Love may be in the city air, but making plans for Valentine’s Day is often a loathsome task. Sure, dinner and movie may work for some, but not every local is into such a cliche date.
These unconventional — and quintessentially Austin — date nights don’t require an overpriced steak dinner or tickets to a crowded movie theater. Whether you’re a couple looking for a way to spice things up or single and looking for a good time, these seven options are certain to keep things flirtatious without being so predictable.
Bond with a bestie and Bumble BFF — February 9
Who says the Valentine’s season is just for couples? Enjoy Galentine’s Day with your best gal pals and Bumble BFF at Adelante Boutique. Guests to this free event can enjoy complimentary sips and treats from Yes We Can Wine, Frankly Organic Vodka, and FitJoy. Additional highlights include tarot readings, lip touch ups by Sentrel Natural Beauty, and mini manicures by Lacquer. Splurge on Adelante’s health and wellness items at special discounted prices before you head home.
Get cooking with Con’ Olio — February 12
Try your hand at creating a meal together using premium oils from 2nd Street District's Con’ Olio. This expert-led class covers a full spectrum of virgin olive oils from Spain, Italy, Portugal, and other global cuisine capitals. In addition to learning about the oils themselves, guests will enjoy pairings of cheese, artisanal bread, and even Amy’s Mexican Vanilla ice cream, along with more delectable bites throughout the evening. Purchasing a bottle of wine to enjoy during the class is encouraged.
Craft something cute at Upstairs Circus — February 14-17
Craft something with your cutie at Upstairs Circus' downtown workshop. The DIY studio/bar is ideal for the couples who like to get their hands dirty. Browse a list of more than 25 different projects, and enjoy tinkering with all the provided materials. Upstairs Circus has a full bar of liquid inspiration to make crafting your masterpiece a breeze. Invite your single friends or favorite couples and make it a group hang.
Climbing at Crux — February 14
Start the evening burning a few calories at the Crux Climbing Gym. The standing monthly Date Night event gets a Valentine’s Day twist complete with climbing activities for you and your belay buddy. Additional activities include yoga and fitness classes available for drop-in. Tickets include a day pass, all the gear you need, and two signature cocktails from next-door neighbor Cosmic to celebrate taking your relationship to the next level (see what we did there?).
Dance the Night Away at Gibson Street Bar — February 14
If you’re into the anti-Valentine’s Day hangs, Gibson Street Bar and Black Hearts Club are offering a cool alternative to the traditional stuffy dinner. Trade an overpriced meal for Jell-O shots and other non-lovey dovey festivities until close. DJ Fideo sets the mood for a perfect rager.
Get physical at the Thinkery — February 14
Be warned, this isn’t your average Thinkery event. The popular children's museum invites adults 21 and up for an evening of scientific sexual exploration. Guests can waft aromatic plants that awaken the sensual side or learn how to paper craft anatomical models in compromising positions. Additional activities include the science behind dirty dancing, sex ed trivia, and a gallery of erotic photography. For tickets, visit The Thinkery website.
Getaway to Horseshoe Bay — February 15-17
Take a quick, 45-minute trip to the Texas Hill Country and settle in for a romantic weekend at one of the most luxurious resorts in the Lone Star State. The Horseshoe Bay Resort Valentine’s Day package includes VIP valet, Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your room upon arrival, and a breakfast buffet for two. As a bonus, Horseshoe Bay is hosting its first-ever Comedy Festival Weekend, featuring performers such as Harland Williams and Heather McDonald. Festival access is only available to resort members and overnight guests. To explore festival packages and rates, visit the Horseshoe Bay Resort website.