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Valentine’s Day Date Night in Bristol

Maisy Farren

Got someone special in your life? Be it a lover or a really great gang of friends – Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to spend some time with those you hold dearest. Check out our guide to honouring St Valentine in Bristol. 


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For film buffs 
Get your Johnny and Baby fix with a special Valentine’s Day screening of Dirty Dancing, along with some midweek salsa dancing and a glass of bubbly! You’ll be dancing dirty dancing style with a professional instructor before sitting down to watch the 1987 classic. 
Dirty Dancing at Worcester Arts Workshop takes place on 14 February at 7pm. Click here for tickets. 
If Valentine’s Day isn’t complete with a dose of mid-90s Hugh Grant then head to Averys Wine Merchants’ for a vintage screening of Notting Hill. A selection of American and English wines will see you through the evening and Hugh Grant’s floppy hair will, as always, be a joy to behold. 
Notting Hill at Averys Wine Merchants’ takes place on 14 February at 6.45pm. Click here for tickets.
For a more modern classic, the beautiful coming of age film Call Me by Your Name will be screened at Bristol’s Everyman cinema. Order a bottle of wine and sink into one of their comfy sofas, snuggling up to dream of hot summers in Southern Italy. 
Call Me by Your Name at Everyman Cinema takes place on 14 February at 8pm. Click here for tickets. 

For those who love to learn
If you’re looking for a date that’s fascinating, informative and a still a bit sexy, then head to We the Curious for their After Hours: Sex museum late. This 18+ event will give you the chance to wander around the museum and learn about the sexual and reproductive exploits of humans, flowers and animals, all with a Brozen Bar frozen cocktail in your hand! 
After Hours: Sex at We the Curious takes place 14 February at 6.30pm. Click here for tickets. 
Alternatively, stop off at Arnos Vale Cemetery for a dramatic and historic retelling of some of Bristol’s lost loves with Unlikely Love Stories. Featuring unrequited love, love doomed to fail, childhood sweethearts and many more, this talk, delivered by Jane Duffus, is a fantastic chance to learn about the city’s history and ancestral badass babes. 
Unlikely Love Stories: The Women Who Fell in Love (or Lust) at Arnos Vale Cemetery takes place 13 February at 7pm. Click here for tickets. 
For those sick of just going out for dinner
Fancy a three-course dinner but don’t want to battle the crowds at some of Bristol’s most popular restaurants? Head to Sudeley Castle for a luxury dining experience anda thrilling murder mystery! St Valentine’s Day Mascara is a Victorian themed mystery game (fancy dress encouraged) which will get you up and chatting to others in a task to find out the mysterious murder. 
St Valentine’s Day Mascara at Sudeley Castle takes place 14 February at 7pm. Click here for tickets. 

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For those who need a bit of Dutch courage 
Booking a Valentine’s Day first date? Bold move, you might need a drink or two. Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery are hosting a spicy rum tasty evening that’ll certainly leave you feeling a little bit delicate come Saturday morning. It might feel like a stretch at £120 per couple, but this includes a full 70cl bottle of Bristol spiced rum, five expertly mixed rum cocktails, a sharing platter and a gift bag! 
Valentine’s Day Rum Experience at Bristol and Bath Rum Distillery takes place 14 February at 7pm. Click here for tickets. 
For those who hate Valentine’s Day 
If you’re looking for a Galentine’s Day night out then we can think of no better spot than the 1532 Theatre, where The Self Love Club are taking over for the night. This burlesque, circus, comedy, poetry and drag night is set to be an unforgettable evening of female empowerment and self-love – perfect for those in a relationship with themselves this Feb. 
The Self Love Club at 1532 Theatre takes place 15 February at 7.30pm Click here for tickets. 
Join Carmen Monoxide and Dominique Fleek for a rowdy night of anti-Valentine’s themed Drag Queen Bingo! Located in the cocktail bar Pata Negra, this ever-popular bingo night promises to be a party from start to finish, with two games of bingo ready for you to win some big non-romantic prizes. You’re welcome to come single or in a couple but expect to be in the firing line if you do come loved up! 
Drag Queen Bingo Anti-Valentines Pity Party at Pata Negra takes places 13 February at 7.30pm. Click here for tickets. 

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