When it comes to Valentines Day, I’m somewhere in the lukewarm middle. I’m not one of those anti-Valentines extremists who dress in black and curse the affectionate traditions. But I’m also not one who pines to clutch a new teddy bear with ‘Be Mine’ embroidered on its stomach while stuffing my face with a large box of chocolates. In my opinion, it’s a nice excuse to do something out of the ordinary, whether you’ve got a special someone or a gaggle of girlfriends. You can head just about anywhere and get a Valentines Day special meal, so I’ll clue you in on some non-restaurant events that might catch your fancy!
Self-proclaimed “An uproarious alternative to the traditional ho hum show on Valentines Day”, Laugh Lover’s Ball showcases four professional comedians doing their best 20-90 minute skits that will definitely have you laughing out loud. Everyone penned to appear in this one-night only special, while probably not a household name, has at least been on tv, thus slightly validating their comedic chops. If you’re a non-romantic kind of Valentine celebrator, this might be the night out for you!
It should stand as no secret that I LOVE Central Cinema. There’s just something about sitting in a cozy theater, ordering greasy food and beer, and throwing inanimate objects at a screen that’s playing a movie I’ve seen a thousand times that is just absolutely delightful. This Valentines Day they’re hosting Moulin Rouge at 6:30 and 9:30 for your viewing pleasure. You can sing, you can cry, you can sob your sorrows in a pitcher…what more can you want? “Believe in truth, beauty, and freedom, and above all things, love.” *Sigh*
Ah. Wine and chocolate. Simple and classic. Head here for an early evening treat, then home to watch something romantic. Love Actually, anyone? From 5-7 you can swing by the Conservatory building and sample some perfectly paired Wildridge wines with Theo chocolates for only 10$. It’s recommended that tickets be bought in advance as only a few are reserved for selling at the door.
Not your average Bill Speidel experience. This Valentines-themed tour carries you through the underground streets of Seattle, unveiling its history of love, lust, and corruption. The tour ends at Doc Maynard’s Public House with a champagne toast and a professional photographer to capture you and your sweetie’s (or group of fabulous friends’) special moments. Tickets are 25$ and can be bought through their website.
Located in Belltown, this swanky little bar is hosting a Valentines Day trivia that will put a little love in your heart. Celebrity couples, cultural romance differences, and international weddings are expected to be category topics- do a little pre-trivia research and maybe you’ll be crowned the winner! Trivia starts at 730, come early to take advantage of their happy hour from 5-7.