Summer birthdays are a lot of fun. The warm weather means your celebration options are virtually limitless. You can head to the beach, go for a hike, or party with a barbecue in the backyard. In summer, everyone is jovial and ready for a good time. You can even get stuck into a delicious ice cream cake. But does this mean that winter birthdays suck?
Of course not! Winter birthdays too can present some great celebratory options, especially if your idea of a birthday treat is dinner in a great restaurant.
Winter dining is all about the hearty flavours, the atmosphere and the warmth of good company. In Australia, the vibrant food scene has you covered, offering endless options for rich and hibernal flavours, cosy fireplaces, warming craft beers, soothing red wines and good old fashioned comfort food.
In winter, intimate dining is at its best. Everyone huddles indoors to avoid the chill and as the red wine flows, so too does the laughter. So when you think about it, could winter birthdays actually be better than summer ones?!
There's only one way to find out, and that is to enjoy one of the below restaurants for your next winter birthday celebration. Each of these establishments are well-loved, serve great food and offer a little extra something to create that winter magic you're looking for…
324 King St, Newtown
Situated on the bustling hub of King Street by Newtown Station, The Bank is a master of late night venues and the perfect place for partying with friends in Sydney. Hiding Newtown's best beer garden, it's a winner in good weather, but it's also a place where you can enjoy the outdoors with the comfort of a ton of patio heaters. The Bank has one of Sydney's leading cocktail bartenders, and a delicious South American inspired menu. Once you've dined, you can kick back, relax and stay warm while you listen to some awesome live music.
Punt Rd Park, Gladesville
Operating from a beautiful sandstone cottage that dates back to the 1830s, Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant is the epitome of intimate dining. Classified as National Trust, you'll be dining where Banjo Paterson once lived with his grandmother and can enjoy five acres of parkland and beautifully landscaped gardens that overlook the water. The restaurant's old world charm combined with great food, several open fireplaces and a fully enclosed veranda make this a stunning location for a winter celebration.
17 Abbott St, Cairns
Located on the lobby level of Pullman Cairns International Hotel, Coco's Restaurant is one of the best in Cairns. Famous for their nightly seafood buffet, it's a great place for a celebration and the Chef's quest to stay with the seasons makes this a tasty winter treat that showcases only the best ingredients. There's also no need to take a cake, with Coco's mouthwatering dessert buffet sure to be a hit.
86 Ogden ST, Townsville
For a sophisticated, intimate birthday celebration, you can't go past A Touch of Salt. Overlooking a scenic stretch of Ross Creek in Townsville's city heart, the restaurant combines an ever-changing fine dining menu and an extensive wine cellar. The warm decor of the dining room sets a cosy scene and the flavours of dishes such as the smoked pork dumplings in a scallop and ginger broth will offer the ultimate in comfort.
58 Finniss St, North Adelaide
A hidden gem situated amongst the leafy streets of residential North Adelaide, the British Hotel is one of Adelaide's best kept secrets. Licensed back in 1837, it offers an old world charm, roaring open fires and an enclosed beer garden that makes it perfect for winter celebrations. Renowned for the open BBQ and succulent steaks, the British Hotel also offers a tantalising selection of South Australian wines.
21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbour
With a menu that's carefully designed around the best local flavours, Anchorage Cafe offers hearty breakfasts, fresh lunchtime baguettes and soup and woodfired pizza and tapas for dinner. The friendly and motivated staff are full of smiles, but the best thing is the large, cosy open log fire. Whether enjoying a glass of wine or a specialty beer from the unique boat bar or enjoying some contemporary Mediterranean flavours, the Anchorage Cafe, Restaurant & Bar should be a birthday stop.
189 Moorabool St, Geelong
With a well-priced menu and a cosy, relaxed setting, Ebony & Ivory is a great spot for a long birthday lunch. Serving warming dishes such as soups, curry, braised lamb shoulder, housemade pastas and fish, you'll be spoilt for choice in terms of winter comfort food. Before you eat, why not relax in the cosy lounge a while?
239-249 Hare St, Echuca
Echuca-Moama's oldest pub has reopened after extensive renovations and extensions and now offers an intimate dining room, bar meals, rooftop bar, boardroom, apartment, lounge, coppertops players' lounge, bars, a deli and more. Making a magnificent bookend to the famous Port of Echuca, it's situated just 200 metres from the Murray River.
34 Stott Terrace, Alice Springs
Barra on Todd Restaurant & Bar presents a distinctive array of modern cuisines featuring both local and bush flavours. With an outstanding selection of barramundi dishes, it's a must for seafood lovers. Whether enjoying for lunch or dinner, it offers casual dining at its best. As part of the Chifley Hotel Alice Springs, the peaceful restaurant makes the most of the pretty scenery and large Red Gums.
1 Undoolya Rd, East Side
Casa Nostra literally means "Our House" and from the moment you walk through the doors you will instantly feel at home. Casa Nostra is a pizza and spaghetti house that serves up food just like Nonna used to make. Enjoy a beef and pork ball mustard bean salad, stuffed mushrooms rich in winter flavours and wash it all down with their signature cocktail.
71 South Terrace, Como
The Dux motto is "Premium Food Prepared Fresh For You". Fresh, local and homegrown is at the core of this well-loved restaurant and the team behind it offer a special place where you instantly feel welcome. The staff at Dux are passionate about all things food and wine, and are happy to bring you fine dining at affordable prices. If you want to feel like you're dining amongst friends, here is the place.
8600 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook
The purpose built restaurant within the Black Swan Winery is home to scrumptious food, spectacular views and of course, Black Swan wines. The restaurant's cuisine is Modern Australian and has a strong focus on seasonal flavours. Much of the produce is grown on site, meaning the freshest flavours accompany the amazing setting. The Black Swan Winery Restaurant truly is something special.
13 Park St, Launceston
Established in 1996, Hallam's Waterfront is an award-winning seafood restaurant situated on Launceston's iconic Tamar yacht basin. Their creative, seasonal dishes make Hallam's a popular haunt for celebrations, with nothing more grand than a spectacular seafood platter. Alternatively, you could try a comforting fish and potato pie with winter leaf salad.
135 Paterson St, Launceston
One of Launceston's most unique dining venues, Cataract on Paterson boasts industrial design, contemporary cuisine and casual yet polished service. Proudly supporting Tasmanian farmers, they source their beef and lamb from the richest pastures of the North, Northwest and Southern Midlands and acquire their produce from a variety of farm gates. Home to an exciting and interactive new Stonegrill, your meal can be presented on a 400C volcanic stone that's sure to keep you warm.
12 Beltana Rd, Pialligo
Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the Pialligo plant farm, this quaint, character-filled 1930s cottage is a unique find. Only minutes from Canberra's International Airport and the boutique shopping areas of Kingston and Manuka (another birthday treat perhaps?) you feel like you're in a private piece of paradise. Separated into four different dining areas, you can choose between the cosy cottage or the Gallery, or warm yourself with the help of a heater and a blanket on the deck or garden terrace.
1 Wakefield Gardens, Ainslie
This casual European Brasserie serves traditional style bistro food and is the perfect place to take the person who says "I don't need a big birthday celebration". The menu is seasonal and delicious and the award-winning selection of European and local wines will warm your insides. Why not enjoy a smooth liqueur to compliment the French and Italian influences on the menu?
Each of these restaurants partner with the Good Food Gift Card, so why not purchase a gift card for a loved one to enjoy on their winter birthday?