Where to party this Valentine's
Love it or loathe it, Valentine's Day is just around the corner so we asked our party-savvy friends at Designmynight.com to reveal their most stylish spots for a Valentine's date. Read on for the their edit of the most inspiring romantic bars around the country, so you won't have to worry about spending the 14th in your local. Enjoy!
1) 68 and Boston – London
68 and Boston opened its doors to the public late last year. Since then, they have been the go-to spot for many couples and blind dates. Between the two venues – 68 offering seasonal wine and Boston offering whimsical cocktails – they're making a fabulous impression on London's dating scene. Don't just keep these guys in mind for your Valentine's weekend though; 68 host a live jazz band every week too.
Little Black Dress Collection feather favourite the Kate Dress, ¬£110, inspired by style queen Kate Moss, is the perfect choice for cocktails and jazz.
Get the look: The LBD Kate Dress, ¬£110, Alexi London Maxi Solitaire Drop Earrings in Silver, ¬£35, Forever Unique Camden Leather Peep-Toe Ruffle Sandal in Black, ¬£80, Aftershock London Gale Black Envelope Clutch Bag, ¬£85
2) Basement Sate – London
Behind a cute little red door and down a discreet set of stairs in Soho lies Basement Sate; a chic basement bar offering a hoard of guilty pleasures. These pleasures come in the form of delicate desserts, heady cocktails, and late night drinking and dancing. In light of Valentine's, the venue's creative chefs have even created a special love-themed dessert (that comes accompanied with two glasses of bubbly). If you have a sweet tooth make sure to nag your boyfriend to bring you here. There's no better place to satisfy your sugar cravings.
This Lipstick Boutique lace pencil dress, ¬£70, has all the right ingredients for a Valentine's LBD – lace, fitted but not overly revealing; plus the flattering rouching will hide a post-dessert tummy.
Get the look: Lipstick Boutique Fay Lace Wrap Dress, ¬£70, Alexi London Mini Heart Bracelet in Rose Gold, ¬£50 Alexi London Mini Heart Earrings in Rose Gold, ¬£55 Aftershock London Lydia Pointed High Heels in Black, ¬£50.50
3) Purl – London
Perched in the heart of Marylebone is Purl; a magnificent 1920s basement bar. You could say that their tipples bring something different to the table seeing as they serve their ‘Photograph' cocktail in an actual camera lens. But apart from their theatrical cocktails, we know another reason to visit Purl – their private booths. They're intimate and are sure to bring the wow-factor to your Valentine's date night.
Dress the part when you visit this clandestine joint, it's all a part of the fun, in this stunning Gatsbylady Jade Flapper Dress, ¬£59.
Get the look: Gatsbylady Jade Black Flapper Dress, ¬£59 Lipstick Boutique Jessica Wright Amber Micro Suede Shoes, ¬£59 Vendula London Happy Hour Clutch Bag, ¬£51
4) Swan on a Hot Gin Roof – London
Gin lovers, we come bearing some good news. Sipsmith have partnered up with The Ham Yard Hotel to create the Swan on a Hot Gin Roof pop-up. This is the perfect excuse to get close and personal with your date (you have to share a cosy blanket to keep warm). We know, sneaky! Tickets are a steal at ¬£14 and include your first drink. We have no doubt that your date will keep you warm, but there are plenty of hot cocktails like the Steaming Julep, to keep you toasty too.
A cool venue requires a cool dress such as this classic Honour Gold Black Midi, ¬£95 – the perfect option to woo your man over a few drinks.
Get the look: Honor Gold Kelsey Black Midi Dress, ¬£95 Lipstick Boutique Jessica Wright Ann Black Faux Leather Shoes, ¬£55 Aftershock London Thelma Velvet Red Evening Bag, ¬£50 Alexi London Mini Heart Necklace in Silver, ¬£55
5) The Edgbaston – Birmingham
The Edgbaston is known as one of Birmingham's most stylish cocktail lounges. Their Art Deco décor is first-class and as for their cocktails? Well, we don't believe there are words to do them justice. They've recently launched their new cocktail menu too; it boasts 12 new creations. But if you fancy a spot of afternoon tea and champagne instead, they have a special deal running from the 10th until the 17th February.
If you're going to an Art Deco themed bar, what better opportunity than to add you own little bit of flapper style in this Lace and Beads embellished Jasmine dress, ¬£90.
Get the look: Lace and Beads Jasmine Embellished Dress, ¬£90 Aftershock London Julie Multi-Colour Square Clutch Bag, ¬£70 Lipstick Boutique Jessica Wright Applebee Black Microsuede Shoes, ¬£65 Johnny Loves Rosie Isobel Faux Pearl Earrings, ¬£20 Krystal London Blend Bracelet, ¬£45
6) The Fitzgerald – Manchester
The Fitzgerald is a hidden gem that will whisk you off your feet, right back to the days of Gatsby glamour. Their mixologists serve classic cocktails and with their attention to detail, you're sure to feel like a 1920s Gatsby girl. Time seems to fly in this hedonistic spot. So don't be surprised when you find yourselves chatting and laughing over a candle-lit table for hours.
Get into the 1920s spirit in this exquisite Gatsbylady Isobel dress, ¬£89. After a few cocktails, you'll be dancing the Charleston all night.
Get the look: Gatsbylady Isobel Gold Fringe Flapper Dress, ¬£89 Lipstick Boutique Jessica Wright Amber Micro Suede Shoes, ¬£59 Vendula London Golden Drips Clutch Bag, ¬£51 Gatsbylady Ritz Handmade Beaded Headband, ¬£15
7) Rox Moet and Chandon Bar – Glasgow
Valentine's is one of the most romantic days of the year. Why not make this one extra-special and visit Glasgow's Rox Moet and Chandon Bar? The venue is the definition of luxury with velvet curtains, comfy leather booths and faux fur rugs decorating its space. It might be expensive, but it's worth every penny.
The Angelina dress in red, ¬£88 from our exclusive own-label Little Black Dress Collection is a Valentine's classic. Teamed with a few sparkling accessories, you'll be a Valentine's heart-melter.
Get the look: The LBD Angelina Dress in Red, ¬£88 Forever Unique Boundry Black Strappy Leather Shoe Boots, ¬£90 Alexi London Mini Bar Earrings in Silver, ¬£25 Alexi London Maxi Bar Bracelet in Silver, ¬£40 Aftershock London Gale Silver Envelope Clutch Bag, ¬£89.95
8) The Vaults – Birmingham
The Vaults is known as a popular haven for loved up couples and this year they have a special three course meal planned for Valentine's. The venue's main feature has to be their VIP booths. If you're up to it, why not organise a group of your closest couple-friends and rent it out for the 14th.
The Marilyn Lace dress, now ¬£57, from our exclusive Little Black Dress Collection is the perfect balance between fun and flirty.
Get the look: The LBD Marilyn Lace Dress, ¬£57 Aftershock London Kim Embellished Evening Clutch Bag, ¬£87.95 Aftershock London Patrice Shoe in Black Animal Print, ¬£69.95
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