Share an experience
1. Watch a foreign movie – catch something a little different from the usual at Luna Leederville. You’ve immediately got a shared point of conversation and there are plenty of places nearby to grab a beverage before or after the movie.
2. Comedy night– head upstairs to Lazy Susan’s Comedy den at the Brisbane Hotel. ‘The Big Hoo-Haa!’ runs every Saturday night and sees two teams battle it out in a game of improv. Or head to the Comedy Lounge in the CBD or Fremantle at Little Creatures Next Door.
3. Quiz night– team up and test your competitive streaks against one another with a quiz night at The Old Laundry on a Monday night, The Hyde Park Hotel on a Tuesday, or The Inglewood Hotel on a Wednesday. Check your local pub, they’re bound to have a night too.
4. See something on stage– check out the latest musical showing at Crown or a live event at Perth Arena. Or see what’s playing at the Heath Ledger Theatre, Regal Theatre or at the Town Hall, especially in the winter months as tastings (cheese and wines and whiskeys etc.) start popping up all over the place. The Ellington Jazz Club is always a winner too.
5. Strawberry picking– Springtime brings delicious strawberries with it and the strawberry farm in Bullsbrook has got you covered for a sweet first date.
Take a tour
6. Eat the Street– it’s surprising how much you can learn by playing tourist in your home town. Sample the best eats and drinks across Perth on Eat the Street’s Saturday evening Barrack to Beaufort tour, or visit the Bars on Beaufort on a Thursday night.
7. Explore the CBD– the beautiful thing about Perth City is that you can still find bars down hidden alleyways that make you feel like you’ve found Perth’s best-kept secret. There’s also a view and a half at Elizabeth Quay where a spot of gelato never goes astray.
8. Swan Valley– either hop on a bus and be chauffeured around or pick any place you want (because they’re all good in the valley) and bask in the sunshine and live music. On the last Sunday of the month, you’ll find markets showcasing locally-made produce at Ugly Duckling Wines.
9. Fremantle– DIY a tour of your own and head to Little Creatures for a brew, Cicerello’s for fish and chips, Bread in Common for small bites, and top it all off with a ride on the Ferris wheel along the Esplanade.
10. AQWA or Perth Zoo– hear us out, these aren’t just for kids. AQWA regularly host adult-only events and options to dine within the underwater tunnel which, let’s face it, is just pure magic. There’s also a tranquil spot to sit and watch the goings on beneath the sea at the downstairs viewing area. And when was the last time you went to the zoo? Chances are it’s been just as long for your date too.
11. Pack a picnic– keep it traditional and grab a rug and a basket and head to Kings Park for the sweeping city views, or spend an afternoon in Hyde Park. Not only is it beautiful and tranquil sitting by the lake, but Chu Bakery is right across the road and they have some of Perth’s best doughnuts. You’re welcome.
12. Take a hike – Lesmurdie Falls would be the go-to answer here, but have you heard of Ellis Brook Valley Reserve? It’s a short hike, steep but quick, about an hour roundtrip. It all depends on how long you stop to admire the city views at the top (it’s also a nice place to pack a picnic for) and the quarry is breathtaking on the way back down.
13. Hire a kayak or catamaran– when the weather heats up, head to Coode St Jetty in South Perth and hire out kayaks or sail along the Swan River in a catamaran. No experience is necessary, staff are available to assist beginners. You’ll love it when you’re cruising together.
14. Fish and chips by the beach– does it get any better than dipping your toes in the sand after a long day and watching the sunset whilst enjoying some fish and chips? We don’t think so. We’re so very lucky to live in a city with ample, beautiful beaches to head to. Take your pick, our favourites are Scarborough, Fremantle and Hillarys.
15. Play a round of mini golf– a little healthy competition never goes astray. Try your hand at mini golf one evening at the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens. There’s also Holey Moley in the CBD but it’s smaller and louder so make plans for after (there are plenty of bars nearby).
Everybody loves brunch
16. Beaufort Street– more of a morning person? Beaufort Street has cute cafés the whole way down, including Mary St Bakery (for all your baked goods), Cantina 663 (for excellent coffee) and Blacksmith (heart-warming full plates).
17. Maylands– share a pot of bottomless tea at Chapels which boasts an impressive array of flavours to choose from. There’s also Mr S just down the road on the corner. You know it’s going to be good when the locals pack it out.
18. East Perth– nab a table outside for waterfront views and get in on the all-day-breakfast goodness at Toast. Pro tip: they do crepes (savoury and sweet) and they are very delicious.
19. Como– watch the world pass by on Canning Highway while you sit back and sip your morning coffee together at Frisch and Barc.
20. Fremantle– Ootong and Lincoln is a quirky little number, Moore and Moore Café is adorned with beautiful artwork, and Bib & Tucker has those ocean views covered, plus a fresh menu filled with WA local produce.
Small bites and a drink or two
21. Crown Towers, TWR– The Waiting Room was recently crowned the best bar in Australia in the 2018 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Awards. Fun fact to tempt your date.
22. Beaufort Street, Clarences – this place really sets the mood with each booth lit by candlelight and an intimate bar down the stairs. You’ll be feeling a red wine in no time.
23. Leederville, Duende – Spanish tapas is designed for sharing and Duende delivers the (delicious) goods. It’s an intimate way to get to know your date’s tastes and not fear any order envy.
24. Applecross, Bad Apples Bar– tapas and cocktails are the specialty here, which sounds like the perfect Sunday sesh to us.
25. Northbridge, James Parker– do yourself a favour and step foot inside this venue to first appreciate the architecture and then indulge in the finest Japanese delicacies.