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Upcoming Speed Dating Events in Melbourne CBD

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Spice Market
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Fri, 26 July, 7:00 pm AEST
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Beaney Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 27 July, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Bendigo Street Milk Bar
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Sun, 28 July, 5:00 pm AEST
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37 Bendigo St, Richmond VIC 3121
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 3 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Miranda Tequila Bar
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Fri, 9 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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313 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 10 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 17 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Spice Market
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Fri, 23 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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Beaney Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 24 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Hotel Railway Brunswick
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Wed, 28 August, 7:00 pm AEST
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291 Albert St, Brunswick VIC 3056
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Diesel Bar & Eatery
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Sat, 31 August, 5:00 pm AEST
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202 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD
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Miranda Tequila Bar
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Fri, 6 September, 7:00 pm AEST
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313 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Tickets from $29.90 AUD

Speed Dating Social Events In Melbourne's CBD

Welcome to the exhilarating world of speed dating in Melbourne’s CBD, where love moves faster than a Collins Street tram during rush hour! This bustling hub is the perfect backdrop for your romantic rendezvous, with Swanston Street serving as the main artery of nightlife and potential heartbeats. Hop on any City Circle tram or strut your stuff from Flinders Street Station, and you’ll find yourself in the thick of the action, ready to mingle and jingle with other singles looking for their perfect match in this concrete jungle of dreams and skyscrapers.

As you arrive, the pre-event mingle buzzes with anticipation, a cocktail of nerves and excitement as potent as a double-shot espresso from one of Melbourne’s famous laneways. At 7 pm sharp, the love lottery begins, with a brief intermission at 8:30 pm to catch your breath and maybe adjust your power suit or little black dress. By 9 pm, you’ll have speed-dated your way through 12 potential soulmates, each encounter a mere 5-minute taste test of what could be a lifetime feast of love. The Matching App 4.0 is your digital wingman, letting you discreetly select ‘match’ or ‘friend’ for each encounter. Wake up the next morning to your matches, like finding out you’ve won the Melbourne Cup of love!

Dress to impress, but keep it CBD-chic. Gents, swing by Jack London on Little Collins Street for that perfect blend of suave and “I totally didn’t leave work early for this.” Ladies, Scanlan Theodore has got you covered with sleek pieces that scream “I’m not like other girls, I’m a cool girl who can rock boardroom to bar.” You’ll be mingling with singles from neighboring Docklands and Southbank too, so bring your A-game and maybe a witty anecdote about your latest hidden laneway coffee discovery.

Feeling tongue-tied? Break the ice by chatting about the iconic State Library Victoria – suggest a second date exploring its magnificent domed reading room together. It’s the perfect conversation starter and potential romantic rendezvous rolled into one grand, historic package.

Our Venues

Welcome to Eau de Vie, the crown jewel of Melbourne’s cocktail scene, tucked away in Malthouse Lane. This speakeasy-style bar, opened in 2011 by cocktail maestro Greg Sanderson, is a far cry from its former life as a dreary office space. The transformation mirrors the potential for excitement in your love life – from mundane to magical! Eau de Vie’s most striking feature is its Whisky Room, a temperature-controlled haven that provides an intimate setting for deeper conversations during the intermission. The bar’s famous tableside cocktail experiences offer a great ice-breaker, while the dimly lit, jazz-infused atmosphere sets the perfect mood for romance. Don’t miss their signature “Smoky Rob Roy” – it’s as smooth and intriguing as your potential matches. Speed dating at Eau de Vie is like stepping into a film noir romance, so embrace the mystery and let the sparks fly!

Step into Arbory Bar & Eatery, Melbourne’s longest bar stretching along the Yarra River at Flinders Street Station. This unique venue, opened in 2015 by HQ Group, was once a disused railway platform, and its transformation into a vibrant social hub mirrors the exciting possibilities of your love life – from static to dynamic! Arbory’s most striking feature is its 150-meter riverside deck, offering breathtaking views of the Yarra and creating a relaxed, open-air atmosphere perfect for breaking the ice. The venue’s seasonal menu provides great conversation starters, while the constantly changing scenery of passing boats and city life keeps the energy high. Try their famous “Arbory Afloat” cocktail – it might just set your love life sailing in the right direction! Speed dating here feels like starring in your own romantic comedy, with Melbourne’s skyline as your backdrop.

Welcome to Madame Brussels, the whimsical rooftop bar perched atop 59 Bourke Street. This quirky venue, opened in 2006 by the eccentric Miss Pearls, takes its name from a notorious 19th-century Melbourne madame and brothel owner. The bar’s transformation from a drab office space to a kitsch garden party wonderland mirrors the potential for fun in your love life – from boring to blooming! Madame Brussels’ most striking feature is its AstroTurf-covered rooftop, complete with pastel-colored garden furniture, creating a playful atmosphere that instantly puts daters at ease. The tongue-in-cheek cocktail names provide great ice-breakers, while the panoramic city views offer a stunning backdrop for your mini-dates. Don’t miss their signature “The Lady’s Warm Embrace” cocktail – it’s as cheeky and charming as the venue itself. Speed dating at Madame Brussels is like falling down a romantic rabbit hole, so embrace the whimsy and let your true colors shine!

What To Expect At Our Events

Buckle up, love seekers! Your romantic adventure kicks off with a name card and a QR code scan, unlocking the magic of the Matching App 4.0. Browse through your potential matches while sipping liquid courage at the bar. Ladies, take your seats as the gents play musical chairs every 5 minutes. It’s like Tinder in real life, but way more fun and with better lighting! Use your phone to select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ for each encounter – no awkward “I’ll call you” moments here! Wake up the next day to your matches’ contact details – it’s like Christmas morning for your love life! With 12 mini-dates packed into two hours, you’ll never be bored. Stuck for words? Our ice-breaker games and conversation cards have got your back. With 40 attendees (20 guys and 20 gals), the odds are ever in your favor. It’s way more exciting than endlessly swiping on Bumble or crafting the perfect eHarmony message – real-life chemistry beats a carefully curated profile any day!

Speed Dating Social

Founded by love guru Darcy Todd in 2020, we’ve played cupid for over 37,423 singles across 787 events. Our secret sauce? Equal ratios of men and women, ensuring you’re never left hanging like a sad emoji on Hinge. Snag an early bird ticket for $29.90 or embrace your spontaneous side with a last-minute love ticket for $34.90. No refunds within 30 days of the event – we’re not in the business of broken hearts or cold feet! Questions? Drop us a line at matches@speeddatingsocial.com and let’s get this love train rolling!

Who You'll Meet

Prepare to mingle with a smorgasbord of Melbourne’s finest! From suited-up corporate warriors to creative freelancers, single parents to carefree twenty-somethings fresh out of Melbourne Uni, you’ll find them all here. Chat with a finance guru from Docklands or a gallery curator from Southbank. Maybe you’ll click with a silver fox looking for love in their golden years, or a bubbly grad student writing their thesis on Melbourne’s coffee culture. First-timers and speed dating veterans alike, they’re all here for the same reason – to find that spark in the urban jungle of the CBD! It’s like a real-life Match.com or Coffee Meets Bagel, but with actual eye contact and no risk of being catfished. Pro tip: keep an open mind – your perfect match might be hiding behind a power suit or hipster glasses!

For the single parents out there, we get it – dating with kids is trickier than navigating the Hook Turn. While you’re speed dating, check out Guardian Early Learning Centre – Collins Street for some quality kiddo time. And for that follow-up date? Bring your little ones to ArtPlay at Birrarung Marr – they can get creative while you nurture your budding romance!

Post Event CBD Date Night Ideas

Scored a match? Keep the romance alive at Chin Chin on Flinders Lane. Share some delicious Asian fusion dishes while you dive deeper into each other’s lives. Top tip: sit at the bar and watch the chefs work their magic – it’s dinner and a show! For a quirkier follow-up, hit up Holey Moley Golf Club on Little Bourke Street. Challenge your date to a round of mini-golf and let the winner choose the next cocktail. Remember, it’s all about creating memories that last longer than your scorecard.

So, whether you’re fresh out of a long-term relationship, tired of the Plenty of Fish-Zoosk-EliteSingles merry-go-round, or just looking to expand your social circle beyond your office cubicle, speed dating in Melbourne’s CBD is your ticket to romance. It’s like all your favorite dating apps come to life, but with better cocktails and actual conversation! Who knows? Your perfect match could be just a 5-minute chat and a martini away. So put on your sharpest outfit, practice your most engaging Melbourne trivia, and get ready for a night of romantic potential. After all, in the world of CBD speed dating, love waits for no one – but it might just be waiting for you at the next table, latte in hand!

Attendee Reviews

Jeffery
Jeffery
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I tried a speed dating night in Melbourne, 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 a speed dating event in Melbourne’s CBD, dress smart casual. Opt for something comfortable yet stylish to make a good first impression. A great place to find an outfit is H&M on Bourke Street. They offer a wide range of trendy and affordable clothing options suitable for a singles night.

When speed dating, talk about your interests, hobbies, and what you enjoy doing in Melbourne’s CBD. A specific topic could be discussing favorite spots in the city like Hosier Lane and its famous street art. This could lead to discovering mutual interests in art and planning a second date to explore more murals or visit a local art gallery.

Our gay speed dating events are held at The Laird Hotel on Gipps Street. Known for being a gay men’s bar, it features a historic building with a vibrant atmosphere and a welcoming community. Built in the early 20th century, it is owned by a local group dedicated to LGBTQ+ inclusion, making it a fantastic place to meet queer singles, including trans and bi individuals, genderqueer, WLW, MLM, and others in the community.

To connect with health-conscious singles, discuss local fitness spots like Virgin Active on Collins Street during your dates. Suggesting a shared workout or a gym date can establish a mutual interest, making it a perfect topic for those interested in a healthy lifestyle.

Animal lovers can find each other at our speed dating events held at The Catfish on Gertrude Street, a dog-friendly bar known for its relaxed vibe and welcoming pet policy. During your dates, talk about your favorite animals and suggest a second date at Edinburgh Gardens, a nearby dog-friendly park perfect for a stroll with your furry friends. The experience is casual and fun, ideal for animal lovers to bond.

To look your best, visit Edwards & Co. on Little Bourke Street, a top-rated hairdresser in Melbourne’s CBD. Ask for a stylish cut or grooming session is a great way to boost your confidence. For beauty treatments, Mecca Cosmetica on Collins Street is an excellent choice for skincare and makeup advice.

Join local hobby clubs or activities, such as the Melbourne Chess Club on Leicester Street. Talking about your hobbies during your dates can reveal commonalities and provide opportunities to invite them to a club meeting or activity for a second date.

Typically, 40 attendees come to our Speed Dating Social events, with singles from Melbourne CBD, as well as nearby suburbs like Southbank and Carlton. This variety increases your chances of finding local and compatible matches, making the dating experience more rewarding and convenient.

Our Asian speed dating nights are held at Golden Monkey on Lonsdale Street, an Asian-inspired venue with a signature cocktail, the ‘Monkey Magic’. The ambiance is exotic and intimate, perfect for connecting with other Asian singles. Compared to using apps like Tantan, our speed dating provides a direct and engaging way to meet singles face-to-face.

Our Christian singles nights are hosted at The Crossways Hotel on King Street, offering a comfortable and supportive environment. Compared to a Christian dating apps like Christian Mingle, speed dating allows for immediate, genuine conversations. During your quick dates, discussing St. Paul’s Cathedral, a nearby church, can be a great way to connect over shared faith and plan a visit together.

Our over 40s speed dating events are hosted at The Drunken Poet on Peel Street. Our mature attendees are often seeking meaningful connections and companionship. Besides singles events, you can try the dating app SilverSingles or join the Melbourne Over 40s Meetup Group for more opportunities to meet like-minded singles in the area.

Our over 50s speed dating events are hosted at The Imperial Hotel on Bourke Street. The venue, with its classic pub feel and friendly atmosphere, is great place for mature singles others seeking long-term relationships. For further opportunities, use the app OurTime and join the Melbourne Over 50s Meetup Group to meet more potential partners in the CBD.

A wonderful date night idea is visiting the Eureka Skydeck for breathtaking views of the city. Enjoying the skyline together can create a romantic atmosphere. Two tips: go at sunset for a stunning experience and bring a camera for memorable photos.

You could invite another single parent to Birrarung Marr, a child-friendly venue where your kids can play while you connect. The experience is relaxed and family-oriented so you can easily see what your date is like. Alternatively, use Kids & Co. on Collins Street for childcare services, allowing you to attend singles mixer without worrying about your children’s care.