Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year – all the more reason to pick something special to cheer the week up, whether you have a date or not! Here’s our list of offers, events and activities where you can feel the love in Manchester on February 14.
Roses are red, violets are blue, send intu a tweet, to say I love you
Modern love meets traditional romance on Sunday 12 February as intu Trafford Centre launches a customised rose garden – powered by tweets. Shoppers are invited to share the love from 12pm Sunday by tweeting their personalised message to @intuTrafford with the hashtag #MyintuRose. Romantic tweeters can then head over to the pop-up rose garden on the lower mall outside Kurt Geiger to pick up a bespoke flower for their loved one, complete with a calligrapher’s message. T&Cs apply: http://intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/events/valentines
Share the Love at Bakerie
Share the love at Northern Quarter bread and wine bar Bakerie. Get two boards + two glasses of prosecco + a sweet board to share for just £32. Or upgrade to a bottle for just £40.
Banquette at Zouk Bar and Grill
Enjoy an Indian-inspired meal for two in this award-winning restaurant. Served in stages banquette style, this is a meal that you and your loved one won’t forget starting with pani puri and an amorous appetizer of tandoori lobster followed by a lovers sharing platter. There are three dreamy main courses to pick from and the choice of a chocolate mouse dessert. Delicious.
Valentines Shmalentines at Tampopo
No inflated menu prices and certainly no cheese of any kind at Asian-inspired restaurant Tampopo. Whether you have a special someone or even if you’re dining alone, it’s all about falling in love with the food here. Anyone for a romantic ramen or lovely laska? All tables booked for Valentine’s Day will receive a free glass of fizz per person!
Chao Deep Is Your Love?
One of Manchester’s most elegant Thai restaurants Chaophraya is putting on a competition – Chao Deep Is Your Love? Listen to the song play on the Valentine’s competition section of the website and name the tracks and artists for a chance to win a luxury prize for two. This includes a bouquet on arrival from Venus Flowers, a 3 course dinner with a bottle of prosecco, followed by a mini cocktail masterclass!
Valentine’s Taster Menu at Grafene
Enjoy seven courses of fine dining delight at contemporary British restaurant Grafene. Dishes include monkfish cheeks, oyster and passion fruit emulsion and mandarin cheesecake with candied orange. There is an optional mini personalised Pommery POP bottle of champagne too. Prices start at £59.50.
A Vintage Valentine Film and Entertainment Experience at Victoria Baths
For a vintage experience sure to charm your loved one, there will be classic films, street food and DJs at Victoria Baths on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 February. Enjoy screenings of 10 Things I Hate About You, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Wes Anderson’s quirky and delightful Moonrise Kingdom. Brought to you by pop-up cinema specialists Village Screen.
Valentine’s Day at Dough Pizza Kitchen
This classy restaurant in the Northern Quarter specialising in inventive pizza is an extra-romantic location this Valentine’s Day and is great for a range of tastes. A number of gluten-free and vegan options are available
Win a £25 VIP Booth and Complimentary Travel at Walkabout
Popular Printworks bar Walkabout is running an online competition for two for Valentine’s Day. Enter and be in with a chance of winning a VIP booth package worth £25 (or the equivalent in food and drink), two complimentary tickets to watch the new film 50 Shades Darker at the Odeon and complimentary cab travel courtesy of Cresta Cars. walkaboutbars.co.uk
Free Charleston Lessons, Live Music, and Plenty of Lovin’ at The Printworks
Dig out your best glad rags for a prohibition party that promises to be just as roaring as the twenties. Themed around the iconic 1920s New York period, The Printworks Empire will include headline DJ sets and twenties style dance lessons for visitors to sharpen their Charleston and special offers across the various dining and entertainment venues in The Printworks.
All You Need is Love (and Burgers) at Infamous Diner
Enjoy US-style, fully loaded dishes on the Valentine’s Day set menu from just £14.95 per person for 2 courses and delicious dessert options. There’ll be special sharer cocktails and pink burger buns if you’re feeling really romantic.
An Evening at The Milton Club
For an elegant drinks date in a private booth with exclusive service, The Milton Club is a good call. It’s a members club which knows how to make you and your date feel truly special.
Food and Drinks Deals at Dive NQ
Grab your mate or your date and take advantage of Dive’s sharer deals for the whole Valentine’s week from 13 – 17 February. This NQ basement bar and kitchen is offering a chateaubriand steak and sides for just £25 and plenty of other deals too including a Coors pitcher for £12, a bottle of prosecco for £15 and a beer can chicken and sides at £20 for 2.
Romantic Dinner at James Martin’s Restaurant
They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach so why not treat your partner to a special four course dinner at James Martin’s acclaimed restaurant at Manchester235. You will receive a glass of bubbly on entry and there’s live entertainment throughout the evening. £65pp
High Fidelity at Band On The Wall
One of Manchester’s most iconic venues, The Band On The Wall will be screening High Fidelity, the classic tale of love and longing, made in 2000 with a stunning soundtrack of classic indie music. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, it’s a romantic drama great for watching with your date. There’s themed food and drink too and entry is just £3. Starts at 7pm.
Indoor Flowers and Couple’s Cocktails at Tattu
This contemporary Chinese restaurant in Spinningfields offers a stunning location for Valentine’s Day – decorated throughout with flowers and even a rose garden area. Let the good times blossom with one of their ‘couple’s cocktails.’ You know you want to.
5 Course Meal at Manchester’s Multi-Million Indian Restaurant
Vermilion is an Indian restaurant and one of Manchester’s most desirable dining destinations, ideal for Valentine’s Day, with plush interiors and a special 5 course feast. Tuck into an appetizer of pani puri plus scallops to start, followed by sorbet, a series of mains and finally strawberry pavlova and heart shaped brownies. Delicious.
Romantic Cocktail Masterclasses at The Alchemist
A drinks date with a difference – you make your own. Expert mixologists at The Alchemist, Spinningfields are running a romance-themed cocktail class for Valentine’s Day. You’ll be twisting and shaking with your partner in no time.
Valentine’s Day with a Difference at Gorilla
The industrial chic bar/club has announced another dangerous Valentine’s Day double bill to get hearts racing and fluttering in equal measure – Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet and Heathers. Expect badass romance movies plus some of the best cocktails, food and retro romantic vibes in Manchester.
Pizza & Prosecco at Walrus and Tusk
Perfect for a more casual date with a romantic twist, at NQ bars Walrus and Tusk you can share a heart shaped pizza with toppings of your choice and a bottle of prosecco for £19.99. They’ll even let you split your pizza toppings as you like! Served from 12pm – 9pm on Valentine’s Day. Book a booth by calling 0161 828 8700.
Valentine’s Day Menu and Prosecco Reception at Rosylee
Celebrate at the Northern Quarter’s most romantic restaurant with twinkly lights, a rose for the ladies and a three-course menu. All of this, plus prosecco on arrival for £35 per person from Friday 10 February until Tuesday 14 February. Call 0161 228 6629 to book.
Play It Again at Kosmonaut
For anyone who doesn’t mind celebrating Valentine’s two days early, Kosmonaut will be hosting a screening of Casablanca in the basement bar on Sunday 12 February and spreading the love with two classic cocktails each for those couples, friends, and lonely hearts looking to see how all this romantic stuff was done pre-dating apps. Tickets are £12 which includes the film screening and two cocktails.
Share The Love at Junkyard Golf Club and Raise Money for Love Specs
100% of ticket revenue on 14 February will be donated to charity projects in Malawi. There will be lip-smacking cocktails, danceable tunes and of course a whole host of crazy golf courses – alongside the chance to make a huge difference to communities in Malawi.
Heart For Art Tattoo Studios
A Valentine’s voucher for Manchester’s most intriguing tattoo studio with a Narnia-like secret entrance makes an ideal gift for those who are difficult to buy for and is an experience in itself. Your special someone will be able to pick something permanent to remember the day by.
Stand Up Comedy Special at The Frog and Bucket
Be sure to make them smile this Valentine’s Day with a special evening of stand-up comedy at The Frog and Bucket where they are promising four fantastic acts, lots laughs and lots of love.
3 Course Lebanese Feast at Bakchich
Enjoy a Valentine’s special 3 course meal at Bakchich for just £14.95 per person. Available for three days only from the 12 February until the end of the 14, you can tuck into a vegetarian starter platter to share, followed by a choice of mains and the prospect of authentic baklava for dessert.
Luxuriate at The Living Room with Free Fizz!
Try out Valentine’s Day at one of Deansgate’s most popular bars where they are offering a 4-course menu and a complimentary glass of prosecco for £35. Sharing options are available on the menu. Ideal for a romantic treat in an exclusive setting.
An Evening of Romantic Jazz and Cocktails at The Fitzgerald
The Fitzgerald will be opening on Valentine’s Day for a special evening of all your favourite love songs, jazz style. Enjoy the brand new cocktail menu or impress your date with a theatrical sharer like the Aviation served in a vintage suitcase over dry ice. There’ll be performances at 7.30pm and 9pm. Call 0161 228 6629 to book a table.
Valentine’s Day at The Hard Rock Cafe
Enjoy a 3 course meal and welcome glass of prosecco for £60 per couple this Valentine’s Day, with sittings at 7pm and 9.30pm. Expect big US-style flavour and great rock n’ roll vibes.
For something a little different why not grab your Valentine and lock them in a room with you? Breakout is the ultimate escape room challenge – and you’ll either love or hate each other at the end of it so get stuck in.
An Evening at Manchester’s Most Romantic Italian Restaurant
Don Giovanni, on Oxford Street close to Central Library is the oldest Italian restaurant in Manchester and has won awards for its romantic setting. For Valentine’s Day they are offering a 4 course menu for £49.95 per person with live music from 7pm. Be sure to book.
Special Set Menu and Sparkling Sake at Shoryu Ramen
Shoryu Ramen is bringing romance to Piccadilly with its first Valentine’s Day celebration – a set menu that pieces together the ultimate Japanese dining experience. Valentine’s guests will choose from two delicious courses, complete with a seasonal cocktail and a complimentary glass of special Valentine’s Day sake – an essential Japanese drink, made with additional rose petals for a romantic finish. The Valentine’s Day offer is available for just £22 when you pre-book a table and dine after 6pm on Tuesday 14 February. www.shoryuramen.com
This beautifully-decorated restaurant in Spinningfields is launching two special sharing dishes for Valentine’s week – grilled Dover sole with nut brown butter & chips (£34.95) and a whole 16oz Chateaubriand steak with chips and béarnaise sauce (£39.95). When it comes to Valentine’s Day itself, there’s a cset menu for £24.95 per person with dishes including lemon chicken, a creamy butternut squash risotto or salmon cooked with a peanut crunch – plus a choice a choice of three desserts.