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Published January 21st 2013
Valentine's Day - a celebration or all things romantic or another excuse for commercial exploitation of the gullible masses? I guess I fall into the Valentine's Scrooge category. Don't get me wrong. I love romance, but I'd prefer romantic gestures to be spontaneous. But don't let my "Bah! Humbug!" spoil your Valentine's Day plans. If the romantic in you is looking to declare your undying love on February 14, then our readers want to know where the perfect place is to do it. In the meantime here are a few suggestions.
Cocktails: Romeo and Juliet had a grand passion, as well as an unfortunate penchant for swilling poisonous potions. Delete the suicide and tragic outcomes and spend your Valentine's Day imbibing delicious cocktails instead. Sydney has so many great cocktail bars that it can be hard to choose, but inspiration can surely be found in Five of Sydney's Best Cocktail Bars.
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Perhaps your love is on the epic scale of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, who enjoyed some pretty spectacular river cruising in their time. Who needs the exotic mystery of the Nile when Sydney offers the unsurpassed beauty of Sydney Harbour to serve as the perfect romantic backdrop for your Valentine's Day experience? Captain Cook Cruises offer three dinner and cruising options ranging from $59 to $179 per person. Magistic Cruises also have a Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise including three course dinner and drinks from $120 per person.
Rooftop Romance: Maybe you're more the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan types and prefer romance on a rooftop Sleepless in Seattle style. Obviously the Empire State Building is out of the question, but Sydney has some stylish rooftop venues complete with romantic atmosphere and great views. Others to try include The Rooftop Bar at Darling Harbour's Coast Restaurant and Cafe Sydney on the rooftop of Customs House.
Napoleon was a huge chocolate fan and always took chocolate with him on his military campaigns. Perhaps it was a gift from Josephine, slipped into his saddle bags as a reminder of their love. If chocolate ranks highly on your couple's treats list then dessert restaurants, especially the chocolate specialists, may be the place for you to celebrate Valentine's Day. Try Cheeky Chocolate Cafe at Strathfield, Max Brenner Chocolate Bar or Guylian Chocolate Cafe.