Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Where To Celebrate Galentine’s Day In The City

One for the gal pals

By Astrid Taemets | 1st February 2023

Forget chocolates and roses, whispering sweet nothings and romantic tables for two – February 13 (and no, that’s not a typo), is the most important date to mark on your calendar. 

Dedicated to honouring and celebrating female friendship in all its glorious forms, Galentine’s Day is the unofficial day to be with your besties – the ones that are always there for you – and clink to your collective fabulousness in an equally fabulous setting.

Whether you and your crew are all about a long lunch with paired wines, cocktails and dancing, a mini escape (cue the facials!), or all of the above, Brisbane’s bustling city has something for every kind of girl group. Consider this the perfect excuse to book a date with your lady loves! 

Where to eat

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a group of women lunching can laugh louder than a pack of hyenas, so get those endorphins going with a big ol’ feast for your gang. Boasting a sensational menu of Greek dishes, river views and, of course, a bevy of ‘grammable cocktails, OPA Bar + Mezze on Eagle Street serves Santorini vibes without the hassle and expense of a flight. Eat your heart out at their Galentine’s Day banquet, where you and your gal pals can while the eve away starting from $110 per person. Just as breezy and vibrant – and only a hop, skip, and a jump away – a group booking at Riverbar and Kitchen never goes under appreciated. With a funky new fit out, fresh new menu, and relaxed atmosphere, this waterfront dining spot is fit for fun-loving friends. For something a little more casual like brunch, you and yours will find Gather Bistro the place to, well, gather. This newly opened space in Heritage Lanes offers a seasonal menu for breakfast and lunch plus a selection of small snacks and drinks in the afternoon, perfect for when those long-overdue catch ups roll from one meal to the next! 

What to do

When you and your girls are all about a group activity, The City is the place to seek a range of fun and fabulous things to do for your Galentine’s Day get together. Feeling creative? Paint, sip, nibble (and giggle) at Treasury Brisbane’s Cork, Culinary, and Colour event in their leafy open courtyard. With an AIX rosé in hand, you’re sure to get the creative juices flowing! Book a spot with your lot here. Of course, every girl gang loves a shopping spree, and there’s no better place to shop all your favourite labels than Queen Street Mall. Hit the shops with your lady loves, then quench your thirst with a stop in at City Winery for one of their blending workshops. Combining your love of wine with a hands on experience, it’s an educational outing with perks. Point your pinkies high to the sky with a ladylike Champagne High Tea experience at Customs House. Perched in front of the Story Bridge, you and yours will experience a touch of French elegance with a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, ribbon sandwiches, raspberry scones, macarons, and more. Bon appetit! 

Where to stay

A girls night out is fun, but a weekend away is infinitely better, and The City is home to some of the best hotels around. Check into the W Brisbane for an unrivalled staycay experience, where a pamper session at Away Spa is a must, followed by cocktails on the WET Deck. Sitting high above the cityspace, luxury awaits at The Westin, where the city’s only swim-up pool bar sets the stage for an all day oasis experience of poolside lounging with your besties at Nautilus Beach Club. Whichever place you choose, robes and Champagne are mandatory.

By Astrid Taemets An advocate for a dirty martini any day of the week, Astrid's life is equal parts cleaning crumbs off a three-year-old as it is enjoying a bump of caviar.
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