Alternative ​Valentine’s Day celebrations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
Anti-Valentine’s bashes, gents night deals, lunches and more…


Jazz & Fizz Bar at Sofitel Abu Dhabi – Break Hearts:

Round up your best friends and head to Jazz & Fizz for the anti-Valentine’s bash. Show your appreciation for the day by smashing heart shape Piñatas while the DJ’s spins top tunes all night long. Friday 12 February, from 8pm to 1am. AED 99 for ladies and AED 150 for gents, inclusive of three house beverages.

GO: Call (0)2 813 7777 for reservations and more information.

Offside Sports Lounge at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort – Find Your 2022 Valentine:

With an enhanced version of its weekly Beer Brunch, Offside invites guests for the ultimate opportunity to get an early start to search for their 2022 Valentine. With live entertainment including a resident DJ and Radio 1’s Sonya Mac, guests can enjoy this newly introduced brunch concept with free-flowing beverages, sharing platters and signature main courses amidst a casual and lively setting. Saturday 13 February, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 195 per person (soft beverages) and AED 295 per person (free-flowing hops and house grape).

GO: Email or call 811 4555 for reservations and more information.

PJ O’Reilly’s at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi – Anti-Valentine’s Day:

The ethos of the Anti-Valentine’s Day celebrations at the popular Irish pub revolves around the idea of “starting by loving yourself.” This is a night for the single, soon-to-be single and those who have grown weary of the cloud-nine mood that everyone seems to be in. Grab your mates for Abu Dhabi’s longest-running Anti-Valentine’s Brunch and enjoy an evening of fabulous food, fantastic drinks and entertainment from Nicola Warwick. Friday 12 February. AED199 (house beverages), AED 249 (premium beverages) and AED 86 for children.

GO: Email or call 800 101 101 for reservations and more information.

W LOUNGE at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island – Miss Behave: 

Calling on all the single ladies to Miss-Behave this Valentine’s Day. W Lounge promises to turn the dreaded day into one to look forward to, with ladies receiving two free drinks on arrival and a special beverage package. Gents can get a 50 per cent discount on the a la carte beverage menu too. Daily from 5pm to 8pm. AED 95 (spirited package) and
AED 175 (sparkling package).

GO: Call (0)2 656 0000 for reservations and more information.


Distillery Gastropub – Friend Zone:

Distillery invites guests to its anti-Valentine’s ‘Friend Zone’ dinner for those not feeling the Valentine’s Day vibes. From the menu, diners can enjoy tuna tartarebeef brisket or crispy chicken poutine, chicken wings in various flavours, jalapeno popper bites, popcorn prawns, beetroot and tomato carpaccio, and more. Sunday 14 February, from 8pm to 10pm. AED169 per person, AED 299 per couple and or AED 799 per group of six people.

GO: Email or call (0)54 998 2003 for reservations and more information.

Flair 5 at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC – Secret Anti-Valentine’s Brunch:

Enjoy a party like no other at this Valentine’s brunch. Grab a wristband upon entry to make sure people can see your relationship status! Single? Grab a green, not sure? Grab an orange and out of bounds – grab a red! Friday 12 February, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 299 (soft beverages), AED 399 (house beverages), AED 499 (sparkling) and AED 699 (champagne).

GO: Visit for reservations and more information.

The Blacksmith Bar and Eatery – Stupid-Cupid Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash:

The Blacksmith Bar and Eatery welcomes all single ladies for a ‘Stupid-Cupid’ bash on the 13 and 14 February. In a not-so-traditional spin on Valentine’s Day, the venue will be offering free-flowing pink drinks and prosecco from 6pm to 9pm with the purchase of a main dish. There will also be a special Lobster roll for the occasion, made in a black brioche bun and priced at AED 69. Sunday 14 February.

GO: Email or call (0)4 407 8873 for reservations and more information.

The Selfish Bull at Bluewaters Island – Bromance over Romance:

Valentine’s Day may be all about couples, but The Selfish Bull likes to do things differently. On Sunday 14 February, head down to this hidden gem to blow off some steam with 25% off steaks, whiskey and red grape. Whether you’re going for the tenderloin, New York strip spareribs, lamb chops or a whopping 1.3KG tomahawk steak, winding down with your closest wingmen doesn’t get any better than this. Sunday 14 February, from 12pm until closing.

GO: Email or call (0)4 399 3638 for reservations and more information.