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Upcoming Speed Dating Events in Port Melbourne

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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 Port Melbourne

Speed dating in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is like a whirlwind tour of the local dating scene, packed into one exciting evening on Bay Street – the bustling hub of Port Melbourne’s nightlife. Hop on the 109 tram and alight at the Light Rail station to join the fun, where you’ll find yourself mingling with a diverse crowd of singles ready to make connections. The events kick off at 7pm sharp, usually on Thursdays or Fridays, with a buzzing atmosphere as attendees scan into the Matching App 4.0 and prepare for 12 mini-dates that’ll fly by in 5-minute intervals.

As you rotate through your potential matches, you’ll have the chance to select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’ for each person you meet, with a 10-minute intermission at the halfway point to catch your breath and strategize. By 9pm, you’ll have met a dozen new people, and the anticipation builds as you wait for your matches to be revealed at 8am the next day. For the perfect speed dating outfit, swing by Bay Street Boutique to snag a stylish ensemble that’ll help you stand out from the crowd.

You’ll not only meet Port Melbourne locals but also singles from neighboring South Melbourne and Albert Park, creating a melting pot of personalities and backgrounds. As an attendee, you’ll feel the electric buzz of possibility in the air, a refreshing change from swiping through dating apps like Tinder or Bumble. Book your ticket on Eventbrite, choosing from age groups spanning 20s to 70s, with specialized events for LGBTQ+, Christian, and Asian communities.

When the conversation turns to local attractions, don’t miss the chance to chat about the iconic Port Melbourne Beach – a perfect spot for a romantic stroll. Suggest a sunset walk there for a second date, where you can continue your conversation with the sound of waves in the background and maybe even share a romantic kiss under the stars.

Our Venues

The Exchange Hotel on Bay Street is a Port Melbourne institution that’s become a go-to for speed dating events. Built in 1916 as a sailor’s pub, this historic venue is now owned by the charismatic Johnson family, who’ve created an atmosphere that perfectly balances excitement and intimacy for speed daters. The venue’s Art Deco features provide endless conversation starters, while the cozy booths offer intimate spaces for mini-dates. The rooftop bar gives daters a chance to catch their breath between rounds, with stunning views of the bay adding a touch of romance to the evening. For a true taste of The Exchange, order the ‘Port Romance’ – a locally inspired cocktail that’s sure to break the ice. Speed dating here feels like stepping back in time, with the venue’s rich history adding depth to new connections. Pro tip: Arrive early to explore the vintage photographs lining the walls – they’re great conversation starters!

Third Wave Cafe on Rouse Street brings a touch of modern chic to the Port Melbourne speed dating scene. Opened in 2012 in a transformed warehouse space, this trendy cafe-by-day, bar-by-night is the brainchild of local entrepreneurs, the Smith siblings, infusing the speed dating experience with a sense of urban cool. The industrial-style decor creates a unique backdrop for first impressions, while the ever-changing local art installations provide instant talking points for daters. The open kitchen adds a sensory element to the evening, with the aroma of gourmet snacks wafting through the air. When it’s time to order, go for the ‘Love at First Sip’ – a signature coffee-based cocktail that’s perfect for perking up your dating game. Speed dating at Third Wave feels like being part of the local art scene, with the venue’s creative vibe encouraging daters to show their innovative side. Remember to take a moment to appreciate the artwork – it’s a great way to showcase your cultural interests!

Clooney Kitchen & Bar on Beach Street (boasting an impressive Google My Business listing) is a beloved local hotspot that’s been bringing people together since 2018. This modern Australian eatery, owned by celebrity chef George Calombaris, has quickly become a vibrant speed dating venue. The restaurant’s sleek, contemporary design creates a sophisticated atmosphere for daters, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning bay views that serve as a romantic backdrop. The open-plan layout encourages a more relaxed, social atmosphere, breaking down barriers between speed daters. The venue’s reputation for culinary excellence adds an element of excitement, with daters often bonding over their shared foodie interests. Try the ‘Clooney’s Connection’ – a bespoke cocktail designed to complement the speed dating experience. Speed dating at Clooney’s feels like being part of an exclusive culinary club, with the venue’s gourmet reputation adding a touch of luxury to your dating journey. To make the most of your experience, brush up on your food knowledge before the event – it’s a great way to impress your dates!

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What To Expect At Our Events

Your speed dating journey begins as you receive your name card and scan the QR code into the Matching App 4.0, instantly revealing a digital roster of your fellow daters. As you mingle at the bar, anticipation builds for the main event. Ladies take their seats while gentlemen rotate every 5 minutes, guided by our attentive hosts. With each mini-date, you’ll use your phone to discreetly select ‘Match’ or ‘Friend’, knowing that your choices will be revealed at 8am the next day. Our events typically run from 7pm to 9pm, featuring 12 five-minute dates and a refreshing intermission. Ice breaker games and conversation cards are on hand to keep the energy flowing. With a balanced ratio of 20 men and 20 women, you’re guaranteed equal opportunities to connect. Compared to the endless swiping of dating apps like OkCupid or Coffee Meets Bagel, our in-person events offer a refreshingly authentic experience that brings the excitement back to meeting new people.

Speed Dating Social

Founded by Darcy Todd in 2020, Speed Dating Social has become a matchmaking powerhouse, hosting over 787 events and introducing more than 37,423 singles. Our commitment to equal ratios ensures a balanced and fair experience for all attendees. Early bird tickets are a steal at $29.90, with last-release tickets at $34.90. We maintain a strict no-refund policy within 30 days of an event to ensure commitment from all participants, creating a more engaging atmosphere for everyone involved. For any queries, our dedicated team is just an email away at matches@speeddatingsocial.com.

Who You'll Meet

At our Port Melbourne events, you’ll encounter a vibrant mix of professionals, single parents, university students in their 20s, and mature singles over 40 and 50. You might find yourself chatting with a tech entrepreneur from South Melbourne or a creative artist from Albert Park. Many attendees are speed dating veterans, eager to share their experiences and put newcomers at ease. The diverse age range and backgrounds create a dynamic atmosphere, with conversations ranging from career aspirations to favorite local haunts. For single parents, Port Melbourne offers plenty of support, including the Port Melbourne Children’s Centre for those needing a sitter. After making a connection, why not suggest a family-friendly follow-up date at Lagoon Reserve Playground?

Post Event Date Night Ideas

For a unique second date, head to the Spirit Station Pier. This historic landmark offers a beautiful setting for a casual stroll and the opportunity to watch the Spirit of Tasmania ferry come and go, providing plenty of chances to chat and get to know each other better. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the pier and show off your thoughtful planning skills. Alternatively, take a trip to the Gasworks Arts Park. This fascinating attraction offers a mix of art galleries, theaters, and green spaces, providing plenty of conversation starters. Share your favorite exhibits and discuss your cultural interests – it’s a great way to discover shared passions and plan future outings together.

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

When attending a speed dating event in Port Melbourne, aim for smart casual attire. You want to look polished yet comfortable. A nice outfit from Parisian Boutique on Bay Street could be perfectβ€”they have a great selection of trendy yet sophisticated clothes ideal for a date night. For grooming, head to Bella Beauty Lounge on Rouse Street for a fresh look. Ask for a blowout or a natural makeup look to keep things fresh and approachable.

In Port Melbourne, you can break the ice by discussing local attractions and activities. Mention the Spirit of Tasmania, a local landmark and ferry service with trips to Tasmania, perfect for adventurous dates. Station Pier is also a great topicβ€”it’s a hub of dining and historic significance. You could also talk about Beacon Cove, ideal for a leisurely waterfront stroll. These local references make for interesting conversation starters and potential date ideas.

Yes, Port Melbourne has a welcoming LGBTQ community. For queer singles, attending an LGBTQ speed dating event or visiting The Laird in nearby Abbotsford, a renowned gay bar, can be great ways to meet people. Engage in conversations about the inclusive atmosphere of Port Melbourne and share your experiences to find common ground.

Staying fit is a fantastic way to boost your confidence for dating. Port Melbourne Life Saving Club offers fitness facilities and a friendly community. It’s a great place to work out and potentially meet other singles who value a healthy lifestyle. Discussing your fitness routine or favorite workouts can be an excellent conversation topic at speed dating events.

If you’re into animals, bring up Port Melbourne Dog Parkβ€”a favorite spot for local pet owners. Alternatively, Pets Palace on Bay Street is a popular pet shop. Ask your date if they have pets and suggest a playful future outing to the dog park as a fun and engaging follow-up date.

Our speed dating events typically start at 7 PM and run until 9 PM. Expect around 12 five-minute mini-dates with a 10-minute intermission to mingle and grab a drink. Ladies remain seated while men rotate tables. Use our Matching App 4.0 to register your interest discreetly. You’ll receive contact details for any matches at 8 AM the following day. It’s a structured yet relaxed format designed for genuine connections.

Port Melbourne has several clubs you might want to discuss. For instance, ask if they’ve ever attended events at the Port Melbourne Cricket Clubβ€”a great way to connect with sports enthusiasts. Alternatively, inquire about Port Melbourne Dance School if you’re into dancing. Local clubs offer a wealth of shared interests to explore during your speed dates.

Our events typically host around 40 attendees, with a balanced mix of men and women. You’re likely to meet singles from Port Melbourne and neighboring suburbs like Albert Park and South Melbourne. Ask where they’re from and share a little about your area to find common local connections.

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For those interested in meeting Asian singles, check out Asian-themed speed dating nights. Port Melbourne’s proximity to Richmond’s Little Saigon makes it a vibrant spot for such events. Apps like EastMeetEast are popular in the Asian community. Approach with cultural respect and share your interest in diverse cuisines or traditions to build a meaningful connection.

For Christian singles, the Port Melbourne Uniting Church offers community events where you might meet like-minded individuals. Discussing shared values and faith-based activities can be a great way to connect. Christian dating often emphasizes shared beliefs and long-term relationship goals, so be open and sincere about your faith and values.

After the event, consider visiting Mr. Hobson, a chic waterfront restaurant perfect for a romantic dinner with its stunning bay views. Alternatively, Pier 35 Bar & Grill offers a charming dining experience with a picturesque setting by the marina. For something more casual, The Railway Club Hotel provides a cozy, laid-back atmosphere ideal for getting to know your date better. Each of these venues adds a touch of Port Melbourne’s local charm to your second date.