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Valentine’s Day in Brighton: A Guide

The Coal Shed

It’s Valentine’s Day around the corner, and you know you better have something planned. If you are still scratching your head over the 14 February, don’t panic – we’re here to help! Here are a few ideas of what to do with your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Wining & Dining
The traditional Valentine’s route is a romantic dinner at a special restaurant. If you want to play it safe (and sumptuous) we recommend The Coal Shed. This elegant dining spot is just a few streets in from the waterfront and has a low-key, refined atmosphere. Their team of chefs have prepared a special 3-course Valentine’s menu – think saffron crab ravioli, followed by slow cooked lamb and a chocolate mousse for dessert. There’s also their drinks menu with seven gins, eight cocktails and wine from five continents to choose from. It’s the cool, sophisticated choice ready made for impressing your significant other.
Nearby, and in a similar vein, The Coach House is an excellent wine-and-dine. Its décor is a little more casual and cosy than its Laine neighbour, and there’s a quaintly lit outside area for those who are willing to brave the cold. To stay a little warmer, huddle around The Coach House’s roaring fire, set in the middle of the restaurant floor. Their Valentine’s Day menu includes three courses with amuse-bouche oysters and a glass of prosecco. Try the wild mushroom and thyme rosti with a poached egg – a special rustic treat. Booking is £38 a head.

Fried Octopus at The Coal Shed
Photo Credit: The Coal Shed
Meet-up at the Movies
Romance and cinema have always gone hand in hand, and there are a few Valentine’s specific screenings in Brighton that you might choose to book. The old classic Dirty Dancing is showing at the Brighton Cineworld at 8pm. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey shimmy their way into the audience’s hearts with this coming-of-age rock-n-roll romance that will be a Valentine’s Day staple from now until the end of time. A newer option is Moonlight at the Duke of York Picturehouse. This portrait of growing up in a rough suburb of Miami has enjoyed mass plaudits from critics. It’s poignant – if at times painful – a modern masterpiece available to watch a few days early at this special Eyes Wide Open screening. Finally, TOM’s Film Club have a one-off screening of Some Like it Hot at The Old Market. Marilyn Monroe at her very best, this one’s a must for the cinephiles.

Later on …
If you are planning to go late into the evening, there are a few nights you might want to take a look at. For clubbing, This is Just a Tribute (TIJAT) returns to Patterns for a Valentine’s Take Over with help from fellow Brighton regular’s BOSSY. The music is 90s and 00s, and the theme of the night is Pop Power Duos – so expect plenty of Beyoncé and Jay-Z. £5 on the door, or £3 if you arrive before 12pm in fancy dress. If rock is more your thing, Coalition Brighton has its usual District night on Tuesdays playing a combination of indie, pop punk and metal. There’s no thrill or fireworks here, just a solid night with the regulars. Proud Cabaret also has a special Valentine’s Day show – Love & Lust. The listing promises a two-sided performance of both the romantic and the risqué. You’ll also get a three-course dinner by ordering with their special Valentine’s Day package – all just £49. It’s a sensual soiree ready to “re-ignite your romantic side”.

Performers at Proud Cabaret, Brighton
Proud Cabaret. Photo Credit: Su--May
Alternative Valentines
Not everyone wants to get all misty-eyed and romantic on Valentine’s Day. If that sounds like you, there are plenty of other activities you can try with your loved one that will deliver top-notch fun. For horror fans, Murder Mile Walks have curated a special Valentine’s Day Murder Tour. A classic crime mystery set across Brighton, this madcap march through the streets will teach you to trust no-one – not even your partner! Moving even more extreme – sports, that is – Extreme Ventures is always open during the day for a spot of rock-climbing, bouldering or abseiling. Ropes, harnesses, lots of pain and physical exhaustion: it’s pretty much 50 Shades of Grey but, you know… interesting.  Finally, The Brighton Science Festival coincides with Valentine’s Day this year. Events on 14 February include CSI: Who Dunnit? and The Pocket Science Festival. There’s no romance here except the pure love of science, perfect for an alternative Valentine’s Day.