Fancy doing something for Valentine’s Day for your special someone that isn’t lame? The days of wilted roses and melted chocolates are over – time to put a little more thought and effort in. If you’re choosing to celebrate this entirely fabricated day of enforced romantic gestures, you may as well do it right. We’ve compiled a list of eight Adelaide Valentine’s Day plans that don’t totally suck.
1. Palace Nova Cinemas
Dinner and a movie is a classic for a reason, but it needn’t be boring. Grab some grub at your go-to café or restaurant, or check out somewhere new (that doesn’t empty your wallet), then head on over to your closest Palace Nova Cinemas and nestle in for a cheap screening. Go rom-com for vibes, thriller/spookfest for jumps, and hand-grabs or arthouse for thoughtful post-film dissection.
3 Cinema Place (off Rundle Street), East End or 98 Prospect Road, Prospect. Tickets and times here
2. Beyond Bouldering
Not in a movie-watching, hand-holding, confession-spilling mood? Chalk up your palms and warm up those shoulders. Beyond Bouldering’s 4.5-metre-high Walltopia uses over 1000 internationally sourced climbing holds and is the largest indoor bouldering facility in South Australia. Whether you’re daring to impress or slightly shy, they’ve got variations for all experience levels. It will work muscles and is pretty good for a laugh – it’s highly likely you’ll both take a spill or two.
Mon to Fri, 4pm to 10pm Sat 12pm to 6pm. Sun 10am to 6pm. 15 Croyden Road, Keswick. Adult $19, student $17
3. Life’s a Beach
Take a trip down to the Mid Coast and spend a day on the sand at one of our glorious South Australian beaches. Go from water to wine within 10 minutes with McLaren Vale’s selection of cellar doors right at your fingertips. Try kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, stand-up paddle-boarding, or surfing. You can even give horse riding a go (two hands on the reins, please). Change up the cliché sunset-on-the-beach for something different this year.
Check out McLaren Vale Guide for ideas on a range of activities for any price range.
4. Skate Date Night
For all you corny couples out there, lace up some rollerblades and glide through the evening like they used to back in the day. Adelaide Roller City is offering a two-for-one special – all in the name of romance. Couples who don’t mind to getting a little nostalgic (and energetic), this one’s for you.
Wednesday 14 February, 7:30pm to 9:30pm. 23 James Condon Drive, Thebarton. Tickets from $12
5. VIP Helpmann Vernissage Graduate Exhibition
Vernissage is a French term encapsulating an age-old creative practice in which artists spent a day varnishing their paintings before an exhibition opened. The day (and word) now refers to a private viewing prior to opening night. Treat your partner to an evening spent wandering through a maze of artwork by South Australia’s top emerging visual arts talent. This private viewing includes Moët Champagne, canapés (cue romantic lighting), and a chance to talk to the artists. Some work will be available to buy if you’re willing to splurge on some quality designs. It’s a fairly exclusive event, with only 250 tickets available – so be sure to get in quickly. Check out our interview with last year’s Helpmann award winning artist Kate Bouhannis.
Wednesday 14 February, 6:30pm, Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive. Tickets $90
6. Longview Vineyard
Go all out and spoil your mate with a night spent dining among the vines at Longview Vineyard, with Valentine’s in the Vines. The intimate and private dinner setting includes a curated menu of local produce matched with a selection of Longview’s finest wines. No need for a designated driver with this package, you’ll also stay the night in a Longview four-star suite, with late check out and breakfast in the morning. Just as well, as alongside all wines poured throughout the meal you’ll get a bottle of award winning 2016 Wagtail Pinot Noir/Chardonnay. This all-inclusive treat has limited tickets, so book early.
Wednesday 14 February. Longview Vineyard, 154 Pound Rd, Macclesfield. Tickets $750 per couple
7. Diary of a Power Pussy
For the single gals who aren’t feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, get off the couch and put the chocolate down because Sophie deLightful is here to put the fire back in you. The cabaret powerhouse explores themes in her life through original poetry, re-worked modern and classic tunes, and a good lashing of comedy. Make it a date with one of your girls and let out your feminine energy at the Fringe preview of the Power Pussies series.
Wednesday 14 February, 8pm (60 minutes). La Boheme Cabinet Room, Grote Street. Tickets $23 to $30
8. Galentine’s Day At Electra House
It’s the night before the most depressing day on a single’s calendar – if you buy into that twaddle. Put that rubbish in the bin and grab your single, taken or otherwise ladies and celebrate some of the most important and enduring relationships in your life. Galantine’s Day at Electra House is waiting. Door prizes are provided by Studio Pilates and Adelaide Mobile Massage, and a complimentary glass of bubbles for the first 50 through the door. Your tribe needs you.
Tuesday 13 February, 5pm to 10pm. Electra House, 131 King William Street, City. FREE