bring the fun back with some first date ideas that will have you and your date super excited for your next date night. I’ve even broken your ideal date night down into personality traits… You’re welcome…!


The Funny One

Holey Moley Golf Club  

Nothing says “here have a piece of my heart” more than putt putt. OK...That has no real relevance at all, but I would think this as a first date is pretty rad! This is where Holey Moley comes in to play, choose from 9, 18, or 27 holes and putt putt your way around a labyrinth of unique holes that will test your problem solving skills and golfing prowess. It’s the perfect place to break up any awkward silences and show off your competitive streak, you could even win some brownie points but letting your date win. They also have DJs playing, a full service bar with ALL of the cocktails and it’s a super easy way to break the ice.

Where: Darlinghurst, Newtown, Castle Towers & Charlestown
(PS you can also find Holey Moley in Melbourne so head to the website for all the deets)
When: Monday to Friday 12pm – Late; Saturday & Sunday 10am – Late
How much: Who cares, it’s putt putt, stop being tight or head to the website if you really must know.


The Baller

Messina Creative Department Sydney

If you haven’t indulged in a late night Messina run, then where have you been living?! Messina has upped the ante on the good old ice-cream in a cone date with their latest offering ‘The Creative Department’. The Creative Department offers a 7 course sit down dinner, which is paired with complimentary handmade drinks, and showcases the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and umani (sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness). It’s the perfect place to get to know each other while dining on all the dessert creations. Suddenly your pizza and a wine idea doesn’t sound so first date fabulous right?

Where: 243 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst (Also available in Melbourne)
When: Tickets are now on sale for April – July
How much: The 7 course degustation is $130 per head including paired drinks


The Romantic

Murphy by The Australian Ballet

Graeme Murphy is a national treasure and is celebrating 50 years with the Australian Ballet. To celebrate the occasion the Australian Ballet is opening the season with a tribute to him. Titled “Murphy,” the show is a compilation of the choreographers boldest and poetic moments. Get dressed up, romance the hell out of your first date and enjoy history in the making with a night of culture and dance at the Sydney Opera House. Bliss!

Where: The Sydney Opera House – 2 Macquarie Street, Sydney
When: April 6th – April 23rd
How much: Tickets range from $35 to $235


The Cultured Type

After Hours at The Art Gallery of NSW

Every hump-day (Wednesday) the Art Gallery of NSW swings open its doors for a late night soiree. Each week there is something different on which ranges from lectures and talks to music and art, so it’s the perfect way for you and your date to hang out and share an evening learning about each other’s artistic interests. If the night has been super fab, head for a nightcap or dinner at Woolloomooloo Wharf (*cough* China Doll) and discuss all of art’s greatest pleasures over a cocktail or two.

Where: Art Gallery Road, Sydney
When: Every Wednesday until 10pm
How much: Most of the program is free  


The Adventure Seeker

Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board in Rose Bay

OK everyone, it’s time to flex your muscles.. Literally. Kayaking or stand up paddle boarding is a great first date idea and the perfect way to explore Sydney’s famous harbour beaches and islands. Pack some wine and head on a little adventure to Shark Island (Don’t worry, contrary to the name there isn’t a shark in sight), or take it a little easier with a paddle on the shores of the beach located on Tingira Reserve. Remember to pack towels and knock together a little cheese board to really impress your date, as kayaking and paddling can work up quite a hunger!

Where: The beach at Tingira Reserve, opposite the Rose Bay RSL Club
Corner of new South Head Road and Vickery Avenue, Rose Bay
When: By appointment mid-week and 9am – 3pm on Weekends
How much: $17 - $29 per hour


Dating should be an exciting time. It’s the early stages where you can really get to know someone and what better way to show that you are keen then by making an effort with your date night. Also remember to be on time, and boys, do offer to pick up your date, even if she declines, it’s a really nice gesture that I am sure she will appreciate. Keep the conversation light but engaging, and most of all have fun! There’s no doubt that after you sweep her off her feet with one of these date night ideas, there will be plenty more opportunities to hang, after all who could resist a man who has made dating fun again!

Xx, Lisa