Got a cozy winter date coming up and no idea where to go?
Swipe right on these awesome options, and nail the possibility of a follow up date.
The Town Mouse | 312 Drummond Street, Carlton.
A super cozy neighborhood nook that specializes in good food, wine and conversation. It offers larger plates and a tasty-cute small plate menu designed for sharing, and so you can “accidently touch hands” across the table.
Il Solito Posto | 113 Collins Street, Melbourne
Be sure to book in the restaurant (not the bistro), for a romantic, underground Italian dining experience with soft lighting, an excellent wine list and next level, non-intrusive service. This place is just beautiful, the perfect gem to keep up your sleeve for dates and such.
Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar | 66 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Pure, honest and upfront, Pellegrini’s hasn’t changed since the fifties, because it’s basically perfect. Walk in, grab a seat at the communal bar with your date and not have that awkward ‘what should we eat moment’ – just order what’s available on the night, leaving you more time for conversation.
Clever Polly’s | 313 Victoria Street, West Melbourne
Warm and lovely-looking from the outside, this place is first and foremost, a wine bar, but it’s seasonal 5-course set menu and matched wines means you can just sit, order and get down to the business of getting to know each other without pesky intrusions like decision-making.
Luna Park | 18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda
Wait what now. No, it’s not a restaurant or bar. But if the innocent, idyllic dream of the Coney Island date with fairy floss, oversized stuffed toy prizes, and a shared ice-cream appeal to you, Luna Park is actually a great option. Plus, it’s cold, so extra points because you can snuggle up on the rollercoaster…
Words by Kerstyn Dance