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Upcoming Speed Dating Events in Southbank

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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 Southbank

Southbank’s vibrant nightlife scene sets the perfect stage for speed dating events, where singles mingle and potentially find their match along the bustling Grey Street. This lively strip, known for its eclectic mix of bars and pubs, becomes a hotspot for romance seekers every Thursday and Friday night. Getting there is a breeze – hop on the 196 bus or take a short stroll from South Bank train station, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of the action.

As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the electric atmosphere of anticipation. The night kicks off with a casual mingle at 7pm, giving you a chance to break the ice before the main event. Then it’s game time – 12 mini-dates, each lasting 5 minutes, with men rotating between tables. Don’t worry about awkward silences; conversation cards are provided to keep the chat flowing. At the halfway point, there’s a 10-minute intermission to catch your breath and maybe indulge in a cheeky drink. As you meet each potential match, you’ll use the Matching App 4.0 to discreetly select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ – no pressure, just good vibes. The night wraps up at 9pm, but the excitement continues as you wake up to your matches at 8am the next day.

Wondering what to wear? Southbank’s speed dating scene strikes a balance between casual and dressy. For ladies, a cute cocktail dress from Myer at Southbank Plaza always hits the mark. Gents, smart casual is the way to go – think crisp shirt and well-fitted jeans. Remember, you’ll be meeting singles not just from Southbank, but also from neighboring West End and South Brisbane, so dress to impress! When conversation turns to local attractions, why not mention the iconic Streets Beach? It’s the perfect segue to suggest a second date – “How about we grab an ice cream and stroll along Australia’s only inner-city beach next time?” Smooth, right?

Our Venues

The Fox Hotel on Melbourne Street is a Southbank institution. Built in the 1920s, this former boarding house turned trendy gastropub oozes character. Owner Sarah Fox has retained its vintage charm while adding modern touches, creating an atmosphere that’s both nostalgic and fresh. The rooftop bar offers stunning city views, perfect for breaking the ice as you admire the skyline together. The cozy booths in the main bar area provide just enough privacy for intimate conversation, while the bustling atmosphere keeps the energy high. And don’t miss their signature cocktail, the Foxy Lady – a fruity concoction that’s sure to spark conversation. Pro tip: arrive early to snag a spot on the rooftop for pre-event mingling.

The Charming Squire on Grey Street. This James Squire brewhouse, opened in 2014, occupies a former warehouse space. The industrial-chic decor, with its exposed beams and copper brewing vats, creates a unique backdrop for speed dating. The open layout encourages movement and interaction, perfect for those moments between rotations. Live music on weekends adds an extra layer of ambiance, providing a natural conversation starter. Their craft beer selection is extensive, but for a memorable date, try the “One Fifty Lashes Paddle” – a tasting flight that’s perfect for sharing and discussing. Remember to pace yourself though; you want to stay sharp for those 5-minute dates!

Soleil Pool Bar on Little Stanley Street. This rooftop oasis, part of the Rydges Hotel, offers a more upscale speed dating experience. The poolside cabanas provide intimate seating areas, while the panoramic city views create a romantic atmosphere. Originally a simple hotel pool, owner Michael Johnson transformed it into a sophisticated bar in 2010, elevating the Southbank nightlife scene. The tropical decor and subtle lighting make for a relaxed yet stylish vibe, helping to ease any pre-date jitters. Their signature Soleil Sunset cocktail, a refreshing blend of passionfruit and prosecco, is the perfect icebreaker. Just be careful not to get too distracted by the stunning views – remember, you’re here to make connections!

What To Expect At Our Events

What to Expect at our events? Picture this: you arrive, collect your name card, and scan the QR code to access the Matching App 4.0. Suddenly, you’ve got a digital lineup of all attendees at your fingertips. After some casual mingling at the bar, the ladies take their seats while the gents prepare to rotate every 5 minutes. As you chat, you discreetly tap ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ on your phone for each person. The beauty? You’ll wake up to your matches’ contact details at 8am the next day. It’s like Christmas morning for singles!

With 40 attendees (20 guys and 20 ladies), you’re guaranteed an equal ratio and plenty of potential matches. The energy is electric, a far cry from the often-deflating experience of swiping through dating apps. And if you hit a conversation lull? No worries – there are ice breaker games during intermission and conversation cards to keep things flowing.

Speed Dating Social

Speed Dating Social, founded by the matchmaking maestro Darcy Todd in 2020, has been playing cupid for over 787 events, introducing more than 37,423 singles. They’re serious about maintaining that crucial 1:1 ratio, ensuring no one’s left hanging. Tickets are a steal at $29.90 for early birds, or $34.90 if you’re fashionably late to the party. Just remember, no refunds within 30 days of an event – they’ve got a matchmaking machine to run! Any questions? Shoot an email to matches@speeddatingsocial.com.

Who You'll Meet

Who will you meet? Southbank’s speed dating scene is as diverse as its culinary offerings. You might find yourself chatting with a corporate high-flyer from the nearby CBD, a creative soul from West End’s artistic community, or a laid-back beach lover from South Brisbane. From 20-somethings navigating their uni days to over-50s embracing mature dating, the mix is always interesting. Many are speed dating veterans, full of tips and funny stories, while others are adorably nervous first-timers. The vibe? Friendly, open, and refreshingly real compared to the often-curated world of online dating.

For the single parents out there, don’t let childcare hold you back from finding love. The Goodstart Early Learning Centre on Grey Street offers evening care, perfect for your speed dating adventures. And for a family-friendly follow-up date? The Southbank Parklands playground is ideal for letting the kids burn off energy while you get to know your match better.

Post Event Southbank Date Night Ideas

Post-event, why not continue the connection at one of Southbank’s romantic hotspots? The Brisbane Wheel offers a unique date experience with breathtaking city views. Pro tip: book a private gondola for an intimate setting where you can really delve into those conversations you started during speed dating. Or, for a more laid-back vibe, head to the Cineplex South Bank. Their couple’s seats are perfect for a cozy movie date, and the walk along the river afterwards provides the ideal setting for deeper chats.

So there you have it – Southbank’s speed dating scene in a nutshell. It’s fun, it’s fresh, and it’s far more exciting than endlessly swiping on Tinder or Bumble. Whether you’re newly single, divorced, or just ready to find that special someone, Speed Dating Social events offer a chance to make real connections in a world that often feels all too digital. Who knows? Your next 5-minute chat could be the start of a lifelong love story. So why not take the plunge? Your perfect match could be just a speed date away!

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

When it comes to dressing for speed dating in Southbank, you’ll want to strike that perfect balance between casual and dressy. Think “smart casual” – you want to look put-together without seeming like you’re trying too hard. For the ladies, a cute cocktail dress or a stylish top paired with well-fitted jeans can work wonders. Gents, you can’t go wrong with a crisp button-down shirt and nice trousers. If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe, head to David Jones on Grey Street. They’ve got a great selection of date-night outfits that’ll help you make a stellar first impression without breaking the bank.

The key to great speed dating conversation is finding common ground quickly. In Southbank, you’ve got plenty of local topics to draw from. Why not start by asking about their favorite spot along the Brisbane River? The riverside walks are a Southbank staple, and you might just find you both love the same picnic spot or riverside café. If you’re feeling bold, bring up the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). Asking about their favorite show or performance can lead to fascinating discussions about shared interests in music, theatre, or dance. Plus, if you hit it off, you’ve got a ready-made second date idea – “How about we catch the next show at QPAC together?”

For our fabulous LGBTQIA+ community, The Wickham on Wickham Street is the go-to spot for queer speed dating events. This iconic venue, lovingly known as “The Wick,” has been a staple of Brisbane’s LGBTQIA+ scene since the 1970s. Its recent renovation maintained its historic charm while adding modern flair, creating a perfect blend of nostalgia and contemporary vibes. The rainbow-lit dance floor and drag shows add an extra layer of fun to speed dating nights, helping to break the ice and get conversations flowing. Whether you’re gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or anywhere on the queer spectrum, The Wickham offers a safe and inclusive space to meet potential partners or make new friends in the community.

If you’re all about that fit life, you’re in luck! Southbank has a thriving fitness scene, and there are plenty of ways to meet like-minded health enthusiasts. Keep an eye out for fitness-themed speed dating events, where you can bond over your love of green smoothies and early morning workouts. During these events, try bringing up Goodlife Health Clubs on Grey Street. It’s a local favorite, and you might just find your perfect gym buddy. Pro tip: suggest a workout date for your second meetup. Nothing builds connection like sweating it out together!

Calling all pet parents and animal enthusiasts! When you’re at a Southbank speed dating event, don’t be shy about bringing up your furry (or scaly, or feathery) friends. A great ice breaker is to ask, “Are you a dog person or a cat person?” If you hit it off with a fellow animal lover, why not suggest a second date at the Southbank Parklands? It’s super dog-friendly, and there’s nothing quite like bonding over your pups playing together. The relaxed atmosphere takes the pressure off, and you can focus on getting to know each other while enjoying the beautiful riverside scenery.

First impressions matter, especially in speed dating! To ensure you’re looking your absolute best, why not treat yourself to a pampering session before the event? Epic Hair Designs on Grey Street is a local favorite. Book in for a fresh cut or style – nothing boosts confidence like great hair! If you’re feeling adventurous, ask for their “date night special.” The stylists there know exactly how to make you look and feel like a million bucks, ready to charm your way through those mini-dates.

Southbank is a hub of culture and activity, so there’s no shortage of common interests to explore! During your speed dates, try bringing up the Queensland Art Gallery. It’s a great conversation starter and can reveal a lot about a person’s tastes and interests. If you both turn out to be art enthusiasts, you’ve got a perfect second date idea right there. For the more hands-on types, mention the South Bank Craft Markets. These weekend markets are full of local artisans and could be a fun activity to do together if you hit it off.

Typically, Speed Dating Social events in Southbank attract around 40 attendees – that’s 20 guys and 20 ladies, keeping things nice and balanced. You’ll meet folks not just from Southbank, but also from neighboring West End and South Brisbane. This mix adds some spice to the dating pool, increasing your chances of finding someone compatible who’s still close enough for convenient dating. The diverse crowd means you could meet anyone from a trendy West End artist to a corporate high-flyer from the CBD – talk about keeping your options open!

Asian speed dating nights in Southbank are vibrant affairs, often held at popular spots like Chu the Phat on Melbourne Street. This modern Asian fusion restaurant provides the perfect backdrop for cultural connection. Their signature cocktail, the Lychee Martini, is a great conversation starter. Compared to apps like EastMeetEast, these events offer a more personal touch. You get to experience real chemistry and cultural understanding face-to-face, rather than just swiping through profiles.

Christian speed dating events in Southbank often take place at cozy cafes like Denim Co. on Grey Street, providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere for faith-based connections. Unlike Christian dating apps such as Christian Mingle, these events allow you to gauge spiritual compatibility in person. Conversations often revolve around faith journeys, favorite Bible verses, and church involvement. Speaking of which, mentioning St Laurence’s College Chapel could be a great way to discuss local worship options and potentially plan a shared Sunday service.

For the fabulous 40+ crowd, Speed Dating Social often hosts events at The Charming Squire on Grey Street. This venue’s sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance is perfect for mature daters. At this stage in life, many singles are looking for genuine connections, shared values, and compatibility in lifestyle choices. Beyond speed dating, groups like “Brisbane 40+ Social Group” on Meetup offer additional opportunities to mingle. These events tend to feel more laid-back than your typical dating app experience, allowing for more authentic interactions.

Over 50s speed dating in Southbank is all about embracing new beginnings with confidence and zest! Events are often held at classier venues like The Terrace Rooftop Bar, offering stunning views that serve as perfect conversation starters. Daters in this age group often value companionship, shared interests, and compatibility in retirement plans. Compared to apps like SilverSingles, these events offer a more personal touch, allowing you to gauge that all-important chemistry in person.

For a memorable date night in Southbank, you can’t go past the Brisbane Wheel. This iconic Ferris wheel offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and Brisbane River, creating a romantic atmosphere that’s hard to beat. To make the most of it, book a private gondola for a more intimate experience. Pack some chocolates or champagne (if allowed) to share during the ride. The slow rotation gives you plenty of time to chat, enjoy the view, and maybe even steal a kiss at the top! It’s the perfect blend of excitement and romance, sure to leave a lasting impression whether it’s a first date or a special night out with your long-term partner.

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