Forget dinner and drinks! Make your next date night an unforgettable one with these fun and equally cool activities in Sydney!

What makes a date night unforgettable? Is it the name of the bottle of wine you shared? The silly joke you just didn’t understand? Or that bland experience at your go-to restaurant? For us, we know that it’s none of these things. Instead, a memorable date night is made up of a memorable experience. Something that couples can do together as partners for the first time. An experience where they can excitedly tell others to do and, more importantly, in years to come, will still remember.

So, if you’re wanting to spice up an anniversary, a special occasion or just a date night on the weekend, read through our list of romantic, fun and unique date night ideas in Sydney that are sure to impress!

<strong>Art Gallery of New South Wales</strong>
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Art Gallery of New South Wales

In the words of Marianne Williamson, “we will make love an art and we will love like artists.” For the best free and cheap date night in Sydney, why not head over to the Art Gallery of New South Wales to relish in the wonderful works by world renowned artists? With collections from artists such as Ian Abdulla, Publio de Tommasi, Dawidi Birritjama and more, you and your special someone can spend hours wandering through the many exhibitions available. Open late on Wednesday nights, the Art Gallery of New South Wales also has an in-house cinema that showcases a rotating list of films such as Bonnie and Clyde, Wanda and Enter the Dragon to name a few.

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Art Gallery Rd, Sydney, NSW 2000
<strong>Clay and Sip Pottery Class</strong>
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Clay and Sip Pottery Class

Have you ever thought about recreating that scene in Ghost? You know, the one where Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze get a bit too familiar with the potter’s wheel? Thanks to Print Paint Pot in Artarmon, you and your special someone can get creative with their Clay and Sip Pottery Class. Perfect for those with zero experience, simply book ahead of time and bring along whatever drinks you’d like to down. Over the course of the class you’ll be guided through some basics before you twist and turn your piece of clay into something spectacular. Don’t forget to bring along a camera for photo opportunities and be sure to keep it PG!

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53 Dickson Ave, Artarmon, NSW 2064
<strong>Cooking Class</strong>
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Cooking Class

They say that the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. So, why not turn up the heat next date night with one of the most romantic things to do in Sydney: a cooking class for two! Thankfully, our friends over at ClassBento have hundreds of cooking experiences to pick and choose from. Spend your evening making delicious dumplings, awaken the senses with fragrant Indian dishes or, twirl your way through pasta-making classes. Swoon and then spoon into your delicious creation for an unforgettable and educational date night.

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<strong>Drag Show</strong>
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Drag Show

Karaoke, trivia, bingo, showgirl performances and viewing parties. What do these five things have in common? Sydney’s top drag queen clubs. For a fun and quirky date night in Sydney, look no further than Sydney’s finest establishments that will have you hooked from the moment you step in. A quintessential and equally glittery part of Sydney’s nightlife, drag queen clubs are the perfect destination for any couple looking to party their night away. Guaranteed to make you laugh and sing-a-long, look no further than our list of the best drag show clubs in Sydney to make your date night one to remember!

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<strong>Happy Endings Comedy Club</strong>
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Happy Endings Comedy Club

They say that love and laughter go hand-in-hand. So, if you’re looking for a fun (and funny) date night in Sydney, why not check out a local comedy club? Better yet, Happy Endings Comedy Club in Potts Point is sure to be the perfect way to finish your evening. This intimate comedy club in Sydney’s heart is the home to world-class comedians. Open Friday and Saturday nights only, Happy Endings Comedy Club is like a New York City style jazz cellar with a dose of uncontrollable laughter. Grab a drink and laugh your night away!

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154 Brougham St, Potts Point, NSW 2011
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The only thing that gets the heart racing like first love is throwing a steel axe half-way across a room. At MANIAX, get ready for an action-packed date where you’ll feel like a Norse God. And, like any Norse Myth, there’s plenty of alcohol to indulge in. Even if you don’t hit a bullseye, MANIAX is a fantastic way to get the adrenaline going while also getting to know a bit more about your lucky someone. Promising to be a fun date night in Sydney, MANIAX is a unique experience every couple must try in 2023!

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9-11 Jabez St, Marrickville, NSW 2204
<strong>Picnic for Two</strong>
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Picnic for Two

Name something more romantic than a picnic for two. It’s the experience where you can make it as casual or as luxurious as you’d like. Better yet, it’s the one activity you can enjoy at any point of the day – whether you laze underneath a tree during the day or listen to the crashing waves of the sea at night. Simply choose a romantic spot, pack some nibbles, lay out a blanket and you’re good to go! Or, truly impress your special someone by packing these 5 Practical Picnic Essentials.

<strong>Restaurant Hubert</strong>
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Restaurant Hubert

If you’re hungry for a cool date night in Sydney, this one is guaranteed to impress. Welcome to Restaurant Hubert! Located in Sydney’s CBD, Restaurant Hubert is described as a delicious combination of French cuisine meets an underground jazz club. Also making our list as one of Sydney’s Best Steak Restaurants, this funky establishment features dim lighting and worn-timber furnishings, all making this lavish French-style parlour perfect for date night.

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15 Bligh St, Sydney, NSW 2000
<strong>Retro Cinemas</strong>
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Retro Cinemas

Lights, camera, action! If your relationship can sometimes feel as if it should be the next big romance film, why not treat your special someone to an experience at the big screen? We’re not talking about your local establishment, we mean Sydney’s retro and boutique cinemas that are classical, invigorating and make the film watching experience a bit more special. Showing classics and modern new releases, grab your partner, book your seats and settle in with some popcorn!

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<strong>Smash Room City</strong>
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Smash Room City

Smash or pass? Are you stuck on ideas for a quirky date idea in Sydney? Then break plates rather than hearts at this unique experience less than 30 minutes out of Sydney’s CBD. So how does it work? Book you and your partner in, pump up the music, grab your crate of breakables, choose from one of three weapons of choice and smash away! Play solo or as a duo and get ready to release stress, feel the moment and, most importantly, have fun!

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Unit D4/161 Arthur St, Homebush West, NSW 2140

For a romantic date night experience, plan the perfect dinner with these 10 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Sydney. Or, shake up your evening at these Top 10 Cocktail Bars in Sydney’s CBD.

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This article was first published on February 12 2019. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on February 02 2023.
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