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Friday, 12 February 2016

What's On in Glasgow this Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner (Sunday 14 February) the city of Glasgow, with its magical architecture, stunning green spaces and enchanting rendezvous spots, is the perfect destination for a romantic break.
Paris may be the ‘City of Lights’ but Glasgow is the ‘City of Love’ as its the final resting place for the remains of St Valentine and really is the place to sweep your lover off their feet. 
Take a look at some of what’s on offer. You’ll be sure to fall in love with Glasgow, and each other, all over again...
You'll be spoiled for romantic dinner suggestions. Our favourites include the Buddha Balcony package at Chaophraya, which includes cocktails on arrival, a bottle of Champagne, a three course banquet meal, a bouquet of flowers and your own private waiter for the evening.
Or try Arta, a great Mediterranean restaurant that has a romantic 'Romeo and Juliet' table for two overlooking the internal courtyard - the perfect romantic spot for a special occasion.
You can 'Get Figgy With It' with Riverhill's Aphrodisiac Menu - all nine dishes on the three course menu are made up with alleged aphrodisiacs from around the world, including dishes like ‘Oyster 3 way’ and 'Peruvian Viagra’...
Oysters are the ultimate Valentine’s Day aphrodisiac. For a night of sumptuous sophistication head to the stylish Art Deco surroundings of the Rogano Oyster Bar. Here you can sample chilled oysters accompanied by the bar’s signature cocktail, the spicy Scottish Matahari. The ever-popular heated terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink, watching the world go by under the twinkling lights of Royal Exchange Square.
You'll be in good company too - the bar's perfectly poured creations have been enjoyed by many of the famous faces who have frequented Rogano over the years, including veteran performer Rod Stewart and Hollywood actor Harvey Keitel!
If you’re keen on getting a bit more ‘hands on’, head along to Tennent's Training Academy and stir up some exotic creations at one of their Valentine-inspired classes including; Cupcake & Cocktails, Courtship in the Kitchen or the Steak Lover's night.
Pop next door to Drygate, the city's newest brewery, for a peek behind the glass with one of their bottle masters. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, why not book one of their Studio Kit Days, where you can brew your own beer using Drygate's best equipment!
Looking for the perfect, non-eating related date idea, why not head to Glasgow’s centre for lovers of film, Glasgow Film Theatre? This iconic Glasgow venue has specialised in cinema for forty years and is home to the annual Glasgow Film Festival. This year’s programme (February 17-28) offers yet another exciting, innovative, audience-focused festival packed with UK, European and World premieres, and the festival’s trademark pop-up cinema events are making new use of some of the city’s most unusual venues. Lucky fans might also catch a glimpse of Hollywood royalty as actor Richard Gere is to walk the red carpet as his new film makes its UK premiere at this year's Festival.
Also, check out The Corinthian Club for its Valentine's Film Club, which is showing rom-com classics like Notting Hill and Valentine's Day. You can make an experience of it by treating yourself and your loved ones to their afternoon tea or Valentine's package, which includes a 3 course menu, Kir Royal, a rose and chocolates.
A hand-in-hand stroll through Glasgow's Style Mile is a great way to spend an afternoon together in the city. If you’re looking to pop the question, The Argyll Arcade is one of Europe’s oldest covered shopping arcades and was Scotland's first ever indoor shopping mall. Now home to a cornucopia of sparking little, and big, gems the Arcade is the go-to place for couples looking to ‘put a ring on it’.
Take a trip to ROX and enjoy a glass of Champagne in the hidden gem upstairs known locally as the Thrill Room while selecting which ring to buy!
If you’re not quite at that stage yet, and it’s a cheeky gift you’re after, then head to House of Fraser on the Style Mile and pick up a pair of Dick Winters, the quintessentially British brand of fine luxury underwear for gentlemen. There are a range of quirky choices showcasing our well-known sense of humour including ‘Sporty Dick’ and ‘Rock Dick’.
To find out more about Glasgow’s romantic side, and everything it has to offer, please visit https://peoplemakeglasgow.com/things-to-do/visitor-itineraries/the-romantic-s-guide-to-glasgow

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