If you’re looking to switch up this Valentine’s Day 2024 instead of just going for a regular dinner or ordering in, we’ve got the guide for you. There’s an activity for everyone, whether you’re looking to unleash your inner artiste, want a bit of a laugh or to get your hands dirty with some cooking classes. These are not limited to romantic partners – bring your gal pals and your besties along and spend Valentine’s Day 2024 appreciating your loved ones!
Valentine’s Cooking Class at Dublin Cookery School
There’s nothing quite like a cooking class – a professional teaches you how to make some tasty dishes, you can mess around in the kitchen with your friend or partner, and the best part, you get to eat your creations! Head to Blackrock on Valentine’s night and get ready for an evening of delicious food, fun music and a night to remember.
Culinary Crawl at Asia Market
If you want some V-day activities over the weekend, Asia Market are running a number of events in celebration of Lunar New Year. What could be better for the foodies among us than a culinary crawl with the experts? Taking place on Saturday February 10th, you’ll experience an unforgettable journey through Dublin’s Southeast Asian culinary scene, with your visit taking you to Full Moon, Nan Chinese and Dalang. Spaces are limited so book your spot now!
Dumpling Masterclass at The Lucky Tortoise
Every culture has their own version of a dumpling, which makes sense, because no matter the cuisine, these tiny bites of delectable joy are always a winner. A Dublin favourite for modern Dim Sum, The Lucky Tortoise are hosting a Valentine’s dumpling masterclass, where their very own chef will teach you their tips and tricks to making the tastiest dumplings. Eat your creations, enjoy a drink and cheers to a fabulous V-Day activity!
Date Night at Hyde
Elevate your date night with Hyde’s fabulous Valentine’s Day 2024 package! Treat your partner to a romantic evening, or your bestie to a bonding evening like no other, at Dublin’s most stylish venue. Kick your evening off with a glass of Prosecco, before enjoying a delicious 4 course dinner – showing your love through food is very much approved around here. Finish off your night with a cocktail upstairs on their rooftop for some romantic drinks with a view of the city – sounds like the perfect night!
An Evening of ‘Roe-mance’ and Galentines at Roe & Co
Whiskey lovers rejoice! Roe & Co Distillery have revealed two new unique and premium experiences to celebrate with your partner or friend for Valentine’s week. Head to Dublin 8 to the Roe & Co Distillery, where they will be running some Valentine’s (14th) and Galentines (13th) interactive experiences. Guests will be welcomed to the beautiful home of Roe & Co Irish Whiskey with a curated Valentine’s cocktail upon arrival and will then be guided through the active distillery. You will then taste three whiskeys, each with a chocolate pairing from pastry chef and artisanal chocolatier, Tara Gartlan. Following this, you will head to the Distillery’s Flavours Workshop for an interactive whiskey cocktail demonstration, and the experience will finish up in the Power House Bar where you’ll be presented with a bespoke gift. The workshops are €100 for 2 people and the tickets are available to purchase now!
Comedy Night at The Laughter Lounge
Laughter is arguably one of the best bonding experiences (second only to food), and how better to spend Valentine’s week than at the Laughter Lounge? If you’re saving the 16th for your Galentine’s/Palentine’s, book yourself in for a comedy show for an unforgettable night. The Laughter Lounge sell their Friday tickets for 50% off which is great if you’re going as a group, or you could go all out and enjoy their Winter Warmer for 2, where you’ll also get some pizza and beer or wine for a discounted rate. To us, there is nothing better than pizza, laughter and sharing the love!
Drink and Draw with Alternative Dublin
Alternative Dublin are the go-to people for unique events in Dublin, and they have become quite famous for their Drink and Draw events. You need not be an artiste to take part; in fact, we encourage you to unleash your inner bad artist. Why? Because it’s funnier! Enjoy a couple of drinks as you try to create a masterpiece and out-draw your partner… sounds like a Valentine’s Day well-spent. You’ll listen to some great tunes, have a chance to win prizes, and if you’ve built up an appetite after all the drawing, head to one of these romantic restaurants in Dublin for your dinner.
Bottomless Galentine’s Brunch at Botanical
Who doesn’t love bottomless brunch? If you’ve spent your V-Day with your other half but still need to show the girls some love, head to the fabulous Botanical on the 17th for an afternoon filled with delicious food, endless Prosecco and Mimosas, and the best tunes around. Their brunch menu is certainly enticing, with dishes like a chorizo and crispy potato hash, sticky pancakes with butterscotch, and more. Gather the gal pals for a few hours of fun!
Candlelight Concerts – Valentine’s Edition
The famous candlelight concerts are an iconic romantic activity at any time of year, and for Valentine’s Day 2024, they’re kicking it up a notch. Bask in the poignant sounds of the string quartet as they play the most famous romantic movie tunes from over the years. We’re talking Love Actually, A Star is Born, Moulin Rouge, and more. This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss, embodying all the V-Day vibes you could ever want. For some pre- or post-show drinks, head to one of these romantic bars for a date.
Lighthouse Cinema and Dinner at Mi Casa
Take your dinner and a movie date to a new level with a visit to the iconic Lighthouse Cinema. Two movies are showing on V-Day, which would be perfect for both couples and pals – But I’m a Cheerleader and In the Mood for Love. Grab a snack from the cafe if you’re feeling peckish, or make it a proper evening by heading to the recently opened Mi Casa, a spot serving delicious small plates and tapas, great drinks and guarantees a good time!
Games and Bites at Token
Another fun activity for both your partner or a pal, let your competitive side out with a round of gaming at Token. Show off your dance skills on Dance Dance Revolution, or take it back in time with some Pac-man or Donkey Kong. This is a great bonding activity and perfect for a date, and you can finish off your evening with a delectable dinner in Token. Wings, burgers and loaded fries – all the best arcade food! They’ve also got a brilliant vegan selection for the non-meat eaters, and a fully stocked bar for some refreshing drinks.
The Kraken’s Date Escape party
A bit of a twist on the classic Valentine’s dates, Kraken Black Spiced rum have conjured up a party specifically for those with a fear of ending up on a bad date this Valentine’s day. Things may not always go to plan, so instead of sitting around on a subpar date on the 14th, you could be one of the lucky 50 to enter this exclusive party, held at the fabulous NoLIta. Savour delectable Kraken cocktails and tasty canapés and dance the night away with only the most magnificent of people.
I’m a Palestinian who grew up in Cyprus and moved to Dublin in 2013, so I’ve had a mishmash of different cultures and cuisines surrounding me my whole life. I’m an avid foodie, and after realising that life as a lawyer was not for me, I studied media and became a radio host for Dublin City FM. I’m now writing for TheTaste full time, but I also have my own food blog where you can find a mixture of restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe. I talk a lot about being Palestinian; to be honest, I talk a lot in general. That’s why I did radio!