Love is in the Air: Valentine’s Day in Galway
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Love is in the Air: Valentine’s Day in Galway

It’s high time you splash out on the romance with our guide to Valentine’s gifts and romantic ideas in Galway. Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember and fall in love all over again…

Spoil your loved one

It isn’t Valentine’s day without flowers and whether it’s white lilies, red roses or a luxury gift box, there’s no better way to mark the occasion. Remember to place your order with the talented team at Yes Flower in advance of the special day. Add a touch of sweet love with a hamper of luxurious Truffle goodies. Opt for the hamper or browse their range of Valentine’s chocolates here. This is a gift that never fails to impress after all they do say that chocolate is an aphrodisiac...

In the name of love, since it is Valentine’s, spread the love and support local with the help of Claddagh Credit Union. Celebrate love by shopping and dining local with the added bonus of discounts and special offers when you shop with your Connect Card. For more information on how to avail of this card and its added benefits, tap here.

While no one knows your partner quite like you do, we are certain that Ór Jewellery’s beautiful love heart jewellery will make their heart skip a beat. With incredible collections of rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, this Galway jewellers offer the timeless touch you need to make the occasion special, shop here.

Valentine's Date Night

Once the gifting is all sorted, it’s time to prepare for a romantic date night at one of Galway's many restaurants. For the occasion, Builín Blasta are opening their wine bar for the weekend of the 10th/11th from 6-10pm. Offering an abundance of delicious pairings, if you want to reserve yourself and your significant other a spot call them at 091 558559 or email They have also put together special Valentine’s gift boxes, each one comes packed with loads of lovely products and are guaranteed to go down a treat! Celebrating love from the 10th to 19th of February, Gourmet Food Parlour invites you to join for a romantic evening complete with their Valentine’s set menu and prosecco on arrival. Check out the menu here and get your table booked asap. On the big day itself, Ahascragh Distillery will be hosting a special whiskey pairing night at Tigh Neachtain. They will be sharing 3 whiskeys and a Xin Gin from their family bond series alongside pairings of delicious cheese and cured meats. This is a one night only event so don’t miss out, get your tickets from Tigh Neachtains before they're gone. It’s all about grá at Éan this Valentine’s Day and they’ve got a set menu which includes bubbles on arrival and multiple courses. Book your table here. If you fancy a spin out of town, The Earl Inn are prepping something special for the occasion. Offering a 2 course meal for 2 people with a complimentary sharing dessert, what's not to love? Find out more about this offer here.

To enjoy a night to remember in an elegant venue, Jekyll at HYDE Bar will provide you with the perfect backdrop. From Sunday 12th to Tuesday 14th they have a special offer for couples to avail of, more here. Enjoy cocktails on arrival and a 3 course meal for only €48pp. Alternatively, if you decide that you’d like to make your evening that bit more magical, HYDE Bar has a special HYDEaway offer which will get you an overnight stay, a romantic dinner of 3 courses and late check-out until 1pm. To avail of this offer tap here. If you fancy a getaway from your usual routine, book yourself in for a night out on the Aran Islands and savour a romantic evening at the legendary Joe Wattys Bar & Restaurant. On the day they are offering a special menu of 3 courses with tea/coffee for only €39pp,  booking is essential so get planning now to ensure you and your significant other get to enjoy a love island experience this Valentine’s Day. To reserve your table email or call 0860494509. Over at Ré Nao, celebrate the day of love at the iconic Spanish Arch and avail of their offers. On Tuesday, dine-in customers will each get 1 complimentary Vegan Chocolate Mouse for dessert. Alternatively if you order through Deliveroo between the 10th-14th all orders above €25 will receive a complimentary portion of spicy chips, more here.

Photo by Sean McCormack Photography

Celebrate the day a bit differently

The fun and romance of Valentine’s doesn’t have to stay limited to one day, so why let it? Kickstart all the flirty fun on the 12th with The Dirty Circus’ Valentine’s Special at the Róisín Dubh. Dress in your finest and come for an evening of entertainment with performances of burlesque, comedy, music, pole, drag, and more than a few sexy surprises. If a trip to the movies is your thing, Pálás Cinema has a lineup of romantic flicks  with their ‘star-crossed lovers’ screenings, find them here. This spot also has an online shop of film-related Valentine’s cards which are gorgeous and are sure to impress the cinephile in your life, shop here. All across the county, an air of romance has taken over. With many locations going the extra mile to ensure you and your loved one get to enjoy a romantic getaway. Escape this Valentine’s Day to The Connacht Hotel and enjoy a three course meal with the option to add a bottle of prosecco to your room or unwind in the leisure centre with a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. Book your stay here. At Clifden’s Abbeyglen Castle Hotel enter into a world of relaxation in their gorgeous hotel and give yourself the pampering you know you deserve. Make this Valentine’s that little bit more special by booking their luxurious Couples Therapy Package. I mean, what could be more romantic than a two day break away from everyday life, spent cuddled up with your significant other in the surroundings of a castle that’s fit for royalty?!

photo: Galway Bay Hotel 

Galentine's Day

Gather up your gals and celebrate Galentine’s Day with Afternoon by the Sea at Galway Bay Hotel. Available from the 10th-19th of February you and the girlies can either opt for the classic afternoon tea or make it bubbly. To book your table, contact them at 091 520520 or If you fancy a bit of pampering with the girls, Lough Rea Hotel & Spa have a Galentine’s Getaway package which includes a 25-minute Spa Treatment with an additional 60 minutes access to thermal suite facilities. Following on from your spa therapy, enjoy a special ladies' afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco (or Special 'Galentine’s cocktail'), book it here.

Valentine’s for One

If you're single and ready to mingle, join Galway Food Tours this 15th of Feb for a very special Valentine's inspired food tour. Your tour guide are introducing their own take on Valentine’s night for the footloose and single people who love to eat, drink, and mingle…… you never know what could happen as you stroll around the streets of Galway. The night will take you from delicious wine & Farmhouse cheese to an award-winning restaurant and then finishing up with a special seasonal Valentine cocktail. Sounds delish, right? Get your tickets here.

Alternatively, if you’re having too much fun enjoying the single life, mark Valentine’s Day this year with a day full of self-love. Whether that’s pampering yourself to that spa break you’ve always wanted or buying the necessary candles and lotions to give yourself a relaxing spa day at home. It takes two to tango but only one to have a good time, and since it’s Valentine’s you might as well spice things up in that department and do a bit of shopping for yourself in Laura Jane Adult Boutique on Dominick Street Upper. And once you’ve found what you need, treat yourself to a battered sausage from Giovanni’s and then head back home to batter your own sausage afterwards.

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