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Single, Taken Or It’s Complicated, Here’s Where To Take Your Plus One On Valentine’s Day

By Kristen Foster
5th Feb 2020

Valentine's Day Brisbane

We are soon coming to the one day of the year of overly-priced roses, chocolates and desperate last-minute dinner reservations. As much as some don’t want to admit it, we all love the idea of a romantic dinner, a nice glass of wine and being spoilt like a Kardashian for a day. 

Brisbane, as you can imagine, is taking Valentine's Day up a notch this year. Whether you're taken, single, complicated or even never dating again, we've found a way to spend Valentine's Day for everyone. Here are some of Brisbane's most romantic and spontaneous spots to take bae (or your fellow singles) this Valentine’s Day.

For Couples 

Romantic Indulgence package at Emporium Hotel

Spoil your significant other to an indulgent night of love at Emporium Hotel with their Romantic Indulgence package. Skip the Netflix and chill, this staycation will get you and your lover one night’s accommodation, sunset cocktails for two at the Terrace rooftop bar, a five-course tasting menu at Signature Restaurant and a romantic rose petal turn down to end the night. With the option of a late check-out, hit snooze in and throw in an Emporium breakfast.

Where: Emporium Hotel, South Bank
Find out more here.

Progressive Ginner In The City

If a cheesy dinner and flowers aren’t your idea of a hot date, a few Brisbane’s iconic city bars are putting a V Day twist on the traditional progressive dinner experience. Madame Wu, Public and W Brisbane are all gearing up to host the city’s inaugural Valentine’s Day Progressive Ginner with Brisbane Gin. Sip on a Ruby Rose gin cocktail and nibble on canapes overlooking the Story Bridge at Madame Wu before taking to the streets destined for cocktails and more nibbles at Public, before more cocktails and cheese at W Brisbane. Attendees will also receive a Brisbane Gin gift bag to continue the party at home. Love at first sip, am I right? 

When: 6pm 
Where: Starting from Madame Wu, Brisbane City
Find out more here.

Couples Spa at Heavenly Spa 

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and step into relaxation pods, nourishing facials and invigorating body treatments at Heavenly Spa by The Westin. For a romantic retreat, relax and rejuvenate with their massage-for-two package that will treat you to the option of a 60 or 90 minute massage. Then once your soul is soothed and senses are awakened, stay longer for a post-massage cocktail at the Nautilus pool bar.  

Where: Heavenly Spa, The Westin
Find out more here.

Pop Champagne At Otto

Amore is in the air at Otto, who are dishing up a Valentine's Dinner in one of the most romantic settings Brisbane has to offer. Get a double dose of love with their bellissimo three course Italian menu and a cocktail on arrival for $150pp, or take it up a notch with a bottle of Charles Heidsieck Champagne for $220pp. Things only escalate from there—you can also add oysters or caviar if you really want to splash out. 

Where: OTTO, Brisbane City 
Find out more here.

Fine Dining at Nostimo 

For the hopeless romantics, Nostimo is setting the mood with their share the love banquet. For $60pp, you and your lover can enjoy an intimate dinner while sipping on a glass of champagne, indulging in mixed dips and pita, salad, saganaki, baklava and a few Greek mains. Finish off the night with the Chef’s delight Valentine’s special—caramel baklava ice cream—all while swooning over the romantic city skyline views.

When: 5.30pm–10pm
Where: Nostimo, South Brisbane
Find out more here.

Catch Ghost at Moonlight Cinemas 

Go crazy for Swayze because Moonlight Cinemas is screening Ghost on February 14. Pull up a picnic rug, nibble on some comforting movie snacks and sip on a few flutes of bubbles from the bar while snuggling up to your boo. If this movie under the moonlight doesn’t spark those romantic nerves, we’re not sure what will. 

When: 7.15pm–9.15pm
Where: Moonlight Cinemas, Roma Street Parklands
Find out more here.

Sweet treats at Stokehouse

They say the way to someone’s heart is through food, so if you're going to go fancy this Valentine's Day, head to Stokehouse and indulge riverside with the one you love. Take a seat within the stunning Stokehouse Dining Room and enjoy a glass of sparkling upon arrival, followed by a four-course menu that ends with their specialty ‘Bleeding Heart’ dessert. If you’re looking to make your night extra special, you can also add wine matchings to each course. Wine and dessert, what more do you need? 

Where: Stokehouse, South Bank
Find out more here.

Skate Session at Iceworld

We’ll take any chance to snuggle up and hold hands on V Day. Skating happens to be one of the perfect Valentines Day activities to get close to your main squeeze and Iceworld has a special Valentine's Day lined up with their romantic winter wonderland themed sessions. Romance will be in the air in Iceworld’s Boondall or Acacia Ridge venues with Valentine-themed decorations, music, special giveaway, and prizes for the most fashionably complimentary Valentine's couple. We expect to see dazzling tights and nothing less.

When: 7.30pm–10.30pm
Where: Iceworld, Boondall and Acacia Ridge 
Find out more here.

Picnic at Vend Marketplace

Is there anything more romantic than fairy lights, live acoustic music, a grazing platter accompanied by chocolate dipped strawberries and a drink? Vend Marketplace is offering up an ever-so-romantic, yet chill night for all the loved up duos out there. Indulge in a delicious charcuterie board with chocolate-dipped strawberries, sip your favourite boozy beverages and enjoy the sounds of George Hodges. Everything is sorted—all you need to bring is the rug.

When: 6pm–9pm
Where: VEND Marketplace, Virginia
Find out more here.

Paint your mate at Newstead Brewing Co.

Booze and brilliant works of art might not sound synonymous, but when bae says to plan something creative, this will really show them. Show your other half what you’re made of at Brush 'n' Beers Valentines' Day ‘Paint Your Mate’ class at Newstead Brewing Co. in Milton. The night will include a complimentary schooner of beer (or wine) while you paint. With step-by-step instructions (thank goodness), the night is open to anyone and everyone—no artistic experience required. Bonus, you both get to take your masterpiece home. 

When: 6pm–9pm
Where: Newstead Brewing Co., Milton
Find out more here.

For the Singles 


Instead curling up on the couch, head to Oche in Fortitude Valley for a night of darts, drinks and distraction. There'll be no standing awkwardly at a bar, waiting for the right opportunity to talk to the cute human you have been eyeing off for hours (anyone over 25 will know that's how it used to be done), at Oche’s Inaugural Valentine’s Day Singles Night most of the awkward work has already been done. You will be set up into small groups of other singles in a cosy booth where you can spend 85 minutes playing darts, sampling the drinks list and shooting the breeze.

When: 7pm–10pm
Where: Oche, Fortitude Valley
Find out more here.

Fries Before Guys at Walrus Club

One word from the singles–PREACH. While your heart may not be full this Valentines Day, you can bet that your stomach will be. The Fries Before Guys evening will be filled tall, blonde and gorgeous figures (of delish potatoes). We’re talking loaded fries aplenty and splendid boozy mixtures. Their cocktail connoisseurs have mastered the ‘Stupid Cupid’ cocktail for the night–house raspberry cordial, bitters, verjus and activated charcoal topped with Champagne, or try the ‘I’m not crying, you’re crying,' made with Dictador 12, Flor de cana espresso, Pedro Ximinez sherry and black walnut bitters. Chat up the bartenders if you dare.

When: 5.30pm–11.30pm
Where: The Walrus Club, Toowong
Find out more here.

Tequila Tacos and Tinder at Ivory Tusk 

Constantly being ghosted by someone or actively swiping right and not succeeding? Forget being forever alone and celebrate with fellow singles at Ivory Tusk’s Tequila, Tacos & Tinder Singles Party. Who needs a date when there's tequila and tacos to be had? Party from ‘tusk till dawn’ with your fellow singles. Who knows? You may even find someone for next Valentine's Day.

When: 9pm–12am
Where: Ivory Tusk, Fortitude Valley
Find out more here.

Sober and Curious at Neesh 

On the sober train this year but all your pick up lines only work after a few drinks? Head for Neesh's Sober and Curious party, where you'll find a few like-minded sings (and not a beer to be had). Alongside plenty of delicious canapes and non-alcoholic cocktails, there will be plenty of fun activities to get you mingling and meeting new people, without the awkward small talk.

When: 6.30pm–9.00pm
Where: Neesh, Woolloongabba 
Find out more here.

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Image credit: Stokehouse 

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