With the 14th just a few days away, romance is definitely in the air! Why not set the mood with one of these Valentine’s cocktails?
If you fancy a night out in Mayfair, there’s still time to grab a table at Quaglino’s and enjoy an evening of good food, live music, and love-themed cocktails. Kick-start your evening by ordering The Royal Treasure – a sharing cocktail made with blueberry infused Stolichnaya, St Germain and Parfait d’Amour, served in a terrarium filled with white and red rose petals and gold glitter.
Dirty Bones, London
The food might be ‘dirty’, but this cocktail is a real class act. In a nod to the most romantic night of the year, Dirty Bones have created ‘More Dirty Passion’ – a mix of Campari, bloody orange liqueur, sweet vermouth and blood orange juice, shaken with egg whites, lemon, and bitters. It’s a little sweet, a little sour, and very boozy – perfect for date night. If you can resist their burgers, there are new tacos on the menu – choose from fried chicken, chipotle mushrooms, or 12-hour braised beef short rib.
Romance is always on the menu at 21, an elegant modern bistro on Newcastle’s Quayside. Their cocktail of the month is the rhubarb sparkler – Itynera Prosecco spiked with homemade spiced rhubarb syrup. They’re fully booked on Valentine’s Day but why not book a table for date night later in the month? With dishes like confit duck, crab lasagne, and roast turbot on the menu, you’ll be glad you did.
Canary Wharf might not be the obvious choice for a romantic evening, but the views from Bokan might change your mind. Situated on the 38th floor, the bar offers 360-degree views across the city, plus live music, DJs, and a killer cocktail list. For Valentine’s Day, they’re serving ‘Dena’s Treasure’ – a blush pink blend of gin, lemon and raspberries, topped with grapefruit and rose petal foam.
Blind Spot at St Martins Lane, London
Whether you’re trying to impress someone special or celebrating singledom with a friend, you can toast Valentine’s with two unique cocktails at Blind Spot in Covent Garden. The pink one is the Queen of Hearts, made with Bombay gin, grapefruit juice, vanilla liqueur, and pomegranate juice, while the darker drink is the King of Spades, a potent mix of Bacardi Carta Blanca, Cherry Heering, vermouth, and kirsch. They’re priced at £14 each or two for £25. For an extra special treat, why not book the bar’s speakeasy cocktail tea? It’s a boozy twist on the traditional afternoon tea and includes a flight of tea-infused cocktails.
Proving that romance isn’t just for Valentine’s Day, Grafene are shaking up this classic French Martini throughout February for only a fiver! Enjoy a couple of these at the bar before dinner for the ultimate in date night indulgence. If you’re not seduced by the blend of vodka, Chambord, and pineapple juice, the ‘5 at £5’ cocktail menu also includes a Cosmo, an espresso Martini, an Amaretto Sour, and a Bramble.
L’Ami Malo, London
What could be more romantic than dinner for two at London’s hottest new creperie? There are delicious savoury galettes and sweet crêpes to choose from, plus dishes like slow cooked ox cheek and Roscoff onion tart. After dinner, you can retire to the restaurant’s speakeasy bar for an Emilienaire – a ruby red blend of VSOP Rhum Agricole, sloe gin, lime and grenadine.
Still looking for somewhere to dine on Valentine’s Day? Visit OpenTable to find the perfect restaurant for your romantic dinner, night out with friends, or boozy brunch.