Hola love birds! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re anything like Dory (forgetful), we have a list that’s sure to help a brother out and keep that relationship going swimmingly.
It’s no doubt February the 14th holds a lot of expectations for some, so if you’re looking for a low-key romantic day or full blown proposal, this is the place to be.
For the casual and cool
If you’re hip and love a good cocktail, get yourself over to Ostro Brasserie & Bar on The Deck for a Sunset Session with Aperol Spritz. These orange gems in a glass along with a garden wonderland are sure to get the conversation flowing and the confidence increasing. Great for a first date or a casual Valentine’s Day celebration.
Something old, something new
Get some dinner in a new place you both will love! You and your significant other may already have an old favourite resto that you can head over to. If not, find your new fave where you can stuff your faces and not feel embarrassed about it. Try places such as Orleans, Tanukis Underground Japanese Cave, or a slice of central America, El Humero in Takapuna.
An oldie but always a goodie
Feb 14th calls for classics, and Silo Park has got it sorted. With a special screening of The Princess Bride – mems from your childhood will flow through. Don’t forget about feeding your in-love souls, Silo Park will be filled with delicious food trucks and a bar for a cheeky beer with dinner and a movie. Food from 5pm and movie from 9pm.
Home is where the heart is
If you’re feeling confident, why not cook your S.O. a meal at home? Grab your utensils and Jamie’s 15-minute meals cookbook (but let’s be honest, it may take more like an hour for an average human). If you want to add a little more flare, grab a bottle of wine and some chocolates for dessert – and wallah! You know what they say, food is the window to the soul.
The go-to plan
The classic ‘drinks, dinner and walk’ plan can always go a long way. Why not grab some drinks in Ponsonby? To keep it upbeat, try Bedford or The Gypsy Caravan for a casual, groovy vibe. Get some dinner on the waterfront at Baduzzi or Miss Clawdy and take them for a walk along the waterfront for some of the best views the city has to offer.
Fallin’ in love (literally)
If you’re feeling hella adventurous and want to flaunt your fearlessness, take a dive off the Auckland Harbour Bridge together because why not? And after that, it might be best to go and feed the stomachs you just lost in the harbour…
For the love of art
Dinner at moonlight and being surrounded by beautiful art? Yes, please. Moonlight gallery on Valentine’s Day is perfect for a romantic Summer evening. A couple’s set menu will cost you $130, and it is located in Monte Cecilia Park in Hillsborough.
For those of you who are all about the simple gestures, nothing says “I love you” more than a box of chocolates, a cheesy (hilarious) card and a gorgeous bunch of flowers. If you’re struggling to find your funny bone, check out our Valentine’s Day cards here – as for the blooms, our local favourites Cartier for Flowers and Flowers After Hours will save the day.
When you’re feeling like a fancy getaway, take a trip over to Waiheke Island. With a 45-minute ferry ride from Auckland, you’ll find the best wine, food and spectacular views. You could go for a day trip and spend it at Onetangi beach with lunch at Casita Miro, or head over after work and catch the sunset over Auckland while sipping wine from Mudbrick Vineyard.
AND if all else fails, do you know what still works for any couple – old or new? Netflix and chill. Class it up a bit and grab some takeaways matched with a bottle of wine. You can either start a new series or get comfortable watching a classic rom-com. Sit back, relax and do your thing.
There you have it you little sweet things, make this your year and be #CuteCups2017 (and couple goals for the gram, of course) Happy Valentine’s Day 💘