Whether you’re in a relationship or single this Valentine’s, the most romantic night of the year doesn’t have to be all Netflix and Chill…
The big V-Day is fast approaching, with partners everywhere set to scramble over the perfect date idea to impress their partner. Sound familiar?
To make Valentine’s Day that little bit easier this year, we’ve rounded up some of the best alternative date ideas to make your night extra special – whether you’re heading out for a romantic evening with your beau or celebrating singledom with your friends.
1. See a live piano recital by candlelight
Taking place at the beautiful Manchester Cathedral, this one’s the perfect setting to treat your partner to this Valentine’s. Featuring an uber-talented pianist treating guests to some of the most beautiful classical songs ever created, you’ll be sure to be feeling the love on February 14. The programme features performances of iconic composers such as Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart and is the perfect way to end a romantic evening. Tickets are available on Fever now.
2. Watch an anti-Valentine’s Day cabaret
Perfect for those looking for something more fun this Valentine’s (or anti-Valentine’s!), CabaGay takes place in the iconic Village on February 14 and is a guaranteed great night for those who love comedy infused with burlesque, live music, drag performances and much, much more! If that wasn’t enough, guests also get a free glass of prosecco on entry! Tickets can be purchased on Fever now.
3. Grab your friends for a game of interactive shooting
The UK’s first simulation shooting game, Point Blank is the perfect Palentine’s activity – serving up cocktails, “American tapas” and plenty of (virtual) things to shoot! Guests will receive a prop gun, which they’ll be able to use to take out targets on the big screen in front. Think Time Crisis, but 2020! The game is perfect for groups of up to six and is available to book here.
4. Check out a jazz performance by candlelight
Hosted at the stunning Manchester Cathedral which will be completely transformed with candlelight, this Valentine’s Jazz performance on February 13 is the perfect way to kick off the romantic celebrations, with some of the UK’s top jazz talent performing modern and classical jazz for guests to enjoy. The performance begins at 7pm, ending at 9.15pm and is the perfect romantic experience to share with your beau. Tickets start at just £19 per person on Fever, so kick back, grab a glass of fizz and enjoy some beautiful music!
5. Dig into a 3-course meal with a Motown band
A great sitdown experience, this live soul and Motown experience takes place at the lively Manchester Bierkeller and features an incredible live band who’ll be bringing the audience some of the best timeless hits from artists such as Diana Ross, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye. The menu features some delicious hearty options and promises an immersive experience for those looking for something a little different this Valentine’s Day. Guests will receive a complimentary drink on arrival and are encouraged to attend in their best “Valentine’s sparkles”. Tickets can be purchased through Fever here.
6. Get competitive with some retro arcade games
Hanging out with your mates or not into traditional romance? NQ64 is one of the coolest new spots in town, all decked out with some of the best nostalgia-inducing retro games. The bar has some absolute gems such as Mortal Kombat, Guitar Hero, Time Crisis and even old school consoles such as the Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo 64 and the original Playstation. The bar is stocked with all the usuals, including an ever-changing selection of craft beers to choose from. Guests don’t need to book, you can just turn up and play!
7. Dance the night away at a Valentine’s funk and soul disco
The perfect option for those looking to ditch the smush and hit the dancefloor with their mates this Valentine’s Day, this funk and soul disco is set to really bring the heat with sets from some of the best disco DJs at the iconic Deaf Institute. The tunes will vary from 70s, 80s and 90s soul bangers and will sure to have you on your feet all. night. long. Who knows who you’ll meet? Tickets are available through Fever here.
8. Drink and play ping-pong at Twenty Twenty Two
Feeling something more laid back for your Valentine’s Day plans? Hit up the Northern Quarter at one of Manchester’s hidden gems, Twenty Twenty Two. Nestled underground the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the bar features a real relaxed vibe, serving up cocktails and more accompanied with their much-loved ping pong tables. It’s the perfect date for your Valentine or Palentine this year. Booking isn’t required, but you might need to pop your name down for a timeslot to play.
9. Head to a wine tasting accompanied by a 3-course meal
Fancy amping up the romance factor this Valentine’s Day? This wine tasting event accompanied by a delicious 3-course meal is the perfect setting for a date with your loved one. Taking place at the luxury Didsbury House Hotel on 14 February, guests will get to try out 7 carefully selected Rosé wines with their 3-course meal as well as take part in a fun quiz before the night’s over. Better dust off your wine and general knowledge! Tickets can be purchased via Fever here.
10. Play a game of Crazy Golf with a twist
Junkyard Golf is a popular option for date night in the city, and the perfect date idea for both your Valentine and Palentine this February 14. The 9-hole course is sure to keep you on your toes with UV slides, super-cool themes throughout and even a treehouse bar. Themes vary from jungles to circuses and more and puts a fun spin on a classic game. Booking is essential and you can book your time slot here.
11. Attend a talk about the ‘Science of Love’
Want to get your brain ticking ahead of the most romantic day of the year? Fever’s Science of Love talk features an expert speaker from Cambridge University, who’ll be enlightening guests on what it is that makes us experience that fuzzy, warm feeling in our chest for our subjects of affection. The talk is just one of many in a series of events that cover an array of topics – and tickets cost only £12! Pick up yours from Fever here.