There’s nothing like the tinkling of piano keys to spark that romantic vibe…unless, of course, it’s teamed with some fine vodka, in a cosy spot like Vodka Temple. This Carlton piano bar not only plays host to world-class acts five nights a week, it also boasts a seriously impressive line-up of spirits, sourced from across the world. Kick off date night with some happy hour drinks (5-7pm), or roll in on a Thursday, for 20% off all top-shelf drops.
If your special someone has a penchant for top-notch local booze, you’ll find the ultimate winter date night destination in Bowerbird. The Richmond bar has a cracker of a drinks list, showcasing some of Victoria’s tastiest craft beers and wines, alongside a share-friendly assortment of eats. On top of that, it’s also pretty darn cosy, rocking a relaxed fit-out, a super snug back room, and even a roaring fireplace.
There’s no doubt those Italians know a thing or two about romance, and that’s exactly what makes Terra Rossa such a fantastic winter date venue. Steeped in rustic European charm and absolutely killing it on the cosy scale, this Flinders Lane bar and eatery is guaranteed to impress. Get to know each other over a few classic cocktails in the lounge, or settle in for a hearty feast, sharing Italian-inspired plates and a bottle or two of wine.
Tucked down a CBD laneway, Highlander Bar doesn’t just get brownie points for cosiness – it’s come up with a dead easy solution to any winter date night indecision, with its Tinder Tuesdays deal. Swing by on a Tuesday night and you can grab two shots, two beers, two burgers and a tasty shared dessert, all for a wallet-friendly $50. Fancy a different night? Other date-friendly specials include $5 whiskies on Wednesdays, $12 Espresso Martinis every Friday, and a daily happy hour from 5-7pm.
Prefer to keep things casual with winter date night at an easy-going pub? If that’s the case, the Railway Hotel is exactly the kind of gem you’re after. Here, expect refined dishes alongside all the pub favourites, a couple of crackling open fires, and even Monday night trivia, for anyone keen to show off their smarts. Opt for cheap-and-cheerful with a midweek food special, or drown those jitters with a couple of $10 Friday arvo Espresso Martinis.
Show off your fun side, with some lively date night eats at Richmond Mexican haunt, Tres. Here, you’re in for a vibrant feast of tacos and share plates, enjoyed in a warm, inviting space on Bridge Road. What’s more, your date is sure to be impressed with the line-up of crafty cocktails – a tequila-heavy collection that really lends itself to lingering.
Making the whole dating game that little bit simpler, this snug Carlton bar delivers date night-perfect situations all week long. On Mondays, you can hook up with a pair of their famous Martinis for $24, while Wednesdays offer $30 bottles of wine. Perch at the bar and let the friendly staff take the heat off your own conversation skills, or snuggle up on one of the couches to enjoy the weekend DJ beats.
When a winter date night is on the cards, consider this dapper Windsor joint, with its moody lighting, intimate tables for two, and solid menu of shareable, late-night eats. Find an intimate corner and get to know each other over charcuterie, Wagyu sliders, and some seriously memorable cocktails. Oh, and be sure to opt for a cheeky whisky flight, to really kick things off in style!
A smart little wine bar with a focus on all things local, this Smith Street gem is bound to sweep the both of you right off your feet. Escape the cold and settle in here for a ripper winter date night, cosying up with your paramour over top-notch Victorian wines, great cocktails, and a downright tasty charcuterie-style menu. Don’t miss the golden cheesiness of the Raclette dish – sure to win over even the toughest of dates.
This Gertrude Street haunt is big on charm, from it’s warmly-lit front bar, right through to its secluded back courtyard. And when it comes to winter date destinations, it ticks all the boxes – banging tunes, a friendly vibe, and a drinks list full of favourites. Take your lover for a spin on the dance floor at DnB Mondays, or unearth some goodness at one of the regular open mic nights.