This one's for the girls that online stalk your crushes for you, text you to make sure got home safely and will shout you a coffee just because.
This year, we're all about Galentine's Day - because friends who hold your hair back when you're vomiting and help you choose which pics to upload to Insta deserve to be celebrated.
We've planned some pretty wholesome dates for you and your gal pals. From stuffing your faces with fried chicken to a self care spa day. It's all about celebrating friendship!
If you're in a lovey dovey relationship, head to our blog on this year's best date spots. And you can sod off with your cute handholding and inside jokes, k?
1. Drink and Draw
The Creative Hub | Every Thursday night 7-9pm
You don't have to be the next Leonardo da Vinci to join this art class. Get your gals together for a fun, creative night of drawing! Run by Mads Francis, a Melbourne-based fashion illustrator, these intimate groups are limited to eight people. Create a work of art while having an ol' chin-wag with your mates (snacks included, of course). Our tip? The more wine you drink, the better your art will look. Book your tickets here.
Eat at... MoVida Next Door
164 Flinders St
Eat & Earn 10% LVN
Afterwards, head down to Melbourne's iconic Hosier Lane and to MoVida Next Door. Expect MoVida's signature modern take on authentic Spanish tapas. But with more of a kick. This lively hangout spot is daring, electric and upbeat. It's perfect for a quick nibble and chilled drink at the bar.
2. Anti V-Day
Loop Project Space & Bar | 14 February 7-11pm
Like Jennifer Gardner, sometimes we all need to let off some steam and bash a heart-shaped piñata at an I Hate Valentines Day party hosted by Jessica Biel. Lucky for us, Events Uncommon is hosting an Anti-Valentine's Day Girls' Night Out! It'll involve less piñata smashing and more bonding with like-minded females.
At the Loop, you'll enjoy a drink on arrival (bubbles, house wine or beer), listen to a speech from a resilience coach and watch the new comedy The Breaker Upperers! There'll even be pamper prizes to be won and a free gift from the organisers. Interested? Click here to book.
Eat at... Dragon Hot Pot
Russell St | Elizabeth St | Swanston St | Glen Waverley | QV Centre | Box Hill
Eat & Earn 20% LVN
Head to Dragon Hot Pot before or after the party – their Russell St store is open 24 hours so the party won't be stopping early. Grab your ladies for some self-serve, pay by weight hot pot. No need to impress any dates while you're slurping down some of their 100 ingredients on offer. 😉
3. Netflix and Chicken
Your home | Whenever you fancy
Some days, you just want to get the girls together to lounge around and... do nothing. We totally get that. So here's what we are loving on the ol' Netflix, as told by our in-house TV guru, Kristen.
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... NeNe Chicken
Elizabeth St | Melbourne Central | Box Hill | Highpoint | Chadstone Shopping Centre | The Glenn Shopping Centre
Eat & Earn 15% LVN
Netflix and chill? Nah, it’s 2019 and we’re here for Netflix and chicken. Follow up your TV binge with some mouth-watering Korean fried chicken. Test your mates’ spice tolerances with their Freaking Hot chicken or play it safe with their Bulgogi chicken. For the veggos out there – there are heaps of sides and desserts. Hot tip: they’ve got plastic gloves and wet napkins, ‘cause this is about to get real messy.
4. Alternative Bar Crawl
State Library Victoria | Thursdays and Sundays 6:30pm
Alright, you've had your fair share of Nicholas Sparks movies, it's time to leave the refuge of your bed. You're in Melbourne – the home of laneways and hipsters! Leave your dressing gown at home, we're hitting an alternative bar crawl. This mystery walking tour will uncover some of Melbourne's best hidden bars. Some with be quirky, some will have a d-floor, all will have a great selection of drinks. Put on your dancing shoes and book your tickets here. Go on, you deserve it.
Eat at... Raan Kan Eang
417-419 Elizabeth St
Eat & Earn 20% LVN
A big night ahead? You'll be needing a big meal. Pop into Raan Kan Eang to devour some tasty Thai. Soups, salads, stirfrys, noodles, curries... You can be sure that you won’t leave hungry. Clustered pendant lights and a large metal feature wall add unique elements to this cute, vibrant space. It’s the perfect place to kickback with friends for a hearty Thai meal while enjoying the cool tunes of live Thai bands.
5. Self Lurvin' Day
Your home | Whenever you fancy
We all need some self-loving, our skin included. Set up an at-home pamper sesh for you and your girls – dressing gowns on, cucumber slices at the ready. What you'll need: an obscene number of candles, grazing platters (don't be stinge on the chocolate pls) and tea, lots of tea. Take a bath, apply a face mask, try a hair treatment, make a body scrub, paint your nails... Someone sign me up asap.
Eat at... The Poke Man
518 Little Bourke St
Eat & Earn 15% LVN
Don't just treat your outer skin, but continue the cleanse from the inside out. The Poke Man is serving up their take on the classic Hawaiian poke bowl – combining fresh seafood with their specialty house marinade. These fresh bowls are as delicious as they are healthy. Self-love is about taking care of all aspects of yourself.