Saint Valentine is coming to town – and it’s the perfect opportunity to spice things up a little by heading out into the city for a romantic occasion. Whether it’s taking date night to the next level or taking part in a fun event – we’ve rounded up the best ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in Glasgow.
1. Take a romantic stroll together
If two years worth of lockdown walks hasn’t put you off, why not head to the great outdoors for a romantic stroll? It’s one of the few free things to do in Glasgow for Valentine’s Day, after all! With a plethora of pretty parks and city walks, not only is it great for mental health purposes, but it’s also a good way to catch up away from your phones, laptops and the TV.
At this candlelight concert in Glasgow you can enjoy an evening dedicated to Pink Floyd. Listen to a selection of classic favourites from the iconic British group, with the beautiful surroundings of Òran Mór bathed in candlelight. So, simply sit back and savour the stunning pieces you’ll hear. Grab your tickets to this candlelight concert here.
3. Have a go at indoor car racing followed by a round of crazy golf
Covered in quirky neon décor, One Under is a place for healthy competitiveness and good vibes with DJ sets, cocktails, and, most importantly, indoor car racing and crazy golf. Hidden beneath one of Glasgow’s oldest and most stylish districts in Merchant City, the venue offers an otherworldly entertainment experience to make date night stand out. The indoor race course is the only of its kind in Glasgow, and racers can have a go at making it first to the finish line. As for our beloved crazy golf, visitors can expect two different themed nine-hole courses. You can opt for the Madhouse with fairground freaks and creeps, or the Glasvegas, where temptation roams free while partying with Marilyn.
What’s a more Scottish way to bond than over a dram (or ten) of whiskey? The Clydeside Tour offers just that, taking guests on a wee adventure through The Clydeside Distillery. Listen to all the captivating stories from the experts, taste some decent whiskey and check out where the magic happens. You can book your tickets on Fever.
5. Have a feast with dry-aged steak and quality wine
This is a delightful treat for meat lovers. Take that special someone to experience the meaty-licious marvel that Porter & Rye has to offer with their dry-aged large cuts. What is more, the restaurant ages and infuses their cuts in-house creatively, and guests will get to try something new every time. For example, in the past, Porter & Rye dry-aged a prime cut of tomahawk in Chimney Rock Tomahawk Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 for 70 days that was available at the beginning of this year.
6. Fall crazy in love with Golf Fang’s Valentine’s experience
Share the love and treat your Valentine to 18 holes of seriously twisted golf at Golf Fang, where not only can players on a range of instantly recognisable themed holes including the Old College Bar but also tuck into delicious drinks and food from Flip and Dip. One of the most instagrammable settings in the city, Golf Fang has also been decorated in traditional Ghetto Golf style, with graffiti, street art and neon lighting ready to light up our social media feeds. And there’s even a ‘Tunnel of Love’ hole. This year the venue is themed Seven Deadly Sins for Valentine’s Day to make it the most sinful yet.
If there are two things that Scotland is good at, it’s beautiful lochs and wonderful whiskies. You and your loved one can explore Loch Lomond, a body of water that has attracted poets and travellers for hundreds of years on this cruise. Learn about the legends of the iconic loch and enjoy stunning views from the village of Luss. And it’s not a celebration without a tipple or two, so you’ll also make a visit to Clydeside Whisky Distillery, where you can learn how pure Highland water is transformed into tasty, honey-coloured whisky. Hop aboard and discover two of Scotland’s national treasures here.
8. Soak up the view of Glasgow with delicious cocktails at Red Sky Bar
Located at the Radisson RED, Red Sky Bar is situated on the top floor of the hotel and boasts amazing views of the Clyde and iconic buildings in the city. You’ll witness the Clydeside shipyards as well as the SEC Armadillo, which is hands down impressive, especially as the sun sets. Add an extensive menu of drinks to choose from, including a selection of wines and some cocktails named after Glasgow locations such as Red Sky, Glas-Vegas Fizz and Clydeside Spritz, and you’ve got quite the memorable Valentine’s Day that’ll likely sweep your date off their feet. Check out some more of Glasgow’s ravishing rooftops here.
9. Go for wine and negronis at this niche bar
Malo is a brand new wine and negroni bar on Bothwell Street, and has seen its grand opening at end of December 2022. With plenty of negronis to go around and an extensively generous wine list, the niche bar will cater to a myriad of tastes. What is more, there are a whopping nine variations of negronis, accompanied with different cocktails. And for those wanting something more refreshing, there are plenty of of Aperol Spritzes to go around.
Is it hot in here?! Burger legends El Perro Negro are heating things up for Valentine’s Day on Woodlands Road in Glasgow offering decent burgers made with grass-fed beef from small farms. Plus, its signature Top Dog burger was crowned National Burger of the Year in 2021 and 2019 at the National Burger Awards. The famous Top Dog could firstly be described as a feast for the soul: with bone marrow and Roquefort butter, double bacon, caramelised onions and black truffle mayo.
11. Eat stonebaked heart-shaped pizza
Pizza Punks Glasgow is inviting guests to try out their heart-shaped pizzas this Valentine’s Day, with a new deal perfect for two. For £30, visitors can get two heart-shaped sourdough pizzas and two Love Heart Cocktails, making it the perfect date when you’re on a budget. Plus, the pizza joint has introduced brand new hot dogs, such as the Classic Hot Dawg, with Punks red sauce, mozzarella, American cheese, Big Apple Hot Dog™️, sweet and sticky bourbon caramelised onions and a combination of Punk ketchup and mustard.
12. Attend a tufting workshop
There’s a romantic tufting workshop coming to town organised by Tufter Studio, partnered with Cupp Bubble Tea. Whether you’re going with pals, your partner or on your own, visitors can learn the art of tufting while enjoying complimentary bubble tea during the workshop. According to Tufter Studio, “Tufting is an age-old textile technique that involves the creation of intricate patterns and designs by punching yarn through a fabric base. It’s the art of crafting textures and bringing creative visions to life through the careful placement of each tuft.” There are two workshops at 2pm and at 6pm on February 14, and you can get your tickets here. Those who can’t make it on Wednesday can check out other workshops at Tufter Studio, of which there are plenty.
13. Go to a speed dating event at this speakeasy bar
Located at the back of the Mexican spot El Santo, El Santito is a speakeasy bar which boasts a buzzing atmosphere, trendy decor, DJs and plenty of cocktails to go around. The spot is hosting a speed dating event on February 22 for those aged 27 – 40 to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Glasgow. The event starts at 7:30pm, with singles getting the chance to chat with as many people as possible in the hopes of finding a connection. The tickets are £20, and those interested can book them here.