Before you book that same restaurant for this year’s Valentine’s Day dinner, stop. Step away from the keypad. What if we told you there’s more to Valentine’s Day than eating out? What if we told you there are all sorts of cool events across our lovely city that don’t include shovelling pasta in your mouth by candlelight?
If you’re sick of bubbles and restaurants and chocolate, then read on. ‘Cause here are 13 date night ideas to do around Perth this Valentine’s Day that aren’t dinner and drinks. In the immortal words of Drake: thank me later.
Dome Date Night At The Planetarium
If you’re looking to get all starry eyed at each other, why not do it from the comfort of a planetarium? From Thursday 13 February until Saturday 15 February, you can marvel at the magnificence of the universe with an exclusive, adults-only live date night show at the Scitech Planetarium. There are 6:30pm, 8pm and 9:30pm shows each night; tickets are $35 per person and include a drink on arrival. Book it before it sells out.
Couples Submersion Spa Package
We’ve already sung the praises of the Ritz-Carlton spa and now’s your chance to experience it yourself with this Valentine’s Day pamper package. The Couples Submersion includes a luxurious 120-minute treatment with bespoke facial, full body signature massage and scrub and bath submersion in a private and secluded spa suite, all individually tailored to create the ultimate indulgence for you and your bae. Book this blissful adventure here.
Lovapalooza High Tea
Okay, so high tea technically includes food and drink but it’s not a restaurant-y type meal, so we’re making an exception. Bar Uma’s ‘Lovapalooza’ high tea will have you indulge in bottomless sweet and savory petit fours including blueberry love heart scones, chocolate Kiss cookies and smoked salmon and taramasalata finger sandwich as well as free-flowing cocktails and sparking. Book all this deliciousness here.
Moonlight Cinema At The Camfield
If you’re looking for something free and low-key this Valentine’s Day, The Camfield is screening There’s Something About Mary under the stars. Walk in and take a spot, and if you’re feeling peckish they have $50 hampers available. The hampers include two Moet Minis, chocolate-coated strawberries, chocolate brownie and caramel popcorn, whipped cream (ooh la la), and Margaret River Market Camembert and crackers. Hit up the event page for more info.
Share The Love At Santini Bar
While the restaurant might be going all lovey-dove on us, Santini Bar is mixing things up with a shared table dinner for anyone and everyone. Go solo or take a mate and you never know, you might just meet some new. There's a special menu for the night which is all designed to share so expect oysters a delicious pizza and prosecco deal and a special dessert to finish things off. Find out more here.
Owl Date Night
WA Birds of Prey
If you feel like a bit of a drive for something different, then we’ve got just the thing. On Thursday, 13 February you can discover the secret lives of owls with this adults-only event that’ll teach you which owls and other birds of prey live locally and in WA. Book this total hoot here.
Valentine’s Day Late Night Paint Night
The Painted Teapot
Wanna get creative this Valentine’s Day? The Painted Teapot is running three-hour adult-only pottery painting sessions. Bring your significant other, your mum, your dad, your best friend...whatever floats your boat. Tickets are $10 and include a complimentary glass of fizz but you can BYO tipples and nibbles as well. Book here.
Rose Garden High Tea
High teas might be all the rage at the moment but have you ever attended a high tea in a rose garden? Seriously, what screams ‘romance’ more than spending V-Day among six hundred rose bushes on a gorgeous hillside property while sipping on tea and delicious nibbles? Nothing, that’s what. As with everything, you’ll want to get in on this one quickly or you’ll miss out.
The Green Emporium
Are you and your partner ready to take the next step in your relationship? And by ‘next step’ we mean plant ownership, of course. Prepare for plant parenthood by booking in a terrarium building workshop this V-Day. Because is it really true love if you’re not fighting over a pot of damp soil? No, it’s not. Book all that earthy goodness here.
Valentine's Day Outdoor Movie Night
Hawaiian’s Noranda and Hawaiian’s Mezz
Noranda, Mount Hawthorn
Feeling like keeping it casual on V-Day this year? Then you’ll be glad to know Hawaiian’s Noranda and the City of Baywater are collaborating to present a one-night-only free family friendly outdoor movie night. They’ll be screening Aladdin and the whole shindig will include a gift stand, food and beverage bars, a kid zone and um, free popcorn y’all. The event kicks off at 5 pm on 14 February, so get to it.
There will also be a similar event at 6pm on 14 February at Hawaiian’s Mezz in The Laneway, so get all that info here.
Bunch And Booze At King Somm
Local floral experts SIR Botanical and your neighbourhood bar King Somm are teaming up this Valentine’s Day to celebrate all things love and booze. You can order from three delicious ‘Bunch and Booze’ packages which include Prosecco and Roses (a bunch of roses and a bottle of Alpha Box and Dice Prosecco), Rosé and Roses (a bunch of roses and a bottle of LS merchants 2019 Rosé), and Beer and Roses (a bunch of Roses and 4 pack of Beerfarm Asam Boi Gose). Order them here.
Starry Night Paint And Sip
Paint And Sip
Channel your inner Van Gogh at Paint And Sip this Valentine’s Day. Paint while sipping a refreshing beverage and enjoying gourmet platters of cheeses, fruits, pickles, dips, veg, breads and more. Book here for a starry night to remember.
Floral High Tea
Okay, last high tea suggestion, we promise. The Westin’s Haven Lounge is hosting a floral high tea from Thursday 6 February until Sunday 29 March. Sessions are available Thursday and Friday from 11am until 4pm and Saturday and Sunday at 11am or 2pm. The best part? The flowers are already in the high tea, so you don’t really need to buy that bouquet for V-Day. Bouquet it here.
Cat Haven WA
We don’t condone buying pets just because it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re out of ideas for a good date night. But if you’d like to cuddle a kitten or are ready to adopt a fur baby, the peeps at the Meowlentine’s Day market have got you covered. Besides adorably adoptable fur babies, there will also be a kitten kissing booth, food and desert vans, a variety of stalls to browse and sets from local musicians. Purrfect.
Looking for more great date night ideas? Here are 15 of Perth’s best cheap dates.
Image credit: Scitech