How to spend Valentine’s weekend in Birmingham whatever your relationship status

Whether you’re celebrating romantically, platonically or just because it’s the weekend, here are the best ways to spend your time this Valentine’s.

Ska Valentine’s Party at The Night Owl

February 15, 8pm – 4am

Head down to The Night Owl and enjoy a heady mixture of Ska, Rocksteady, Two-Tone and Mod & Soul bands – take a date or bring your friends, either way, you’re sure to have a fun-filled night. For information and tickets, see here.

Whisky & Chocolate Flight Night : Starward Valentine’s Take Over at The Whisky Club

February 14 at 5pm and February 16 at 11:30pm

If you’re planning something a little bit more romantic for the loved one in your life, why not combine life’s sweet pleasures with a tipple or two at The Whisky Club. There’ll be a selection of special cocktails available for you to sip on throughout the night at one of Jewellery Quarter’s hidden gems. Find out more here.

Love Sucks: Anti-Valentine’s Party + Fatal Attraction at Midlands Art Centre

February 14, 7pm

If the thought of Valentine’s Day brings you out in a cold sweat, don’t panic – at Midlands Arts Centre it doesn’t matter about your relationship status. Grab a complimentary cocktail or mocktail, stuff yourself with unlimited party food and win a prize in Anti-Valentine’s games. To top it off, there’ll be live music and a screening of Fatal Attraction. For information and tickets, click here.

Valentine’s Day at The Jekyll & Hyde

February 14, 7pm – 10pm

Located a short walk from Snow Hill Station, this Victorian-inspired gin parlour will be inviting loved-up customers to enjoy a sharing charcuterie & cheese board followed by the signature Love Hearts sweetie jar cocktail. There’ll also be a delicious range of Chambord and pink gin infused cocktails to choose from. For tickets, see here.

Flowerology Workshop

February 13, 6pm – 8pm

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than getting creative? Make your very own flower bouquet at Purecraft Bar and Kitchen at this one-off lesson, for just £39 you’ll receive a welcome drink, all the materials to build your perfect bouquet and tuition by local florist, Caroline. To book, click here.

Pop up Painting at The Rose Villa Tavern

February 14, 7:30pm – 10pm

Fancy something a bit different from your usual ‘wine and dine’ experience? Express your love (or yourself) with an evening of artistic flair themed around Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting ‘The Kiss’. Whether you fancy yourself as a bit of an artist or not, you’ll be given step-by-step guidance whilst you drink and paint the night away. Find out more here.

Galentine’s Day: Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion at MAC

February 14, 6:15pm

Ditching romance for friendship? Celebrate Galentine’s Day with your best pals at a screening of cult 90s favourite Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion. For ticket information, see here.

Valentine’s Dinner and Jazz at The Blue Piano Bar & Restaurant

February 14 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm and 8:30pm – 11pm

One for the romantics, get ready for a jazzy Valentine’s dinner at The Blue Piano Bar in Edgbaston. Tuck into a three-course menu accompanied by a performance by jazz and soul singer Roy Forbes. For menu and prices, click here.

If you’d rather distract yourself from any thought of Valentine’s Day this year, we’ve got a few alternatives…

Verve Poetry Festival

February 14 – February 17

Verve is a four day festival of the very best contemporary poetry. Sit back and watch award-winning poets and local legends share the stage with a common passion for all things poetry. Attend workshops open to all levels and if you’re brave enough you can get on the open mic! For tickets, see here.

Pink Floyd Experience at The Alexandra Theatre

February 17, 7:30pm – 9:50pm

Featuring eight top-flight musicians and a world-class crew, this concert-based production authentically recreates the atmosphere of a Pink Floyd live performance, including impressive video projection on a large circular screen and a stunning light show. With outstanding musicianship and superb vocals, this spellbinding show is set to be a true celebration. For tickets, click here.

Blue Orange at The Birmingham Rep

February 1 – February 16

Joe Penhall’s darkly funny dissection of institutional racism and mental health in modern Britain is as vital and relevant as when it was first written. Christopher is sectioned and admitted to a psychiatric hospital. As his doctor and senior consultant debate the cause of his psychosis, he makes the startling revelation that he’s the son of Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin. The two specialists are divided in their diagnosis and fiercely defend their opposing positions. Book tickets here.

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