Love is in the air, so if you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s or Palentine’s, there’s plenty going on to get involved in – whether it’s a fancy meal for two, a couple’s spa treatment or cocktails with your mates.
Alternative Valentine’s Day with DJ Marky
Exhibition presents the ultimate alternative Valentine’s Day hosted by DJ Marky, playing from 9pm ’til late. Marky takes to the 360 DJ booth once again to give a rare and intimate session of the soulful and sunnier side of Drum and Bass. Exhibition have also teamed up with Patron to launch an exclusive Margarita menu, from 14 February – 17 March.
Manchester Wine Tour Valentine’s special
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Manchester Wine Tour on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February. Guests have the opportunity to try six different wines and four snacks in four venues. Tours are 12 people max, so tickets are super limited.
Libby’s: A La Carte
Libby’s will be open on 14 February with their delicious small plates and crafted cocktails for Valentine’s Day.
Elnecot: Valentine’s Supper Club
Enjoy a Valentine’s supper club at Elnecot, with five courses for £40 per person. Dishes include an Amuse bouche of golden beet, goat’s curd and oxalis croustade; Oysters and mignonette dressing; Beetroot and ricotta pancakes; Roast chicken breast with truffled Baron Bigod pomme purée; Apple granita; and a Chocolate fondant. An optional matching wine flight is also available, chosen by chef-patron Michael Clay for £20 per person.
Zouk: Valentine’s Day set menu & couple’s cooking class
Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day set menu for £45 at Zouk, featuring dishes like punjabi lollipops, oyster pakoras, ginger chicken, daal makhani and lamb rogan josh. Alternatively, take part in their Valentine’s Day inspired Couple’s Cooking Class on Saturday 17 February.
Tattu: Sharing cocktail
The expert mixologists at Tattu have crafted a Valentine’s sharing cocktail called the Elixir of Love, mixing Bombay, Amaretto, cherry, chocolate and Laurent Perrier Rosé champagne. Attached to the cocktail is a red envelope, with the chance to find a golden ticket and win a glass or bottle of Laurent-Perrier Rose.
Sexy Fish: Lover’s Tasting Menu
Head to Sexy Fish for an indulgent Lover’s Tasting Menu on Wednesday 14 February. Dishes include thinly-sliced aged tuna, snow crab tempura and aji amarillo popcorn, donuts ‘caviar and wasabi’ and luxurious lobster gyoza. Book here.
Fenix present an intimate Valentine’s Odyssey
Fenix hosts a special four-chapter Mykonian Aura sharing menu for two for Valentine’s Day. Think traditional stifado, elevated with luxurious wagyu beef, lobster spaghetti in a silky garlic and saffron sauce and the intensely tender short rib Moussaka. Enjoy a selection of traditional delicacies including Greek baklava and tsoureki ice cream, yuzu-lemon and chocolate valrhona sorbets. The ground floor of Fenix is also an ideal setting for an evening of romantic cocktails.
The Mews: Bottomles prosecco
The Mews will be marking Valentine’s Day with bottomless prosecco for 90 mins, for £25 per person when you order food. Offer applies to table bookings only.
The Black Friar: Cabins of Love
The Black Friar have transformed their Winter Cabins into Cabins of Love for Valentine’s Day. Available to book from 14-17 February, they are the perfect private hideaway to impress your other half. Along with an exclusive menu, you can book the cabins now.
The Fitzgerald: Viva La Valentines
Enjoy award-winning BBQ food and delicious cocktails at the cosy speakeasy bar in the city centre. Tickets cost £30 and include a performance from Viva La Vintage, food and two hours of bottomless drinks.
Isca: Valentine’s Pasta Party
Isca will be open as usual for natural wines and seasonal plates on Wednesday 14 February. On 17 February, they will host their annual Valentine’s Pasta Party, serving a menu of homemade pasta and bottles, all chosen specially for the evening.
Unagi: 20 piece platter
Get a 20-piece heart shaped platter at Unagi from 12-14 February. Choose from salmon, mixed or veggie, with prices starting from £29. Each ‘heart’ contains 20 pieces of delicious, hand-rolled sushi including a uramaki roll, mixed nigiri and hosomaki. Alternatively, get the Unagi snack lovers box with a combination of their top-selling street snacks to share – including bang bang karaage, crispy squid, salt and pepper wings, mixed gyozas, sticky rice, salt and pepper chips and two soft drinks.
Embankment Kitchen: Set menu
Head to Embankment Kitchen for an exclusive set menu, allowing guests to enjoy either two courses for £36 per person, or three courses for £42 per person. Choose from a range of dishes including a sharing Chateaubriand. There will also be a Valentine’s themed cocktail menu, including a sharing cocktail. Available from 13-17 February. Book here.
Three Little Words: Valentine’s set menu
Premium cocktail bar and restaurant Three Little Words will host a three-course set menu for £70 per person, including a welcome drink and extra surprises between courses. The specially-created menu includes dishes like duck breast with dauphinoise potatoes, cherries and a silky duck jus. There will. be live music as well as a number of special cocktails.
Madre: Endless tacos
Get endless tacos at Madre this Valentine’s Day. For £35 per person, choose from tacos including pollo asada, cochinita pibil, birria, hongos asada or brussels.
Stray: Valentine’s cocktails
The perfect spot for a pre or post-dinner drink this Valentine’s, Stray have launched two exclusive loved-up cocktails – a lychee martini and the ‘hanky panky’. If you can’t make it to the bar on the big day, DM them on Instagram to order bottled cocktails, including the Lychee Martini, Hanky Panky, Tomato Margarita and Espresso Martini for £30 each.
House of Habesha: Set menu
Enjoy an amazing Eritrean and Ethiopian dining experience at House of Habesha with a three course set menu (£50 for 2), including a starter of sambusas, a full house platter and affog`to with Eritrean coffee for dessert. The menu can also be made vegan.
GRUB Valentine’s Day
GRUB will host an alternative Valentine’s Day, offering a programme of events to suit loved-up pairs, solo visitors and those celebrating with their pals. On Wednesday 14 February, there is a choice of three special events – a Valentine’s UV Painting and Cocktail Evening from Floating Art, a Feminist Origami Workshop from Femigami and a special romantic movie edition of Quiz Show at Cultplex.
Valentine’s Vixens Cabaret
Hosted by Ember Travixen, Valentine’s Vixens Cabaret is set to be a dazzling show featuring live music, poetry and burlesque. Fresh from their festive ‘exquisite entertainment’ takeover of Manchester Art Gallery, the Vixens’ cabaret will be staged in the theatre space at The King’s Arms in Salford.
Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting at Harvey Nichols
Join Harvey Nichols’ resident wine expert for an evening of wine-tasting, as they take you on a journey through five carefully-curated varieties. Enjoy perfectly paired tipples and learn tasting tips during the 90-minute session.
Hyssop and The Hare: Steak night
Hyssop and The Hare in Glossop celebrate Valentine’s Day with a steak night, with a three-course menu for £45 per person.
Piccolino: Three-course set menu
Let Piccolino transport you to the Tusan hills for a three-course set menu. Enjoy a special Sweet Amore cocktail on arrival, followed by antipasti, mouthwatering mains and a show-stopping dessert. Menu is £70 per person.
The Botanist: Three-course set menu
The Botanist will celebrate the special day with a Valentine’s Day menu for two, running exclusively on Wednesday 14 February. The meal costs £30 per person, including a cocktail.
King Street Townhouse: Valentine’s spa experience
Unwind in the name of love with King Street Townhouse’s exclusive Valentine’s spa experience. Enjoy a 45-minute ESPA hot stone massage, an hour’s use of the stat-of-the-art thermal suite and a two-course meal in the spa lounge, with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne.
Albert’s Schloss: Albert’s Alpine Fondue
Albert’s Schloss has lined-up a load of show-stopping entertainment for Valentine’s day, including performances from iconic drag queen Lolo Brow and Baby Daisy, who will perform in a giant cocktail glass. On the food front, enjoy Albert’s Alpine Fondue which is perfect for two – with lashings of melted gruyere and Emmental with white wine, ‘Haus pickles’, sourdough and new potatoes.
Hotel Gotham: Valentine’s afternoon tea
Luxury location Hotel Gotham present their exclusive Valentine’s afternoon tea at the Honey restaurant, available 14-18 February.
Finders Keepers: Happy Hour
Neighbourhood bar Finders Keepers will host Happy Hour from 3-6pm with £7 cocktails as well as serving up their seasonal menu and monthly specials. From 14-21 February, they will also be offering guests their ‘homemade creations’.
Valentine’s at Junkyard Golf Club
Get junk in love this Valentine’s Day at Junkyard Golf Club as they launch a Kissing Booth in collaboration with charity Love Support Unite Foundation. Exclusively launched for Valentine’s Day, the ‘Love Specs Kissing Booth’ will allow guests to capture those crazy date night moments as well offering the chance to win an exclusive Junkyard Golf Club Gold Card.
Cupid’s Kissing Booth
Head to Selfridges in the Trafford Centre for a unique, interactive beauty pop-up in the form of a kissing booth. Guests can enjoy lipstick touch-ups from experts at the Beauty Concierge before heading into the photo booth. Sign up to be a Selfridges Key Holder or show a Key to receive a complimentary lipstick.
Valentine’s Dates and Mates with Feel Good Club
Meanwhile at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre, guests are invited to join Feel Good Club for an evening filled with self-love and making new connections to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking to make new mates or searching for a date, it’s sure to be an evening full of love and laughter.