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.

Celebrating Galentine’s Day in Belfast? We’ve rounded up the top ideas of things to do on or around 13 February 2022 and over Valentine’s weekend.

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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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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.

Mechant Hotel Spa

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.

Make (or Just Drink) Cocktails

Book a cocktail-making masterclass at Zen and make a night of it with a 2 course meal. Or visit Revlolucion de Cuba to live the life of a true Cuban Cantinero, making mojitos, daiquiris and more. Or simply head to Margot  another one of Belfast’s best cocktail bars and work your way through the menu!

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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. See the work of both Ronnie Hughes and Alfred Wallis at the MAC Belfast. Or head to the ArtisAnn Gallery to see the Science Fiction Exhibition which showcases how artists have been inspired by science fiction books and films.


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.

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Comedy 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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Lunch and Cocktails at Dunadry Hotel

Girls just want to have…Lunch & Cocktails! Grab the girls on Saturday 12 February for Galentine’s Lunch & Cocktails at Dunadry Hotel & Gardens. Enjoy live music while you tuck into a main course and choose from a long list of favourite tipples including prosecco, pink gin fizz, french martini and more.


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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.

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Drag Brunch at Revolucion de Cuba

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! For £25 per person, enjoy 2 courses, a mimosa and 3 cocktails, all while experiencing the best drag show in town! Find out more on Revolucion de Cuba’s Facebook and call or email to book.

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