MYCITYLIFE | 11 February 2016

There are many potions for the holiday of love because Valentine's Day isn't just for the couples, it's for all the lovers. From Brisbane to the Gold Coast and Sydney, we've curated the ultimate plans to cover every scenario and personality. Brainstorm away, with Simply Great Ideas to read about here, or The Xennox Guide To Buying Jewellery here. From the grandiose to the effortless, with free events, tickets to grab or bookings to make, here's How To Valentine's Day. Happy Singles Awareness Valentine’s Day.

Luxurious Champagne
When excessiveness meets enchantment – because why place a price on love?

Ring In The Night, Hilton Brisbane Hotel, Brisbane CBD
Check in from 2pm, Sunday, Feb 14
With a private suite and every creature comfort, indulge in a Vintaged Bar + Grill six-course Surf & Turf dinner, featuring a signature menu crafted by Executive Chef Hueman Lam. Then be blown away with a five-carat diamond ring custom made by Adam Graham Jeweller within dessert, alongside a bottle of Dom Perignon Vintage: a strawberries and cream fantasy, with strawberry and white chocolate mousse, rose water Persian fairy floss, strawberry pearls, strawberry ice cream and white chocolate soil. It’s the way to every woman’s heart – and stomach.
Bookings essential on 07 3234 2000 or by email here, (including consultation with Adam Graham Jeweller) with more details >>here<<

Romance in the city

Dining, drinking and dancing with five-star luxury and local taste sensations.

A Magnifique Stay-cation, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane CBD
Check in from 2pm, Sat Feb 13
Check in to Sofitel's signature French touch for a lush stay-cation.
Bookings on 07 3835 3535

A Magnifique Valentine Dinner, Privé249
From 7pm, Sat Feb 13
A love story spoken through food at the hands of Chef de Cuisine James Gallagher set to candlelit surrounds.
Bookings on 07 3835 3535 with more details >>here<< 

Valentine's Day Dance hosted by The Cotton Club, Prohibition Brisbane, Fortitude Valley
From 9pm, Sat Feb 13
Get all gussied up for the sounds of hot jazz Chicago with a musical and dance extravaganza featuring an 11-piece band, dance troupes and MC, for a night set in the 1920s and 30s.
Tickets and booth bookings with more details >>here<< 

St Valentine Romance High Tea, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane CBD
11am-1pm, Sun Feb 14
Indulge in A Magnifique High Tea with a chocolate fountain and bottle of Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne to share. While away a few hours with a champagne flight at Cuvée Lounge Bar.
Bookings essential on 07 3835 3535 with more details >>here<<

Valentine’s Degustation, Urbane Restaurant, Brisbane CBD
Bookings from 5.30pm, Sun Feb 14
Wander through the laneways and explore local taste sensations with Urbane Restaurant for a luxurious Valentine's Dinner. Menus are available for four-course and five-course degustations.
Bookings essential on 07 3229 2271 or by email.

Because rainbows make the world so much prettier.

West End to Broadway, Underground Opera, Spring Hill Reservoirs, Spring Hill
7.30pm, Sat Feb 13
From the incredible ambiance and acoustics of the Spring Hill Reservoirs, Australia’s finest musical theatre performers present a showcase inspired by West End and Broadway classics.
Tickets with more details >>here<<

THE DANISH GIRL, Palace Cinemas
10.50am, Sun Feb 14, Palace Cinemas The Barracks or Centro
12.15pm, Sun Feb 14, Palace Cinemas, Verona Cinema
A remarkable love story inspired by Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener navigating Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Tickets with more details >>here<

Melt: A Celebration Of Queer Arts & Culture, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
12noon-6pm, Sun Feb 14
Celebrate all things queer, arts and culture at the Brisbane Powerhouse with a picnic by the river in New Farm Park
Free entry, with more details >>here<< 

Be My Valentine Party at Fluffy, Family Nightclub, Fortitude Valley
From 9pm, Sun Feb 14
Roses are red, Violets are blue, Love never crossed my mind until the day I met you FLUFFY.
Free Entry before 10pm for Hospitality, Fluffy Card Members & Drag Queens
Cover Charge: $15 at the door 

MCL Valentine's Day Bromance
Still a better love story than TWILIGHT.

Saturdays at Dutch Courage, Fortitude Valley
From 9pm, Sat Feb 13
With every gin conceivable, a devotion to stiff whisky and bartenders dedicated to the mix, the best in cocktails, martinis and whiskies straight up means the atmosphere is consistently tuned to 'come-hither'. With the Krak Cokeaine illegally good, there's also the opportunity to offer DC's signature Strawberries & Cream cocktail to any lovely lady- should the need arise. So strut. 
Free entry

Sheffield Shield: QLD Bulls v TAS Tigers, The Gabba
10am-5pm, Sun Feb 14
Share the love for grassy fields, balls, test matches and the cricket with the Queensland Bulls and the Tassie Tigers from the Brisbane Cricket Ground.
Free entry

Valentine's Day with Bacchus Brewing Co.
From 12noon, Sun Feb 14
Join in the love with the launch of three new Bacchus Beers Shampagne, Cupid Stunt and Atomic Pina Colada. Puerto Taco joins the ride.
Free entry

Brisbane Street Art Festival Closing Party, Lost Boys, Fortitude Valley
4pm-12midnight, Sun Feb 13
Street art culture celebrates the close of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, featuring live painting from Fuzeillear and tunes from CutlooseDanny Cool,DJ Black Amex & Desmond Cheese. Match to local organic ciders and tapas for ultimate cool.
Free entry

Valentine's Day Massage
Refuel, refresh and revitalise; Mind, body and soul.

SpaQ For Two, QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise
Check in from 2pm, Sat Feb 13
QT Gold Coast dishes up just the right amount of luxury and holistic spa for a refreshing stay-cation. 
Bookings on 07 5584 1200 or by email, with more details >>here<

Cupid’s Undie Run, Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park Surf Life Saving Club, Burleigh
8am, Sun Feb 14
Raise money and fundraise for the Children’s Tumour Foundation when the Cupid's Undie Run comes to the Gold Coast for Valentine's Day. Run 1.5km in your underwear, finish with a wicked party and party your pants off.
Register with more details >>here<< 

We Love Sundays, Cocoon Lounge Bar Dining, Surfers Paradise
From 12noon, Sun Feb 14
Radio Metro broadcasts live from Cocoon Lounge Bar Dining for We Love Sundays. Chill riverside, where Miami cool comes to the heart of Surfers Paradise with DJs on rotation, day beds to lounge on and cocktails to enjoy. 
Free entry. Reservations and Day Bed bookings on 07 5526 2033 or by email, with more details >>here<< 
MyCityLife Anti-Valentines Day

Because loving yourself is easy. And you’re not bitter. At all.

Valentine’s Day Wingman Party, Story Bridge Hotel, Kangaroo Point
From 9pm, Sat Feb 13
The Story Bridge Hotel steps in as the ultimate wingman with specialty cocktails, live music to find love in all the right places – and under the bridge. 
Free entry, with more details >>here<< 

Love Yourself Valentine’s Day Bootcamp, Waterfront Park, Newstead
8am, Sun Feb 14
Celebrate YOU because looking great and feeling great is the best feeling in the world. Look for the pink balloons.
Free entry, with more details >>here<< 

Anti-Valentine’s Day, Cobbler, West End
1pm, Sun Feb 14
Anti-Valentine's Day returns to Cobbler as an anti-love fest, seeking only the most fun-loving bitter couples and singles.
Free entry, with more details >>here<< 

Soho Sundays, The Fox Hotel, South Brisbane
From 2pm, Sun Feb 14
Start something special from Dendy’s Rooftop, with DJs and treats for ladies 2pm-4pm. Indulge in Cupid's Cocktail to get into the mood: strawberries, sweetness, hints of the tropics and a little ingredient called love.
Reservations for tables on 07 3844 2883 or online here. *No bookings taken after 3pm
Free entry, with more details >>here<<

Darling Harbour, Sydney, Month Of Love
Make Sydney the centre of love - with plenty of romance on tap.

Summer Stay-cation, QT Sydney, Sydney CBD
Check in from 2pm, Sat Feb 13
Sydney does what it likes: Snooze under an umbrella on the beach. Get stuck into lunchtime cocktails. Explore galleries, shops and restaurants. Go rowing in the harbour. Golden sun, pristine beaches, fresh cocktails, citywide and harbourside adventures
Bookings on 02 8262 0000 with more details >>here<< 

A Very Saké Dinner, Saké Restaurant, The Rocks, Sydney 
From 5pm, Sat Feb 13
Intimacy and contemporary Japanese cuisine means love and perfection. Create a unique degustation dinner and match to Saké-inspired cocktails and flights for that extra special touch. 
Bookings and more details >>here<<

Chinese New Year Lantern Carnival, Pyrmont Bridge
From 6pm, Sat Feb 13
Wander through a display of handmade lanterns direct from China.
No charge, with more details >>here<< 

A Month of Love, Darling Harbour, Sydney
From 9pm, Sat Feb 13
Cosy up under the night sky with fireworks, then walk across Pyrmont Bridge where love is in the air.
No charge, with more details >>here<< 

#heartsforart, Valentine’s Day at MCA, The Rocks, Sydney
10am-5pm, Sun Feb 14
Declare the love for art, pick up a paper heart (or a few) from the Information Desk and place it on the floor by the artworks loved best.
Free entry, with more details >>here<< 

Tropfest, Centennial Parklands
From 3pm, Sun Feb 14
CGU Insurance presents the return of Tropfest. Pack a picnic and celebrate the love of short films. Enjoy live music and entertainment and the world premiere of sixteen short films.
Free entry, with more details >>here<<


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