How to spend Valentine's Day if you're single | G&G | Gourmand and Gourmet

Where to spend Valentine's Day if you're single

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
  • Beer/Craft
  • Cocktails
  • Wine

Whether you’ve been dumped recently, anti-romance or haven’t had a date since Expo ’88 – we’ve got some suggestions on how to spend the most dreaded of days: Singles Awareness Day (SAD).

Whether you plan on crying into your pillow or going out dancing, to avoid complete social pariah status you need to have something planned – even if it’s just UberEATS with your cat (no judgement, we’re sure Mittens is the bomb).

GO OUT

Sometimes the best cure to heartbreak – or boredom – is to throw caution to the wind and GTFO. Don your best glad rags, pull a comb through your hair (seriously – when did you last wash it?!?) and book an uber – we can’t stand the sadness anymore.

Valen-Tinnies at Betty’s Depresso | Betty’s Espresso & Bar | West End

Let Aunty Betty hold you close and soothe your Valentine’s Day blues with tinnies and flash tattoos from 10am. Forget your woes at Brisbane’s favourite dive bar and boogie, cry and crush cans with your nearest and dearest. Love is for suckers but Betty’s is for everyone! BYO Ritz & dip darl!

ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY | JUBILEE HOTEL | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Bring your mates, tinder dates and potential soul mates for a night that’s less about romance and more about having a royally good time. With Valentine’s Day trivia, roving photographers, chocolate covered strawberries and bottles of champagne – this party is all about clichés in the best way possible.

SINGLE COCKTAIL COURSE | OSBOURNE HOTEL | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Bad at mixing with people?  Stick to mixing drinks. Learn how to make three single ladies cocktails at The Osbourne, the Valley’s newest. Snack on canapes and then get stuck into your creations.

LIP SYNC BATTLE | THE BRIGHTSIDE | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Let’s face it, who hasn’t lip synced passionately to Alanis Morisette after a particularly bad break up? Consider yourself an expert in faking it, or just need a distraction? The Brightside has the answer with the second heat of their Lip Sync Battle. With $1000 cash and bagging rights up for grabs, you have nothing left to lose except your dignity, but let’s be real – that’s long gone.

NERD OUT | NETHERWORLD | FORTITUDE VALLEY

Who needs a significant other when you’ve got 15 pinball machines, 25 arcade machines, 6 console games and over 100 board games? Ok, so you might need a friend for the board games – but we’re pretty sure you won’t be the only lonely soul hiding out in in this bar with a beer, and Netherworld has 24 taps.

OUTSMART THE COMPETITION | DEFIANT DUCK | NEWSTEAD

Care more about brains than beauty? Assemble your crew (up to 6!) and make tracks to the Defiant Duck for the chance to win up to $200 at love trivia. Who knows, maybe there’s an awkward cutie just waiting for you to woo them with your obscure trivia. Secure a spot for you and your lovers by calling 3252 1581 or emailing hello@thedefiantduck.com.au

STAY IN

Whether you’re reeling from recent heartbreak or the thought of seeing loved up couples whispering vomit inducing sentiments into each other’s ears makes you want to rip your own eyes out – sometimes staying in is the new going out. We suggest ordering up big (you’re eating your feelings after all) stocking up on wine and commandeering the remote control, it’s Netflix time.

No matter your relationship status or V-day plans, know that we love you very much.

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand that accepts Valentine’s Day as an excuse to force someone to buy her food.