Think Valentine's Day is stupid, commercial and a waste of time? Think again.
Valentine's Day is a perfect excuse to head out for a great meal, couple of drinks, and a fun night with someone special.
Got a special dinner in mind?
Right across Newcastle and the Hunter Region our local pubs have got Valentine's Day covered with a range of delectable meals, tantalising desserts, fabulous beers, local and imported wines, and cocktails.
Looking for just the right atmosphere?
We've got everything from quiet dinner rooms filled with flowers and linen, to bustling pubs bursting with fun. You can compete together in trivia, laugh with each other at a comedy show, get sweaty on the dance floor, or totally rock out in front of a live band.
So however you want to celebrate your love this Valentine's Day, we've got you covered!
Here is a list of what's offer at just some of our Newcastle and Hunter venues.
Make sure to check in at your local to see what's on offer this Valentine's Day.
Fear not... We've totally got this!
1. Argyle House, Newcastle - Almost Famous - Valentine's Day Party
Whether or not you think love stinks or rules, Argyle House has got you covered this Valentine's Day. Get ready to sing your heart out to all the songs you put on that mix CD for your high school crush.
*Free Student entry *$5 drinks all night *Kissing Booth
2. Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie, Largs
Take your loved one for an incredible afternoon or night this Valentine's Day at Bushrangers Bar & Brasserie.
The venue has some amazing menu options and you will also receive a complimentary glass of Tyrrells Sparking & chocolates.
Book now on (02) 49301201 before it's too late!
*Complimentary glass of Tyrrells Sparkling
*Complimentary chocolates for your loved one
3. Maverick's on the Bay, Nelson Bay
If romantic water views are what you're looking for this Valentine's Day, then look no further than Mavericks on the Bay.
Located at beautiful Nelson Bay, the venue has a special $55 three-course menu on offer for you and your beloved this Valentine's Day.
*Three-course menu $55
*Dessert Fondue Plate
4. Peden's Hotel, Cessnock
Valentine's Day doesn't have to mean flowers, soft music and a quiet candlelit dinner for two.
If you're looking for something a little louder and little more up tempo this Valentine's Day, dance your way into someone's heart this at Peden's Hotel Cessnock with DJ Shots Fired and $5 Alize & Capt Morgans.
*DJ Shots Fired *Open 'till 1am *$5 Alize & Capt Morgans
5. Shoal Bay Country Club - Valentine's Day by The Bay
Looking for bay views? We give you: Shoal Bay Country Club.
What better way to celebrate your loved one than clinking cocktails by the water and indulging in a delicious seafood platter? SBCC is offering a Valentine's Day $119
Seafood Platter for two with a complimentary
glass of champagne for you and your sweetheart.
*Seafood platter for two - $119
*Complimentary glass of champagne
*Incredible bay views
6. The Albion Hotel, Wickham - Trivia night
Looking for something fun to do this Valentine's Day? Grab that special someone and your friends and head to The Albion for trivia from 7pm.
Teams can be couples or a group of individuals out looking for love!
The restaurant is open from 5.30pm and has some fantastic specials including $15 rump steaks and schnitzels.
*Rump steak and snittie specials
*Bonus cash jackpot
7. The Belmore Hotel, Maitland
The Belmore Hotel believes no good dinner is complete without a delicious dessert - especially on Valentine's Day.
So if take your loved one along to The Belmore this Valentine's Day for dinner and the venue will celebrate your love with a complimentary Tiramisu. Yum!
*Complimentary Tiramasu for two with two '(full priced) main meals
*Seafood Tasting Plate - $29
*Recent $2.5 million hotel renovation
8. The Burwood Inn, Merewether
The Burwood understands that not everyone will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a loved one, so for those still looking for that special sweetheart, the venue is hosting a special Valentine's Day Singles Trivia night just for you!
If you’re not hooked up on a hot date, spend the evening meeting your match intellectually, or perhaps romantically at The Burwood.
*$16 schnitzels and $19 steaks
9. The Duke of Wellington Hotel, Lambton
The legendary Duke Hotel wants to help celebrate your love with a complimentary glass of champagne this Valentine's Day.
All you have to do is book your table and in no time you can be locking gazes and clinking glasses with your special someone at The Duke.
*Complimentary glass of champagne with every table booking
10. The Lucky Country Hotel, Newcastle
Hoping to win the heart of your Valentine? The Lucky is here to help, serving up Love Potion .9' this Valentine's Day.
Your sweetheart is sure to fall in love after sipping their special cocktail and sharing a meal with you from the Lucky's a la carte menu.
Just to be sure, your loved up experience will be complete when your Fondue for 2 with marshmallows, strawberries, vanilla bean ice-cream and dipping chocolate arrives at the table. Wow.
*Love potion .9' cocktails
*A la carte menu, including Fondue for 2
11. The Nags Head Hotel, Adamstown
The Nags Head is really getting into the swing of Valentine's Day this year by celebrating right up until the weekend!
From Wednesday through to Sunday you and your love can enjoy any three items from the venue's share menu and specials board, plus a Valentine’s Day dessert, all for just $50.
And if you really want to win their heart, you can't go past the praline mouse filled tempered white chocolate heart with strawberry sorbet and raspberry cream tuilles. OMG!
*Three-course meal for $50
*Special runs from Wed - Sun
12. The Prince of Wales Hotel, Merewether
Looking for a laugh this Valentine's Day?
Head to the Prince and enjoy the Valentine's Day Comedy Showcase, featuring Julia Wilson.
Julia has toured all over the world and will be joined on stage by Jonas Holt (Tony Abbott Impersonator), Sophie Tiller (105.3 NEW FM), Dianne Slowly Australia's Queen of Comedy, Jack Tideswell (RAW Comedy state finalist), Soame Chopra (grandfather of newcastle comedy) and Steven White (Raw Comedy 2018 stat finalist).
Tickets $10 from Sticky Tickets.
*Tickets only $10
*Restaurant and cocktails
13. The Royal Oak Hotel, Cessnock
It's the month of love and what better way to spoil each other than with a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at the Award Winning 221 Restaurant at The Royal Oak.
Got the kids? No problem.
The Royal Oak Hotel is partnering with Chameleon Play Cafe to provide expert care for your children by qualified childcare workers between 5pm-8pm. Cost is just $30/child and you'll receive a complimentary bottle of wine, so in a way, it's kinda free!
*Child care available between 5pm and 8pm
*Complimentary bottle of wine
14. The Seabreeze Hotel, Nelson Bay
The beautiful Seabreeze Hotel, located right in the heart of Nelson Bay, has got you covered this Valentine's Day with a sumptuous two-course meal and complimentary beverage for just $45.
You and your sweetheart can choose between an entree and main or main and dessert, but bookings are required.
*Two-course meal for just $45
*Complimentary glass of beer or wine
*Great Nelson Bay location
15. The Warners Bay Hotel, Warners Bay
Head on down to Warners Bay Hotel with your sweet-pea this Valentine's Day for a choice of delicious meals guaranteed to put a smile on the face of your loved one. The bar is stocked with champagne and a great selection of cocktails are always available.
Booking is essential by calling (02) 4948 9055.
16. The Victoria Hotel, Hinton
The Victoria Hotel is so loved up this Valentine's Day it wants to celebrate for three whole nights!
Every table booked between Tuesday and Thursday this week will receive complementary breads and after dinner chocolates. You can also find a choice of seating available in
the bistro, veranda and beer garden.
Hmm... now where would be the best place to propose?
*Complimentary bread and chocolate on Tues, Wed and Thurs night
*Dine in the bistro, on the veranda or in the beer garden
17. The Wickham Park Hotel, Wickham
Are you ready to rock this Valentine's Day?
Then head on down to The Wicko.
18. Warners at the Bay
Warner at the Bay has got your Valentine's Day covered with $15 schnitzel, $2 toppers and complimentary coffee and macaroons.
Head on down to Warners at the Bay this Valentine''s Day.
*Complimentary coffee and macaroon with every booking
*$15 schnitzel specials
And if that's not enough to persuade you to celebrate
Valentine's Day this year, then here's two more reasons:
19. For those of us in a relationship: Valentine's Day is a great excuse to take some time out and spend it with your loved one. Life is busy, hectic and stressful. Here is your chance to steal a few hours, eat a great meal, have a few drinks, a laugh, and remember why you fell in love.
20. For those of us who are single: No need to feel down on Valentine's Day. This is a day to celebrate all kinds of love. Grab your best friend, your crew, or your family and toast to the relationships that make life special. Break some bread, order some drinks, and enjoy the company of those who matter most.
Go on... get out there and feel the love!