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Sizzling Summer Date Ideas in Adelaide

It’s not just the weather that’s feelin’ hot, hot, hot as we look at Adelaide’s perfect date spots.

Moseley Beach Club
Moseley Beach Club

Birthday dinners, anniversary picnics, early stage awkwardness, rekindled romance, first date or hundredth date, it’s always nice to put in the effort and find the perfect date for you and your special someone.

This is easier said than done, though, and sometimes you just need someone to do the thinking for you. We’ve rounded up thrilling summer date ideas in Adelaide for everyone from the casual couple to those who want something extra special and fancy. Check out our monthly event roundup for more exciting events to impress.

The Activity Date

Vintage Van Gogh
Vintage Van Gogh
Paint a masterpiece with Vintage Van Gogh

Flex your creative muscles and impress your date at Vintage Van Gogh – Adelaide’s favourite paint and sip studio. Bring your own booze and settle in for an evening of fun as you follow step by step instructions to paint your own version of a classic masterpiece, from Frida Kahlo to Van Gogh himself.

$55 per ticket

1/71 Goodwood Road, Goodwood

Ambleside Distillers
Ambleside Distillers
Blend your own gin at Ambleside Distillers

Fancy yourself a bit of a gin connoisseur or just a fan of a good G&T? Book in a couple of spots at Ambleside Distillers to learn the art of blending multiple flavours together to create two bottles of your very own gin to take home, while sipping on a G&T and trying Ambleside’s various blends. Book in for lunch afterwards to keep the gin-deliciousness and date vibes flowing!

$105 per person

Corner of Ambleside Road and Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf

D’Arenberg
D’Arenberg
Take to the blending bench at D’Arenberg

More of a wine fan? Book into the Blending Bench at the famous d’Arenberg Cube for this hands on, interactive experience to blend your own Shiraz. You'll be guided through the blending process and work with three distinct barrel samples to create something truly unique. Complete your day with a lunch and tasting session, maybe even popping into the Dali exhibition. Magnifique!

$95 per person

The d’Arenberg Cube, 58 Osborn Road, McLaren Vale

The Cultured Date

Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Take a trip to the theatre

Adelaide offers such a vast variety of fantastic theatre shows, you’ll never run out of options. This summer brings Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in the stunning open-air location of Carrick Hill, you could catch an independent production at The Bakehouse Theatre, or take your date to the highly anticipated Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? presented by State Theatre Company South Australia.

South Australian Museum
South Australian Museum
Explore the South Australian Museum

Providing endless talking points and the opportunity to flex your artsy knowledge, the South Australian Museum is alive with events and exhibitions to wander around. Their popular Night Labs are guaranteed fun and offer interactive events to get stuck into, or perhaps pop on some VR goggles and explore Antarctica with Thin Ice VR – to really break the ice!

Thin Ice VR - $16.50 per person

North Terrace, Adelaide

The Fail Safe Date

Moonlight Cinema
Moonlight Cinema
Sit under the stars at Moonlight Cinema

Pack up a picnic with a bottle of something nice and a rug to get cosy under when it gets dark as you watch a movie under the stars! It can’t get more romantic than that. A perfect ‘something different’ spot for first dates or to relax with the one you love, even as a larger group or double date! This summer brings a mix of classics including 10 Things I Hate About You and new releases including No Time To Die.

From $15 per person

Rymill Park/ Murlawirrapurka on Lawns East of Colada Lakeside Kiosk

Prohibition Ping Pong Club
Prohibition Ping Pong Club
Get competitive at Prohibition Ping Pong Club

If you’re up for some fun, why not book you and your date into the Prohibition Ping Pong Club for a bit of paddle action? It’s laid-back, casual, and if you burn out in a blaze of glory then at least you get a G&T upon entry and can laugh about it later!

$65 initial entry, $25 consecutive events (Includes a G&T and a toastie.)

Prohibition Liquor Co, 22 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

The Dinner and Drinks Date

Moseley Beach Club
Moseley Beach Club
Dine with a view at Moseley Beach Club

Book in a spot at Adelaide’s hottest location – Moseley Beach Club. Situated right on the beach front, you can lounge to your heart's content as the best tunes soundtrack your sizzling date. Grab some food and drinks to enjoy in this Amalfi Coast-inspired beach bar and have some fun with no stress as you’ve found the perfect location.

11 Moseley Square, Glenelg

Merrymaker
Merrymaker
Hang out on a rooftop bar

Because hey, it’s summer and you may not want to waste a moment of sunshine and warmth! Choose from Adelaide’s many fantastic rooftop bar options from 2KW, Hennessy, Sparkke At The Whitmore or Merrymaker for endless views, endless cocktails and endless fun.

The Fancy Date

Mayfair Hotel
Mayfair Hotel
Try high tea at Mayfair Hotel

If your idea of a good date includes being asked “more Champagne, madame?” then perhaps you should book into Mayfair Hotel, a favourite Adelaide establishment for a spot of high tea. You’ll be served a selection of 5 savoury and 5 sweet items to nibble your way through, accompanied by the finest Wedgewood tea, espresso coffee and of course, a glass of bubbles.

$55 per person

45 King William Street, Adelaide

Botanic Gardens Restaurant
Botanic Gardens Restaurant
Experience fine dining at Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Take a romantic stroll around the picturesque Adelaide Botanic Gardens before being sat in one of the finest dining establishments to enjoy local dishes, degustation menus and paired wines. Take a look at the many other fancy date venues around Adelaide to make a remarkable evening truly unforgettable.

Plane Tree Drive, Adelaide

Now that you've got your summer date ideas in Adelaide sorted, you'll want to take care of the rest of your social calendar. Catch up with friends after work at these well-priced happy hours, take your date, family, or mates to a fun bottomless brunch, or catch the sunrise the city's coolest rooftop bars.