Dating can be tough, especially when it’s a Tinder date on Valentine’s Day. I thought I’d do my bit and at least guarantee a date full of great food and drinks, even if the date isn’t so ‘great’. I did some research, some from my own experience (awkward cough as I admit that yes, I have been on a few Tinder dates over my time) and some from my ever helpful friends and colleagues.  Together, we have compiled a guide to the best spots to take your Tinder date on Valentine’s Day– guaranteeing delicious food and ‘much needed’ beverages, leaving the rest to you! 

For a Laugh: The Biggest Comedy Show on Earth, Moore Park

The Biggest Comedy Show on Earth: 10 comics! 2 hours

Let’s not leave things to fate, your date may not be very funny, in fact, they could be a complete bore.  Yes, that is a risk we all take but to avoid the potential awkwardness of this possibility why not solve it by going to a comedy show? The Biggest Comedy Show on Earth just happens to fall over Valentine’s Day, yes, very convenient. Ten comics take the stage in two hours- making it a fast paced show of non-stop laughs, coupled with a few drinks and it will be a date to remember, even if your date isn’t the memorable part.

The Comedy Store
The Entertainment Quarter
Building 207/122 Lang Road, Moore Park, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9357 1419
Web: comedystore.com.au

Under The Candle Light: Black Sheep, Newtown

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The candle-lit bar really sets the mood. Handcrafted cocktails that complement the suave décor. Featuring the classics such as the Mojito and the Cosmo, or if you want to appear a little more ‘adventurous’ on your date you could order the Zombie– rum, almond, pineapple, orange and guava. If you get a tad peckish, you can order from the well thought out tapas menu and nibble on curly fries, or leave nothing to the imagination and order the ribs! Despite the great décor, food and drinks, the best bit about this bar is the availability of board games, perfect way to get to really know your date.

Black Sheep
256 King Street, Newtown, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 8033 3455
Web: blacksheepbar.com.au
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For the Movie Feen: Moonlight Cinema, Centennial Park

If you love a good movie, are an old romantic or perhaps you just don’t feel like talking to your ‘date’, Moonlight Cinemas Sydney is showing ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’. Even better, the tickets include a glass of Lindeman’s Early Harvest sparkling on arrival.

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Moonlight Cinema – Sydney (also in other cities)
Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park, Paddington, Sydney NSW
(On the corner of Carrington Dr and Broome Ave)
Web: moonlight.com.au/sydney

The Ice Breaker: The Little Guy, Glebe 

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This quaint, neighbourhood bar is the perfect location for a date, where the drinks flow easy and the bartenders are always up for a chat, making them a reliable ice breaker if the conversation with your date isn’t flowing. The Little Guys has a quirky, handwritten cocktail lists that changes weekly and have loaded up on the craft beer, making the ideal him and her drink list. They also offer up delicious free spicy popcorn to munch on during those long pauses of silence. Be warned, if you are a local/ have friends in this area, you will most likely bump into them all, better get your story straight of how you met!

The Little Guy
87 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 8084 0758
Web: thelittleguy.com.au
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For the Cosy Dig Date: Shady Pine Saloon, Darlinghurst

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A little shady it is, with its half grunge, half cowboy décor it is probably not your typical fist date location but that is what’s so great about it. It is a great watering hole, hidden from the busy city, perfect to get cosy over a few drinks. You could go all in and order bourbon, chill with a beer or be a little spontaneous and order a cocktail, whichever drink you decide, it will aid the conversation flow. Warning, your biggest obstacle here will be finding the bar– the entrance is a non-descript alley door with no signage, good luck.  

Shady Pine Saloon
Shop 4, 356 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW
Web: shadypinessaloon.com
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Hit the Sweet Spot: Chanoma, Sydney CBD

The way to someone’s heart varies person to person, the way to my heart for instance is cheese but more often than not, the way to someone’s heart is sweets. This authentic Japanese café in Regent Place is known for its Japanese matcha green tea but sticking to the sweet notes, they serve up generous matcha-based parfaits that are great for sharing 😉 . You can’t go wrong with the standard parfait matcha comprising of sweet green tea ice-cream with taro balls, pocky sticks and fruit. Read our full post on Chanoma.

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Chanoma
1/501 George Street, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9767 5465
Web: chanoma.com.au
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For the People Watchers: The Bucket List, Bondi Beach

The perfect venue for a sun-filled afternoon date where you watch the world go by, literally! It is the best spot  for people watching and to share a jug of Pimms! The only downside is that it gets very busy over the weekends in the afternoon, so I would recommend making sure you know what your date looks like before venturing inside, otherwise that could be quite awkward.  The other plus to going here is that there are so many people you can always excuse yourself for the ‘bathroom’ and take a detour all the way home.

The Bucket List
The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9365 4122
Web: thebucketlistbondi.com

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Rooftop Romance: Sweethearts Rooftop, Potts Point

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The name says it all. Romantic meal on a rooftop that gives you the illusion you could be far away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, nestled on an exotic beach somewhere with the one you love, well in this case that you could potentially love/ like? Sweethearts, is pulling out all the tricks for Valentine’s Day with their special two course meal for two from $60. The great view is sure to give you lots of topics- “the scenery, the scenery, isn’t it breathtaking?” (for example).

Sweethearts Rooftop
33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9368 7333
Web: sweetheartsrooftop.com.au
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Aphrodisiac: Brown Sugar, Bondi Beach

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Brown Sugar, located on Curlewis street Bondi Beach is featuring a special Valentine’s Day, 3 course meal starting from $75 per person.  This restaurant is casual so you won’t look like you are showing off but contains a certain charm to it and the food is always guaranteed to be a winner. The special valentine’s menu will have you salivating at the mouth just reading it; and most likely give you a jolt of hope when you see ‘freshly shucked oysters’ under the canapé section, no one ever says no to a little help, especially when you are on a date.

Brown Sugar
106 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9130 1566
Web: brownsugarbondi.com.au
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Lady and the Tramp Moment: A Tavola, Darlinghurst

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Are you a bit of a Disney fan, can’t let go of your childhood memories? Well you don’t have to and nor should you, even on a Tinder date. Show them the real you straight up. It may turn out to be too soon but I say go for it, order some of Sydney’s finest spaghetti, suggest you share and hope for the best. It ended well for the Tramp after all.

A Tavola spaghetti
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A Tavola
348 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9331 7871
Web: atavola.com.au
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Also at Shop 2, 69-71 Hall Street, Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW
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Well there you have it, your guide to potentially the best date of your life, or if they happen to be boring as batshit, at least you have the happy memory of that great meal you had, that awesome movie, or perhaps no memory at all if you take my advice and head to a bar.

 Good Luck Tinderers and Happy Schmalentines Day!