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Looking for fun date night ideas?

Romance doesn’t have to be all about fancy dinners or expensive bouquets. If you’re looking for an unconventional idea for a first date, or a fun thing to do for your weekly night out with your partner, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite alternative activities for a memorable time.

 

Bacco Wine bottles
Taste a variety of boutique vino from all over Italy

#1 Go for a wine tasting

Whether you’re a die-hard prosecco or red wine enthusiast, attending a wine tasting with your date is great way to get to know him or her a little better, in a casual setting. Bacco Wines is an Italian boutique wine online retailer that hosts regular informal tasting sessions in its cosy office at Robertson Quay. Each tasting – they’re held every two to three weeks – has a specific theme, from “Innovators” to “Healthy Wines” and “Rare Wines”. If you’re prone to hangovers, the wines at Bacco are naturally-produced and organic, which means less risk of dealing with the dreaded post-drinking headache or morning-after hangover. Like what you tried? You get to shop on the spot and enjoy special discounts after the tasting. A bottle makes for the perfect date gift, too!

Want in on the organic wine trend? Check out Bacco’s bi-monthly wine tastings here or here! The next tasting dates are 17 and 30 August.

Bacco Wines
46 Kim Yam Road,
The Herencia (near Roberson Quay)
6635 5747 | baccowines.com

 

baba chews beef rendang
Beef Short Ribs Rendang

#2 Try mod-Peranakan cuisine

Discover unique Peranakan culture at Baba Chews Bar and Eatery, a chic and elegant restaurant bar offering mod-Peranakan cuisine. Tucked away in Katong Square, this eatery offers a taste of heritage in its charming colonial and Peranakan setting – think gorgeous tiles set against wood furnishings and white walls. Meat lovers will enjoy the beef short ribs rendang ($29), which features a rich and fragrant gravy of coconut cream, spices, gula melaka and turmeric leaf. Another popular item on the menu is Iberico pork ribs pongteh ($26), a twist on the Peranakan classic. If you’re a fan of spice, don’t miss the sambal stingray ($22), topped with the restaurant’s homemade chilli sauce. After your meal, round up the date with a leisurely stroll in the vicinity, passing by the rows of colourful heritage shophouses – a signature feature that makes the Katong enclave a gem worthy of exploration.

Psst… This resto also offers elegant and affordable set lunches!

Baba Chews Bar and Eatery
#01-01 Katong Square, 86 East Coast Road
6723 2025 | babachews.com.sg

 

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe
DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe

#3 Pop by a themed cafe

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe in Marina Bay Sands (#01-03/03/05, 2 Bayfront Avenue) is a a cool space for superhero fans! Opened in 2015, the themed cafe features a casual dining area, a patisserie, an ice-cream station, and a retail section with merchandise. Look forward to superhero-inspired dishes, including signature burgers served with Superman brioche buns and gourmet ice-cream in 3D designs. Another spot to check out is Hungry Heroes (33 Tessensohn Road), where you’ll find all kinds of original and licensed superhero memorabilia from Marvel and other comics adorning the two-storey restaurant.

 

NOX Dine in the Dark
Dim the lights and dine in style at NOX Dine in the Dark

#4 Dine in complete darkness

If you have a thing for mystery and surprise, you’ll be in for a treat at this Beach Road restaurant. Located just off Haji Lane, NOX Dine in the Dark offers a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for an edgy yet romantic date night. This unique concept allows diners to enjoy their meal in absolute darkness. Expect a truly unusual experience at this mod-European restaurant, which has specially trained blind and visually impaired servers who move seamlessly about the pitch-black dining room. We won’t spoil too much of the surprise here, but it’s definitely something worth trying!

NOX Dine in the Dark
269 Beach Road
6298 0708 | noxdineinthedark.com

 

gin tower atlas bar
The impressive gin tower at Atlas Bar

#5 Visit Singapore’s Gotham Building

An ode to the Art Deco period, Atlas Bar is an ultra-grand lobby and bar housed in Singapore’s very own “Gotham Building”, otherwise known as Parkview Square. The 690-square-metre space is adorned with furnishings synonymous with the era – think lavish and luxurious brass plating and art murals. If you’re out to splurge, fine champagnes are available by the glass or bottle: the Louis Roederer Rosé Magnum ($38 a glass or $380 a bottle) is a stellar choice for a celebration. Non-alcohol drinkers aren’t left out either, with a range of tasty mocktails, Liberty coffee and fine teas.

Atlas Bar
Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road
6396 4466 | atlasbar.sg

 

steamroom with the pillar and stones singapore
Enjoy a therapeutic session of painting, then recharge with some fresh coffee and tea

#6 Unwind with a painting session

Located on level three of Orchard Central is Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones, a classy and modern dining and art concept store designed by local artist Wong Lip Chin. The 5,000 square feet lifestyle space comprises a tearoom (Steamroom), a modern European restaurant (The Pillar) and a retail and art lab (Stones). Unwind with a three-hour art-jamming session ($55 per person) at the art lab, where you’ll get all the materials you need, plus a complimentary beverage. We recommend topping up for a chocolate gateau and mandarin orange sorbet ($15), a rich dessert that’ll provide all the inspiration you need for the artwork.

Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones
#03-08 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road
6592 0571 | srps.space

 

indian cooking
Get cooking with this simple spicekit!

#7 Whip up a meal from scratch

Whether you’re a rookie in the kitchen or a bona fide chef, there’s always room to improve – or at least have some fun with food and your other half. There are plenty of cooking classes held across the island, but one of our favourites has to be the Indian cooking class held by Namita Moolani Mehra, founder of Indian Spicebox. Want to recreate the dishes at home? Get the ultra-useful Spicebox kit ($105), which features a fun cookbook with easy-to-follow recipes, as well as nine types of organic spices, sourced from small farms in India.

Psst… Indian Spicebox classes are held two to three times a month at the new Providore Cooking Studio in OUE Downtown Gallery (#B1-07). Check out indian-spicebox.com/cookingclasses-by-namita or email Namita at info@indian-spicebox.com for upcoming class dates.

indian-spicebox.com

#8 Create your own mini garden

Connect with nature by creating your very own terrarium at The Plant Story, a beautiful workshop and cafe space overlooking Marina Bay. The hour-long miniature garden workshop ($80 per person) lets you unleash your creativity; just choose the garden you’d like to build, and start creating! If you prefer trying something else, there’s a home apothecary workshop ($80 per person), where you’ll learn how to concoct your selected remedy – options include mosquito repellent, room spray, body scrub – and bring it home. Feeling hungry? Enjoy the complimentary tea set in the stunning garden cafe right after the workshop.

The Plant Story
#02-03, 11 Rhu Cross
6348 8040 | theplantstory.com

 

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