Why The Joker & Thief is the perfect choice for Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day

(Plus our recommendations for the best cocktails to order on the day!)


With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, I think we can all agree that any excuse to celebrate with that special someone is well deserved. And if we do say so ourselves, The Joker & Thief offers the perfect restaurant on the Central Coast to do it. Nestled in the centre of the action on Terrigal Esplanade, our blend of lush interiors and laid-back coastal vibes will take you seamlessly from day to night.

Start the evening with one of our signature cocktails while you get comfy and enjoy the atmosphere. Our menu is a unique fusion of Australian and Mediterranean dishes that are made to share – perfect! Pair your meal with our lovingly curated selection of local and international wines.

If you want to start in the afternoon, beloved local muso Brandon Duff will be singing live from 3pm–6pm.

If the night goes well (and we hope it does) The Joker and Thief dims the lights and kicks up its heels past dusk.

Our bartenders are unashamed mixology geeks, and we take pride in our selection of the highest quality tipple – many from local micro-distilleries. We have an impressive cocktail selection and stand by each one, but these are our favourites for Valentine’s Day.

Tom Collins – A classic, classy choice

We pride ourselves on our exquisite, locally sourced products and are particularly chuffed about our selection of high-end micro-distillery gin. Chat with your bartender about your choice, and enjoy a classic Tom Collins: gin, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. We love the Tom Collins for its crowd-pleasing simplicity, and because it harks back to the so-called “father of mixology” Jerry Thomas, who first wrote down the recipe in 1876. Poured over ice in a Collins glass, it’s the ideal summer cocktail.

Purple Haze – Light, flirty, and an ode to summer

Purple Haze is one of our very own creations and an absolute hit for all occasions. But the floral ingredients: gin, elderflower, lemon, purple hibiscus, and rose petals, give it a distinctly romantic vibe. 

Not into gin? Sample our take on the Moscow Mule or keep it alcohol-free with our virgin mocktails – they are just as delicious!

Nothing says romance like a long evening spent in good company, with good food, and a great atmosphere. Whether you’re a local or visiting Terrigal for the weekend, The Joker and Thief make it our business to offer our patrons the perfect combination of a relaxed Central Coast atmosphere, upscale restaurant experience, and high-end nightlife. We fill up fast on Valentine’s Day! Book your table now. Because who doesn’t deserve a break after 2020? It’s the perfect reason to celebrate love and a new year.

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