Celebrating Galentine’s Day in Belfast? We’ve rounded up the top ideas of things to do on or around 13 February 2023 and over Valentine’s weekend.

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What is Galentine's Day?

Galentine’s Day is a fake holiday designed to celebrate the love between a woman and her best girl friends! The idea for Galentine’s Day originated on Parks and Recreation, a hit US comedy TV show on which lead character Leslie Knope hosts an annual Galentine’s Day to lavish love on her closest female friends.

Galentine’s Day is on 13 February (just before Valentine’s Day) and is all about sharing your love for your pals whether they’re single or not.

Things to do this Galentine's Day

From girly events to spa dates, afternoon teas, cocktail sessions and more, here’s our top ideas for sharing the lady love this Galentine’s Day.

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Book an Afternoon Tea

Catch up over an indulgent afternoon tea in one of Belfast’s hotels or cafés. Three tiers of finger food, pastries and scones combined with luxury loose leaf tea is the ultimate afternoon delight and a great antidote to Valentine’s Day. Read our guide to discover places serving afternoon tea in Belfast.

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Go for a Girly Brunch

Share the love over a tasty breakfast! Read our guide to the top places for brunch in Belfast, from cute cafés to grand eateries in five-star hotels. Catch up over sweet pancakes or eggs Benedict and a tasty coffee – the perfect way to brighten each other’s mornings.

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Treat Yourself to a Spa Date

It’s a great time of year to detox and chase away the winter blues with your bestie. So why not treat yourselves to spa session in the Merchant Hotel, Galgorm Resort or Culloden Estate and Spa. All offer an irresistible range of massages, facials, scrubs, beauty and hydrotherapy treatments, where you can let life’s stress melt away and share some ‘you’ time together.

Order Delicious Cocktails

Raise a glass and enjoy a tasty drink with friends in one of Belfast’s finest cocktails bars. Sample unique concoctions, classic mixes and local flavours. Belfast’s cocktail bar scene has never been more exciting. You’ll find hotel bars, newcomers, and, speakeasies among the best cocktail bars in Belfast.

Belfast Exposed Exhibition

Go to an Exhibition

If you’re arty types, visit one of the art or photography exhibitions on in the city over the Valentine’s weekend. Belfast has an impressive array of gallery space, displaying everything from the most contemporary visual art to traditional printmaking techniques. Browse touring exhibitions as well as shows by local and international artists.

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Let the Romance Be-Gin

If your friend group’s deepest love is gin, Belfast has a lot to offer to fuel your romance. Book a session with Belfast Artisan Gin School where you’ll make your very own gin and enjoy lots of gin-infused sweet treats along the way. Or continue your love affair with a tour of Echlinville or Rademon Estate distilleries. Read our gin tasting blog for more ideas.

Hinch Distillery Tours

Visit a Distillery or Brewery

Why not discover Northern Ireland’s many distilleries and breweries this Galantine’s Day. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Northern Ireland’s spirits and beers and discover the journey of these drinks from fields to glass.

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Laugh at Pug Uglys

Pug Uglys hosts their comedy club every Thursday. Get together with the girls and go along for an early Galentine’s Day treat, with local or touring comedians that are sure to have you all in stitches together. Visit Pug Uglys’ social media for line-up details, drinks offers and to reserve seats. Try one of their signature sourdough pizzas and enjoy live music in the downstairs bar.

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Find a Gift for your Gals

Looking for a gift for your friends? You’ll find adorable Galentine’s presents in St Georges’ Market, Born + Bred and UNIQUE, which sell handcrafted candles, jewellery, mugs, arts, trinkets, tote bags and more.

Galentine's Drag Brunch

A brunch you and the girls don’t want to miss! Revolucion de Cuba are celebrating Galentine’s in the best way…with cocktails, brunch and a drag show! Hosted by the fabulous Rusty Hinges and featuring incredible performances Revolucion De Cuba promise it to be hilarious, boozy and a little bit risqué!

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