Valentine's Day might be the national day of love, but who said that love had to be romantic? Na. We ain't for it. Love yourself, your friends, your fam, and most importantly - love your dog (because ur dog sure as hell loves you back).
Here are 5 fun ways to celebrate love solo. No romantic dinners for two here!
Classes with Glasses
Bustle Studios, Surry Hills | 6:30 - 8:30pm
Oh the joys of acceptably slotting alcohol into your Thursday night plans. Classes with Glasses is exactly what it sounds like. And it's great. This Valetines Day, they're hosting two beautifully boozy craft classes. Pick your poison - stationary crafts or watercolour art?
Wine & Design, Pimped Up Stationery starts at 6:30pm and finishes up @ 9pm. Local creative Kitty (from Mrs C and Me) will be there helping you make some super cute greetings cards, journals and prints. BYO alcohol and nothing else, they'll have all the craft supplies there for you.
Watercolour & Wine, Valentine's Edition starts at 6:30pm and finishes up @ 8:30pm. Dutch illustrator, Malou Zuidema, will be there teaching watercolour paiting techniques - including washes and gradients. Your ticket includes all the materials you'll need & a sneaky sparkling on arrival. There'll be a Brown Paper Wine pop-up is the single sparkling isn't cutting it for you...
Eat at... Mamasan
Eat & Earn 10-20% LVN
Kick ons & snacks? Just down the road from Classes with Glasses is Mamasan, a quirky little restaurant/bar serving Asian tapas, Japanese whiskey and quite the selection of sake. Big yes. They shut @ midnight, so you'll have plenty o' time to swing by.
Catch Up On Netflix
Where ever you like | Whenever you like
Oooop, there it is. Hate to do it, be we couldn't write this article without suggesting the O.G night in. Here's what we're loving on Netflix RN:
If you don't already know the entire movie synopsis without actually having watched it... How? But anyway, the world has been overrun by a weird monster takes the form of it's viewers biggest fears. If you lay your eyes on it you instantly kill yourself - so naturally, everyone's wearing blindfolds. On another note, Machine Gun Kelly makes an acting cameo, snatching up a quick minute of fame - kinda like that time he had beef with Eminem... Wild.
Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl (okay, he's Joe in this movie) gets creepy obsessed with a aspiring female writer and makes some pretty wild moves to keep 'em together. No spoilers, but expect chaos. Complete chaos.
A direct quote from a colleague - "Ozark is like The Big Short meets Breaking Bad." We're not quite sure what this means, but it sure does found like fun. This crime-thriller features Jason Bateman laundering money in the back-woods of Missouri. With his family. Our interest has been piqued.
The Haunting of Hill House
A now-adult family struggles with differentiated memories of the haunting of their childhood home, and the death of their mother. It's a real slow build, but if you're after a horror with substance and a solid sob on the series finale - this one's for you. Trust me; stick it out.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
An unoffensive take on a childhood favourite. This revamp matures the themes of the earlier series wrapping up in '03. It's much darker, with a heavy horror focus - but it still makes room for all of the original key themes like growing up, young love and friendship. We're just a little sad that her cat Salem doesn't talk in this version.
Eat at... Gelato Messina
Windsor | Richmond | Fitzroy
Eat & Earn 10% LVN
I mean, what did you expect? Gelato + Netflix is a match made in heaven. Together, they could never fail us. Especially when said gelato comes from one of Sydney's favourites, Gelato Messina. Pick up a tub for take away, head home and blitz through a season of your new favourite show. We whole-heartedly recommend the Dulce De Leche gelato.
The Oyster Club - Valenlimes Day
Knox Street Bar, Chippendale | 7 - 10:30pm
A Glamdrogynous Freakshow! The Oyster Club opens it's doors this Valentine's Day for a night of comedy, drag, icons and dance - supporting Sydney's best creatives and emerging artists. An LGBTIQA+ safe space, where everyone is encouraged to be themselves! Doors open at 7, but the shows starts at 8. Get there early, grab a drink and mingle. You're in for a fabulous night. Tickets here!
Valenlimes day sold out in record time! If you missed out on tickets, they're having a repeat show on Sunday. Tickets here.
Eat at... Coco Cubano
Parramatta | Central Park | Top Ryde | Kensington UNSW
Eat & Earn 15% LVN
Just under a 10 min walk away from The Oyster Club event is Sydney's very own Cuban playground, Coco Cubano. Before you head over to the show, stop by for (many) margaritas, nachos and fish tacos. Now that's a night out.
Myer, George St | 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sugar Republic is a sweet tooth's dream. Dive into a bubble gum ball pit, sample a selection of sweets & icecreams, spin the 'Wheel O' Treats', climb into a giant bubblegum machine, wander through halls of sugar inspired art and burst from a giant birthday cake.
The number of photo ops @ Sugar Republic are overwhelming. We're talkin' months of IG content. 😉 The event runs in one hour sessions. Pick a time and grab your tix here.
Drink at... Coco Fresh Tea
Broadway | Regent Place | Ultimo | Westfield Liverpool | George Street | Goulburn Street Town Hall
Eat & Earn 15% LVN
For a sweet start to your sugar-filled day, swing by Coco Fresh Tea & Juice on your way to Sugar Republic. Their fruit tea and smoothie menus are perfect for summer - with a bunch of fresh flavours like lemon aloe vera, mango green tea, fresh orange green tea and fresh apple and passionfruit juice. Our favourite? Passionfruit green tea with pearls and coconut jelly.
Redfern Small Bars Tour
DKO, cnr Redfern St & George St | 6 - 8pm
"Sip what's hip" on Pimp My Plate's Redfern Small Bars Tour! Take a two hour walking tour through the best Redfern's small bar scene. Your night will start off with
a selection of quality bar food (included in your ticket); served up before you trek on to discover 5 eclectic little bars - 3 of which you'll visit. Your ticket also includes two cocktails or craft brews.
A small group of friendly bar-crawlers will accompany you on your alcohol fueled journey, so don't be afraid to come alone! In fact, attending solo might even be best if you wanna make some new friends. Grab your tickets and all the deets here.
Eat at... Mai Viet
Redfern | Central Park
Eat & Earn 10% LVN
Just a ten minute walk from where the bar crawl kicks off is Mai Viet - serving up delicious Vietnamese street food. Fill up on pho, crispy skin chicken, rice paper rolls, vermicelli noodle salad, rice meals, spring rolls and noodles.
Almost every meal on the menu has a vegan alternative - so it's a safe spot to take all of your new bar crawl friends for a feed. Head over before the crawl to fuel up, or after for a tipsy feast. They're open 'til 9pm.