Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and as Fry said in Futurama; “Oh no! I forgot to get a date again!”
It might be a Hallmark holiday designed to sell love in the form of jewellery and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, but while many people don’t celebrate it, it can sometimes be a painful reminder of just how single some of us are.
But luckily for us singletons, Canberra is giving out the roses this Valentine’s Day with your choice of events that could help you find your future Valentine!
DATING WITH DOGS
Dogs in a Tinder profile pic are almost guaranteed to get a positive swipe, so why not use this advantage in real life? Dating with Dogs is an event series hosted by The Social Dog Company that encourages fellow dog-lovers to meet in a fun and flirty atmosphere.
With canapes, a complimentary cocktail on arrival, and fun dating games that don’t make you feel awkward, Dating with Dogs also donates a portion of their ticket sales to a series of dog-friendly charities to help out puppers in need, so you’re doing a good deed as well as potentially finding the Pongo to your Purdie!
Sunday 10 February | Old Canberra Inn, 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham | Tickets: $39 each | Facebook
CITY SWOON’S FIND YOUR VALENTINE COCKTAIL DATING PARTY
Dating website City Swoon is hosting a Find your Valentine Cocktail Dating Partyon Saturday 9 February at the Rex Hotel’s stunning Howling Moon Rooftop bar.
The event is split into different groups depending on ages as you embark on five to six mini dates, followed up with a party that lasts into the night.
Each entry into the event includes two drinks with a cocktail arrival, matched dates based on your dating profile, and an excellent after party. If you’re looking for the real deal then this is the party for you!
Saturday 9 February from 7 pm | Howling Moon Rooftop Bar, Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon | Public: $49 and Members: $34| Website
SPEED DATING AT SHORTY’S
Shorty’s Canberra has hosted speed dating events before and now they’re holding a Find your Valentine edition on Wednesday 13 February. This classic speed dating event sees men and women arrive to a drink and a warm up before women are seated and men move to their right after five minutes of interactions.
Both parties submit forms on whether they wish to see each other again and if so, Shorty’s passes on the details for you. No awkward rejections. There will be ice breaker games available and a good time to be had by all!
Wednesday 13 February from 6 pm – 9 pm | Shorty’s Canberra, 29 Garema Place, Canberra City | Tickets: $20 | Facebook
QT CUPID: BYO-X
Are you still friends with your ex? Congratulations! You’ve reached Ted/Robin/Barney status from How I Met Your Mother! But in this case, QT’s Valentine’s Day eventmay just be perfect for you both to find new love.
Taking place at Lucky’s Speakeasy, QT is hosting a singles mixer with a twist – you have to bring your ex. The idea is to see if a spark could be ignited with somebody new as you both move on from your past relationship.
Each guest receives a complimentary gin cocktail on arrival and is entered into the draw to score a One Night Stand package for you and a date. You know, in case you hit it off…
Thursday 14 February from 6 pm – 9 pm | Lucky’s Speakeasy, 1 London Cct, Canberra City | Free | Facebook