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It’s that time of year again. Wilted red roses grace the entrances of supermarkets, foil heart-shaped balloons lie deflated in the gutter, Cadbury Dairy Milk, the perfect aphrodisiac, halves in price in grocery stores around the country. People who are in love gaze longingly at each other whilst people who aren’t roll their eyes in heartbreak disguised as disgust.

Capitalism drowned in red seems to get people up-and-running on February 14; even if you don’t have reservations with your lover to a fancy restaurant, there’s always something else to do.

Lucky for you, we’ve curated a list of Valentine’s Day-themed events gracing venues across the city, perfect for singles, couples and whatevers alike.

LGB My Valentine QT – Speed Dating w/ Felicity Frockaccino

Newtown’s Bank Hotel will play host to non-gendered speed dating, hosted by the incredible Felicity Frockaccino. There’ll be three fast and flirty sessions for punters: Boy Kissy Boy, Girl Kissy Girl and Whoever Kissy Whoever. If you’re single, in a relationship, or just looking to have some fun, head along to The Bank Hotel on Thursday night.

You might have the best night of your life. For more information, head to the Facebook event page.

Good Name Presents Valentine’s Day Fundraiser w Baby Beef & more

Freda’s and Good Name have teamed up to present a Valentine’s Day fundraiser, featuring an all-star cast of some of Sydney’s best talent. Catch Baby Beef, Pool Room and Tilda play, with all funds raised on the door going straight to Friends With Dignity Australia, a not-for-profit community organisation who proudly support victims of domestic violence in rebuilding their lives.

For more information, head to the Facebook event page.

Afro Thursday (Valentine’s Day edition)

Afro Thursdays are back for a one-off Valentine’s Day special event at Darlinghurst institution The Cliff Dive. DJs will be spinning the best of Afrobeat, Dancehall and Soca music to keep party-goers dancing all night, with sets from Nick Toth, Naiki, Fasmwa, Kimani and Squat.

For more information, head to the Facebook event page.

Valentine’s Day with The Preatures + Special Guests

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your friends, your loved one(s) or just by yourself at Selina’s in Coogee with huge sets from the likes of The Preatures, Crocodylus and Little Quirks. To purchase tickets, head to the Coogee Bay Hotel website or rock up at the door on the night (but risk the event being sold out, it’s super close).

For more information, head to the Facebook event page.

The Oyster Club – Valenlimes Day

February’s edition of The Oyster Club’s monthly non-genre specific variety show is conveniently held on Valentine’s Day. This month, the theme toys with under the sea romances; think mer-people, crustaceans, Neptune and Poseidon. As always, there’ll be comedy, drag and plenty of dancing.

For more information, head to the Facebook event page.

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February 8, 2019

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