It may be too late to snag a reservation at your favorite romantic restaurant, but there are still plenty of lovely options for Valentine's Day. Read on for some of the hottest parties, dinners and even anti-V-Day events. See also: From Cookies to Cooking Lessons, Nine Tasty Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar
Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place is hosting an Appetite For Seduction weekend, starting with a Dating Game matchmaking event for singles on Friday. Both Friday and Sunday, you can enjoy a special Love Potion #9-themed menu for $44 a person; at 8 p.m. February 14, the boys and girls of Pearl's Treat will put on a special V-Day burlesque show. Detoxify and recover on Sunday with partners yoga, followed by brunch.
Valentine's Day can be your excuse to party until the wee hours at Stout Street Social. The restaurant will be serving romantic specials, and at 9:30 p.m. the real fun will start with live music by Dave Connelly, beer and barrel-aged cocktail tappings, chocolate-dipped strawberry shots and activities.
If you're willing to risk public embarrassment and/or a lawsuit, Qdoba has a free burrito for you. For the launch of its new savory queso, the fast-casual chain invites you to smooch a stranger or loved one and get two smothered burritos for the price of one. Just make sure you ask permission before going in for the kiss. For Singles And Haters Lucky Pie Pizza & Taphouse is eschewing hearts and flowers for beers and beards. Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, the BEERds and Barrels event will tap a number of new and barrel-aged beers, and Proper Barbershop will be giving out complimentary grooming sessions and judging the sexiest beard.
The Warwick Denver Hotel is inviting singles to mingle at the Flirt & Tell 15th floor extravaganza. A live DJ will provide a soundtrack to dancing and drink specials at the top of the city. Ladies get in for free; bachelors pay a $10 cover starting at 9 p.m. February 14.
Both locations of ViewHouse are hosting events for those who feel left out by Valentine's Day. ViewHouse Centennial is offering a "Lock & Key" party for singles to find a match, put on by the Rocky Mountain Singles Group. And in Ballpark, the original ViewHouse is having an Anti-Valentine's Day party for anyone tired of the hustle and bustle of V-Day.
Romance, Dine & Wine
Lower48 Kitchen, our Best New Restaurant of 2014, is crafting a four-course Valentine's Day meal with "something for each, something for two, something for both of you," for $65 per person, plus $30 for wine pairings. With an array of little bites and some seductively complex entrees, chef Alex Figura's menu promises a unique V-Day treat.
Flagstaff House Restaurant was named one of the most romantic restaurants in America by OpenTable, making it a must-try Valentine's experience. For dinner Friday and starting again at noon Saturday, the restaurant will be offering its regular menu as well as a tasting course or dessert sampling for two.
Range, in the historic National Bank building, will serenade diners with the sounds of a live jazz trio; it's also offering a sharable surf-and-turf dinner for two with wine, Chateaubriand, crab cakes and sides for $80 a couple.
Central Bistro & Bar is taking a slightly cheeky approach to the holiday with its Valentine's Day blowout; $75 (or $100 with wine) gets you seven courses of aphrodisiac dishes from persimmons to oysters, while ingredients like bachelor button flowers and crushed hearts of palm pesto indicate that Central will take on romance with a bit of levity.
Argyll Whiskey Beer is doing what it does best on Valentine's Day -- upscale, Anglophilic pub food. If you and your significant other prefer Scotch to champagne, chef John Broening's three-course menu could be just the ticket, for $59 per person. What did we miss? Post info on other Valentine's events in the comments section below.
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