Valentine's Day 2020 in Brighton
The ultimate day of schmoozing is fast approaching, and where better to spend it than the UK's capital of romantic beach strolls, mushy minibreaks and kitsch arcade dates? Whether you're looking to chow down on some aphrodisiac-infused nosh, sip on creative cocktails or get physical at an axe-throwing tournament (Yes, it's a thing), Brighton is ready and waiting for all you lovers and lotharios. Check out our recommendations for the best bars, restaurants and happenings this Valentine's Day. Here's hoping cupid is on your side!
Nothing says 'I love you' like hurling a few hefty axes at a wall, right? The ideal antidote to any lovers' tiff, TRIBE Axe Throwing allows you to blow off some steam and show off your sporting prowess. Each tournament starts with a lesson from a professional coach before you go head to head with your fellow throwers to see who will be crowned champ.
Head down to the cosy cave beneath Artista Cafe & Gallery for a night of side-splitting laughter courtesy of The Secret Comedy Club. The ideal date-night setting, the intimate little venue is adorned with twinkling fairy lights and cosy two-seaters.
Sure, you could spend Valentine's in a restaurant, or holed up in a cocktail bar, or you could be gaming each other to the ends of the earth (or at least the pier). If that's more your kind of thing, get to the World's End for games and casual pints aplenty.
As one of Brighton's oldest boozers, The Lion and Lobster is an atmospheric little spot to spend Valentine's Day. Strewn with fairy lights and lots of cosy little corners, snuggle up and enjoy pints of real ale and a cracking selection of gastro pub food.
Whether you fancy slurping your way through a selection of tall tipples or making things a bit fancier with a gastro-British menu, No 32 is a prime choice come February. With a club, bar and restaurant boasting slick decor and fail-safe dishes, it's perfect for romantic dinners.
If there's one thing The Coal Shed are all about, it's a love of meat. Come the 14th, they've put together a mouth-watering menu of tasty treats to woo your Valentine with. There's plenty of dishes to choose from, so head here if you're hoping to impress.
Be prepared to get goo goo eyes over a melting pot of cheese fondue at The Tempest's winter pop up. Priced at £30 for two, you and your significant other will be able to dip hunks of bread, pickles and fruit into a melted medley of Emmental, Gruyère and Comté. Sure, it might be cheesy...but all the best date nights are.
To have and to hold till death do you part? Put your relationship resilience to the test as you get banged up at Brighton's best-loved prison-themed cocktail bar. You and your partner will have to put your heads together to smuggle some spirits behind bars, being careful not to draw attention from the super strict sheriff.
Set inside swanky Brighton hotel The Artist Residence, The Fix (previously The Cocktail Shack) is the perfect spot for an early eve aperitif or late-night tipple. Creating bespoke cocktails on a monthly basis, the drinks here venture far beyond the classic sips that are usually on offer, with a stunning Regency Square setting to boot.
With dreamy interiors and an extensive organic wine menu, SIX is a perfect bolthole if you want to push the boat out this Valentine's Day in Brighton. Plonk yourself under the twinkling fairy lights and work through a menu of dishes such as wild seabass and confit de canard.
Hidden above a spiralling staircase at The Wick is a 1920s style drinking den, adorned with low lights, mahogany booths and walls filled with exotic liqueurs from all over the world. Inspired by speakeasy bars of days gone by, this bar is serving up bootlegged cocktails and some seriously romantic vibes.
They do say oysters are an aphrodisiac and when it comes to seaside fare, you'll be hard pushed to find anywhere better than the heralded Riddle & Finns. From scallops and locally caught fish to some of the most indulgent bottles of Champagne in the city, this dimly lit restaurant is the place for good food and a gorgeous atmosphere.