Wondering where to take your special someone for Valentineâ€™s Day? Wanting to finally ask that person youâ€™ve had an eye on to be your â€œvalentine?â€ Or are you in need of someplace fun to go with your long-term beau? Â With Valentineâ€™s Day comes pressure to have a perfect, romantic evening. Â Hopefully this article will help take some of the stress out of trying to plan the ideal night and give you some advice for different kinds of relationships. Â Here are some ideas for every circumstance, including specific local places you can check out:
Plan something simple and short, yet thoughtful. Â This is the â€œgetting to know youâ€ stage. Â Donâ€™t plan something that will last all night or that could get awkward, and if all goes well, you can always extend the night. Â For this occasion, Candlelight Coffeehouse, Wine Bar & CafÃ© is perfect (3011 N St Mary’s, 210-738-0099). Â Itâ€™s romantic for Valentineâ€™s Day with comfy seating and has a great atmosphere but is still slightly informal. Â You order at the bar and the food is brought to your table. Â The food is pretty fast, too, incase things arenâ€™t working out as planned.
The first date has covered the â€œgetting to know youâ€ base, and now you can get a little more romantic with the traditional dinner and a movie. Â Cooking at home may still be too intimate, but a nice dinner out and a movie is the perfect route to take. Â â€¦Better yet â€“ at the Alamo Drafthouse (618 NW Loop 410, 210-677-8500) you can accomplish both at one place. Â Drafthouse is an ideal place to go for a second date because you already got to know the other person, so not as much chit chat is needed to make the night special.
One must approach a blind date with a certain degree of caution. Â Things could get weird if you plan a long outing and things go sour. Â The popular Trinity hangout, Bombay Bicycle Club (3506 N. Saint Maryâ€™s, 210-737-2411), is a good place to go for this occasion because itâ€™s most likely familiar, and there are plenty of yummy drinks to down if the date doesnâ€™t turn out so well. Â However, if you hit it off, unique seating (like loveseats) is available so you have the option to cuddle up, or you can seek privacy outside.
Congrats! You are now past the â€œgoing outâ€ stage and are entering the â€œofficialâ€ dating stage. Â In a new relationship, you continue to learn more about each other, but you know you are compatible. Â Youâ€™ve likely experienced the â€œdinner and a movieâ€ date numerous times, but a romantic evening in will undoubtedly foster an even closer relationship. Â Boys, if you cook your girl some food and light some candles, you will capture her heart, leading to a blossoming relationship. Â For a new relationship, show each other how you feel with dinner in and drinks.
You know you partnerâ€™s preferences and what they like to do by now. Â For Valentineâ€™s Day, you know them well enough to try something new and â€œout of the box,â€ or you can stick to your favorite romantic night, but something special will keep that spark ignited. Â You could go on a romantic walk on the Riverwalk and eat somewhere special. Â A place with an amazing view near the Riverwalk is the Chart House Restaurant atop the Tower of the Americas (601 Tower Of Americas Way, 210-223-3101). Â It rotates while you dine, so you can see the whole city. Â Lastly, a cool idea would be to reserve a carriage ride downtown. Â There are several companies that provide this service including Yellow Rose, Lonestar, and Bluebonnet Carriage Company.
Happy Valentineâ€™s Day, and may your Valentineâ€™s dreams come true.