hatever your relationship status might be, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day for a little indulgence.
A little of what you fancy, whether or not that little fancy fancies you back.
And that’s why, as we ready ourselves for spring and The Bestest Summer Ever, we’ve rounded up Valentine goodies galore from around de town to let your love flow.
Greystones goodies not just for those annoying, happy loving couples with the nuclear Instagram accounts but for all those independent and iron-willed individuals who don’t actually need someone else to remind them that they’re wonderful.
And let’s not forget, just as easily as love canbreak down it can also strike at any time, from the first love of bright-eyed young toddlers to the forever love of bushy-tailed old wobblers…
So, remember, this is all about being with someone you love – someone you want to hang out with for the night, and maybe even the rest of your life. And that can be your fine self. Or that trusty pet who never lets you down. Or puts you down. Show ’em you love them too right here.
Given that we’ve all had no particular place to go for two years there, with all those lockdowns, for 2024, it’s as much about the love-in as the love-out – and the town’s restaurants, cafés and delis have come up with some yummy delights for that special night out, or in.
We’re highlighting some of the bigger Valentine’s specials below but you can go check out all of the town’s eateries here and all of the town’s takeaways here. We all have our favourites.
And to make sure the groove is in your heart, we’ve got two free 80min love supreme mixes for you right here.
We’ll be adding more more options to our Valentine’s Day round-up as the big day approaches. So don’t forget to come back, y’all!
For those who’d like to go a little deeper – and higher – for Valentine’s, Beyond The Trees Avondale are bringing the love. And the food. And the history. Details here.
Down at Domino’s in Charlesland, they have a one-day Valentine’s deal, fittingly entitled Your Heart’s Desire, with a medium pizza, chicken side and a classic side plus Domino’s cookies, all for €26. Get it here. Or call ’emhere.
At Tuk in Meridian Point, you can get 15% off orders of €40 or more from February 14th to the 18th, using the promo code VAL15 right here.
If you’re planning a cozy night in, make your Valentine’s Day go with a pop with the award-winning The Art Of Bubbles. Based in Kilmac, there’s an array of handmade valentine’s gift boxes, all bringing some serious fizz to the party. You can check out the full line-up of indulgences availablehere. And being a lover not a fighter, AJ is even including free local delivery for Valentine’s Day.
There’s also the Divine Foodie Date Night At Home, a bespoke menu fully prepared and cooked by a team of talented chefs, under the watchful eye and cracking whip of Taragh Hanley. This year’s Valentine’s Day feast comes with step-by-step cooking and reheating instructions, so your date night dishes are fresh to your table – or floor; we’re not here to judge – are available Sunday 12th and Tuesday 14th. There are also hampers and other goodies available – detailshere.
At Beautyful By Jenny on Church Road, Ms Murnane has not one but two Valentine’s specials to get your February loved up. And you can find out all about themhere.
And if your looking for the perfect card, Helen at Hairy Fruit Art might just be able tohelp.
Over at Joe’s The Butcher on Church Road, last year, they got a mighty fine steak date night all worked up and ready to roll. For just €40, you could choose 2 rib eye or striploin steak, 3 sides from potato mash, parmentier potatoes, maple-glazed root vegetables or cauliflower cheese, 1 sauce from Bernaise, pepper or stilton and 2 desserts from lemon meringue tartlet, chocolate brownie or pear & almond tart. We’re waiting to hear back if that’s on for 2024 too. Details here.
In 2023, there were plenty of loving spoonfuls to take home from Donnybrook Fair, including a Valentine’s Meal Deal for €19.95, along with two Villa Sandi Prosecco gift sets – one containing not only their finest prosecco but also Rosato, the other a delicious aperitif set with Villa Sandi Prosecco Superior Millesimato and Pan de Vin. This year, once again, we haven’t heard a peep from the feckers. New manager seems to be a bit of a grump. Saluti!
At Nature’s Gold, just for one glorious day, they’ve got 25% off Urtekram shampoos and conditioners, 20% off Burt’s Bees hand repair cream and 25% off slected Weleda skin food products. More February bargainshere.
Over at The Wicklow Arms, they’re embracing the love for the entire week of Valentine’s, with any two mains plus a bottle of wine just €50. Noice.
At the multi-award-winningDaata, they’ve put together two special Valentine’s cocktails – the Heartbreaker boasting pink gin, sloe gin, cranberry juice, lemon, hibiscus and Aquafaba, whilst the Jaanu has vodka, White Mozart, lemon, cranberry juice, Aquafaba, raspberry and vanilla. And the good news is, it’s two for €20.
And did you know that cacao is a, hey, heart opener?! Check out ex-Pats Nibbed (Galway, me arse!) and their range of Valentine’s gifts to treat yourself or that someone special. Lots to choose from, including local ceramic artist mugs, handmade cacao soap and, of course, lots of bean to bar cacao and chocolate. Check ithere.
Over at Daly’s SuperValu on Church Road, they’ve always got a flash sale on bubbly, chocolates and other loved-up goodies. We’re talking Scream Devil Cotes De Provence (75cl) is just €12, Pierre Darcys Champagne Brut (75cl) is €20, Moet & Chandon Gift Carton (75cl) is €62, Dingle Gin Tube (70cl) is €25, Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin (70cl) is €26, Barcino Cava Brut (75cl) is just €10, Baileys (70cl) is just €16, Gordon’s Pink Gin (70cl) is €26, Tanqueray No 10 Gin (70cl) is €26.50, whilst Ferrero Rocher Chocolates 24-piece is €11 and the 16-piece is €7 with their 15-piece Collection Tray €9.55, Dairy Box Cartons (326g) are half price at €6.18, Black Magic (348g) are €6 and Cadbury Milk Tray (530g) is half price at €12 – plus, of course, literally buckets of flowers. You can jump online to find out just what right here.
There’s always the joy of a night out on the town, and where better to step into another world than at The Whale, where you’ll find everything from comedians comedians Danny O’Brien, Shane Daniel Byrne and Deirdre O’Kane to rockers such as Niamh Regan, The Swing Cats and, eh, Paul Harrington, along with film club goodies, Social Fabric and The Ultimate Bubble Show. Surprise your beloved with a glittering show right here.
Or if you’re more of a hairy rocker, there’s always Dann’s, with Phelim Drew in the house on the 16th. Details here.
The Saturday Supper Club up in The Barn At Belmont is back with a whole lotta Valentine’s love on February 17th, when there’s Prosecco and canapes upon arrival and chocolate truffles for after, with a 5-course spectacular in-between. Details here.
The mighty Sonny’s are getting into the spirit of love, peace and yummy food too, with a special Valentine’s menu. Which you can check out right overhere.
To celebrate the big day, Lillian at Blissful in Hawkins Wood has a special running from February 14th to the 17th – purchase their package of 3 massages and receive a 15% discount. You can find out more by emailinghere.
Talking of Revive, the Farrell sisters are pulling together with Be Kind Industries and KS Skin Therapist for Valentine’s, with hot tubs, ice baths, sauna and beyond on their front, and goodies yet to be revealed from the other two chancers. Once finalised, details should be over on the Revive websitehere.
At the newly-opened Ethos Beauty & Wellness, you can grab yourself a Valentine’s Day special, with 20% off their love-filled gifts. Valid until February 20th, use promo code VALENTINE at checkout. More details here.
Beth over at LaLuna Candles has just unleashed their Valentine Collection, wherein you can make your own gift boxes, indulge in their large 3-wick candles, swoon to the scent of Midnight Moondance. Taking the hassle out of the big day by creating your gift box and delivering it to your door, you can grab your sweet smell of Valentine’s success here.
At Women On The Run, their Valentine’s Cookery Class on creating low GI meals is happening on Saturday, February 17th at 7.30pm, with 3 starters, mains and deserts on the menu and ingredients and a cocktail on arrival provided. It’s €45 for the whole shebang, and you can book your spot by emailing hereor phoninghere.
Sets and Violine
For something truly unique – and truly local – there’s Violine’s Sea Craft, with sea glass, sea pottery and seashells as well as driftwood all found along our coast turned into beautiful one-off pieces of art. From jewellery to framed pieces, you’ll find something to love for someone you love right about here.
Or you could turn it up to 11 with a very special gift from Eternity Jewellers or the mighty and unique AMOC – both sure to find the perfect rock for the rock in your life…
And let’s not forget the one who gives you unconditional love, no matter what state your hair’s in. You can check out Catherina’s pet portraitshere, or go for something a little different with Lindsay’s stand-out portraits righthere.
There’s a strong chance that Jackie over at Eskimo Pizza has actually lost his mind. For Valentine’s, with every large pizza order he’s giving away – brace yourself – a chocolate cookie. Yowsa!
Gino’s Gelato have buckets of gelato. Naturally enough. What more do you need for Valentine’s Day? Other than a partner.Website here, or you can order something special on 019108547.
Always one to pull out all the heartstops, the mightyChakra have unveiled their Valentine’s Day menu for 2023, with their 5-course love-in running from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th. Details right about here.