There’s no need for wilted roses and melted chocolate on Valentine’s Day. We’ve rounded up some of the more offbeat ways you can express a bit of love this coming Tuesday.

Get your game on
Jenga. Catan. Pac-Man. Turn a geeky night in into a freewheeling night out and see why games and bars go so well together. There’s arcade and pinball nostalgia – as well as an all-vegan menu – at Netherworld. And craft beer and old-school family favourite board games at The Scratch. Paddington bar and cafe Club Sosay takes it to the next level with staff on hand to guide you through its extensive collection of games.

Ice-cream, ice-cream baby
It’s Brisbane. It’s February. Ice-cream is always a good idea. Get relief at Lick! Ice Cream, Nom Nom Natural Gelato or La Macelleria. Or go dairy free (during the day) with CocoWhip at Pineapple Express or Pawpaw.

See Ladies in Black at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre
The 2016 Helpmann Award-winning musical Ladies in Black is back at QPAC for a three-week run that ends February 19. The names attached to this are inspiring: writer Carolyn Burns, director Simon Phillips, composer Tim Finn. Tickets are selling fast.

Movies by moonlight
La La Land is playing On Valentine’s Day at Moonlight Cinema in New Farm Park (of course it is). Time to see if it’s worth the awards hype.

Dumplings in Fortitude Valley
Forget about straitjacketed set menus. Head out for dumplings and drinks at Fat Dumpling, Heya Bar or Harajuku Gyoza. Then, finish the night belting out an old favourite at Cyber City karaoke. A classic Valley night out.

Create leaf art at Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha
If you’re taking the day off, you can design and print your own unique leaf art for free at the Botanic Gardens at Mount Coot-tha. It’s half art class, half educational experience; you’ll learn about the natural function of foliage. Book ahead for this one.

Catch Single Asian Female at La Boite Theatre
Support local theatre and catch a darkly funny show. Brisbane writer Michelle Law has written a suburban satire about race and identity, Single Asian Female, that presents the Asian-Australian experience through the stories of three women at different stages of their lives.

Know your barbeque hot spots
Take it easy with a sunset fire-up at one of Brisbane’s best barbeque spots. Pack an Esky, maybe some snags from Meat at Billy’s and do what Australians do best – the no frills grill. For the practical romantic.