Will You Be My Valentine?

Still haven’t planned anything for the most romantic day of the year? Single and don’t want to binge on chocolate all night? Check out our Valentine’s and Singles Awareness Day picks, with something for everyone.


Open Skate at The Depot

Ice-skating is already romantic in itself, but a spontaneous ice-skating date on Valentine’s Day at The Depot ice rink? Double win.
The Depot
Thursday, February 14 |12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
225 Third Ave. S., Mpls.
612-339-2253, thedepotminneapolis.com

Victorian Poetry Slam

Celebrate Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way: with poetry readings from the 19th century in the historic James J. Hill house. Listen to poems on love, romance, war, and sports performed by people dressed in classic 1890s garb. You can even bring your own poem to share.
James J. Hill House
Wednesday, February 13 | 7 p.m.
240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
651-297-2555, mnhs.org

Romantic Dinners

Valentine’s Dinner at Como Park

Bring a loved one to a romantic dinner setting at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park Zoo. If live music and a catered dinner inside the conservatory isn’t enough to get you there, childcare and kid’s activities are available on site.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Sunday, February 17 (February 14 and 15 sold out) | 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
$165 per couple
1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul
651-487-8201, comozooconservatory.org

Trotter’s Café

A special dinner menu just for Valentine’s Day. Dessert while listening to Chris Wilson play some mellow classical guitar. We looked up “romance” in the dictionary, and this is what we found.
Trotter’s Café
Thursday, February 14 | 6 p.m.
232 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul
651-645-8950, trotterscafe.com

Honey’s Music and Dinner

Enjoy dinner for two while listening to the sultry songs of Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs. Reservations required.
Thursday, February 14 | 6-9 p.m.
Meal and cover charge: $35; just cover charge: $10
205 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls.
612-746-0306, honeympls.com


Music By Lovers For Lovers

As if the Artists’ Quarter’s candlelit hole-in-the-wall atmosphere wasn’t romantic enough, they’re giving the stage over to musicians in love to play music for those in love. I would steer clear if you’re single because this concert is bound to be full of lovey-dovey PDA.
Artists’ Quarter
Thursday, February 14 | 7 p.m.
$15 each; $25 per couple
408 St. Peter St., St. Paul
651-292-1359, artistsquarter.com

Hello I Love You Burlesque Show

Go back in time for the evening to watch a sexy vintage burlesque show with your special someone. (Think: Moulin Rouge.) There will be prizes for the best ’60s apparel, so be sure to dress up.
Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Thursday, February 14 | 8 p.m.
$10; $25 at the door
Sixth and Wabasha St., St. Paul
612-285-3112, amsterdambarandhall.com

A Romantic Evening at the Turf Club

When I think of the Turf Club, “romantic” isn’t the first word that comes to mind. But a show featuring the Regal Treats, Web of Sunsets, and Jim & the French Vanilla will be the perfect mix of garage rock, acid country, and blues-rock on this love-song-filled night.
Turf Club
Thursday, February 14 | 9 p.m.
1601 University Ave., St. Paul
651-647-0486, turfclub.net

For those free from the relationship confines on this Hallmark Holiday

50 Dollar Pyramid

Remember the $50,000 Pyramid game show? Grumpy’s Downtown is bringing the game to life this Valentine’s Day. With topics like “Things Found In Your Pants” and “Tastes Like Chicken,” you’ll be laughing so hard you’ll forget you’re single.
Grumpy’s Bar and Restaurant
Thursday, February 14 | 10 p.m.
1111 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.
612-340-9738, grumpys-bar.com

Valentine’s Hater Party

The Gay 90’s is hosting the ultimate post-breakup party of the century. Celebrate your singledom with a bunch of other bitter singles and bring a photo of your ex to slash. You could even win a Sweet Revenge gift basket, whatever that means.
Gay 90’s
Thursday, February 14 | 9 p.m.
408 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls.
612-333-7755, gay90s.com