It’s that time of year again when single people are being reminded of how single they actually are. However, just because it’s Valentine’s Day, doesn’t mean it’s only reserved for coupled-up people: after all, if Miley Cyrus can buy herself flowers, so can you. Plus, you can still spend it with the people you love – so, here are all the entertaining ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your pals.
1. Attend a Valentine’s singles party at this rooftop bar
VEGA, a central rooftop bar, is throwing a singles mixer party with some speed dating at the start on February 15. Those open to finding love can make a night of it at the Love on Top event, a fun singles mixer party taking speed dating to new heights, where you can meet people while sipping on the special Valentine Cherry Candy cocktails. The fun pop-up also sees VEGA partner with the UK’s leading speed dating experts, Original Dating. The speed dating will be kicked off by Original Dating’s friendly host, who will welcome guests before introducing fun icebreaker games, while offering partygoers the chance to meet up and mingle in a relaxed setting. However, you can just show up for the party afterwards if you’re not keen on speed dating. The speed dating event is going to be for hetero people, with an equal ratio of men and women. You can book your tickets here.
2. Experience famous tunes like never before at a Candlelight Concert
The famous Candlelight Concerts held in stunning dimly-lit venues can be enjoyed by romantic couples, and pals alike, as well as by anyone craving for some well-deserved me-time. On February 23, music lovers can witness a A Tribute to Queen, performed by a string quartet. The Candlelight Concert will take place in the undergorund venue Platform, making it the perfect wee evening out into town. And on February 28, the iconic Òran Mór will host A Tribute to Amy Winehouse performed by a lively jazz band.
3. Indulge in a gin afternoon tea onboard a Routemaster bus
An afternoon tea on a vintage Routemaster bus? If you’re up to the challenge of eating while on the move while taking in the sights of our Glasgow, then this one is for you. Experience afternoon tea like never before with handmade sandwich selections, homemade baked goods and unlimited tea and coffee, or pimp it up with a gin afternoon tea instead. The 90-minute tour will leave Shuttle Street and make its way towards Glasgow Cathedral, then head to the upmarket West End, Glasgow University, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Transport Museum. You can book your tickets here.
4. Go see one of the many gigs around Glasgow
Glasgow is no short of gigs, being one of the music capitals in the UK, so take your pals out to see some live music this Valentine’s Day. O2 Academy is welcoming Sticky Fingers, an Australian rock band on February 16 with their new album Lekkerboy. BANNERS will be playing in Òran Mór on February 18 bringing his catchy jams like Someone To You to sing along to. And Barrowland Ballroom will host Cavetown on February 19, performing his indie originals.
5. Attend a Girl Power Brunch
We love a good brunch, and we’re not passing this one up. Another event from the rooftop spot VEGA on this list, as they are inviting guests for a Girl Power brunch on February 18 from 12pm. Live out your girl band dreams, make a day of it with the girls or steal the spotlight at an unrivalled celebration of Girl Power. The brunch will feature back-to-back girl band hits where guests can put on their dancing shoes, revisiting the nostalgic memories for the perfect day out with friends. Expect a main meal, two Absolut Vodka welcome cocktails and half a bottle of prosecco per person to use at the Build Your Own Bellini station. You can book your tickets here.
6. Get a dance on at Noche de Salsa
Into the Latin kind of vibes? Well, Cottiers is hosting a Noche de Salsa event on February 12, where guests can polish their dance moves and get their pals together with some salsa, bachata, kizomba, son, merengue, cubaton, Semba, reggaeton and afro-beat jams for some Valentine’s Day celebrations. Expect a live band and live performers, as well as DJ sets until 1 am. Latin music lovers will also have the chance to purchase a ticket that includes food for an extra £10, with regular tickets costing £25. You can book them here.
7. Attend a Love’s A Drag drag brunch
It wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day with your pals list without a drag brunch. Kong Glasgow is hosting a Love’s A Drag brunch on February 12, and it’s going to be filled with some fabulous extravaganza. Host Chanel O’Conor and queens Lady Rampant and Sissy Scorpio will be putting on a show for brunchers, soundtracked by Kong’s resident DJ Domsko. You can book your table here.