As V-day approaches a little closer with each breath, most of us out there are wondering how we could celebrate Valentine’s Day in Dublin.
It seems that opinions are always split when it comes to the holiday. Where some people rejoice in the day which is set to celebrate love, others recoil at the mere thought of it. The latter often argue it to be a “Hallmark-holiday” made-up by the card and chocolate companies to boost sales and/or make those who are not smug and in love feel woeful.
Regardless, a hoard of events takes place in honour of the day, no matter of your relationship status or feelings towards Saint Valentine. Whether you’re happily single, unhappily married or anything in between, these top events are bound to keep us all busy throughout the holiday.
8. Saint Valentine’s Shrine
Ireland has a strong connection with Saint Valentine. For those seeking a godlier way to grace Valentine’s day in Dublin, simply take a stroll to visit Saint Valentine’s Shrine in Whitefriar Street Church.
7. Largest Speed Dating Event in Ireland
Care to be a part of something bigger than “I” this Valentine’s Day? Join the largest speed dating experience in Ireland at Dublin’s CHQ Building. It needs more than 655 attendees to break the previous record and for only €15 singles can mingle, drink, be entertained, win prizes and support two amazing charities, Movember Ireland and Breast Cancer Awareness.
When: 14th February 2019 @ 7.30pm
Where: The CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, IFSC, Dublin 1
How Much: €15
6. The Blind Pig
This seductive underground speakeasy is the perfect place for courting couples to come on Valentine’s Day. The subterranean bar is off the beaten track and only known to those in the know, making for the perfect place to sip on cocktails with your date of choice. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
5. Picnic in the Park
Nothing says “I love you” like a picnic in the park. Steal a while on Valentine’s Day this year, for a stroll (or cycle) around Dublin’s Phoenix Park – the largest enclosed park in Europe – and pack up that picnic basket. Bonus points will go for those who remember to bring a wine bottle opener and a picnic blanket.
4. Underground Cinema
A perfect choice for friends or couples this Valentine’s day in Dublin is the Underground Cinema in Dun Laoghaire – a retro movie drive-in! Whilst its main focus is to celebrate Irish short films, Underground Cinema recognises most holidays, paying homage to the day in question with some perfectly themed film choices. Expect a hearty dose of love on the line-up this Valentine’s Day.
3. Pearl Brasserie
For those seeking an intimate affair, try hiring a private dining space at Dublin’s exclusive Pearl Brasserie this Valentine’s Day. This multi-award-winning restaurant aims to impress and we have a sneaky feeling love will be in the air in this ultra-romantic setting. Booking is essential.
2. Love Lane
Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Dublin doesn’t have to be all show and splashing out cash. Sometimes the more subtle gestures are those most appreciated. Take a wander down Love Lane, which links Dame Street and Temple Bar, and soak up all the romantic quotes that grace the wall, hand-in-hand with your Valentine.
When: Any time
Where: Love Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
How Much: Free admission
1. The Love Nest
Forget all the mushy stuff and spend this Valentine’s Day with friends and loves alike at this V-day disco. Hosted by the awesome events collective H&G, you can expect top tunes, quirky additions like glitter stations, cuddle puddles, a love-letter station and so much more. There will be music, talks, gifts and surprises, so no matter whether you’re in love or alone, this is the place to be this Valentine’s Day.
When: 15 February 2019 @ 9pm
Where: Yamamori Tengu, 37 Strand Street Great, Dublin 1, Ireland
How Much: From €12