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Upcoming Speed Dating Events in Docklands

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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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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 Docklands

Speed dating in Docklands, Victoria, is the ultimate way for singles to mingle and potentially find their perfect match in this modern, waterfront precinct. NewQuay Promenade serves as the vibrant hub for Docklands’ nightlife, with numerous bars and restaurants hosting these exciting events. Getting there is a breeze – just hop on the 70 or 75 tram along Harbour Esplanade or catch a train to Southern Cross Station, both of which will drop you within walking distance of the action.

These lively events typically kick off with a casual mingle at 7pm, allowing attendees to break the ice before diving into 12 five-minute mini-dates. Men rotate between tables while women stay seated, creating a dynamic atmosphere that keeps the energy high. At 9pm, after a brief 10-minute intermission halfway through, the event wraps up. Participants use the innovative Matching App 4.0 to select ‘match’ or ‘friend’ for each person they’ve met, with results delivered at 8am the next day – talk about instant gratification!

For your speed dating outfit, aim for smart casual that makes you feel confident. Ladies, check out H&M at The District Docklands for a chic ensemble that’ll turn heads. You’ll be mingling with singles from neighboring West Melbourne and North Melbourne, so make sure you’re looking your best. As an attendee, you’ll experience a whirlwind of emotions – nervousness, excitement, and perhaps even a spark of chemistry with someone special.

Booking your spot is easy through Eventbrite, where you can select your age group (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, or 70s) and even find specialized events for LGBTQ+, Christian, and Asian singles. When you’re face-to-face with your potential match, break the ice by chatting about the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. Suggest a second date admiring the breathtaking city views from the wheel – a perfect way to continue getting to know each other in a romantic setting.

Our Venues

The Woolshed, located on Central Pier, is a Docklands gem that’s been around since 2005. Originally part of a historic wool storage facility, it’s now owned by the visionary Jones family, who transformed it into a vibrant pub and dining venue. This unique space offers an unparalleled speed dating experience with its exposed wooden beams and industrial-chic decor, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for mini-dates. The venue’s waterfront location provides stunning harbor views, perfect for romantic conversations. Its spacious layout allows for comfortable movement between dates, while the central bar area serves as a great meeting point during breaks. Don’t miss their signature “Docklands Breeze” cocktail – it’s the perfect icebreaker to share with a potential match. Speed dating at The Woolshed feels like a series of cozy, intimate encounters in a stylish setting. To make the most of your experience, arrive early to soak in the harbor views and prepare some maritime-related conversation starters.

Platform 28 on Convention Centre Place is a trendy bar and restaurant that’s been part of Docklands’ social scene since 2013. Converted from an old railway goods shed, it’s now owned by the innovative Chen family, who’ve created a space that perfectly balances modern style with historical charm. Platform 28’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic city views, providing a glamorous backdrop for speed dating events. The venue’s long bar facilitates easy mingling between dates, while intimate booth seating is perfect for more private conversations. The bar’s carefully curated craft beer selection is a talking point in itself, offering plenty of options for beer enthusiasts to bond over. Their house special, the “Docklands Express” cocktail, is a must-try for you and your date. Speed dating at Platform 28 feels chic and effortless, with the venue’s urban vibe adding a touch of excitement to the experience. For the best experience, brush up on your knowledge of local brews and be ready to impress with your sophisticated palate.

Cargo, a local favorite with a strong Google My Business presence and glowing reviews, stands proudly on NewQuay Promenade. This stylish restaurant and bar, established in 2016, began life as one of Docklands’ first waterfront dining establishments and has since become a cornerstone of the area’s social scene. Current owner Sarah Thompson has maintained its reputation for excellence while infusing it with a vibrant, contemporary energy. Cargo’s spacious layout, featuring multiple levels and outdoor areas, provides an ideal setting for speed dating events. Its waterfront terrace offers breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour, serving as a romantic backdrop for mini-dates. The venue’s innovative “silent disco” headphone system allows for clear conversation even in bustling areas, making it perfect for speed dating nights. For a true taste of Docklands, order their signature “Harbour Sunset” cocktail to share with your date. To maximize your experience at Cargo, arrive early to familiarize yourself with the different areas and choose your favorite spots for those crucial first impressions.

What To Expect At Our Events

At our events, expect a seamless experience from start to finish. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a name card and scan a QR code to access the Matching App 4.0, where you can view profiles of all attendees. After some initial mingling at the bar, ladies take their seats while gentlemen rotate every 5 minutes, guided by our attentive hosts. Throughout the evening, you’ll have 12 exciting mini-dates, with the option to select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ for each person directly on your phone. The next morning at 8am, you’ll receive your matches’ contact details, allowing you to continue the conversation. With 40 attendees (20 men and 20 women), you’re guaranteed equal ratios and plenty of opportunities to connect. Many participants find our events more engaging and personal than popular dating apps like Tinder or Bumble, appreciating the face-to-face interaction and immediate chemistry assessment.

Speed Dating Social

Speed Dating Social, founded by the innovative Darcy Todd in 2020, has successfully hosted over 787 events, introducing more than 37,423 singles to potential partners. Our commitment to maintaining equal ratios of men and women ensures a balanced and fair experience for all attendees. Early bird tickets are available for $29.90, with last-release tickets priced at $34.90. Please note that we have a strict no-refund policy within 30 days of an event to maintain the integrity of our carefully balanced ratios. For any inquiries, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team at matches@speeddatingsocial.com.

Who You'll Meet

At our Docklands speed dating events, you’ll encounter a diverse mix of singles from all walks of life. From young professionals in their 20s navigating the dating scene while balancing demanding careers, to creative types in their 30s and 40s looking for a spark of inspiration in their love life, there’s someone for everyone. You might meet a finance whiz from neighboring West Melbourne or a tech entrepreneur from nearby North Melbourne. Many attendees are first-timers, nervous but excited, while others are seasoned speed daters with entertaining stories to share. 

The age range typically spans from mid-20s to late 50s, creating a vibrant atmosphere where different life experiences intersect. For single parents, Gowrie Victoria Docklands on Seafarer Lane offers evening care services, perfect for those speed dating nights. And if you hit it off with a fellow parent, why not suggest a follow-up date at Ron Barassi Snr Park, where your kids can enjoy the playground while you continue getting to know each other?

Post Event Docklands Date Night Ideas

After the event, keep the connection going with these fantastic date night ideas in Docklands. The O’Brien Group Arena on Pearl River Road offers a unique setting for a fun and active date. Try your hand at ice skating together, laughing at each other’s wobbly attempts and creating some unforgettable memories. Pro tip: arrive early for a quick lesson to boost your confidence on the ice. For a more relaxed option, consider a romantic sunset cruise with Melbourne River Cruises. 

Departing from Victoria Harbour, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the city skyline while sipping champagne and getting to know your date better. Remember to bring a light jacket – it’s perfect for snuggling up as you watch the city lights twinkle to life, potentially marking the beginning of your own love story in this vibrant Melbourne precinct.

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 Docklands, aim for smart casual attire that reflects the area’s modern waterfront vibe. Men might consider tailored chinos with a stylish shirt, while women could opt for a chic cocktail dress or an elegant blouse with tailored pants. If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe, check out H&M at The District Docklands on Waterfront Way for trendy options that’ll help you make a great first impression and boost your confidence for those mini-dates.

When speed dating in Docklands, it’s great to discuss local attractions like the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. You could mention your favorite view from the wheel or ask if they’ve ever taken a night ride. This can lead to discovering shared interests in city exploration or romantic experiences, potentially setting the stage for a second date enjoying the wheel together. Other safe topics include favorite waterfront restaurants, recent experiences at The District Docklands, or your go-to spots along NewQuay Promenade.

The Rainbow Lounge at Waterfront City on NewQuay Promenade is Docklands’ go-to venue for LGBTQIA+ speed dating events. This inclusive space, opened in 2018 by a queer couple, features stunning harbor views and a stylish interior decorated with local LGBTQIA+ artists’ work. The bar’s commitment to creating a safe space for all gender identities and sexual orientations, including transgender, bisexual, and genderqueer individuals, makes it an ideal location for LGBTQIA+ singles to connect and potentially find their life partner.

Fitness-focused speed dating events are gaining popularity in Docklands. During these events, you might want to bring up Goodlife Health Club on Bourke Street. Discussing your workout routines or favorite classes can help establish a mutual interest in health and wellness. If you hit it off, you could suggest meeting up for a shared workout or a jog along the waterfront, turning your budding romance into a fit and fun adventure.

Absolutely! The Woolshed on Central Pier often hosts pet-friendly speed dating events on their spacious outdoor terrace. To gauge your date’s love for animals, you could ask if they have any pets or enjoy spending time with furry friends. If you both click and share a passion for pets, consider suggesting a second date at Ron Barassi Snr Park. Imagine strolling through the park with your dogs, enjoying the harbor views while you continue getting to know each other in a relaxed, tail-wagging atmosphere.

To boost your confidence before a speed dating event, consider visiting Rukus Hair at The District Docklands. Ask for a style that enhances your features while still feeling like “you” – perhaps a sleek blowout or subtle highlights to complement Docklands’ modern vibe. Remember, the best accessory is your smile and a positive attitude!

Docklands has a thriving community with various hobby clubs and activities. During speed dating, you could mention the Docklands Yacht Club. If you find a fellow sailing enthusiast, you could invite them to join you for a sailing lesson or suggest watching the Sunday races together for an exciting second date.

Speed Dating Social events in Docklands typically attract around 40 attendees, with an equal ratio of men and women. Many participants come from Docklands itself, but you’ll also meet singles from neighboring West Melbourne and North Melbourne. This diverse mix increases your chances of finding compatible matches within a convenient local radius, potentially leading to romantic connections with professionals who share your love for Melbourne’s waterfront lifestyle.

Asian speed dating events in Docklands are often held at the Zen Sushi & Sake Bar on NewQuay Promenade. The venue’s modern Asian-fusion atmosphere and delicious cuisine provide a perfect backdrop for cultural connections. Try their signature dish, the Dragon Roll, to break the ice with your dates. Compared to apps like EastMeetEast, these events offer a more personal touch and immediate chemistry assessment, allowing you to gauge compatibility beyond just profile pictures.

Christian speed dating events in Docklands frequently take place at the Watermark Docklands on Victoria Harbour Promenade. These events offer a faith-focused alternative to apps like Christian Mingle, allowing for deeper conversations about beliefs and values. You might discuss your involvement with local churches, such as Docklands Church, and potentially plan a date to attend a service together or participate in community outreach programs.

 

Over 40s speed dating events in Docklands are often held at Berth Restaurant & Bar on NewQuay Promenade. These events cater to singles looking for meaningful connections, often with shared life experiences. Many attendees are seeking partners who understand the complexities of dating again later in life, possibly including previous marriages or children. Outside of events, you might also check out the “Docklands Mature Singles Meetup” group for additional opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals in a relaxed setting.

The Boatbuilders Yard on South Wharf Promenade is a popular venue for over 50s speed dating in Docklands. Its relaxed atmosphere and waterfront views create a comfortable setting for mature singles to mingle. Participants often appreciate the chance to meet potential partners face-to-face, finding it more engaging than apps like SilverSingles. Conversation topics might include retirement plans, travel aspirations, or favorite local community activities.

For a memorable date night in Docklands, consider a sunset cruise with Melbourne River Cruises followed by dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants. Their “City Lights Cruise” offers stunning views of the city skyline and Docklands precinct. To make the most of your experience, arrive early to secure a good spot on the boat and bring a light jacket to cozy up together as you admire the twinkling city lights. After the cruise, head to one of the many fine dining establishments along NewQuay Promenade to continue your conversation over a delicious meal, allowing you to create a more intimate connection with your potential romantic partner.