Looking for the perfect way to spoil your loved one with a date night? Look no further!
Mount Isa has a range of dining options to suit all tastes, budgets and date night preferences. Head into the CBD and you’ll find the recently renovated Rodeo Bar and Grill at the Isa Hotel, conveniently located on the corner of Miles Street and Rodeo Drive. A favourite of locals and visitors alike for several years, the Isa Hotel’s décor has a decidedly Outback and rodeo theme, but with a cosy, comfortable feel and atmosphere. Grab yourselves a booth and you’ll be able to enjoy a quiet conversation and cold drink while tucking into favourites including sticky braised pork ribs, creamy garlic chicken and bacon, or wild-caught Karumba barramundi – or choose from a wide variety of delicious steaks cooked to perfection.
Afterwards, top off the night by crossing the street to Cinema Mount Isa and catching the latest romantic movie, or even a comedy or blockbuster. The cinema has three screens and always shows a wide assortment of movies that are sure to entertain you.
Before heading home, why not pop in to the Coffee Club next door and savour a delicious coffee, tea or hot chocolate? Or, if you’re after something a bit fancier, try the RedEarth Boutique Hotel’s Cocktail Lounge. Luxuriously and stylishly furnished yet also welcoming and relaxing, it’s the ideal place for a modern or traditional cocktail and a quiet chat.
Or, you could take an easy stroll down Rodeo Drive to Camooweal Street and give the Arvos Tapas Bar a try. Arvos is one of the newest additions to Mount Isa’s dining scene and is an excellent choice for those looking to kick back, unwind and enjoy a good conversation and even better drink. Arvos’ cocktail menu includes well-loved favourites such as the Blue Lagoon, Mojito, Long Island Iced Tea, Margarita, Fruit Tingle and Pina Colada.
Out on the Town
Mount Isa boasts large, popular venues like the Irish and Buffs Club. Why not make a date night of it and let your hair down at either – or both?
The Buffs Club is on Simpson Street, in the CBD, and is a great choice for an entertaining and fun night out. Its main dining option is the Frog and Toad Bar and Grill, which serves up everything from chicken supreme and chargrilled angus rump to seafood fettucine alfredo, ensuring there’s something to delight every palate. The club’s Boomerang Coffee Lounge is the perfect way to wind down after a fun night, with a wide range of hot and cold drinks on offer, as well as tasty snacks for those who are after a late-night pick-me-up.
Every Friday and Saturday night from 10pm to 3am at the Buffs, you can kick up your heels and dance the night away to the fantastic local DJ Ricky Sanger – and, best of all, entry is free. The Buffs also hosts trivia nights every Tuesday from 7.30pm, and pool competitions on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Bluetongue Sports Bar. You could also just sit back, relax and enjoy watching the latest cricket match or football game on the big screen at the Bluetongue Sports Bar – and all in airconditioned comfort.
The Irish Club, meanwhile, is on Twenty-First Avenue, Happy Valley. It’s a venerated and esteemed institution in Mount Isa, with the first club being built in 1956. Since then it’s been renovated and expanded several times, and now boasts the ever-popular Blarney Bar, The Rish Nightclub, Keane’s Bar and Grill, Tram Stop Coffee Shop, Piano Bar cocktail lounge, and a large gaming area. It’s the go-to venue for everyone from party-goers wanting to dance the night away, to local workers wanting to enjoy a cold one after a hard day’s work, and local families seeking to tuck into a generously-sized yet reasonably-priced meal.
Given its Outback location, Mount Isa naturally offers some of the most breath-taking and spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see. And one of the best ways to experience them and take in the rugged, ancient beauty of the surrounding landscape is by heading up to the Mount Isa Lookout at dusk and taking in the unforgettable sights. Lookout Road is fully sealed and can be accessed via Hilary St. Once you get to the top, you’ll be greeted with a sprawling, 360-degree view of the city. There are also shaded picnic areas and comfortable grassed areas where you can sit and admire the scenery, or you can go even higher up to the main part of the Lookout, which gives you even more unobstructed views. Make this a date night you’ll never forget; stroll hand-in-hand up the gently winding boardwalk, or single file via the concrete footpath, and enjoy the spectacular colours of an Outback sunset as the city begins to light up. It’s the ideal way to cap off a date night of romantic dinner and drinks!
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