Whether Valentine’s Day fills you with love or a sense of dread, after the week we’ve all just had, it’s certainly a much-needed opportunity to showcase your appreciation for those close to you. With restaurants across Perth opening up again, why not celebrate the day and support local businesses by booking in for one of these romance-inducing events? Score some major brownie points, or simply treat yourself and your pals.
Catch a romantic screening of Call Me By Your Name at Luna Palace Cinemas
When it comes to the art of romance, sometimes you can’t beat a classic night out at the cinema. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Luna Palace Cinemas are hosting special screenings of arthouse favourite, Call me by your name at Luna Outdoor and Luna on SX. Set in the gorgeous Italian Riviera, the film follows the beautiful love story between Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer). Book your spots here.
Support bushfire victims who lost their homes at the Telethon Community Cinemas
After a disastrous week of fires in the Perth Hills, independent incorporated charity Telethon Community Cinemas has decided to donate all proceeds from the Valentine’s Day outdoor cinema screenings to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund for bushfire victims. So, if you’re after a more relaxed date night, pack a picnic and rug and snuggle up in the park as you watch Notting Hill in Burswood, Bridesmaids in Murdoch, Pretty Woman in Bassendean or Dirty Dancing at ECU Joondalup, all while supporting a charity in dire need right now.
Trap your date into spending hours with you at an escape room challenge
Although the thought of being locked up in a room might make some shiver, it can also make for the perfect date, as it guarantees you hours of closeness with your victim/date of choice. For those looking for a fun and interactive Valentine’s Day idea, why not test out your team work skills (and patience) as you solve your way out of one of Perth’s most popular escape rooms – Escape This. There are many rooms to choose from; from Dracula’s graveyard to The Cannibal’s lair to a bank heist! So, if you’re ready to show-off your problem-solving skills, choose your perfect escape here.
Enjoy live music in a unique setting at Zoocoustics
Fancy a night at the zoo? Back by popular demand, Zoocoustic will be returning to Perth Zoo to sweep you off your feet with two dreamy acoustic gigs. Pack a picnic or grab a bite from the food trucks, before sitting back and relaxing in the surrounds of the zoo’s lush garden. Then get ready to be serenaded all evening by Perth local singer-songwriter Riley Pierce, who has over 50 million streams to date and has toured through Australia, Europe and the UK. He will be supported on the night by Teischa, and Olivia & Reuben De Melo. Grab your tickets here.
Attend a Valentine’s Day Singles Party
Everyone knows that the relationship part is only optional when it comes to Valentine’s Day. But, if you’re looking to start one, Valentine’s Day is as good an opportunity as ever to pounce. Get all your single friends together for a night of drinks, nibbles and music at the Dare2Date Singles Party. Even if you don’t end up walking away with a potential match, you still get a chance to bring home a special giveaway prize from their many fun ice breaker games! Get your tickets here.
Grab a drink & see a Fringe World show
After a one-week hiatus due to the lockdown restrictions, Fringe World is back on and there are hundreds of shows to choose from! Whether you’re up for jaw-dropping circus, risqué cabaret shows, immersive and spine-tingling simulation shows, or even just for a good laugh – you’re sure to find something to your date’s taste. Plus, if you’re headed to one of the festival hubs at Woodside Pleasure Garden or Girls School Cinema, you’ll have plenty of food and drink options to choose from. Explore Fringe World shows here.
Book in for a Valentine’s Day dinner
With the post-lockdown restrictions still in place, local hospitality venues have taken a hard hit and need our support more than ever. What better way to show your appreciation and kill two birds with one stone than by booking in for a romantic Valentine’s dinner at one of Perth’s most popular restaurants. Here are some of our top picks (although there’s many more where that came from!):
Fleur at The Royal: Embark on an evening of indulgence with a curated menu set to delight all lovebirds. Enjoy a sophisticated Valentine’s evening with champagne, caviar and oysters. Book a table here.
Hearth Restaurant: Hearth at The Ritz-Carlton are offering a delectable five-course degustation featuring local produce from Shark Bay pink snapper to Rose Mallee wagyu from the South West. Each course is paired with wines sourced from Denmark and Margaret River. Book a table here.
Pinchos: Te quiero! I love you! Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Pinchos, with ladies treated to a complementary glass of cava on arrival with every booking. Book a table here.
Ten Acre Block: Celebrate the day of love with the freshest, plant-based five-course degustation menu, carefully curated by Executive Chef Alejandro Saravia and his team. Make sure to try out their exclusive vegan wine selection! Make a reservation here.
The Standard: Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day Edition of the Lazy Weekend feast. Available all weekend, the new Lovers Lazy Feast for two offers delicious cocktails and platter to share. Book a table here.
The Reveley: Enjoy a romantic and intimate four-course dinner overlooking Elizabeth Quay, as you sip on The Reveley’s giant special edition ‘Valentine’s Cocktail’ (pictured above). Book a table here.
Tonic + Ginger: Feast on a delightful Asian-inspired menu to share, featuring freshly shucked oysters, red nam jim and amok-style kingfish baked in banana leaf. Book here.