This Valentine’s day, don’t phone it in with a set menu and overpriced roses – we’ve done the hard yards and scoped out the most fun, exciting and unique experiences across the city for your long awaited date. There’s axe throwing, movies under the stars and bonding activities like no other – the choice is yours.
No doubt, Valentine's Day is chocolate's time to shine. Instead of your standard, run of the mill box of choccies, treat that special someone (and yourself) to a night of indulgence with a chocolate-making workshop. Turn cocoa beans into your favourite block and temper until your heart's content under the watchful eye of a professional chocolatier. Over four hours you’ll make a variety of chocolates and decorations – all of which you get to take home. Did we mention chocolate is an aphrodisiac?
7 Canterbury Rd, Blackburn
If Burt Bacharach isn't on your essential date night playlist - you've been doing it all wrong. Guaranteed to spark the look of love in the eyes of that special someone, the Australian Shakespeare Company is bringing his smooth sounds to the Royal Botanic Gardens this Valentine's Day. Featuring Wendy Stapleton performing songs written for Dusty Springfield, it's a slam dunk.
Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
Synomyous with romance, sunsets are a Valentine's Day staple. Instead of doing the usual rooftop drink, why not experience Melbourne's stunning skyline with a twilight kayaking cruise down the Yarra. Forget waterside dining, this adventure includes fish and chips on the water and a fire-ball display at Crown Casino.
While not quite within Melbourne’s borders, taking the drive to The Peninsula Hot Springs is well worth it come Valentines Day. Whether you’re seeking a hilltop mineral pool or a full body treatment, this award-winning day spa based on the scenic Mornington Peninsula has got you and your date covered. For a little taste of everything on offer, opt for their indulgent 'Dine and Bathe Package', which will have you soaking in their geothermal mineral pools and enjoying a romantic dinner for two at their Spa Dreaming Centre.
140 Springs Lane, Fingal
Team up with your boo for a session of tension-relieving axe throwing at Maniax’s “date night” event, which culminates in a mini-tournament where you compete against your partner and then other couples for ultimate axe-throwing glory. If you’re looking for something unconventional, it’s definitely the most high-octane bonding method around.
19-21 Russell St, Abbotsford
They just don’t do romance like they used to. Celebrate love this Valentine's Day with a selection of heart-bursting romantic classics on the big screen. Breakfast at Tiffany's, It Happened One Night and 10 Things I Hate About You are all screening at Classic this year, as well as one of our more recent favourites Call Me By Your Name will be shown on the Lido Rooftop.
9 Gordon Street, Elsternwick
Take date night to another level – literally, by booking out a private cabin on the Melbourne Star. There’s the option to add on Champagne, canapés and roses for a price, but who needs all those distracting bells and whistles when you’re flying 120 metres above the city, all alone with your special someone.
101 Waterfront Way, Docklands
With all the fierce gazing, waist holding and hip-swaying, there’s no dance form more sensual than salsa. The Night Cat in Fitzroy is bringing back their Sunday salsa sessions which just so happens to fall on Valentine's Day this year, gifting you a surefire way to heat things up as the evening progresses.
1 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
We’ve all seen them doing this on The Bachelor dates, and now you can get in on the action too with Cork and Canvas’s special portraiture class for V-Day. Artists will guide you along as you create your masterpiece, although you’re also invited to bring along your favourite vino to impart some liquid creativity.
206 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
There’s just something about a drive-in cinema that says ‘classic date night’, making it the ideal option for a low-key Valentine's. All your favourite romance flicks are screening including The Notebook, Pretty Woman and 50 Shades of Grey. Grab some snacks at the Luna Cafe and settle in for a movie under the stars. Best of all, inside the privacy of your own car, no one will be kicking the back of your seat if you go in for a sneaky smooch.
115 S Gippsland Highway, Dandenong
If you're on the hunt for an activity that's thrilling, quirky and accommodates multiple couples (but also just one), why not shake things up this year with an escape room experience. Help miners return to safety in 'Mine Escape', enter the mind of Robert, a World War II veteran who has fallen into a coma in 'Fractured' or solve a series of puzzles in order to snag the prized role of magician's assistant in 'Kellar's Magic Emporium'. Nothing says I love you more than trying to escape a room in seventy minutes or under.
12-18 Yarra Street, South Melbourne
Loving our list of quirky Valentine's Day date ideas? Share the love all year round and check out more exciting activities around Melbourne for you and your beau. Treat yourself to a lavish feast with our fine dining roundup, or maybe a weekend getaway in Victoria? While we love opulence from time to time, why not embrace the outdoors with a romantic picnic?