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Upcoming Speed Dating Events in Southbank

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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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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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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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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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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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Speed Dating Social Events In Southbank

Speed dating in Southbank, Victoria, is the ultimate way for singles to mingle and potentially find their perfect match in this vibrant, urban neighborhood. Southbank Promenade serves as the bustling hub for nightlife and speed dating events, withΒ numerous barsΒ andΒ restaurantsΒ hosting these exciting mixers. Getting there is a breeze – just hop on the 96 tram along St Kilda Road or catch a train to Flinders Street 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 Cue at Southgate Shopping Centre for a chic ensemble that’ll turn heads. You’ll be mingling with singles from neighboring South Melbourne and South Yarra, 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 iconic Eureka Skydeck. Suggest a second date admiring the breathtaking views from the observation deck – a perfect way to continue getting to know each other in a romantic setting.

Our Venues

Ponyfish Island, located under the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge, is a unique floating bar that’s been a Southbank staple since 2008. Originally conceived as a temporary pop-up, it’s now owned by the visionary Andrew Mackintosh, who transformed it into a permanent fixture. This quirky venue offers an unparalleled speed dating experience with its 360-degree views of the Yarra River, creating a romantic backdrop for mini-dates. The bar’s intimate size encourages close conversations, while the constant flow of river traffic provides endless conversation starters. Its ever-changing seasonal cocktail menu keeps things exciting, with the signature “Yarra Breeze” being a must-try for you and your date. Speed dating at Ponyfish Island feels like a series of intimate riverside rendezvous. To make the most of your experience, arrive early to secure a spot with the best view and prepare some river-related ice breakers.

Ludlow Bar & Dining Room on Southbank Promenade is a sophisticated venue that’s been part of Southbank’s dining scene since 2005. Converted from an old warehouse, it’s now owned by the McEvoy family, who’ve created a space that perfectly balances elegance and comfort. Ludlow’s expansive windows offer stunning city views, providing a glamorous backdrop for speed dating events. The bar’s long, communal tables facilitate easy rotation between dates, while intimate booths are perfect for more private conversations during breaks. The venue’s carefully curated wine list is a talking point in itself, offering plenty of options for wine enthusiasts to bond over. Their signature “Southbank Sparkler” cocktail is the perfect drink to order for your date. Speed dating at Ludlow feels chic and effortless, with the venue’s upscale ambiance adding a touch of luxury to the experience. For the best experience, brush up on your wine knowledge beforehand and be ready to impress with your sophisticated palate.

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Left Bank Melbourne, a local favorite with a strong Google My Business presence and glowing reviews, stands proudly on Southbank Promenade. This stylish bar and restaurant, established in 1994, began life as one of Southbank’s first dining establishments and has since become a cornerstone of the area’s social scene. Current owner Jack Thompson has maintained its reputation for excellence while infusing it with a modern, vibrant energy. Left Bank’s spacious layout, featuring multiple levels and outdoor areas, provides an ideal setting for speed dating events. Its floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the city skyline, serving as a romantic backdrop for mini-dates. The venue’s live DJ sets create a lively atmosphere, perfect for breaking the ice and keeping energy levels high throughout the event. For a true taste of Southbank, order their signature “Southbank Sunset” cocktail to share with your date. To maximize your experience at Left Bank, 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 Southbank 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 South Melbourne or an art curator from nearby South Yarra. Many attendees are first-timers, nervous but excited, while others are seasoned speed daters with entertaining stories to share.Β 

The age range typically spans from mid-20s to late 50s, creating a vibrant atmosphere where different life experiences intersect. For single parents, Southbank Childrens Centre on Kavanagh Street 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 ArtPlay in Birrarung Marr, where your kids can enjoy creative activities while you continue getting to know each other?

Post Event Southbank Date Night Ideas

After the event, keep the connection going with these fantastic date night ideas in Southbank. The Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road offers a perfect setting for a cultured evening out. Catch a show together and then discuss your impressions over drinks at one of the nearby bars along Southbank Promenade. Pro tip: check the Arts Centre’s program in advance and choose a performance that aligns with both your interests, giving you plenty to talk about.Β 

For a more laid-back option, consider a romantic stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic with gourmet treats from the Southbank Farmers Market and find a secluded spot to enjoy each other’s company. Remember to bring a cozy blanket – it’s perfect for snuggling up as you watch the sunset over the city skyline, potentially marking the beginning of your own love story in this vibrant Melbourne neighborhood.

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 Southbank, aim for smart casual attire that reflects the area’s sophisticated urban vibe. Men might consider tailored trousers with a stylish shirt, while women could opt for a chic cocktail dress or an elegant blouse with a skirt. If you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe, check out Cue at Southgate Shopping Centre on Southbank Promenade for trendy options that’ll help you make a great first impression and boost your confidence for those mini-dates.

When speed dating in Southbank, it’s great to discuss local attractions like the Eureka Skydeck. You could mention your favorite view from the observation deck or ask if they’ve ever tried “The Edge” experience. This can lead to discovering shared interests in city exploration or thrill-seeking activities, potentially setting the stage for a second date admiring Melbourne’s skyline together. Other safe topics include favorite riverside restaurants, recent experiences at the Arts Centre Melbourne, or your go-to spots along Southbank Promenade.

The Rainbow Room at Waterfront on Southbank Promenade is Southbank’s go-to venue for LGBTQIA+ speed dating events. This inclusive space, opened in 2017 by a queer couple, features stunning river 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 Southbank. During these events, you might want to bring up KX Pilates on Clarendon 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 Pilates session or a jog along the Yarra River, turning your budding romance into a fit and fun adventure.

Absolutely! The Hophaus Bier Bar on Southbank Promenade often hosts pet-friendly speed dating events on their 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 Birrarung Marr. Imagine strolling through the park with your dogs, enjoying the riverside 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 Rokk Ebony Hair Salon at Southgate Shopping Centre. Ask for a style that enhances your features while still feeling like “you” – perhaps a sleek blowout or subtle highlights to complement Southbank’s glamorous vibe. Remember, the best accessory is your smile and a positive attitude!

Southbank has a thriving arts community with various cultural activities. During speed dating, you could mention the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). If you find a fellow art enthusiast, you could invite them to join you for an exhibition or suggest exploring the NGV together for a creative second date.

Speed Dating Social events in Southbank typically attract around 40 attendees, with an equal ratio of men and women. Many participants come from Southbank itself, but you’ll also meet singles from neighboring South Melbourne and South Yarra. 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 vibrant city lifestyle.

Asian speed dating events in Southbank are often held at the Spice Temple on Southbank Promenade. The venue’s modern Asian-fusion atmosphere and delicious cuisine provide a perfect backdrop for cultural connections. Try their signature cocktail, the Spice Market Sling, 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 Southbank frequently take place at the Kindred Studio on Southbank Boulevard. 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 St Johns Southgate, and potentially plan a date to attend a service together or participate in community outreach programs.

Over 40s speed dating events in Southbank are often held at The Deck at Southgate. 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 “Southbank Mature Singles Meetup” group for additional opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals in a relaxed setting.

The Waiting Room at Crown Towers is a popular venue for over 50s speed dating in Southbank. Its elegant atmosphere and live piano music create a sophisticated 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 cultural activities in Melbourne.

For a memorable date night in Southbank, consider a sunset river cruise followed by dinner at one of the riverside restaurants. Melbourne River Cruises offers a romantic “City Lights Cruise” that provides stunning views of the city skyline. 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 Southbank Promenade to continue your conversation over a delicious meal, allowing you to create a more intimate connection with your potential romantic partner.

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