Words by Caitlin Scott.
Planning a date night can be stressful, whether you’re trying to impress a new love interest, or taking your partner out for a special occasion, you may not know where to start. Don’t worry, we’ve got you – Fremantle is full of quirky bars and unique restaurants that are ideal for a date night, so it’s the perfect location to craft a full night of romance. Just follow our tips, and you’re sure to whisk them off their feet!
Indulge in some wine and cheese at Whisper Wine Bar
Whether you want to drop in for a romantic drink after your movie, or you’re looking to make it your first stop on a sunny afternoon – you won’t regret visiting Whisper Wine Bar. It’s in a quiet location just off the cappuccino strip, housed in a 19th century limestone flour mill that has been restored to look like a cute, French townhouse. Relax on the balcony in the sun with a cold pint or white wine in hand, or curl up on the retro lounge chairs in the evening with some red wine and a cheese platter.
1/15 Essex Street
Enjoy some baker’s delight at Bread In Common
For a warm and cosy – yet still fancy – meal, Bread In Common is the way to go. It’s both a bakery and restaurant, and so the bustling, vibrant venue is filled with the scent of freshly baked bread – the ultimate appetiser. Bread In Common focuses on choosing ethical and local suppliers, and using sustainable practices like pickling and preserving seasonal produce. They have a range of reasonably priced share plates, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, and each dish is elegantly presented.
43 Pakenham Street
Relax at Republic Of Fremantle
Republic Of Fremantle is the perfect spot to flex your spirits game with someone new or special, or at the very least just enjoy some incredibly refreshing cocktails. And if you really want to take your date to the next level they run informative, fun guided tours of their world-class distillery that can end with you taking a bottle of your own spirits home!
3 Pakenham Street
Catch some (low-key) live music
Fremantle is renowned for its music scene, so if you don’t feel like watching a movie, you’ll easily find a gig that suits both of your tastes. Although Freo has a few music venues that host great events and well-known artists, you’ll be looking for something a bit more low-key on a date night. The National hosts free music – mostly of the cover band variety – almost every night of the week in a lively pub atmosphere, while Clancy’s Fish Pub has a wide variety of tunes from blues and rockabilly to indie pop and African dance beats. Something more intimate? Try Gypsy Tapas House, featuring smooth free live music in their leafy (and quite romantic) courtyard.
Find some fancy French at Angel’s House
If you were to imagine the classic movie set location for a date night, then this romantic French restaurant would be the place. Hidden away in an unassuming historic building on Essex street, Angel’s House is a recreation of a traditional French bistro – offering tasty delicacies like boeuf bourguignon and double baked cheese souffle. Grab a table in a dimly lit corner, share a bottle of premium wine, and feel like you’ve been transported to a charming city in Europe.
24 Essex Street
Cosy up with an arthouse film at Luna On SX
One of the Luna Palace Cinemas, Luna On SX is the perfect next stop on your date night. It’s tucked away down a lane, just around the corner from the cafe strip – conveniently close and yet it feels like a secret location. Luna shows interesting independent films in cute, old fashioned cinemas, so it’s a great way to make a movie date a bit more special. The cinema is fully licensed as well, so you can enjoy sipping on a glass of wine or a beer while you watch the movie.
13 Essex Street
Journey into the Jungle (Bird)
If you’ve had enough of being fancy by the end of the evening, and just feel like relaxing together in a fun atmosphere, then Jungle Bird is ideal. This spot is a Caribbean beach bar, with the interior fully decked out in the tiki bar style. They have endless, delicious cocktail options, including mulled wine and hot buttered rum in winter and spicy margaritas and barbados rum punch in summer. Simply slide into one of their comfy booths and while away the rest of the evening.
59 High Street
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Image Credit: Angel’s House