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Where To Take Your BFF This Valentine’s Day In Sydney

By Jessica Best
6th Feb 2017

It’s national BFF day! Ok, so not officially, but it may as well be because let’s face it; your bestie is the absolute love of your life. And they’re better than any actual Valentine’s date.

If teddy bears and sunset picnics make you #vomit, we hear you. Move over S/O (or lack there of) and have you BFF at the ready to spend International Single Awareness Day at one of these seriously awesome Sydney events.

No Lights No Lyrca 

Who needs romance anyway? ICYMI there’s an awesome anti-Valentine’s Day part-ay happening that has you and your BFF’s name written all over it. Head down to NLNL and dance off all the heartache you may (or may not) have had since last Valentine’s Day. The best part? There’ll be the best breakup and better-off-alone anthems on repeat. 

When: 14 February
Where: 395 Oxford Street, Paddington 
Cost: $12 

Grounds Of Alexandria 

If there’s one thing you and your BFF bond over, it’s food. Obvs. Which is why you need to hit up The Grounds this lovers’ day for their nighttime degustation. You’ll find delicious food (without the mandatory valentine’s date table manners… yuck), a photo booth for some cute BFF memories, and a garden swing to share. Plus, unlimited drinks. Unlimited.

When: 14 February, 7pm 
Where: The Grounds, 2 Huntley Street, Alexandria 
Cost: Tickets start at $230, book here.

Dine In at AGNSW

Because you and your bestie made a joint NY resolution consisting of eating the house down and getting cultured AF. Grab yourselves a super tasty Valentine’s Day lunch at the AGNSW, with two courses coupled with a glass of rosè on arrival.

When: Lunchtime, 14 February 
Where: CHISWICK at the Gallery, AGNSW 
Cost: $60pp, bookings essential.

Hotel Centennial

Hotel Centennial is your perfect BFF date spot this Valentine’s Day because not only is the food damn delicious (think all the best comfort in the world), but it’s a pretty snazzy place to hit up an awesome selection of wine and cocktails. We're talking NYC Soho vibes meets one damn impressive art selection, and let’s be honest, you and your BFF always wine and cocktail well together.

When: 14 February 
Where: Hotel Centennial, 88 Oxford Street, Woollahra 

Buckle Up Buttercup

Apart from being the ultimate place to get your burger and cocktail fix, Riley St Garage is also playing cupid this V Day. We’re talking speed dating. And there’s nothing better than watching your bestie scramble for love. Do it for the memories. Book your tickets here.

When: 14 February, 7pm 
Where: Busby Private Dining Room, under Riley St Garage 
Cost: $50 pp, includes cocktail and canapes, book here.

Rickshaw Foodie Rides

Two words: food safari. That’s right; take your BFF around Sydney on an absolutely epic foodie tour (it actually doesn’t get more romantic than this). Rickshaw tours are now a thing happening around Chinatown, which means you and your bestie can take a cart around with a guided audio commentary about one of Sydney’s top foodie spots, and for the golden finale, you’ll get a romantic bite at each stop.

When: 14 February 
Where: Haymarket 
Cost: $25-$36, more information here.

Personalised Luxury At GPO Grand

Let your BFF know how much they mean to you by taking them to GPO Cheese and Wine Room for a seriously luxe dining experience (you wouldn’t dare bring anyone else). And by luxe, we mean the world’s first Restaurant Butler service. Read: a night of being waited on hand and foot. To top that (yes, it gets better) you can even personalise your dinner with added roses, champagne on arrival and a box of handcrafted chocolate truffles to take home (you know, for when you and your BFF watch the entirety of Gilmore Girls together afterward).

When: 14 February
Where: GPO Grand Cheese and Wine Room, Martin Place, CBD 
Cost: There are lots of different packages, check them out here

BYO Wine Painting Class At Cork & Chroma 

It’s a fact that you’re going to have a good night when it contains BYO wine and paint. Behold, Cork & Chroma aka where you and your bestie will be hanging out this Valentine’s Day in Sydney. Going with the love theme, you’ll be able to paint anything that fits with bespoke romance, armed with a glass of champagne in one hand, and a paintbrush in the other. Book your tickets here. 

When: 14 February 
Where: Cork & Chroma, 55 Holt Street Surry Hills 
Cost: $48, bookings essential. 

Feast With A View At Icebergs

If you like your BFF all wind swept and salty, Icebergs is the place for you this V-Day. A groovy alternative, the DJ will be pumping, the view will be, as always, drop dead gorgeous, and we even hear caviar is on the menu. With their infamous pavlova finishing things off for dessert, there isn’t a better place to spend the international day of love, with your totes plutonic friend. 

When: 14 February, lunch and dinner 
Where: Icebergs, Bondi 
Cost: $175 pp, book here

Dine At Kensington Street’s Newest Hot Spot

If Valentine’s Day to you means a Sicilian feast with your best friend, some oysters and homemade ravioli, Olio at Kensington Street is the ultimate love celebration. ‘Cause we all know that homemade ravioli is the ultimate romantic gesture, the team here have your pre, during and post Valentine’s Day affair sorted, with an afternoon sip on the rooftop terrace, a 6-course dinner and a delish dessert. 

When: 14 February, 7pm 
Where: Olio, Kensington Street, The Old Rum Store, Chippendale
Cost: $288 per couple, more information here. 

Star Gazing At The Intercontinental Double Bay

Gaze into the stars with your life long partner at the Intercontinental’s Rooftop dinner for two. This couldn’t get more romantic if they tried, with a candle lit dinner by the pool, a seafood platter for two (this isn’t so much of a romantic gesture as it is just being practical about getting reallllyyyy large portion sizes) and a bottle of Rosè bubbles. That’s right, a bottle. A BOTTLE! Enjoy your two loves this V-Day: your crush and your crush-tation. 

When: 14 February, from 5.30pm
Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Double Bay
Cost: $149 per person, book here.  

Sip And Sail Twilight Cruise 

Get that BFF couple shot to make even the most committed of couples jealous, with a Twilight cruise around Sydney Harbour. There’s cheese, wine, and unrestricted access to the best Valentine’s Day backdrop of the year, the Harbour Bridge. Nothing screams romantic like an embrace under a bridge made of one hundred tonnes of steel. 

When: 14 February, 5.30-7.30pm 
Where: Cruise sets sail from Rose Bay
Cost: $99 pp, more information here

Bush Magic At The Bearded Tit 

That’s right ladies, gather your best gal pal and get ready to be educated in all things ‘bush’. With three different venues transformed into an ode to female anatomy, The Bearded Tit is ready to celebrate love with an educational lesson. You’ll be blown away with the talented artists and full-frontal features of this Valentine’s Day event. 

When: 14 February, event runs till the 25 February 
Where: The Bearded Tit, 183 Regent Street, Redfern 

Sunset Cinema In North Sydney

There is nothing more romantic than snuggling up to your BFF and watching the hit film of the year, La La Land. The Sunset Cinema in North Sydney has the whole evening sorted, with live bands kicking off the night, Jimmy Liks curating a special V-Day menu and of course, ample choc-tops to tie you over. With different packages to select (all include a bottle of red, these guys know what’s up), you can treat your BFF to the love they really deserve. Did we mention the real MVP of the night? The choc-top, obvs. 

When: 14 February, gates open 7pm, live music commences 7.40pm 
Where: North Sydney Oval, North Sydney 
Cost: Packages for 2 start at $80, book here

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Image credit: McKell Media

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