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 5 Creative Date Ideas to Try This Valentine’s Day

Why settle for just dinner when you can spend the evening in an underground speakeasy?
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Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner once again. Whether you’re single and dreading being without a beau on this controversial holiday or you’re in a relationship and bored of the same humdrum “dinner at a nice restaurant” routine, here are some fresh Valentine’s date ideas so good, even Cupid wishes he came up with them. 

Go See a Comedy Show

Beat the lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day crowds by going to see Flip Orley at Dallas Comedy Club February 10–11. Orley’s show is a combination of hypnotism, stand-up, improvisation, and sketch comedy. If you’re a newer couple, maybe you can volunteer your significant other to get hypnotized into saying “I love you” first. 

Dallas Comedy Club isn’t the only place to go for laughs Valentine’s weekend. Hilarious stand-up comedian Steph Tolev (featured on Bill Burr’s Netfix standup special, Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill) will be at the Addison Improv, and Pauly Shore (of The Comedy Store fame) will be at Hyena’s in Mockingbird Station. 

Paint at Home 

No need to pay those painting class prices. DIY “Painting with a Twist” in your own home for much less money. Get some canvases, paint, and some wine, for the “twist,” of course. Then get to painting. You can watch a YouTube tutorial, or just free paint. No need to be good at painting either—oftentimes laughing at the terrible end results is the best part. Bonus points for using your paintings as decor in your home and convincing your future guests that you truly believe in your own artistic genius. 

Leela’s Wine Bar Galentine’s Pop-Up 

Every year, the cozy yet fresh interior of Leela’s Wine Bar in Lower Greenville gets a “Galentine’s” glow-up. Pink flowers adorn the walls, pink balloons form archways, and lit sparklers decorate delicious cocktails. While it is called a “Galentine’s” pop-up, you can go with whomever you want, even your Blue Moon-loving boyfriend. Although, it’s probably more fun to “rosé all day” with your favorite gal pals. 

Have a Sunset Picnic 

Another great way to avoid the crowds and have a more down-to-earth celebration (literally) is to pack a picnic and watch the sunset. Find a perfect spot at Trinity Overlook Park, which has plenty of green space and an amazing view of the Downtown Dallas skyline. There are also long trails throughout the park, so you can take a long, romantic walk with your date as the sun goes down. 

Scat Jazz Lounge 

If you’re going to be in Fort Worth for V-Day, Scat Jazz Lounge is a whole vibe. Tucked into an alley across from Sundance Square, the club’s elevator will take you down to its subterranean lounge. Local and national talents perform in the speakeasy-style space, which makes you wonder, why does everyone hate on jazz anyway? 

If you opt to stay in Dallas and prefer above-ground jazz clubs that don’t make you walk down dark alleys to enter (boring, but okay), check out The Balcony Club for a comparable atmosphere and great music.

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