Who’s glad January is finally over? Now we’ve seen the back of that miserable month we can finally talk about what February is famous for – you guessed it, love! I’ve never really been a traditionalist when it comes to love, so if you are anything like me, here are a few quirky ways to enjoy some romance – whether you’ve got a fella or not.

Red Latin Dance Night:  Get your hips moving to the best Salsa & Latin music and lure Mr Perfect with your dance moves! Start the night with a free Sexy Bachata class at 9.30pm for beginners and all levels dance until 1am. Dress Code is red and a prize is given to the best dressed couple. Feb 10 – Feb 12 at The Botanic Inn Belfast.

Moonlighting Singles Night: Yep singles nights can be a bit cringe, but this monthly event in the Black Box is more about the entertainment and if you happen to meet someone then great! February’s entertainment features local flamenco troupe Alegría and they hope to bring the colours and flavours of Andalucía to the heart of Belfast. They say that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, a new friend, a phone number or even a date! Head down before 8:30 and have a complimentary drink on them!

Pleasuredome Valentine’s Special: Who’s your favourite movie couple? Nick and Alex from Flashdance? Andie and Blaine from Pretty in Pink? Goose and Maverick from Top Gun? Whoever floats your boat, Pleasuredome’s Valentine’s special will be channelling the spirit of the 80’s power couples. With the greatest drive-time anthems at their disposal, the Pleasuredome band will be dragging you along in your own personal Delorean to a time of shoulder pads, ankle warmers and an underqualified celebrity in the White House! Tickets £10. Saturday 11 February 8.30pm at The Empire.

My Bloody Night at Bean Bag Cinema: Why not join the BanterFlix team as they screen George Mihalka’s cult slasher My Bloody Valentine at the Bean Bag Cinema. Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan of this grungy slasher that sees a maniacal miner terrorizing the townspeople of a small mining town, stalking his victims and cutting out their hearts with a pick axe. Doors open from 7.30pm and the film starts sharply at 8pm. Tickets cost £6 when booked through our online box-office at Visit Belfast or £8 on the door. This is a BYOB event.

Step Back in Time at Ulster American Folk Park: Spend an afternoon with one of the costumed interpreters who will demonstrate and assist you in making from straw a Lover’s Knot. Discover the art of decorative straw work and learn of the significance these delightful tokens had in bygone days. Normal admission applies. 14 Feb 2017 ‐ 11am – 4pm

Cave Hill: Believe it or not, but this is cited as one of the most romantic walks in the UK. Can’t really see it myself as you might be a sweaty mess by the time you clamber up the 4.5mile trek up to the top. That said when you get all the way up, the views over Belfast skyline are spectacular especially if it’s a clear day. This would make a romantic picnic spot with loverboy or one for the single gals,  just remember the wine – it makes everything better 🙂