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 (or should we say, Galentine’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.
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 15, music lovers can witness A Tribute to Pink Floyd, performed by a string quartet. The Candlelight Concert will take place in the beautiful venue Òran Mór, making it the perfect wee evening out into town. And on February 29, the iconic Merchants House of Glasgow will host A Tribute to Coldplay on Strings also performed by a string quartet.
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.
3. 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 Zara Larsson, the Swedish singer-songwriter, on February 17 as part of their international tour. Gary Meikle will be coming back with a stand-up comedy set in Òran Mór on February 17, shining a hilarious light on his family life. And Barrowland Ballroom will host Bombay Bicycle Club on February 12 & 13, performing their new album.
4. Enjoy a boozy brunch at this rooftop bar
We love a good brunch, and we’re not passing this one up. The rooftop spot VEGA is offering a cracking weekend brunch deal, with plenty of cocktails and prosecco. For £15 per person, guests get a welcome cocktail paired with half a bottle of prosecco, now that’s what we’re talking about! Plus, indulge in a satisfying brunch meal like Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffle or French Toast and Berries. While the meal is not included in the aforementioned price, they range between £9 and £13. You can book your table here.
5. Get a dance on at Cuba Libre
Into the Latin kind of vibes? Well, Cottiers is hosting a Cuba Libre Valentine’s Day event on February 17, 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.
6. Go out to this multi-room bar with a rooftop garden
It wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day with your pals list without a good dance in the middle of the week. If you want to go out on actual Valentine’s Day, which is a Wednesday this year, the Kong Glasgow is the place to be. Soundtracked by Kong’s resident DJ Fraise from 9pm until 3am, guests can enjoy good vibes, drinks and food and check out the heated rooftop garden. You can book your table here.