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Upcoming Speed Dating Events in Brisbane CBD

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The Mix Bar
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Fri, 2 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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765 Stanley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Hey Chica!
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Fri, 9 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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14/315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick Street
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Sat, 17 August, 6:00 pm AEST
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Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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The Fourth Monkey Cocktail Bar & Grill
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Fri, 20 September, 7:00 pm AEST
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58 Mollison St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Bar Gusto
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Sat, 31 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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601 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Pig ‘N’ Whistle Brunswick Street
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Fri, 6 September, 6:00 pm AEST
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Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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The Mix Bar
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Fri, 13 September, 7:00 pm AEST
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765 Stanley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Hey Chica!
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Fri, 20 September, 7:00 pm AEST
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14/315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Bar Gusto
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Sat, 28 September, 6:00 pm AEST
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601 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills QLD 4006
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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The Fourth Monkey Cocktail Bar & Grill
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Fri, 4 October, 7:30 pm AEST
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58 Mollison St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD

Speed Dating Social Events In Brisbane CBD

Speed dating in Brisbane CBD is the ultimate way to shake up your love life and potentially find your perfect match in the heart of Queensland’s bustling capital. The vibrant Queen Street Mall serves as the main artery for nightlife and speed dating events, offering a diverse array of bars and pubs that come alive after dark. Getting to these romantic rendezvous couldn’t be easier – hop on the 66 bus or take any train line to Central Station, putting you right in the midst of the action.

As you arrive for your speed dating adventure, you’ll be greeted by a lively atmosphere of singles ready to mingle. The night kicks off at 7pm sharp, typically on Thursdays or Fridays, with a brief pre-event mixer to help calm those first-date jitters. Once you’ve scanned into the cutting-edge Matching App 4.0, you’re all set for a whirlwind of 12 five-minute mini-dates. Gentlemen rotate every 5 minutes, while ladies remain seated, giving everyone a fair shot at making that spark fly. As you chat, simply select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ on your app for each person you meet – the anticipation builds as you await your matches, delivered to your phone at 8am the next day.

Dressing to impress is key, and Brisbane CBD’s got you covered with QueensPlaza, where you can snag that perfect outfit to make a stellar first impression. You’ll be mingling with singles not just from the CBD, but also neighboring Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane, adding to the diverse mix of potential matches. To book your spot at this romantic rendezvous, head to Eventbrite and select your age bracket – whether you’re in your roaring 20s or fabulous 50s, there’s a speed dating event tailored for you. And it doesn’t stop there – specialized events for LGBTQ, Christian, and Asian singles ensure everyone has a chance to find their special someone.

When it comes to breaking the ice, why not chat about the iconic Story Bridge? Suggesting a romantic climb for a second date is sure to score you points. As an attendee, you’ll find the experience refreshingly different from swiping through dating apps like Tinder or Bumble – there’s something magical about meeting face-to-face that no algorithm can replicate.

Our Venues

The Gresham, situated on Queen Street, is a local favorite for speed dating events. This charming bar, housed in a heritage-listed building from 1881 that was once a bank, is now owned by the charismatic Johnson family, whose warm hospitality sets the perfect tone for romantic encounters. The Gresham boasts three unique features that enhance the speed dating experience: a stunning Victorian-era interior that creates an intimate atmosphere, encouraging closer conversations; an extensive whiskey collection, perfect for breaking the ice between mini-dates; and knowledgeable bartenders who can craft personalized cocktails based on your preferences. Don’t forget to try their signature “Brisbane Blush” cocktail – it’s the perfect icebreaker. Speed dating here feels like stepping back in time to a more romantic era, and pro tip: arrive early to snag a spot at the beautiful mahogany bar for that extra touch of sophistication.

Sixteen Antlers, located atop the Pullman Hotel on Ann Street, offers a unique rooftop twist to your speed dating adventure. Originally just a bland hotel rooftop, it was transformed into this chic cocktail bar in 2016 by visionary hotelier Sarah Chen, who infuses the venue with her passion for bringing people together. Three standout features make Sixteen Antlers a speed dating hotspot: the breathtaking 360-degree views of Brisbane’s skyline, which serve as a stunning backdrop for your mini-dates; the open-air design that allows for a refreshing breeze during your conversations; and the carefully curated playlist that sets the perfect romantic mood. Their signature “Antler’s Elixir” is a must-try for you and your potential match. Speed dating here is an upscale, sophisticated experience – just remember to speak up over the city sounds! Pro tip: time your arrival to catch the sunset for an extra romantic atmosphere.

Brew on Lower Burnett Lane is a cozy cafe-by-day, bar-by-night venue, established in 2010 in a converted warehouse space, is owned by local coffee connoisseur Mike Thompson, whose passion for creating community spaces is evident throughout. Brew boasts three distinctive features that elevate the speed dating experience: the industrial-chic decor that gives you plenty to talk about; the ever-changing local art exhibitions that provide great conversation starters; and the impressive craft beer selection that offers something for every taste. Their signature “Brew’s Blend” espresso martini is the perfect pick-me-up for your romantic endeavors. Speed dating at Brew feels relaxed and unpretentious, allowing for genuine connections. Pro tip: if you’re a coffee lover, arrive early to sample their specialty brews – it’s a great way to perk up before your dates!

What To Expect At Our Events

What to expect at our events: As you arrive, you’ll receive your name card and scan the QR code to access the Matching App 4.0 on your phone, where you can browse through profiles of fellow attendees. After some initial mingling at the bar to break the ice, ladies take their seats while gentlemen rotate every 5 minutes. You’ll have 12 mini-dates throughout the evening, each lasting 5 minutes – just enough time to make a first impression! 

Use the app to select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ for each person you meet, with the excitement building as you await your matches, revealed at 8am the next day. During the 10-minute intermission, participate in fun icebreaker games or use conversation cards if you’re feeling stuck. With 40 attendees (20 men and 20 women), the equal ratio ensures you’ll always have someone to talk to. Compared to popular dating apps like OkCupid or Coffee Meets Bagel, the face-to-face interaction at these events feels more genuine and exciting.

Speed Dating Social

Speed Dating Social, founded by the visionary Darcy Todd in 2020, has rapidly become Queensland’s premier matchmaking service. With over 787 successful events under their belt, they’ve introduced more than 37,423 singles, always maintaining equal ratios of men and women to ensure a balanced and enjoyable experience for all. Early bird tickets are a steal at $29.90, with last-release tickets priced at $34.90. The no-refund policy within 30 days of an event ensures committed attendees, creating a more engaged atmosphere. For any queries, reach out to the friendly team at matches@speeddatingsocial.com.

Who You'll Meet

Brisbane CBD’s speed dating events attract a diverse crowd, from young professionals in their 20s to mature singles in their 50s and beyond. You might find yourself chatting with a single parent juggling work and family life, a university student exploring the dating scene, or a divorced professional ready to find love again. Many attendees are repeat visitors, testament to the enjoyable experience and success rate of these events. The age range is typically 25-45, with a mix of locals from the CBD and neighboring suburbs like New Farm and Kangaroo Point. 

The atmosphere is friendly and inclusive, with participants often remarking on how much easier it is to connect in person compared to online dating platforms like eHarmony or Hinge. For single parents, KU Phillip Street Children’s Centre offers convenient childcare options, allowing you to enjoy your night out worry-free. And for a follow-up date with a fellow single parent, why not try the family-friendly South Bank Parklands, where you can chat while the kids play?

Post Event Brisbane CBD Date Night Ideas

For a romantic follow-up, consider a City Cat river cruise. This scenic journey offers a perfect setting for getting to know your match better while taking in Brisbane’s beautiful riverside views. Pack some snacks to enjoy on board – it’s a great way to show off your thoughtful side. Pro tip: time your cruise for sunset for an extra romantic atmosphere. Alternatively, for a more interactive second date, head to the Queensland Museum. 

With its fascinating exhibits and hands-on displays, it’s ideal for continuing those speed dating conversations while learning something new together. Try to visit during one of their special after-hours events for a unique experience. Remember, the key to a great post-speed dating encounter is to keep things relaxed and focus on building that initial connection – whether you’re looking for a long-term relationship or just enjoying the journey of finding your perfect match in the vibrant Brisbane CBD dating scene.

Attendee Reviews

Jeffery
Jeffery
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I tried a speed dating night in Sydney, it was pretty good, I think 2 ladies didn't show up but I still got about 14 dates
Sarah
Sarah
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was a fun night out with my girlfriends, some conversations were a tad dull but 2 cute guys made it worth it and even got their numbers
Steph H
Steph H
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I didn't know speed dating was a thing but I'm new to the area and was good meeting some new people
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How It Works

Ever wanted to try or wondered how a speed dating event works? It’s easy, just follow these 6 steps:

Book A Ticket

Simply book a ticket through our website or Eventbrite to secure your spot

Hosts Greet You

Turn up and be greeted by friendly hosts who help scan you into our matching portal

Get Your Own Table

Be assigned your own table where you can comfortably mingle one on one

Enjoy 12 Fun Mini Dates

Be rotated every 5 minutes and enjoy 12 fast 5minute dates

Tick Yes To Anyone On Your Phone

Anonymously tick yes on anyone you like from your phone

Matches Sent The Next Day

Receive your matches and contact details of everyone who selects you the next day

Frequently Asked Questions

For speed dating in Brisbane CBD, aim for smart casual attire that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Men might opt for nice jeans or chinos with a collared shirt, while women could choose a cute dress or stylish top with jeans. Avoid anything too revealing or overly formal. For a great outfit, check out QueensPlaza on Queen Street Mall – they have plenty of options to help you look your best and make a great first impression.

When speed dating in Brisbane CBD, it’s great to talk about local attractions like the South Bank Parklands. You could mention how you enjoy strolling along the river and suggest a picnic there as a potential second date idea. Other good topics include hobbies, travel, favorite local restaurants, or current events. The key is finding common interests to build a connection and potentially establish relationship goals.

The Wickham Hotel on Wickham Street hosts fantastic LGBTQIA+ speed dating nights. This iconic venue, established in 1885, has been a cornerstone of Brisbane’s queer community since the 1970s. It features a stunning rooftop bar and regular drag performances, creating an inclusive atmosphere for transgender, non-binary, and genderqueer singles to connect. These events tend to be more relaxed than traditional speed dating, allowing the LGBTQIA+ community to explore potential romantic connections or even discuss open relationships.

For fitness enthusiasts, check out the “Fit Singles” speed dating events at Fitness First on Queen Street. You can bond over favorite workout routines or healthy recipes. Mention your membership at the local F45 Training on Adelaide Street – it’s a great way to establish a mutual interest and potentially set up a gym date to get to know each other better while staying active and working towards your fitness goals together.

The Pig ‘N’ Whistle on Eagle Street often hosts pet-friendly speed dating nights for animal enthusiasts. Break the ice by asking about pets or sharing funny animal stories. For a second date, suggest a trip to the dog-friendly Roma Street Parkland – it’s the perfect spot to let your furry friends play while you get to know each other better in a relaxed setting, potentially turning a casual fling into a deeper emotional connection.

Visit Toni & Guy on Queen Street for a confidence-boosting makeover before your event. Ask for a stylish yet natural look that enhances your features without appearing overdone. A fresh haircut or subtle makeup application can work wonders for your self-esteem when meeting potential romantic partners and might just lead to love at first sight.

Brisbane City Council Library offers various book clubs and workshops. Mention your involvement in their popular writing group or language exchange during speed dating conversations. It’s an excellent way to find shared passions and potentially invite someone to join you for a fun, low-pressure second date, which could be the start of a beautiful love story.

Speed Dating Social events in Brisbane CBD typically attract around 40 attendees, with an equal mix of men and women. Many participants come from neighboring Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane, creating a diverse dating pool of local singles. This mix increases your chances of finding compatible matches who live or work nearby, making follow-up dates more convenient and potentially leading to long-term relationships.

Asian speed dating events are often held at the Funny Funny Korean Restaurant on Elizabeth Street. Try their signature Korean Fried Chicken for a delicious conversation starter. The atmosphere is lively and welcoming, offering a more personal touch compared to apps like EastMeetEast. You’ll find a mix of Asian-Australians and those interested in Asian culture, creating a unique dating experience that could lead to meaningful connections.

Christian speed dating nights are frequently hosted at the Albert Street Uniting Church hall. These events focus on shared faith and values, offering a more meaningful connection than Christian dating apps like Christian Mingle. Participants often discuss their spiritual journeys and involvement in local parishes like St Stephen’s Cathedral, setting the stage for potential church dates and exploring relationship compatibility based on shared beliefs.

Over-40s speed dating events are popular at the Treasury Casino on George Street. Attendees in this age group often seek genuine connections and companionship, valuing honesty and shared life experiences. Many are dating again after divorce or looking for a life partner. Beyond speed dating, the “Brisbane Midlife Singles” Meetup group offers additional opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals in a relaxed setting.

The Merthyr Bowls Club in New Farm hosts lively over-50s speed dating nights. The relaxed venue creates a comfortable atmosphere that resonates with many attendees. Mature singles often prioritize finding a companion for shared activities and travel. While apps like OurTime can be useful, many over-50s prefer the face-to-face interaction of speed dating events to truly gauge chemistry and compatibility, often leading to more successful romantic pursuits.

For a memorable date night, consider a City Cat river cruise. Hop on at North Quay and enjoy a scenic journey along the Brisbane River, taking in the city lights and riverside attractions. To make the most of it, pack some snacks and a bottle of wine to share. This unique experience provides plenty of opportunities for intimate conversation and creating shared memories, perfect for nurturing a budding relationship or rekindling the spark in a long-term partnership.

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