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The First Date Inspiration You Never Knew You Needed

Last month, we asked you to share your best first date encounters in South Bank...

Receiving an extraordinary number of entries, including everything from declined credit cards to romantic afternoon picnics by the river, we couldn’t help but share some of the stories we received!

That’s right! Without further ado, here’s the first date inspiration that you never knew you needed.

When Dating App Matches Turn Into Picnics...

Our fellow dating app users will understand the anxiety that hits before the first real date. An undeniably daunting experience (... are they a serial killer?) you can only imagine Sarina’s nerves when her Hinge date messaged to say he was running late. His saving grace... the picnic that he had needed extra time to prepare. Albeit a story with a beautiful ending (hello sparkling engagement ring), it would be rude for us not to mention the delicious picnic baskets available at River Quay Green. A life saver for first dates, you can save yourself the time and the stress by booking a pre-made picnic hamper!

The Golden ‘Next Time’...

Rule one of dating: if you offer to pay the bill, make sure your card doesn’t decline. A first date no-no that many would struggle to come back from, we were thrilled to read that Christine was able to make light of this awkward situation, ending the date with a golden “you can get me back next time”. Evolving into a loving, 27 years of “next times”, the two still enjoy returning to South Bank for date nights (and who could blame them!).

Think Before Lending Belongings To People You’ve Just Met...

Sometimes, after things end, you get closure. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for Brisbane Writer’s Festival winner, David.  Trying his luck with Tinder after relocating to the city for work, his dinner date at Popolo (a great first date location if we do say so ourselves) was off to a roaring start. With conversation flowing over dinner, the two agreed to a book swap - a decision that would ultimately cost David his prized, signed edition of The Book Thief. Ghosted by his date, there are two things we can take from his story. Firstly, Popolo is THE spot for a first date. Secondly, think twice before lending belongings to people you’ve just met...

Pssttt... If you’re stumped for where to go and what to do on your first date, we’re here to help! With a huge variety of different dining options, from casual and quick eats to local fine dining, you’re bound to find something to fit your vibe. And if a romantic dinner isn’t your thing, take a peek at our picnic options here...

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