Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and regardless of whether you’re in a loving relationship, betrothed, courting or simply looking for some fun, there’s no harm in getting amongst it.
If you’re in Sydney on the big day, we’ve compiled a list of venues, events, and date ideas to indulge in with lovers and pals alike.
Ghost - eat your heart out. If you’re looking to get your hands dirty while simultaneously stimulating your inner artist, this is the perfect date activity. The team at Clay Sydney are hosting private pottery classes or group sessions for 90 minutes where guests can nibble on some cheese, drink some BYO wine and learn to make a teeny tiny love vessel, planter, mug or whatever you desire. There are two sessions available on February 14, 12:30pm and 5:30pm, and the classes are ideal for folks with zero experience. No need to fret if you’re single, this is the ultimate activity for a Galentine’s date, and you can all take turns being the Swayze to your Moore.
If weather permits, spoil your loved one with a romantic picnic in the park. While in-venue dining at this incredible establishment may be booked out on Valentine’s Day, the team are offering a generous picnic package for two, including Chiswick’s favourite dishes and a stunning Hermetica rose. $150 for two, will get you woodfired focaccia, Toolunka creek olives, Chiswick crudites, ricotta, barra-masalata, stone fruit, heirloom tomato & Berkshire prosciutto, blood plum & almond tart, and a lavender Turkish delight. There’s also a beverage add-on option of NV Moët & Chandon Rosé, because wine not? It doesn’t stop there, every package is also served in a bespoke Chiswick jute bag that comes with biodegradable cutlery, plates and napkins.
Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, Yellow is a solid choice for fine dining on the day of love. While it’s a lot more common these days for plant-based eating, Yellow is a restaurant focused entirely on vegetables (+ good wine), and for that we are thankful. Chef Brent Savage and his team have curated a 5-course vegan menu ($140 per person) for lunch or dinner on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of February which consists of purple daikon + green apple + wild fennel, sweet corn + chilli + tomatillo, lion’s mane mushrooms XO + smoked tomato, eggplant + red onion + black garlic, and chocolate ice cream + hazelnut + figs. For an additional $80 per person, enjoy wines that have been paired by co-owner and one of Australia’s most influential sommeliers, Nick Hildebrandt.
While everyone deserves to see beautiful men dancing for 90 minutes in limited clothing, we’re calling this one for the gals and the gays. Conceived and directed by the insanely talented and good-looking Channing Tatum, Magic Mike Live is an immersive, thrilling, live dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the hit movies. This cheeky performance allows you to watch males strip and dance to choreographed routines to your favourite songs. There will be two performances on V-Day at 4:00pm and 7:00pm, leaving ample amount of time for post-show drinks and celebrations.
Located within the luxurious Pier One Hotel, The Gantry offers al fresco dining with picturesque views across Walsh Bay and Sydney Harbour. If you’re looking for a relaxed yet romantic fine dining experience on February 14, the team is offering a four-course ($149 per person) and six-course ($189 per person) menu. The experience includes a glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne on arrival, Sydney Rock Oysters with lemon & mignonette, a delicious menu featuring the best of local, seasonal Australian ingredients, and a selection of mouth-watering cheeses to end your meal on.
Watching a movie in a cinema complex is fun and all, but nothing tops a movie under the stars, in a park or by the water. Spread out comfortably, have a little snuggle and chat freely in the outdoors while you watch a romantic movie on the day of love. You can even make it a family affair and bring your dog. Sydney has some incredible outdoor cinema locations on offer like Movin’in Boat, where you’ll watch a movie in a rowboat (hot tip: arrive earlier to have a paddle around Darling Harbour), and Westpac OpenAir Cinema, located at Fleet Steps in the Royal Botanic Gardens. This Valentine’s Day, Mov’in Boat will be airing The Notebook while Westpac OpenAir is opting for Irish romance flick Wild Mountain Thyme.