Th En-Route guide to Sydney's best date night venues
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Bumble Dating: 101

Buzz along to these happy hour locations

We’re not ashamed to say that we’ve had our fair share of online dates and this has left Sydney feeling a little small at times – so choosing a date location less buzzed is perfect for those needed incognito afternoons.

For the serial daters who don’t want to be on a first-name basis with the bartender, then these happy hour locations are your latest go-to’s. Whether you’re new to the game or you’ve been swiping for what feels like forever, we’ve got you covered for your next three date nights. Pucker up, ladies!

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First Date Option:

Meeting someone for the first time is always exciting but nail-bitingly tense at the same time. Their text game may be on point but what they’re really like IRL (in real life) is always a cause for concern. The fickle first date is the most important, choosing the right place, location and ambience is key.

Rosetta is the perfect first date location – they have a hidden rooftop terrace that’s busy enough so any awkward moment calling for posthaste ghosting can be done Bond style.

Our happy hour menu choices would have to be the $30 Spritz Jugs that come with complimentary bar snacks, but for something a little more substantial go for their woodfired pizzas.

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Photography: Jo Hombsch

Location: Rosetta Trattoria | Little Rose Terrace

Ambience: Roof Top Bar

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday: 4 pm – 7 pm

Drink: Aperol Spritz

Food: Margherita Pizza

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Second Date Option:

So your first date went smoothly and you haven’t had to ghost them…yet.  This time, impress your date en-route to somewhere a little more intimate. Spice it up with a little salsa and up the ante with money can’t buy views.

Bar Patron is less serious and definitely a fun time. The Tequila is flowing throughout happy hour with Silver Patron Margarita’s for only $12 from 4 pm-6 pm along with complimentary chips and salsa!

Did we mention the view? Sit by the bar overlooking Bar Patron’s collection of Tequila with harbour views in site for a low key romantic night without seeming too ‘keen beans’.

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Photography: Jo Hombsch

Location: Bar Patron

Ambience: Low Key Smooth

Happy Hour: Monday to Sunday: 4 pm – 6 pm 

Drink: Silver Patron Margarita 

Food: Mexican Fried Chicken

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Third Date Option: 

Well well well, betcha snogged your date by now and you’re looking to take it to the next level. By date number 3 it’s likely you know whether or not you like this person and you’re ready to splurge on them.

First, take them out for a drink to loosen up and if you make it to dinner then The Cut is your perfect one-stop-shop. 

Underground and intimate with a contemporary New York feel, The Cut not only has a happy hour and complimenting bar but you can also choose from the main menu and go all out with your choice of premium steak and a bottle of wine from a list of over 500 options.

You won’t be disappointed with the $10 Whisky Highballs, $5.50 Oysters and $8 Jamon Serrano served on a biscuit (American scone).

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Photography: Jo Hombsch

Location: The Cut Bar and Grill

Ambience: Moody and Intimate

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday: 4 pm – 6 pm

Drink: Whisky Highball – if your not a whisky fan, this will convert you

Food: Jamon Serrano

Happy Dating!

Visit Rockpool Dining Group for more information on their Happy Hour locations.



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