Whether you’re long overdue for a romantic date or a girls’ night out, a classic movie and dinner date is always a good idea… except when it makes your wallet want to cry.
But fear not, friends! With these tips and tricks, you can enjoy your night AND stick to your budget!
1. Libertine Restaurant, The Barracks
For just $35 a person, you can enjoy a five-course shared banquet at Libertine with a complimentary Palace Cinema movie ticket at the historic Barracks building on Petrie Terrace. Dine on Libertine’s delicate French-Vietnamese cuisine while sipping handcrafted cocktails before relaxing at the cinemas. And you can afford to take your time; this deal also includes two hours' free parking at The Barracks!
2. Burrito Bar, South Bank
Hola! If you’ve been to South Bank Cinemas lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the ad for Burrito Bar before your movie. If you haven’t, allow us to fill you in! Burrito Bar offers 20 per cent off EVERYTHING on the menu and all you have to do is show your ticket! It’s time for a date with the taco gods; or maybe you should treat yourself to a Mexican beer? Dios mios!
3. Eat Street Markets, Hamilton
On Friday and Saturday nights, your Eat Street Drive-In movie ticket twill include free entry to Eat Street Markets! Since the mere mention of Eat Street is probably making you crave cronuts, paella and Nutella-injected EVERYTHING, stop off at the markets on your way to the movies and pick up some snacks!
4. Taj Mahal, New Farm
New Farm is pumping with a smorgasbord of different cuisines to choose from for your dinner and movie event! The Taj Mahal is offering a $66 deal for you to enjoy two entrees, two curries, rice, naan bread, two glasses of wine and two tickets to New Farm Cinemas! Spice up your night before heading to the movies!
5. Brunswick Hotel, New Farm
For the ultimate ladies’ night out, head over to the Brunswick Hotel. $30 per person will get you a ticket to New Farm Cinemas and a main course to choose from a wide range of seasonal dishes. There’s something for all tastes, including pizzas, salads, burgers, parmis, steaks and much more!
6. Gaslight Bistro, New Farm
Looking for a light meal? Gaslight Bistro has you covered with a ticket to New Farm Cinemas, a share plate, and a glass of red or white wine for just $39 per person.
7. Vue Lounge, New Farm
It’s Friday night. You and your partner definitely don’t feel like cooking and you’ve somehow exhausted all TV and Netflix options. Solution: Vue Lounge is offering a great deal with two glasses of house sparkling white or red wine, a two-course dinner, and two movie tickets for $70. Choose from anything on the menu then take a short walk to the New Farm Cinemas. Now that’s a romantic Friday night sorted.
8. Thai Terrace Restaurant, Rosalie
Rustle up the girlfriends, boyfriends, friends, and family for some spring rolls or a delicious curry! This is a movie and dinner deal you definitely don’t want to miss. Thai Terrace is offering a glass of house wine, beer or soft drink, main meal, and movie ticket all for just $37.50. Enjoy your delicious dinner then head straight upstairs to the Blue Room Cinebar and settle in to watch the latest flick on the big screen.
9. Zingara’s Kitchen, Stafford
Sometimes you just need to do some carb-loading with a creamy pasta dish, am I right? Right! Spend $23.90 on a regular pasta, or $26.90 on a large pasta and receive a complimentary movie ticket. Not craving pasta? (Scandal!) Order any main dish at Zingara’s Kitchen and pay just $11 for a movie ticket to Hoyts Cinemas, Stafford.
10. Ginga Restaurant and Sushi Bar, South Bank
Flash your South Bank cinemas movie ticket and you can get 10 per cent off the entire menu at Ginga Restaurant and Sushi Bar! It’s like the Golden Ticket, only instead of chocolate, it’s a rotating bar of sushi goodness.
11. Three Little Pigs Tavern, Stafford
Order a pub classic at this boutique craft beer bar and restaurant and you can treat yourself to an $11 movie ticket to Hoyts Cinemas at Stafford! You’ll just have to tear yourself away from the quirky, vintage vibe of the restaurant when it’s time for the movie.