This article was first published on our original site MyCityLife way back on the 10th February 2014
My City Life has come up with the perfect potion for lovebirds on the holiday of love, covering every poetic field, from honourable affairs between two, to misunderstood ménage-a-trois and swinging dangerous liaisons.
A WHOLESOME VALENTINE
The couple who works out together, eats clean together, and Brisbane has a plethora of healthy, wholesome eats and treats to choose from. Primal Pantry in New Farm, Mondo Organics in West End and Gerard’s Bistro in The Valley have especially curated menus that combine healthy, wholesome eating with #salubrious courtships under #unsullied circumstances.
BE MY VALEN-TEA
Not everyone in The City is on the #wagon, and tea is certainly a refined way of abstaining from the dreaded tipples. Tea parties are the way to any lady’s heart while high tea in The City is an acceptable ladylike method of stuffing one’s face across a few hours. Sassafras in Paddington celebrates Valentine’s Day with afternoon tea across the entire weekend. Queenie’s Tea House in Nundah is the #quintessential salon for high tea, while Bacchus South Bank takes an #amorous journey into the unique Bacchus blend care of a magnifique French menu and extraordinaire service set against the stunning backdrop of The City.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE
And then there are the #dipsomaniac guzzlers. Gargle champagne upon waking in the morning, to greeting the day with a shot of Patron and ending the evening with an old fashioned. And there’s nothing wrong with that – because champagne, tequila and whisky drinkers are #intelligent drinkers. As the perfect Valentine’s Eve event, Brisbane’s Chicks with Ales February Tasting Night at Kerbside on Constance Street will push romantic proceedings in the right direction. On The Day Of Lurve, The Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar in The Valley has especially designed His and Her’s Cocktails to accompany the cocktail bar’s usual high spirited #ambience, while The Jetty South Bank has curated a cocktail list with the Scarlett Darling and Rendezvous standing out to set the tone, right by the #riverside.
A CASUAL FLING
Casual courting is totes undervalued. Love doesn’t have to be fiery and inflamed with over-the-top passion; it can be mellow and unhurried leading to a slow seduction. Keeping it cas’ allows for plenty of room for spontaneity and fun faux pas – especially where ‘friends’ are concerned. And Chilliwow on Constance Street is a #guarantee for misadventure, with the opportunity for amigos to make things extra fun by sharing love through tacos and tequila. The French know all about #amour, so Au Cirque in New Farm will keep it relaxe and romantique. Or head to the other side of the world at Gasworks Plaza in Newstead with Peng You Kitchen & Bar for an exotic Chinese #experience.
Upmarket casual fits right in there between impressing, practical and charming. Gasworks Plaza’s Hatch & Co in Newstead is a winner all the way, with South Brisbane’s Era Bistro certain to inspire goo-goo eyed lovers into la la land. West End’s Lychee Lounge loves Lovers with an especial cocktail and feast menu, #earmark this holiday of love.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR.. AND BY THE RIVERSIDE
For that genuine #wow factor, riverside or mountain high in The City are the perfect tableaus to impress the pants off that significant other. Brisbane Look Out’s Summit Bar and Restaurant on Mt Coot-tha will see many a swept away vision during the month of February, while the #picturesque riverside backdrop of Watt Restaurant + Bar in New Farm will set an #enchanting scene. Italian stallions are raw passionate lovers, and Popolo Italian Kitchen & Bar will be sure to inspire the romantico #Casanova from the River Quay of South Bank.
MY FOODIE VALENTINE
If the best way to get to someone’s heart is through the stomach, foodies will delight in the rich #bespoke degustation courses of The City’s elite fine dining destinations. Restaurant II on Edward Street pulls out the fiery passion of Chef Matt Fury as Urbane Restaurant on Mary Street seduces the tastes buds. Vintaged Bar + Grill on Edward Street brings out the bling and the bubbles – and is even more #accommodating to lovers, politely positioned on level 6 of The Hilton Hotel.
MY FUNNY VALENTINE
Let The City entertain Valentine’s with galas and festivities every which way. East Brisbane’s The Foxy Bean hosts a night of vintage #cabaret with vintage vocal harmonisers, The Eastside Belles. Or get all Misty Blue with Vika Bull and 7 piece The Essential R&B Band at South Bank’s QPAC with At Last: The Etta James Story. Vika even gives My City Life lovebirds a #taste of what’s to come following rave reviews from the 2013 tour. Or swing to the dark side with mask in hand, when Capulet and Patron presents their Eyes Wide Shut Valentine’s Day Ball for a glamorous walk through The City’s #secret societies. Whichever way it ends up, lovers will certainly be warbling little Valentine to stay.