Whether you think it’s a Hallmark Holiday or a truly special event of the year, there is no doubt that restaurants and bars recognize the legitimacy of Valentine’s Day. Special romance deals will be packaged along all week to encourage couples to make it out on Thursday night and they will – in droves.
Here are 5 great spots to drink your Valentine’s Day away either with a date or just a good drinking buddy.
Bell Book & Candle Private Dining Room
If you’re looking to avoid the mass of couples wearing red and don’t want to stay home on your couch, you should shop around for spaces that offer more private seating. Bell Book & Candle has a nice tucked away location and several secluded seating offerings. While there is a group seating option for Valentine’s Day, the hidden gem is the two-person table located behind the bar complete with a phone direct to the bartender. If you’re looking for a more intimate style dinner out of the house – this table fits the bill. Check out their new Winter menu and cocktails and if you’re trying to lay low on a Thursday there’s a selection of mocktails that will keep you just as happy.
Bell Book and Candle, 141 W 10thStreet #A, New York, NY 10014.
Cocktail Class for Two at Analogue
A great hub for live music, Analogue has a Valentine’s Day cocktail class that’ll let you bring out your inner bartender. You will be guided by skilled mixologists so you don’t need to stress a lack of skill and no matter how the date goes at least you’ll pick up some cool bartending skills! Incorporate a cheese plate or some of their short rib sliders and you’ve booked dinner.
Analogue, 19 W 8thStreet, New York, NY 10011
The Dining Room at the Met
Your mind may not jump to a museum when you think romance (or maybe it does, that’s fine) but the Dining Room of the Met successfully creates a date night atmosphere. John Fraser’s new mushroom focused menu along with a California-centric wine pairing makes for a classy date overlooking Central Park. Meandering through the exhibits after dinner you can make your way to The Great Hall Balcony Bar’s Amari for a cocktail. If you’re looking for a tasteful date night out and want to try something more creative than just dinner – you can’t go wrong with the Met.
The Dining Room at the Met, 1000 5thAve, New York NY 10028
On the other side of the spectrum you may just want to take it more low-key with a few drinks and a movie. If you’d like to make this Thursday a bit more special than that type of typical date night, head to Nitehawk Cinema in Prospect Park. Dinner and a movie is a classic date, but you can spruce it up a bit by doing both at the same time in the theater. Ordering cocktails to your cozy seat mid-movie is an empowering experience that makes it hard to go back to any other kind of theater.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn NY 11249
Top Hops Beer Tasting
If beer is up your alley there really is no better place than Top Hops and it’s been running a Date Night special for some time. Coming up on Valentine’s Day you can get $150 for a couple, centering on a 45-minute tasting class followed by an hour open draft bar. Add in a Meat and Cheese plate for dinner and their Valentine’s Day special of chocolate pairings and you’ve got dessert as well!
Top Hops, 94 Orchard Street, New York NY 10022
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