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5 Cheap (Or Free) Valentine’s Day Ideas In Sydney Whether You’re Loved Up Or Going Stag

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Hey we get it! You want to treat someone special on Valentine’s Day but boy is dating expensive. Well, little money, few problems, because here are some free Valentine’s Day date ideas for a good time for nothing at all, and cheap Valentine’s Day ideas to treat that special someone… but not too much.

And if you’re going stag this V-Day? More power to you, staying strong in the face of everyone forcing “love” during lockdown. There are plenty of ways to get yourself back on the market.

1. Explore the Botanic Gardens

Sydney has one of the most beautiful inner-city gardens in the world right by the CBD. Head to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens for a stroll, admire the view of the harbour, and just generally peace out.

If you’re willing to spend a little on your date, pack a picnic and bring a blanket to sit on. The gardens are open until 8pm in February, so there’s plenty of time to sit and enjoy each others’ company, and the view. Bam! Cheap Valentine’s Day date sorted.

Where: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney

2. Sunday Social Club at the Sheaf

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For singles ready to mingle (from a social distance, of course), Sunday Social Club at the Sheaf in Double Bay has the perfect option for you. Grab your mates and book a table any Sunday from January 17 to February 28.

Tables in the beer garden are fitted with phones pre-programmed with all the table numbers so guests can have some cheeky fun and chat (or hopefully, flirt) with other tables that catch their eye. If the chat is going well, you can send a drink to their table via their ordering app. It’s the perfect way to ease back into dating after 2020.

The event runs all day, but there are live DJs from 12 to 5pm. Book here.

Where: Sunday Social Club at the Sheaf, 429 New South Head Road, Double Bay

3. Wander an art gallery

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Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Gallery of New South Wales are both free to enter! Wander both galleries’ extensive permanent collections for free. They also have temporary exhibitions for an entry fee.

The catch is that they’re only open 10am to 5pm on Thursdays, so you’ll have to skive or have the day off unless you pay for an exhibition like Hermitage, which has extended hours until 9pm through till March 3.

Where: MCA, 140 George St, The Rocks; AGNSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain

4. Get it on at The Soda Factory

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Look, V-Day being on a Monday this year makes timing a little awkward to time, but head to Soda Factory on the 13th for some live tunes and the chance to catch the eye of your future lover.

Bronte Maree and DJ’s will be playing live entry will be free, beer and wine will be $7 until 7pm, cocktails will be $15 until 7pm and their famous boozy ice cream floats, giant gourmet hot dogs and fried chicken will be featuring on their American Diner menu. Love or not, sounds like a a fun time.

Where: 16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

5. See a movie

Yes this is classic date material, but Sydney really takes cinema to another level in summer. There are so many openair cinema options around the city, and I can’t explain why, but there’s no question that a picnic blanket and a starry sky turns a casual movie night into cute date central.

There’s Westpac OpenAir theatre on the harbour, the floating cinema literally in the middle of Darling Harbour, Moonlight Cinema in Centennial Park and The Sunset Cinema in North Sydney to get you started.