V-Day Outings

Five Ways to Keep Busy on Valentine’s Day

There’s the obvious way, but we’re talking about going out on the town.

By Stephanie Rubesh February 6, 2012

And ZinZanni said, “Let it be pink! And sparkle!”

Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, and last time we checked, there’s nothing sexy about a Tuesday. But we did a little sleuthing and found five viable options for a lively celebration.

Beer and Chocolate for Charity
Feb 12, 4pm, Georgetown Brewing Co
Okay, technically this is on Sunday night, but what better than chocolate and beer to sooth a potentially disheartened soul? Georgetown Brewing Company promises live bluegrass music, Macrina baked goods, Theo Chocolate, and the debut of Lisa’s “The Sun Is Trying to Kill Me” Chocolate Stout, brewed with 15 pounds of cocoa. Makes a mean beer float. $50; proceeds support Autism Speaks.

Feb 14, 6:30pm, Teatro ZinZanni
The go-big-or-go-home option includes a five-course meal, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a zany cirque act with acrobats, comedians, singing wait staff, and a hula-hooping salsa duo. It’s hard not to be entertained under the spiegeltent. $126–$176.

Love Songs: A Valentine’s Day Evening at Columbia City Theater
Feb 14, 7:30pm, Columbia City Theater
Three of the city’s top vocalists—Hey Marseilles’ Matt Bishop, Tim Wilson of Ivan and Alyosha, and soul-stirring pianist Kaylee Cole—set the mood by crooning a selection of their favorite love songs. $10 advance, $15 day of.

Round 81: Valentine’s Special
Feb 14, 8pm, Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Fremont Abbey is bringing in some top-notch talent for the 81st edition of the Round, an evening of music, slam poetry, and live painting. Sean Nelson of Harvey Danger, indie-pop guitarist Alexandra Niedzialkowski of Cumulus, and painter Skye Graves will perform, and the hosts will provide tables for two (or four), chocolate, wine, Seattle beers—the works. $8; $50 reserved table for four.

Wine and Chocolate Tasting
Feb 14, 5pm, Volunteer Park Conservatory
Things will get steamy during this Valentine’s Day happy hour—literally. It’s a balmy 75 degrees inside the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Sample four vinos from Wilridge Winery and Vineyard paired with Theo Chocolates, and support the stately glasshouse during a critical fundraising period. $10.

Prefer a quiet dinner for two? Nosh Pit is keeping tabs on V-Day specials at local restaurants.

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