Ahh Valentine’s Day, a stupid cliche, a money making con or an opportunity to show your numero uno how much you really appreciate them. Whether you love to hate it or hate to love it, everyone’s got a bit of love to give on Feb 14. We’ve done you a solid by putting together a list of things to do this V-Day that are way out of the corny zone. There’s so much to do on Chapel Street this day of love, even the hard-hearted will soften.
Here are 21 ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day on Chapel Street, in a less cringe-worthy way.
This one’s for you, your sweetheart, another lovesick couple or a bunch of friends who just want to sing their hearts out. Celebrate love in all its forms with some #tokofun. Enjoy a free bottle of bubbles per two people with a Special Valentine’s set menu for $55pp. Karaoke rooms can hold up to 30 guests, so heck, make it a party. Book here.
142 Greville St, Prahran
Ok, this one’s serious (and it’s a seriously good idea). Celebrate the day of love at Abacus Bar & Kitchen as host Clayton Donovan (of The Jaaning Tree and ABC’s Wild Kitchen) showcases his extraordinary talent of bringing native Australian flavours to a modern kitchen. With a drool-worthy menu that’s been designed to leave you satisfied and curious about food, you’re sure to leave with a full heart and stomach.
5 Course Set Menu (subject to change)
$95 Per Person
Option of matching native drinks
383 Chapel St, South Yarra
Obviously, every guy wants to look suave on a first date, but you don’t have to be Bond to impress her. Just take her to Boston Sub. Now, when you get there – it might look like just a takeaway joint selling NYC style subs (delicious by the way), but see that freezer door on the right? It’s a secret entrance to Jungle Boy – a sweet little jungle style cocktail bar! So open the door, give her a cheeky little grin, and watch her face go from panic to impressed. Bonus – no need to head to dinner after. Just grab a sub or some poutine on the way out and avoid the sorry sights of couples feeding each other across the table.
96 Chapel St, Windsor
Valentine’s Day is traditionally all about feasting – whether you are feasting on love, music, affection, food or drink, this year Galah is catering for it all. Join them for a feast for the soul – a live jazz performance from 8.30pm. Sumptuous, sensual grooves by their vinyl DJs to get you in the mood. Plus, a feast for the body – their all Australian charcuterie or cheese platters with a bottle of wine for $45. Book your table for two or more! Love knows no bounds, invite all your friends and lovers.
216 High St, Windsor
For all you romance non-believers, we recommend you head to Babble Bar & Cafe, you’ll fall seriously hard and seriously in love with their coffee. The perfect place to bring your bumble date, stroll down Greville Street and fall in love with our favourite boutique Prahran village. We guarantee all your cynicism will disappear.
4B Izett Street, Prahran
What’s more romantic than taking in some of Melbourne’s best street art? Chapel back streets have some serious character, the occasional wafts of wee all contributing to her personality. For some inspiration or the perfect Insta selfie backdrop, pick a side street and stroll down it, you’re guaranteed a sweet surprise. Click below for where to find the best street art around town.
Often compared to a day spa with art, the Windsor Workshop is adult crafty heaven. With no pipe cleaners in sight, the creative goods come in the form of expert floral watercolour painting, weaving & even leather bag workshops. Each session is run by a talented artist and hosted with delicious food platters & cocktails. Unleash your hidden artist as a couple or with a crew and enjoy some grownup playtime! Click here to check out what’s happening Feb 14.
1/115 Chapel St, Windsor
Feel the love this V-Day without the cringe. Get your best group of pals together and play some barefoot bowls while the sun’s still shining. Melbourne Bowling Club, the oldest in Australia, is the perfect spot to celebrate love, with your partner, with your sibling, with your bestie, with whoever really. Each session is only $10 to $20 a pop.
138 Union St, Windsor
The Happiest Hours Around Town
Chapel’s own Southern Cali local taphouse are doing extended happy hour all night this Valentine’s Day! Whether you’ve got a date or just looking to drown the sorrows, look no further. Doors open at 5pm. Facebook event here
Silverlake Social, 198 Chapel St, Prahran
White Oaks Saloon
Sticking with the Southern hospitality, settle in for a memorable night with your lurrrver at White Oaks Saloon. If the dim, neon lighting isn’t what gets you. They’ve teamed up with Esprit de Figues, the world’s first fig liqueur, to bring you a Valentine’s day cocktail menu just for Feb 14. Not only will the cocktails be deliciouso, they’ll also be sah Insta-worthy. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook event here.
White Oaks Saloon, 115-117 Greville St, Prahran
Grab the ol’ ball and chain and go back in time to this classic, single-screen cinema. Not only will this trip to the movies be ultra romantic, it’s also dirt cheap (unheard of these days). Catch a double feature (so two movies in a row) for only $17.50 per person, that means there’s room in the account for one of their famous handmade choc tops!
1 Chapel St, St Kilda
Cause who doesn’t love fresh blooms? Flawless Flowers has everything fun, bright and botanical. Brighten up your loved ones day & pick them up a bunch of Flawless Flowers best. You’re guaranteed success.
Stall 110, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
If you’ve taken the next big step and decided to shack up together, head to Connection. You may have wandered passed this room of wonder in Prahran and wondered WFT?! We did too, until we ventured inside. While a little cray, it’s filled with some serious goods. Unique is probably the best way to describe Connection 250 & it’s perfect if you’re looking to add a little personality to your new home.
250 Chapel St, Prahran
Mix up your date plans with a cocktail making class at Katuk. This crew offer cocktail, whisky and gin masterclasses to teach you the secrets, techniques and myths behind classic and new age cocktail making. Hang around after the class and enjoy 50% off all cocktails for the next hour. For $60-$70 per person, you’ll be stumbling out of here in all kinds of a good mood.
517 Chapel St, South Yarra
In need of a little extra spice in the bedroom? Wild Cherry Lingerie are here to help you unleash your wild side. Embrace your feminine side and your naughty side, your sweet side and your sexy side. If there’s one night to do it, V-Day is the one.
407 Chapel St, South Yarra
Here’s another good deal for you and your sweetheart. Who wouldn’t dream of a trip to France to celebrate love with that special someone? Take your partner to the country of romance and charm for the night, without having the expensive flight to worry about. Chez Olivier is planning its biggest, most romantic Valentine’s Day yet. With mise en bouche & aperitif and a set 3-courses menu at only $99 per person, you will be transported to France through a beautiful culinary experience.
121 Greville St, Prahran
Get your relationship burning a little hotter and head to a workout together at Realfit Personal Training. These guys are top of the food chain when it comes to PT, so book your complimentary diagnostics session here and bust your butts together.
1/9 Carlton St, Prahran
Because nothing says ‘I love you’ like 5 hot jam donuts for $15. These babies are cooked fresh on the daily, so you know they’re bang on. Or, grab yourself a mixed pack for $22 and enjoy the good things in life with your sweet love. Oh mama are these tasty.
102 Chapel St, Windsor
If you’re in need of someone to play cupid, head to Tokyo Teppanyaki. You won’t get into trouble for throwing food here, instead you’ll be championed, if you’re aim is good enough. This is an energetic Japanese eatery, where food is thrown across the room to land on your plate, or in your mouth if your just can’t stand the wait. Take a first date and see what they’re made of.
536 Chapel St, South Yarra
Let go of your inhibitions and do something memorable with a class at Space Dance & Arts. You’ll get huge brownie points for getting out of your comfort zone, but the best bit? You’re gonna have to get niiice n close (in a totally non creepy way). The Space Dance & Arts Centre has a heap of cool classes to take from beginners to experts, Hip Hop to Samba – and even a Dirty Dancing style class (the movie – get your mind out of the gutter) so you can recreate that lift! See? Method to the madness…
Upstairs, 318 Chapel St (enter via Carlton St), Prahran
Whether it’s a couples photo from your heydey back in 2010 or a funny Christmas card shot, blow it up, real big and get it framed at U & Me Picture Framing. They’ve been in the game for years and they have all your picture framing needs covered.
243 High St, Prahran
Enjoy a Non-Romantic Weekend Away with Flight Centre
Okay, we’ll admit, this one’s tipping over to cutesy. But if you’re in the dog house this year, you might get away with upping the romantic-ante. Book you and your better half a vacay with Flight Centre and pat yourself on the back for organising the best Valentine’s Day pressie ever.
Pran Central Shopping Centre, G39/325 Chapel St, Prahran
The name says it all really. With hundreds of different card options, there’s sure to be a card for every type of lover. Pick yourself up a lotto ticket while your there and maybe you’ll be gifting more than words on paper next year.
670 Chapel St, South Yarra
Now this is one you’ll be proud as punch to hand over on Feb 14. A brand new ride. South Yarra Volkswagen is dedicated to making you a long term customer by giving you the best price, best service and most of all a no fuss buying experience.
93 Commercial rd, South Yarra
Did someone say FREE BEER?! Set in Windsor’s hidden oasis (AKA Sample Bar’s beer garden), you’re invited to an afternoon of simple pleasures with Hawkers Beer.
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Boy George Australian DJ Tour at Chasers Nightclub. Culture Club frontman & POP icon Boy George is one of the most recognised and in demand House Music DJ’s of all time.
Ahh Valentine’s Day, a stupid cliche, a money making con or an opportunity to show your numero uno how much you really appreciate them. There’s so much to do on Chapel Street this day of love, even the hard-hearted will soften.
Residents of Prahran are invited to attend this year’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ morning in Pran Central’s food court on Tuesday, February 19 from 10am – 11am.
Mur Murr Gallery is a fresh boutique gallery in the heart of Prahran. They specialise in bringing European art to Australia. This will be Sonya and Bronya’s first visit to Melbourne.