Guide to Valentine’s 2016: Sydney
So you bought the presents. You’ve got the card. Flowers are sorted. But why spend the money on material things for Valentine’s Day when you can spoil your lover rotten with something they’ll really remember – a date they’ll never forget. If you’re not as organised as G and haven’t already organised an international trip to somewhere amazing like Barcelona for Valentine’s Day, don’t worry. We’ve got your back.
There’s no better aphrodisiac than food – so wine and dine your lover across the city until you both have to roll home. Sexy, right?
Enjoy a choice of either seafood or vegetarian menus with a glass of prosecco on arrival. This warm and invitingly homestyle Italian restaurant on Glebe Point Rd is hosting a romantic candle-lit dinner for lovers, partners, friends – or simply anyone who is hungry. Fresh oysters, burrata, red gnocchi, risotto, pistachio-crumbed salmon and eggplant parmigiana – you’d better book now to score your table. $75pp
Head down Norton St and you’ll be spoilt for choice – but the Royal Botanical is perfect for that low-key date who loves all things cute and quirky. A two-course meal accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine amongst the greenery will definitely whet your appetite for more. $40 pp
Rooftop pub with harbour views? Why, it must be the Glenmore! Grab a table on the top floor to score amazing views over The Rocks and Circular Quay, and order a jug of the specially-made Cupid’s cocktail to share. Or don’t share. That’s probably why you’re single, you know.
You won’t know what looks better – your date or your view. Feast on world famous seafood and bask in the luxurious surrounds over a 3-course menu of your choice, prepared by head chef Ian Royle. Your date will be impressed for sure. Book now. $170 pp
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What's on the menu this weekend #Sydney and #Melbourne? Why not make it one of the delicious treats down at The Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets presented by @TheStarSydney at Pyrmont Bay Park or if you're in Melbourne down at Harbour Esplanade, Docklands at The Age Lunar Markets. Open from 4pm today. #lunarmarkets #events #sydney #Melbourne
Lunar Markets, Pyrmont
This doubles as a celebration of the Lunar New Year, with over 20 food stalls, live entertainment and pop-up bars. It’s perfect to wander through and enjoy the sights and smells when you’re at that not-quite-sure-if-dating-yet-but-I-really-like-this-person stage. Best of all, entry is free!
Picnic in the park with Pamper Hamper Gifts
Grab a rug. Find a shady spot. Lose yourself in each other’s eyes. A luxury hamper from Pamper Hamper Gifts will be the icing on the cake to this simple and romantic date. Don’t forget music to set the mood! Order your hamper now.
Getting the blood pumping is the perfect way to test the sexual chemistry between a couple – so why not try these adrenalin-raising adventures?
Never gone skydiving before? Test the waters first with indoor skydiving. One-by-one, you get two dives in the specially-built tank with a qualified instructor who will show you how to skydive safely – and may even take you high for a freefall, if you ask nicely. And those orange jumpsuits are pretty cute. There’s a bonus aqua golf range right next door, so you can practice your drive to really round out the date! Book now.
(Besides, iFLY stands for ‘I fucking love you!’)
The Rocks Ghost Tours
Take an eerie, hair-raising 2 hour ghost tour through the alleys and lanes of The Rocks. It’ll be a great excuse for you two to cuddle up against each other as you listen to tales of murder and intrigue. Perhaps you’ll even see a ghost or two. Book now.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Alexandria
Show off your acrobatic skills (and your shared dislike of kids) in a giant warehouse full of trampolines. There’s foam pits. There’s dodge ball. Learn how to run up walls. Go rock-trampoline-climbing. Seriously, what can’t you do at this place?! Book now (but watch out for the kids, they’re a little fragile)
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Wondering what time to get to Trop? Tropfest entertainment and live music will be kicking off this Sunday Feb 14 from 3pm, at Sydney’s @centparklands, with our films screening from 7.30pm. Make sure you arrive nice and early to grab a great spot, and enjoy the great food and drinks available from the Trop Village. (We’re also BYO friendly!) You can also tune in via @sbs2australia from 9pm AEDT. See you soon! #LoveTropfest
Tropfest, Centennial Park
The world’s largest short film festival lives on! Check out 16 of Australia’s most promising filmmakers on the big screen under the open night sky at Centennial Park. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. But most of all, you’ll enjoy being part of something huge. If you can’t make it to the park, you can also view the screenings at a few other venues – check it out.
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Inspired by the Elvis of Hawaii Don Ho and his song 'Tiny Coconut Bubbles' @batchbrewingcompany have created a wheat ale with a coconut twist. It will be one of the 4 beers competing in tonight's 4 Way Brawl for @sydneycraftbeerweek. Online ticketing is now closed but tix will be available on the door. #scbw15 #craftbeer #craftbrew #coconut #drinklocal #surryhills #sydney
Dove & Olive Craft Beer Fight Club
…because we can’t go one post without a craft beer mention. Share your love of all things beer as two micro-brewers battle it out to win the pub’s coveted Golden Growler Award. Please note: there’s not actual fighting on their behalf, but a lot of drinking on yours. Prepare to be inebriated. Book now.
Once you’re all loved and and sucking face, one thing will lead to another and you may end up tumbling into bed together. Don’t ever forget: if it’s not on, it’s not on. No glove, no love. You’d better wrap it before you tap it! And so on.
HERO Condoms have you covered (yeah, we said it). For every HERO condom sold, they’ll donate one to a developing country in need – so not only will you show you like to practice safe sex, you’re also saving the world. And that’s a surefire way to get into their pants. Buy them now.
How are you spending Valentine’s Day?