boti’s alternative guide to valentine’s week

It’s nearly here. That thing we all love to dread. How can a day that shares its initials with a sexually transmitted disease ever be a good thing? Well, this year, we’ve said enough’s enough. We’re done with attempting a full-on romantic dinner-and-flowers onslaught (have you seen the stats on couples that break up over poor food in overcrowded restaurants on Valentine’s Day?*). So, we’re letting the fun come to us with a whole heap of alternative events that celebrate Valentine’s and love a wee bit differently. Like Wednesday’s fabulous self-love sessions. And the next round of Honest Burgers’ pop-up because as that well-known saying almost goes: if food be the music of love, eat on. And there’s plenty more where that came from…


Be still our beating heart

Love is (supposed to be) at the heart of Valentine’s Day, so why not, quite literally, get to the heart of the heart? Welcome to Anatomy Nights: Matters of the Heart, where anatomy experts from Brighton and Sussex Medical School show visitors how the organ really works. They’ll be dissecting an animal heart to demonstrate how blood enters the heart, how real heartstrings work and just how this incredible organ beats. Afterwards, if you’re still upright, there’s the opportunity to ask questions. First on our list: can you die of heartbreak?
Thursday 14th February, 6.30pm – 7.30pm; £4.40 (proceeds donated to Sussex Heart Charity)
The Walrus, Ship Street,uk

From Brighton, with love
Chocolate and Valentine’s Day have gone hand in hand since, um, the dawn of advertising? And many adverts would have us believe that nothing much says love better than a box of chocolates. We don’t believe that, obviously (unless said chocolate comes hand in hand with a kind spirit, general cuteness and lots of lols), but the sweet stuff does always have our heart. So we’d always jump at the chance to make our own. Luckily, that’s where The Kleen Kitchen come in as they’re hosting a raw choco truffle-making workshop at co-working and events space The Projects. You’ll learn how to make raw truffles, with plenty of advice on ingredients and where to source them, as well as a recipe to take home, before rolling and dressing what you’ve made in your chosen flavours. Then you’ll box them up and decorate the packaging to either give away or spoil yourself with later (we recommend the latter).
Thursday 14th February, 6.30pm – 8.00pm; £15
The Projects, 8A Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AD

All you need is love (and wine)

L’Atelier du Vin is opening its doors at its new home on St George’s Place this week in time for Valentine’s Day (having moved down the road from Kensington Gardens) and we’re excited to cosy up on their comfy upholstery with a glass of something special again. We know, the speakeasy vibe is quite romantic, but we hope you’ll forgive its inclusion as it’s just so damn cosy here and the bar stuff really (really) know their stuff. If you haven’t tried their cocktails, you really should. If you’re looking for a home from home that is an extension of your sitting room, this is it. Santé!
Opening this week, date TBC. Follow their Instagram for news of when! Opening hours: Monday & Sunday midday – late; Tuesday – closed; Wednesday to Saturday midday – late)
10 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB


Friday (and Saturday) I’m in love

London’s favourite cabaret troupe (and ours) is landing in Brighton this week for a two-night Valentine’s special: the Salon des Artistes. If you’ve not been to a Black Cat Cabaret event before, then you can expect a fun night of talented performers who combine wit and dazzling skill with just a little bit of naughtiness. Reinventing the artist’s open house from a bygone era, the Salon gives you the opportunity to discover quirky comedy, elegant burlesque, show-stopping showgirls, a spot of ukulele, and more in an intimate setting. Don’t miss it!
Friday 15th February (Saturday is sold out), 8pm; £20 entry includes drink on arrival
The Old Market, 11A Upper Market St, Brighton BN3 1AS

*No, nor have we, but we reckon they’re bloody high.


Photo credits: Nick Harvey (L’Atelier du Vin)