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Here’s Where To Spend Valentine’s Day In Brisbane

By Azwa Danaya

Congratulations, your significant other is officially in luck if you find yourself here, pre-14 February, prepping and plotting for the ultimate celebration on our beloved romantic occasion—Valentine's Day. Fear not, we're here to spill the beans on all the delightful treats Brisbane has lined up for expressing your love in countless ways this year.

Whether you’re sharing the day with your partner, friends, family, or enjoying some quality ‘me time,’ read on for the best activities and places in Brisbane to bask in the love that's simply in the air.

Valentine's Day Events 

Romantic Flicks At Moonlight Cinemas

Take Netflix and chill to another level at the Moonlight Cinemas in Roma Street Parkland. Grab a picnic blanket, another blanket to keep you warm, and grab your favourite person to watch hot people fall in love on the big screen. V Day itself will have a screening of cult-classic The Notebook—some might call it the ultimate romance movie—but if that’s not your speed, come another day in the week for your fix of romance with movies like 10 Things I Hate About You, A Cinderella Story and Twilight

When: A Week Of Romance screenings from 7-14 February
Where: Moonlight Cinema, Roma Street Parklands
Find out more here.

Mystery Picnic Date

It’s Valentine’s Day, you and your partner are looking for a lil element of surprise on your usual picnic date. Well, here is the answer to your picnic prayers: the New Farm Mystery Picnic Date. For just $150, this all-inclusive adventure for two promises a delectable spread of platter-style goodies from local artisans. But here's the twist: you embark on a gourmet scavenger hunt to collect your special picnic feast. Solve clues, tantalise your taste buds, and unveil a secret picnic spot that's Instagram-worthy. Can’t spare a few hours on a Wednesday? It’s available every weekend too…

When: Start between 11am–1pm, available every day
Where: New Farm
Find out more here.

Cheese, Chocolate And Wine 

No need to decide between cheese, chocolate and wine for your romantic plans—City Winery is dishing up them all over one incredible night. Their ultimate romance package on 14 February kicks off with three cheese from Woombye Cheese paired with three City Winery wines, followed by chocolates from local artisan maker 31 Degrees and three fortified and dessert wines. Who needs entrees or mains when you can go straight to the cheese and dessert course? Best of all, there’s multiple venues to get tickets for, with the fun going down at City Winery Edward Street, and Ardo’s Wine in Newstead, Graceville and Hawthorne. 

When: From 6pm, Wednesday 14 February
Where: City Winery, Brisbane CBD, and Ardo’s Wine, Newstead, Graceville and Hawthorne 
Find out more here and here

Candlelight Concert

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Embrace the art of eternal flame-keeping this Valentine's Day by cradling your heart in the gentle glow of candle lights. Picture this: a romantic rendezvous serenaded by the dulcet tones of cupids playing timeless love songs from classic films. Priced from just $34 per person, you can bring your significant other, friends, or just revel in your own company—because this night is all about basking in oh-so-romantic melodies and flickering candle lights.

When: 6.30 and 8.30pm, Wednesday 14 February
Where: Grand On Ann, Brisbane CBD
Find out more here.

Cabaret Dinner And A Show

A pinch of dine, wine, and a melody divine–that's our secret formula for a good mood post-Valentine’s Day date. The Cloudland Big Band Cabaret Dinner and Show ticks all the boxes, featuring a scrumptious three-course meal and a three-hour drinks package featuring beer, wine, and French sparkling, all served with a side of enchanting stage performances by 'Swing Central'—their resident swing band with crooning vocals that will have you swooning. Priced at $119pp, brace yourself for dazzling acts from their burlesque ensemble and special guests, all set to celebrate the golden age of music and a day overflowing with love.

When: 6.30-9.30pm, Wednesday 14 February
Where: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley
Find out more here.

Valentine’s Day Ever After 

Give your favourite person a little nudge, whether it's your date or mate, because this event is too good to be kept all to yourself. This Valentine’s Day, GOMA's ‘Valentine’s Day Ever After’ promises a romantic and magical evening. Dive into creative workshops, strike a pose in photo booths, enjoy bars, dining, and more—all within the enchanting 'Fairy Tales' exhibition. Take it up a notch by upgrading your event ticket for a three-course dinner at GOMA’s pop-up dining experience, Farm-to-Table. Spend a day surrounded by fairy tales, where your love story can become as dreamy as it gets.

When: 5.30–8.30pm, Wednesday 14 February
Where: GOMA, South Brisbane
Find out more here.

Mary Mae’s Riverside Picnics

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No romantic date is more traditional than a good ol’ picnic. But you know what’s better? A picnic you don’t have to plan. Mary Mae has officially got you covered with their pre-packed charcuterie board, complete with a basket, blanket, crockery and cutlery, so you can set up and enjoy your picnic in the great outdoors of New Farm Park. To ignite the love affair even further, choose to add a bottle of wine to your order. Just be organised, because they need 48 hours notice to book.

The Details

When: 9am-1pm, Wednesday 14 February 
Where: Mary Mae’s, New Farm 
Find out more here.

Soak & Sound 

Love is in the water at Soak this Valentines Day. The West End spot is turning up the romance with live music, candles and romantic décor taking over their luxe rooftop bathhouse just for the occasion. Treat yourself to a long hot sunset soak, a sauna sessions and maybe even a massage between 5pm-8pm on Wednesday 14 February to take advantage of the romantic setting.

The Details

When: 5pm-8pm, Wednesday 14 February 
Where: Soak Bathhouse, West End 
Find out more here. 

A Jurassic World Valentine’s Day 

Channel Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler this Valentine’s Day, with extended hours at the Queensland Museum’s Jurassic World by Brickman exhibition for the occasion. With 5pm sessions and a pop-up bar available, you can impress your date with your mediocre palaeontological knowledge or LEGO-building skills, and maybe hop over to Fish Lane for dinner afterwards. 

When: From 5pm, Wednesday 14 February 
Where: Queensland Museum, South Brisbane 
Find out more here.

Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats 

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Forget flowers, we’re all about the sweet treats this year, and Brisbane has them in spades. Paddington’s Cakes & Sh!t has your NSFW desserts covered in the form of curse cookies, heart cakes and giant cookie hearts, which you can personalise with your own message, or you can stay safe with red velvet crack cookies and cake truffles. In the CBD, Batch Cookie Bar is doing a Valentine’s Day pop-up boutique from 7-14 February where you can customise your own giant heart cookies, while Hamilton’s Rise Bakery is serving up boxes of strawberry macarons, passion fruit eclairs and love heart millefeuilles which you can even pair with a bottle of bubbles. 

But wait, we’re not done—at Bulimba’s Darvella Patisserie  you can pre-order their Valentine’s Day entremet, a white chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake filled with raspberry pearls, while Nodo, not to be outdone, has come up with four different Valentine’s Day donuts. Even Smash-A-Cake is getting in on the action with teddy bear and heart-shaped chocolate smash cakes—let’s hope that’s the only heart being broken this year. If you want to melt their heart instead, head for La Macelleria, who are doing heart shaped gelato pops with a chocolate centre at all their Brisbane stores. 

Valentine's Day Activities

Book A Romantic Getaway

If the routine boxes of favourites and a classic bouquet are starting to feel a tad stale, it's time to level up by surprising your better half with a romantic getaway. Whether you prefer to stay close to home or get out of town, we’ve got the list for you—you’ll find Brisbane’s best hotels for a staycation here, or the best romantic getaways within two hours of the city here. All that’s left to do is pick your favourite (or one of the few not already booked) and pack your bags. 

Soak Up A Couple’s Spa Day

Immerse yourselves in stunning spas with top-notch services to have you and your date relaxing, unwinding, and rejuvenating—because what better way to get charged up on this special day? Behold, our curated list of the crème de la crème of Brisbane day spas for your romantic rendezvous. A spa date is foolproof, it not only does you a solid in self-care but also gives your relationship a little extra TLC. So, let the bubbles flow, mingle in bliss, and make it an affair you’ll both remember.

Wine And Dine At A Romantic Restaurant

Image credit: Rogue Bistro | Grace Elizabeth Smith

One thing guaranteed to thaw even the iciest hearts: indulging in mouthwatering delights amidst the most romantically charged restaurants in Brisbane. If you haven't unearthed these hidden gems yet, worry not as we've donned our investigative hats and penned a full list of some restaurants to elevate your Valentine's Day date night this year. So, let's ditch the small talk and dive into the real conversation over glasses of romantic wine and dine, shall we?

Play A Round Of Mini Golf

Takeaway and a romcom binge? Cute, but this year, let's dial up the romance with a twist of sporty couple goals. Grab those scorecards and practise your trash talks (apparently, the new love language), because we're about to spill the beans on all the mini-golf spots across town that are absolute favourites. Get ready to putt your way into each other's hearts this V-Day at the best putt putt courses in Brisbane.

Have A Picnic On The River

If parks aren't your scene and the Brisbane River holds a special spot in your hearts, then this one's a boatload of fun for you. Cruising on a GoBoat is as close as we’ll get to taking a sailing boat out in the bay without an actual boat licence—these vessels move at a snail's pace, giving you a whole new river-picnic experience. Pack up the esky, bring your date and even the hairiest member of your little family (your pet, not the boyfie) for a BYO picnic on board. Get the lowdown on cruising fun right here.

Looking for more ideas for Valentine's Day in Brisbane? Check out these date ideas.

Image credit: Urban List | Supplied 

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