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How to Have a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Dallas :: 2018 Edition

We’ve got another mid-week Valentine’s Day this year, folks. Despite Wednesdays being quite unromantic in theory, there are actually all kinds of things you can do in Dallas to have a dreamy and memorable V-Day with your sweetie. The ideas below are totally different from last year’s Valentine roundup, so be sure to check out both posts for maximum inspiration. 

♥ SPECIAL MENUS ♥

February 9-14 :: Table 13 in Addison will do a vintage-inspired 4-course meal, live music, and a rose for $75 per person. The regular menu is also available except on Valentine’s Day, when it’s prix fixe only. FYI, make reservations by email or phone – Open Table won’t work for the special menu.

February 9-14 :: High-end casual (luxe casual?) at City Hall Bistro at the Adolphus. Five courses for $55 per person. On Valentine’s Day, you can also opt to take a beverage class, where you’ll learn to make 2 love-inspired cocktails. The class/meal combo is $150 per couple and space is limited, so get in there!

February 14 :: Meddlesome Moth on Oak Lawn has some very Instagram-able stained glass windows and a 4-course Valentine’s menu with 2 different seatings, 5:30 and 8pm. $70 per person, reservations strongly encouraged.

February 14 :: Sipping prosecco by the fire in the Dakota Steakhouse subterranean courtyard sounds pretty romantic to me. You can order off the regular menu or indulge in your meatiest fantasies with the 35oz Prime rib eye for two (a mere $135 piece of meat).

February 14 :: Have an extremely chic and urbane dinner date at Mirador, the restaurant and lounge atop Forty Five Ten. Three courses, sparkling wine pairings, and an amuse bouche, plus you can pretend like you live in a downtown high rise and do this kind of stuff all the time. Make reservations because it’s not a big place.

♥ SHARED EXPERIENCES ♥

February 9, 10, 11, 14 :: Taste Buds Kitchen in Southlake offers BYOB couples cooking classes for homemade pasta, Italian cuisine, romantic brunches, and more. Check their schedule for a variety of different class options. $60 per person.

February 9, 10, 14 ::  Love is Blind at the Dark Hour Haunted House in Plano. Hear me out. One way to strengthen romantic connections is to do something that ups your adrenaline! Grab onto each other and try not to freak out as you make your way through Broadway-quality sets and a theatrical haunt experience. They give you a glow stick to light your way, which probably only makes it scarier. Tickets $28.

February 1o, 13 :: Honestly, this could also qualify as an adrenaline boost experience because I’d be SO NERVOUS, but there’s no question the hilarity would bring you and your partner closer. Goat Yoga! Deep Ellum Yoga does it (2/13), and so does Goat Yoga Richardson (2/10). Classes fill up fast, so don’t delay.

February 13 :: Your Dallas Mavericks get in on the action with a Sweetheart Ticket Pack. You’ll get 2 tickets to the Mavs/Kings game, a special edition t-shirt, $20 voucher to Valor Bar & Burger, and a post-game photo on the court. 

♥ EVENING EVENTS ♥

February 10 :: Embrace low-key Texas dance hall vibes at the Sons of Hermann Hall for Max Stalling’s 15th Annual Valentine’s Day Dance & Show. Doors at 7, showtime 8:30. $20 general admission, $30 reserved seats. 

February 10 :: This year, Mardi Gras gives you an excuse to get super dressed up and do a little masquerading with your Valentine. O’Carnivale Mardi Gras Ball at the Kessler Theater has dinner, dancing, and music from 7pm to midnight. Tickets (dinner included) are $50 each. Or the Krewe de Etoile 2018 Masquerade Ball at the F.I.G., also from 7pm to midnight. Tickets for that one start at $80. Don’t forget your masks!

February 10, 11, 14 :: Backdoor Comedy Club has as special Valentine’s Comedy Celebration that includes champagne, chocolate, and tickets to future events. Multiple evening showtimes to choose from, tickets are $38.

February 14 :: The Granada Theater hosts the Ricki Derek Valentine’s Double Feature tonight. Ricki performs classic love songs on stage, then they screen the classic love story An Affair To Remember. Doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $30.

February 14 :: If you want to really blow it out, the Statler Hotel presents Vintage Valentines at the Statler. Tickets include a 3-course dinner, 2 drinks and 3.5 hours of dancing and live music from a 15-piece orchestra. Doors at 7:30, last dance at 11pm, but you can hit the rooftop bar or hotel speakeasy for drinks before and/or after. $119 per ticket.

♥ VALENTINE WITH A VIEW ♥

February 14 :: Champagne & Chocolate On the Rooftop of Saint Rocco’s at Trinity Groves. Sweeping views of downtown and lounge-y sofas everywhere. $30 per person.

February 14 :: Klyde Warren Park has such a magical view of downtown at night. Head to Savor for dinner or even just drinks and desserts (apple cake fritters, Nutella fried pies, sundaes…). This date is literally a walk in the park.

February 14 :: The Arboretum stays open until 9pm tonight, so you can watch the sunset over the lake. They’ll also show Beauty and the Beast (2017) at 6:30pm. Bring a fancy picnic or grab something from the food trucks to eat while you watch. $5 admission, parking is free after 5pm today only.

February 10, 14 :: Vetted Well, the restaurant/bar upstairs at the Cedars Alamo Drafthouse, has a laid back atmosphere and lovely downtown views. Get just drunk enough to sing your heart out at the Love Bites Music Video Party (2/10) or the Moulin Rogue watching party (2/14). They also have karaoke rooms if you want to mix things up and do a group Valentine’s date.

♥ COCKTAILS & KISSING ♥

♥  The Library bar at the Warwick Melrose Hotel gives great date night ambiance with all their leather and wood and dim lighting. It’s elegant enough to be special and cozy enough to be relaxing. Bonus points for the piano!

♥ Cuddle up and get tipsy at Atwater Alley, the little speakeasy behind Henry’s Majestic on McKinney. It’s one of those places where you can tell the mixologist what you like, and they’ll craft up the perfect cocktail for you.

♥ When I think about places that are good for flirting and cocktails, clearly I’m drawn to the dark, moody, intimate joints. Bowen House is another one! It’s an uptown hidden gem of a bar. They also have a limited menu if you want to temper your buzz.

 

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