Alternative ways to spend Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day

This Friday is Valentine’s Day - a signal for loved-up couples to pack into restaurants for candlelit dinners and for men to bulk buy flowers and chocolates.

But there are plenty of alternative options for couples - or singletons - who want to go out and have fun, while avoiding the old cliches.

Here we look at five ways you can enjoy a Valentine’s Day with a difference.

A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline

Oran Mor, 7.45pm

This musical tells the fascinating but tragic story of Patsy Cline.

It stars Gail Watson as the doomed singer and was a sell-out success last time it played at the Oran Mor.

The same team have reunited to recreate the magic, with a tipple included in the price of entry,

Go to www.oran-mor.co.uk for tickets.

Kid Canaveral’s Lumber Party

Stereo, 7.30pm

Local indie troubadour Kid Canaveral has got a group of his friends together for a mini music festival.

Those appearing include hotly tipped collective Randolph’s Leap and former Arab Strap man Malcolm Middleton - a musician not well known for fanciful romantic lyrics.

To book a ticket visit www.stereocafebar.com

The Beat

The Arches, 7pm

Birmingham ska revival band The Beat will offer a toe-tapping remedy to any possible romantic overdose with their Two Tone tunes.

Support comes from Glasgow’s very own ska-mazing nine piece party band Esperanza.

Go to www.thearches.co.uk for tickets.

I Will Survive

Cottiers, 7.30pm

This musical comedy is perfect for any group of girls who want to leave the guys at home and let their hair down for the evening.

Billed as being ‘Sex and the City with songs’, it features a whole range of well known singalong classics, from the title track to ‘Holding Out For A Hero’ and ‘Rehab’.

Tickets are available from www.cottiers.com.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

GFT, 11pm

Edgar Wright’s oddly romantic comic strip adaptation has become something of a cult hit after crashing at the box office.

The GFT are holding a late-night screening of the film, in which Scott has to defeat seven evil ex-boyfriends in video-game style battles to win the hand of his beloved.

There’s also free entry into Nice ‘n’ Sleazy afterwards for those who fancy a dance.

To book your seat go to www.glasgowfilm.org.