The round-up: sap-free ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day
Let’s be honest – for a lot of people, February 14 is an absolute nightmare. Between swarms of stressed out dudes panic-buying all of the flowers in the greater Brisbane area and girls humble-bragging on social media about their ‘man being the greatest #blessed’, the whole affair can be pretty schmaltzy. Drop that cynicism, pals! Don’t be bound by social norms – turn the Hallmark holiday on its head and do things your way. We’ve rounded up the best Galentine’s Day (and straight up Anti-Valentine’s Day) events and ideas to get you through – so you’ll be feeling more Beyoncé and less Robbie Hart when the day rolls around.
Sweety’s Treat Boxes Valentine’s Survival Kit: If your Galentine’s Day self-care style is more Bridget Jones, Sweety’s has wrapped up everything you need into one neat little package. Its killer Valentine’s survival kit is loaded with delicious (and hilarious) treats such as Doughnut Bar doughnuts, a mini bottle of booze, an inanimate partner substitute and even some love gloves in case your Tinder date comes through. As an added bonus, Sweety’s Treat Boxes is a delivery-only service so you can hide your shame.
A pamper session at Brooklyn Beauty Bar: The timeless tradition of bonding with your girl gang over a mani-pedi has levelled up at Brooklyn Beauty Bar, Brisbane’s OG purveyor of high-end services with a boozy twist. Gather your pals and book in to get pampered – nails, brows, lashes and blowdries are all on the menu, plus a huge selection of top-shelf gin and bubbles. Treating yourself has never looked this good.
Adorable baked goods from nodo: Keen to treat yourself to a little Valentine’s Day sweetness minus the guilt? nodo is the place to do it. The gluten-free baking mavericks have whipped up some seriously spectacular treats for the holiday – devour Ferrero Rocher doughnuts and raspberry and white chocolate choux puffs that taste just as amazing as they look. These items are only around for a very limited time, so get in quick.
Love trivia at The Defiant Duck: Nothing will boost your self-esteem quite like a sweet, sweet knowledge-based victory, so why not try your hand at The Defiant Duck’s love-themed trivia? Open to teams of two to six people, this brain-boggling trivia night hosted by force of nature (and fierce queen) Sellma Soul comes with a chance to win some killer prizes. Assemble a team and get studying!
Doughnut Time’s limited edition treats: We never need an excuse to eat more doughnuts, but who are we to complain when one comes along? Purveyor of squishy goodness Doughnut Time is never one to shy away from a themed treat, so it comes as no surprise that the company’s V-Day offering is a total delight. These limited edition treats come decorated to the nines – four fresh rings (two of which are vegan) will be available for the festive period, boasting toppings like Ferrero Rochers, Hershey’s kisses and more.
Cloudland’s Anti-Valentine’s Feast: Sick of feeling like every venue caters exclusively to couples on V-Day? Don’t have a friend that’s willing to pose as your partner so you can dine out on February 14 without people looking at you like you’re a leper? Cloudland hears you and is holding an Anti-Valentine’s Feast fit for you and all of your single mates. The night features a three-course alternate drop menu including a glass of wine, sparkling or beer on arrival, so gather your squad for some fun group feasting.
The Jubilee Hotel’s Anti-Valentine’s Party: Whether you want to party with your soulmate, housemate or best mate, the Jubilee Hotel will cater to you this Anti-Valentine’s Day. The venue is throwing a bash for the more bitter amongst us that will include live and loud V-Day trivia, chocolate-covered strawberries and even a free bottle of champagne if you book for five or more people.
Valen-tinnies at Betty’s Depresso: If the thought of being surrounded by saccharine-sweet couples gazing into each other’s eyes over the sound of Spanish guitar makes you feel a bit queasy, Betty’s Espresso Cafe and Bar has the antidote. Transforming into Betty’s Depresso for the night, this famously self-deprecating and generally kick-ass bar will be slinging tinnies and tatties all day – for real, you can get a rad tattoo downstairs at Siren and Serpent, or just hang out in a chilled environment smashing beers with some laid-back people. Zero fuss, all good.
Osbourne Hotel’s Cocktail Course: Switch your broken spirits for alcoholic spirits at this lively cocktail making course – this is for sure the classiest way to drown your sorrows. Over one-and-a-half hours, Osbourne Hotel’s awesome bartenders will teach you the art of mixology and you’ll be shaking, stirring and muddling your way around like a pro. Enjoy the fruits of your labour over a shared entrée board – who knows, there might be other singles there showing off their skills!
Trackside Openair Cinema: A favoured activity of single people on Valentine’s Day is indulging in a rom-com, so why not tear yourself away from your Netflix account and catch one of the classics on the biggest screen in the southern hemisphere? The Trackside Openair Cinema will be screening Ten Things I Hate About You, so you can swoon over Heath and stuff yourself silly with hamper goodies such as fresh Mooloolaba prawns, Tasmanian oysters and oodles of cheese. Who needs a date? Make yourself swoon, honey.
All loved up? You’re in the wrong place, pal – head here for our round-up of the best spots to wine and dine your numero uno this Valentine’s Day.
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