Chin Chin and Bumble
Chin Chin and Bumble
Oxford Art Factory
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Why should couples have all the fun? This Thursday, instead of a pity party at home, shake off old heartaches at an anti-Valentine's party. Put your best foot forward at a quirky IRL singles mixer, or celebrate the true loves of your life with a ‘galentine’s day’ filled with delicious food and drink.
Sydney’s hottest restaurant is hooking up with Bumble BFF (the dating app’s friendship arm) to host the ultimate galentine’s day. Connect with super cool, go-getting ladies that could become lifelong friends, all over free flowing rosé and prosecco plus a delicious spread of Chin Chin’s best dishes.
69 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
Shake off any lingering blues about singledom at the Oxford Art Factory’s Anti-Valentine’s Day disco the next day (Friday 15 February). They’ll be blasting pop bangers by independent queens like RiRi, Kylie, Madonna and Cher until 3.30am, so grab a bestie and leave it all on the dancefloor.
38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
It’s like speed dating, but for those with a green thumb. Meet other gardening enthusiasts over a super relaxed session of weeding at Camperdown Commons’ veggie beds. You’ll be provided with plenty of conversation starters so all you need to bring is yourself, some overalls and good vibes – from weeds, love might just grow.
31A Mallett St, Camperdown
Gelato flavour compatibility is a crucial criteria for relationship success – trust us, it’s science. A pistachio-lover dating someone allergic to nuts? It’ll never work. Share scoops of the gelato named the world’s best while you get five minutes to impress each date. Open your heart, and your wallet, with all donations going to charity.
181 Enmore Rd, Enmore
Shimmy the night away at Coogee Bay Hotel’s Valentine’s Party, where The Preatures headline a full evening of live music supported by Little Quirks and Crocodylus. Before the acts begin there’ll be a pre-party in the garden, with fortune telling for those seeking some insight into their romantic future.
253 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee
You’ve heard of ‘blind date with a book’, but did you know that speed dating with books is a thing? At this quirky V-Day event, you’ll get to spice up your literary life by finding a new novel to get into bed with. With the timer set, you’ll have just two minutes to decide whether you’re vibing with a book before moving onto the next one. All that reading makes for thirsty work, so there’ll be literary themed mocktails to keep you hydrated.
Kogarah Library, Belgrave St, Kogarah
Not what it sounds like, we swear. This event’s more spooky than steamy, set in the haunted shower block of Sydney’s former quarantine station. You’ll be given some liquid courage first via drinks and canapés before a round of speed dating, dinner in the laundry and a ghost tour of the building. All that adrenaline is sure to light some sparks.
1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Round up the BFFs and get some summer lovin’ at Watson Bay Hotel’s epic galentine’s dinner. Catch up with the real loves of your life as the sun sets over the water, with rosé aplenty (groups of six or more receiving a complimentary magnum of the good stuff) plus an Italian inspired banquet.
1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay
At this event, not only could you meet your ideal partner, but at the very least you’ll have learnt a lot about wine. Sydney winemaker Alex Retief will guide you through a tasting while delving into the difference between varieties and the grape-to-bottle process. A few glasses down and you’ll be more than ready for one-on-ones, guided by conversation cards aimed at stimulating deeper conversations.
121 Bent Street, Moore Park
For a cute and creative night out with the girls, sign up to this fun workshop on Valentine’s Day, where you’ll drink bubbly and learn how to make fancy stationery with metallic embellishments. The possibilities stretch to greeting cards, wall art, journals, prints and beyond, making it a boon for gift-giving.
1/457 Elizabeth St, Sydney