From the archives: This is from our original site, MyCityLife, posted back on 10 February 2015
MyCityLife has come up with the perfect potion on the holiday of love, covering honourable affairs to swinging dangerous liaisons. Because Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the couples, it’s for all the lovers.
|MYCITYLIFE’S VALENTINE’S CHECK LIST|
You don’t have to be in a relationship to enjoy these ideas either. Some things are best enjoyed alone. Or in threes. Or more. With Friends. Or Friends-With-Benefits.
|SAY IT WITH ROSE PETALS|
This is the busiest day of the calendar for florists in and around Brisbane. That order needs to be placed ASAP. For something a bit different and local Gaven based Rose Petals has rose petals in every hue, shape and size. Or just splash out for A Romantic Valentine’s At The Emporium Hotel, where An Enchanted Valentine’s Day sees a romantic turndown with candles and rose petals as well as MUMM champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries.
Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins but on this day of hedonism, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of greed for good food and wine. Indulge the senses with a spread of the finest menus where there is more than enough foodie and drink adventures to choose from.
The newest doughnut on the block presents heart shaped doughbuns with varieties sold in boxes of six, from red velvet crumble glazed to strawberry glazed and chocolate-filled. Or just go salted caramel. Or the nutella. Essentially, go nuts for doughnuts.
85 Miskin Street
Start the day with a champagne breakfast – the best this side of the river. With Brent Farrell on kitchen duties, 85 Miskin’s champagne breakfast will carry through to brunch and into the long afternoon.
Go Asian-Fusion foodie with Nest Brisbane where two renowned Chinese chefs present an interactive master class followed by a beautiful dinner and drinks. Life is warmer with good food and spices.
Cowch, South Bank
It’s a dessert and cocktail bar, perfect for all the lovers – single and not-so-single. From Make-Your-Own Naked Pops (hehe, we said ‘naked) to seasonal cocktails, Cowch makes life quite sweet on St Valentine’s Day.
Share Valentine’s at Elixir Rooftop Bar
Sharing is caring, and a share platter with two glasses of sparkling while looking across the far flung rooftops of The Valley means premium romance.
Cupid’s Garden at Riverbar & Kitchen
Enjoy specialty cocktails and a menu guaranteed to enhance the mood for love while overlooking the river under the stars.
Moobar’s expert bartenders push mixology into the realms of wonder, though their extensive champagne list featuring 1999 Pol Roger ‘Winston Churchill’, the 2003 Dom Perignon, 2004’s Moët et Chandon Grand Vintage and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage and Non Vintage Krug ‘Grand Cuvee Brut’ are what brings all the champagne adorers to this premium bar.
Cuvée Lounge, Sofitel Brisbane Hotel
Exclusive to Cuvee Lounge, lovers of fine French Champagne will enjoy the Moët & Chandon Champagne Trolley featuring prestige Champagne houses available by the glass. Enjoy:
NV Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Reims
R’ de Ruinart Reims
NV Ruinart Blanc de Blanc Reims
NV Ruinart Rosé Reims
The ultimate relaxation and getting those bodies primed and pampered: Massage. And Brisbane offers a fascinating menu of back rubs, rubbing-downs and manipulation that goes way beyond any kind of happy ending.
Endota Day Spa in Fortitude Valley, Sakura Day Spa in New Farm and River Plaza Massage Therapy at South Brisbane offer the ultimate in couple spa treatments for you and your beloveds – be they of the family and friend kind or the friends-with-benefits kind.
Acquarius Day Spa has a comprehensive service menu, which can include a light lunch and beverages. Their stand out is The Gent’s Club with treatments specifically tailored for the savvy guy, so the man in the family feel like they really belong.
|GET A ROOM|
While we went into quite some detail with the STAY section in our Romance In Brisbane feature here, sometimes, it’s just about getting a room – which is where The Limes Hotel comes in. Limes is offering a Dirty Weekend Escape where a bottle of champagne and Chester Street Bakery & Bar chocolates are the start of something wonderful. Don’t expect to sleep much though: there’s a party all weekend long from Limes Hotel Rooftop Bar, for that unique nightclub experience straight to your hotel room that you can’t get anywhere else. The Alfred & Constance breakfast next morning will definitely help with the hangover.