Cupid is set to strike Letterkenny this weekend until Valentine’s Day on Tuesday the 14th. This means that restaurants and businesses are putting on some tempting special offers to help couples make the event a little bit more special.

We know you can celebrate a romance at any time of the year, but whether you’re marking Valentine’s Day or having a ‘Galentine’s’ night out – here are some of the top places to go and what you can expect from the menus:

Vintage class at HOUSE

HOUSE Wine Bar + Tap Room is an ideal spot for a romantic date for those who are looking for a touch of casual class to their evening. Share a pizza or sharing board and sip some creative cocktails from expert mixologists – there are his and her’s specials on the night. Plus, Gary Gamble will be doing a love match bingo on the 14th.

Girls nights out for Fifty Shades Darker will be even more fun with the HOUSE offer of 50% off cocktails if you show a Century Cinemas ticket stub midweek.

Behind the curtains at Backstage

Things are going to be very heated down around Century Complex this weekend with the release of Fifty Shades Darker. Compliment your cinema night with a four-course meal at the new Backstage Bar + Grill (€24.95pp) which comes with a glass of fizz each.

For one weekend only, Century Cinemas will have cocktails, wine and beer available for purchase at the Cinema. The offer will be available only after dark from the 8.45pm showtime onwards.

Then, once you’ve indulged in some Mr Grey, show your ticket at Backstage for a half price cocktail. (Available from Friday 10th February to Thursday 16th February). Century Complex really have the occasion all tied up (not Mr Grey style, mind you!)

Steal a little pizza their heart at Berry Layne

Unwind with a good wine and a pizza for two at the chilled out Berry Layne on Letterkenny Main Street. The sultry swing music or mellow acoustics in this cafe allow for plenty of conversation or catch-ups between friends. There’s complimentary prosecco on arrival too!

Romance and jazz at the Radisson

The Radisson Blu hotel are hosting a gourmet 5 course meal prepared by the executive Head Chef – nothing less for that special someone! The event is on this Saturday, February 11th and again on the 18th. It’s all kicking off in the newly-refurbished Poet’s Corner Venue – so freshly decorated with florals that suit the holiday to a tee. There will be a drinks reception arrival as well as live jazz music. €40pp, Booking essential.

The Warehouse of Love

Warehouse Bar + Kitchen, one of Letterkenny’s newest bars, has become a hotspot for nights out and dates. The lively atmosphere will keep you and your date more than entertained. Plus, there’s a special menu designed for sharing – the tasting platter for two will surely keep couples appetised.

Fall in love (with the food) at The Lemon Tree

The Lemon Tree on Letterkenny’s Lower Main Street is a well-established restaurant with top-class local food served to perfection.

The interiors are very intimate, cosy and always romantically lit. The ambience is ideal for a date night. You’re likely to fall in love with the artful presentation and delicious food, if not the person across from you! You’ll have to hurry though, we hear it’s almost booked out.

The Lemon Tree Letterkenny

One-stop destination: Station House Hotel

The local hotel are creating a wonderful package for Valentine’s Day. A four-course menu with top-class options, a glass of bubbly and the promise of a romantic candlelit atmosphere. What more could you and your loved one want?

The Station House Hotel Letterkenny

Celebrate at McGettigan’s Hotel

Let your heart skip a beat in the heart of Letterkenny at McGettigan’s (formerly Gallagher’s Hotel). There’s a four-course menu served under candlelight with prosecco for two.

Special surprises at The Yellow Pepper

This quality restaurant is renowned for having a great range of indulgent food and the ideal atmosphere for any occasion. The Yellow Pepper are running two menus for Valentine’s Day – a value menu (two course for €17.50) until 6.30pm followed by the evening dinner a la carte menu until 10pm.

Every couple on Valentine’s night will receive a personal gift after their meals. A nice wee surprise to look forward to! Here are the lunch, value and dinner menus so you can if anything tempts you:

Heat things up at The Chilli Shaker

The Chilli Shaker Indian restaurant on the Pearse road is a hot favourite among many couples. Sweet or spicy – you choose whatever tickles your fancy from the special Valentine’s menu available this year.

Bring the love home with The Counter Deli

A carefully-chosen wine speaks volumes about how well you know him or her. Or else, a Kinnegar Beer Gift will keep craft beer fans happy this weekend.

Let the team at the Counter help you create a bespoke gift to bring home to your love and to enjoy in comfort. You can’t go wrong with a tasty tipple! The adjoining cafe is also a wonderful spot for a cool coffee date if you want to keep things casual.

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A slice of love

You could always bring an authentic Italian cuisine experience home to your date this weekend with a quality pizza from Fire and Slice. Made to order outside Larkins shopping complex Thursday-Sunday 5:30-9:30 or get the pizza delivered to your home. Delicious food and a no-fuss date night sorted – Dough not miss that one!

Berry nice at Arena Seven

Arena Seven have their Valentine’s menu all wrapped up in a bow this year. The Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant are doing four-course meals for two with a bottle of wine for €59.95 Sun-Tues. If you’re the competitive type you can always challenge your date to some bowling afterwards – try to keep it a friendly match though.

Valen’dine’ at the Brewery

And the award for the best wordplay goes to…! The Brewery Bar & Restaurant are including a full bottle of wine with their Valentine’s menus from Sunday 11th – Tuesday 14th February – no single sips of prosecco here! Good food and good music will hopefully make for a good date.

(A little something extra) – Seduce them at Sage

We included Restaurant Sage in our countywide guide last week, but it’s deserving of a repeat recommendation today to show you the menu. Couples will be treated to the best of Donegal’s ingredients and special extras with this Valentine’s menu. Valid on 10th, 11th, 12th of February.


What are your Valentine’s (or Galentine’s!) Day plans this year?