Every couple is different.
We all know that, so why does every hotel and restaurant put on the same fancy-schmancy romance package every Valentine’s Day? With a few exceptions, they’re essentially the same old menu with a welcome drink and a red and pink dress code.
A few of Sukhumvit’s more innovative establishments are breaking the mold this year, however, and putting on some Valentine’s celebrations with a difference.
2016 is the year of inclusion so it’s about time there’s a Valentine’s party for everyone – even the singletons. Even the bloody vegans are at it!
Check out these unique Valentine’s offerings if you’re looking for something perfect just for you in Bangkok.
For the party animals
Destination Love Dinner and Party @ Nest Rooftop
If a traditional restaurant dinner just doesn’t quite cut it for you, why not check out the dinner slash party at Nest Rooftop in Le Fenix hotel?
There’ll be a four-course feast including a bottle of prosecco for ฿4,500 per couple with live entertainment from OUT OF TUNE, followed by DJ sets from DJs Monte, Anthony Garner, Keigo and Evan Saxman.
Nest Rooftop Lounge, Le Fenix Hotel, 33/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Saturday 13 Feb; 6pm until late
For the hipster art lovers
BLACK VALENTINE Mini exhibition by NEV3R @ Mellow
If you’re banking on a more cultural Valentine’s Day than normal, why not check out the mini exhibition and live drawing session by NEV3R at Mellow Restaurant and Bar in Thonglor.
This painting series has never been shown anywhere before and the artist will perform live contour drawing of 20 lucky guests who can take their artwork home for free. NEV3R is a local Bangkok artist known mostly for his graffiti and drawings.
The night will be accompanied by a live DJ set from DJs Joke and Sweet Pea.
Mellow Restaurant and Bar, Between Thonglor sois 16 and 18, Sukhumvit Soi 55
Sunday 14 Feb; 8pm
For the buffet hounds
Valentine’s Day Dinner Buffet @ The Westin Grande
OK, OK… We know we just dissed hotel Valentine’s Day packages, but this one is pretty special.
We all know a couple whose love sprouted over their combined passion for buffet strategy (Ed: Avoid starchy carbs, head straight to the seafood and meat for maximum value feasting). If that’s you, the special buffet on offer at the Westin Grande is hard to miss.
They’re promising oysters, gravlax, ceviche, raclette, lobster bisque, ravioli foie gras, whole grouper, lamb rack, Jerk lamb, surf ‘n’ turf, pralines, crepes suzette, soufflé and a whole lot more in their romantic feast.
The prosecco’s on ice to welcome you while each lady is gifted a rose. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll win one of the stays on offer at the Sheraton Hua Hin or The Westin Sira Bay, Phuket.
The Westin Grande, 259 Sukhumvit Soi 19
Sunday 14 Feb; 6pm
For the music lovers
Valentine’s Special @ Mövenpick
If you prefer your romance served with a side dish of EDM, the Mövenpick Hotel Rooftop is the place to be on Sunday, from afternoon until late.
Thailand’s finest will be entertaining you, starting with TJ Tiesjungle and ending with a back to back (B2B) session with Sunju Hargun and Nakadia.
The venue’s capacity is for 600 people but there are 20 VIP sofas available for couples looking to enjoy the music in a cosier fashion.
Mövenpick Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 15
Sunday 14 Feb; 3pm to 11pm
For the grumpy old men
Anti Valentine’s Day @ The Drunken Leprechaun
If you one of those who “hate the commercialism” of Valentine’s Day and rue the day you met your other half, the only thing to do is to get down to the Drunken Leprechaun and commiserate with your fellow grumps.
There’ll be free BBQ glazed ham between 7pm and 9pm (because, why not?) as well as some great drink offers on imported beer and Singha draught. Just make sure you sober up before returning to the missus…
The Drunken Leprechaun, 4 Sukhumvit Soi 15
Sunday 14 Feb; 7pm to 9pm
For the foodies
Valentine’s Weekend @ Scalini
If you’re a traditionalist and prefer to spend Valentine’s with your loved one across a carefully laid dinner table with a crafted feast afore you, then look no further than Scalini in the Hilton.
Chef Egidio is putting on a special Valentine’s a la carte menu together – think tiger prawns, Foie Gras Tagliolini, and maple glazed Kurobuta pork belly – with a dessert trolley too.
Your date will include a single rose, welcome drinks and live music.
Scalini @ The Hilton, 11 Sukhumvit Soi 24
Saturday 13 Feb to Sunday 14 Feb; 7pm to 11pm
For the vegans
My Funny Valentine @ Broccoli Revolution
If you’re part of a vegan couple or even fancy meeting a fellow vegan in a romantic atmosphere, head down to Broccoli Revolution this Valentine’s for some healthy and ethical feasting.
There’ll be roses, balloons, pink champagne and, er, pink vegetable juice on offer for couples, friends and family alike, alongside set vegan menus and their standard a la carte fare.
Entry is free and ladies will be treated to a complimentary Kir Royale on arrival.
Broccoli Revolution, 899 Sukhumvit Soi 49
Sunday 14 Feb; 6pm to 10pm
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— Qwerty Jones (@QwertyJones3) August 6, 2015
For the entrepreneurial singleton
Single Mingle @ The Hive
Co-working space The Hive is hosting an ‘informal instant matchmaking’ event this Friday to match up some of the city’s most creative and dynamic singles who are looking for more than just a business connection.
There’ll be a free welcome cocktail to quell any nerves and a dinner date on offer for the couple who score the highest mutual match. Get off Tinder and get involved!
The Hive, 46/9 Sukhumvit Soi 49
Friday 12 Feb; 7pm
For the fit couples
YOGIRUN I’m In Love @ S31 Hotel
For lovers of yoga and running, head down to this all-weekend event at S31 Hotel which is hosting a series of yoga, pilates and cross training classes and workshops – including partner yoga!
There’ll also be lectures and tips on offer alongside a charity challenge and a variety of sporty booths where you can pick up information, products and prizes. Those that train together, stay together, after all!
S31 Hotel, Sukhumvit Soi 31
Saturday 13 Feb to Sunday 14 Feb; 9am to 5pm
For the HiSo romance brigade
Valentine’s @ Face
Face Bangkok will be offering special Valentine’s four-course feasts in their Lan Na Thai and Hazara Dining Room restaurants this Sunday for ฿1,800 per person, to include a glass of Kir Royale.
The Soi 38 entertainment complex will be laying on live music at Face Bar as well as violin solos at individual tables. It’s not quite a string quartet but I’m sure it will suffice.
Face Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 38
Sunday 14 Feb; 6pm
For the sushi flirts
Special Valentine’s @ Kisso Kaiseki
If your love has a penchant for sushi, head on down to Kisso Kaiseki Japanese restaurant in the Westin Grande.
There’ll be authentic Japanese grill-sizzled genuine Japanese Wagyu beef cuts, prime king crab tempura and sweet pink daifuku dessert. Together with a glass of sparkling wine, prices are ฿5,500 per couple.
Kisso Japanese Restaurant, The Westin Grande, 259 Sukhumvit Soi 19
Sunday 14 Feb; 6pm to 10.30pm
For the bargain hunters
Simple @ Sway
If all you need to celebrate your love is some discounted food, lit candles and love songs on repeat – get yourself down to Sway for their promised ‘stress-free’ evening.
They’re offering Buy 1 Get 1 Free on mains and appetisers all night long – what’s to stop you from having a brilliant evening by keeping it simple while munching on the best wings in Bangkok?
Sway Urban Eatery, Arena 10, Thonglor Soi 10, Sukhumvit Soi 55
Sunday 14 Feb; 6pm
For the couple nervous about a public proposal
Valentine’s Date Night Dinner @ The Continent
The Continent Hotel are offering a variety of Valentine’s dinner packages at their Medinii Italian Restaurant and H20 Pool Bar, but their most spectacular has to be their ‘intimate dinner’, on offer for a sweat-inducing ฿12,000.
You and your sweetheart will be the only table at the very top of the Continent Hotel and will enjoy exclusive service with your 5-course menu. Ideal for the couple looking for privacy or for the man wanting to propose in a romantic setting but worried about the public reaction.
The Continent Hotel, 413 Sukhumvit Road
Sunday 14 Feb; 6pm
For the Bangkok-wide wildcard
Valentine’s with Chef Yung @ Cinema Winehouse
Whether you’re a film-loving couple or a group of single friends, head down to Cinema Winehouse for a set dinner from acclaimed Chef Yung and a screening of Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Chef Yung is described as an Old Town classic chef with a reputation for rustic fine dining. Her three course menu includes such options as Moules Marinieres, Moroccan Chicken Tagine and Strawberry Panna Cotta. Set pricing starts from ฿980 net per person for three courses.
The upstairs lounge seating is limited and reservations are recommended. There will also be a 20 percent discount on bottled and sparkling wine while stocks last.
Also, Ryan Gosling topless. Just saying.
Cinema Winehouse, 59/61 Samsen Road
Sunday 14 Feb; 6.30pm to 11.30pm
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