VALENTINE’S DAY DESTINATIONS
Met Éireann may not have forecast it, but we can definitely detect traces of love in the air. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, it’s time to to pull some good old fashioned romantics out of the bag and we’re here to play cupid.
Whether you want to enjoy a candle-lit meal with your better half or a drink with your date, there’s plenty of places to find an evening experience tailored to your tastes right here in Galway. Head to any one of these spots for a guaranteed shift.
DINE IN THE DARK AT DILLISK ON THE DOCKS
A challenge for your senses, this is date night with a difference. Providing a one-of-a-kind sensory experience, enjoy a three-course tasting menu blindfolded! While you discover the mysteries of our decadent flavours you will gain insight into what it is like to live as a visually impaired person. Costing just €39 per person which is inclusive of a €10 donation for the National Council for the Blind Ireland.
Harbour Hotel, New Dock Street // MORE HERE
HYDEAWAY THIS VALENTINE’S AT HYDE BAR
Spoil that special someone with tasty tipples and sumptuous dining as you get cosy in the stylish surrounds of Hyde Bar. The height of romance, the floral décor really sets the scene for a loved up evening. Choose from their three-course evening menu, which is inspired by the freshest local ingredients, for just €30 per person, or browse through their equally mouth-watering Á la Carte menu. Make sure to keep the gin and tonics flowing!
Forster Street // MORE HERE
LIE LOW AT IL VICOLO
It doesn’t get much more intimate than Il Vicolo. The stone walls, exquisite interiors and riverside location all add to the appeal – but it’s their special V-Day menu that will really pull you in. With four tempting options for starters, four options for mains and two desserts to choose from, they’ll even throw in a complimentary glass of prosecco for the love birds. You can get yourself a three course meal along with the bubbly for just €45 each – but make sure to sample a little something from their extensive Italian wine selection!
The Bridge Mills, Dominick Street Lower // MORE HERE
RUN AWAY WITH THE DIRTY CIRCUS
For something a bit more saucy, head along to the Róisín Dubh for some top-notch burlesque and cabaret performances at The Dirty Circus’ Valentine’s Special. Each and every show offers something different and unique, with everything from drag and pole performances to comedy and clowns – it’s always an air of excitement. Prepare to enter a world of decadence and glamour!
Róisín Dubh // MORE HERE
GET THE POPCORN IN AT PÁLÁS
While cuddling up on the couch for a movie marathon always sounds appealing, you may as well mark the occasion with an evening at the pictures. Kicking off Valentine’s with a preview of the highly anticipated Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the weekend will also feature the return of Tommy Wiseau’s disasterpiece The Room, The Lost Boys, Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride. You’ll have… the time of your lives!
15 Merchants Road Lower // MORE HERE
GET CRAFTY AT MASSIMO
Offering something a little different from the rest, Massimo will be running two events on Wednesday 12 Feb to help you unleash your inner creative streak. The first event involves creating handmade cards for that special someone to ensure you stay well away from the doghouse this V-Day. They’ve also got a cocktail making class that’ll teach you how to create two elixirs of love – you can shake these bad boys up in the comfort of your own home for a romantic night in.
10 William Street West // MORE HERE
V-DAY AT GIGI’S
While the g Hotel has an array of luxury romantic getaway packages to suit all you love birds, their foodie offerings really take the cake. The culinary team at Gigi’s Restaurant have put together a menu filled with the very best fresh produce, conveniently arranged in accordance with the body and mind so that the aphrodisiacs may influence – both mythical and scientific! Their his and hers menu consists of starters, a refresher course, mains, tempting desserts and tea or coffee to top it off.
Wellpark, Dublin Road // MORE HERE
STOP BY THE EYE
Who doesn’t love a good movie night? In honour of all you loved up folk out there, The Eye Cinema have decided to screen romantic classic Ghost, starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze. They’ll also be screening a special advanced show of Like a Boss and the universally adored Jane Austen inspired Emma. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ll have some brilliant spot prizes sponsored by Bellissimo, The G Counter and The House Hotel along with some sweet surprises and combo meals, perfect for sharing.
Wellpark // MORE HERE