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The perfect match for your anti-Valentine’s weekend by Elly Mitchell

It’s that time of year again; supermarket shelves are adorned with chocolates, roses, questionable plush bears and schmaltzy greetings cards.

Whether you are a traditional, old romantic, seeking a taste of the unique; or simply couldn’t care less about the whole spectacle, these exciting, alternative Southsea Valentine’s events are the perfect answer to your date night — or mate night — dreams! 


Bonita’s – Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th February 

Calling all single ladies: If Valentine’s is a day that you want to remember as much as the world remembers two thirds of Destiny’s Child, then Bonita’s Beyoncé brunch is the offering for you. Delicious food and exciting cocktails and music from the queen of sass herself. Limited availability! 


Gaiety Bar – South Parade Pier / Friday 14th February 

Throw it back this Valentine’s with this ‘40s/’50s/‘60s-themed party at Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier; a delightfully quirky concept to be enjoyed with your partner, your friends, or by yourself, featuring live music from party band Hitched and DJ Susie Q, plus prizes for the best-dressed dancers. 


Brewer’s Tap / Friday 14th February 

Join Brewer’s Tap and have yourself a hoppy Valentine’s with an evening dedicated to the greatest love of all: the love of beer! Try something new with a mystery beer launch, plus some surprises along the way.


Wedgewood Rooms / Saturday 15th February 

Discover a new soundtrack to your Valentine’s Day this year at the Wedgewood Rooms. Hosting their annual ‘Massacre’, this fun-filled evening challenges local bands to unleash their inner Cupid, covering versions of their favourite relationship songs, presumably with some turbulent angst. Guaranteed to be a great night for lovers of live music.

If you do find yourself at a loose end, just remember: all those over-priced, heart-shaped chocolates will be on offer by the 15th February, and you don’t have to share: So who is the real winner?

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