Struggling for some unique date ideas for Valentine's Day? We've got you covered. Or, are you flying solo and trying to find something fun to do on Singles Awareness Day? Not to worry-we've got something for you, too.
Love-struck diners seeking a classic dinner for two can't go wrong with The Driskill Grill, a historically romantic restaurant dating back to 1929, where dark leathers and gilded touches set the mood. For a charming restaurant that oozes romance, book a table at Al Fico, an east Austin Italian osteria featuring wood-fired pizzas, entrees & wine in a warm, convivial space.
Trendsetting couples will love the chic vibe and artisanal dishes served in three-course, prix fixe format at Lenoir. A more casual yet quaint option is Botticelli's, where you can grab a cozy booth or sit under the twinkling lights in the backyard garden while enjoying classic Italian dishes. Or, skip the traditional Valentine's Day atmosphere altogether, and pull up a seat at the colorful and eclectic Elizabeth St. Café, a quaint boulangerie serving up classic Vietnamese dishes and French pastries.
Non-Traditional Date Options
Looking for an offbeat way to celebrate? Take your date to Peter Pan Mini Golf, a vintage putt-putt place with larger-than-life characters dispersed throughout the 18-holes. It's even BYOB, so you can bring a tasty adult beverage to "cheers" with your honey while pulling off impressive golf moves.
If golf isn't your game, try a game of ping-pong in the upstairs space of The Continental Club Gallery. After a heated round or two, you can peruse the art hanging on the walls, and then head downstairs to enjoy a high-octane cocktail while listening to roots, rockabilly and swing in the dimly lit music club.
For a bit of a show, watch belly dancing while filling up on Mediterranean dishes at Phara's, or go old-school romantic with a trip to Blue Starlite, the world's first and only mini urban drive-in movie theater.
Not feeling the ooey gooey love fest, but still looking to go out and have a good time? Singles ready to mingle will find plenty action in Austin. Skip the special V-Day menus and nosh on authentic New York-style pie at Home Slice Pizza. Bowl a round at The Goodnight. Sing your heart out at Alamo Drafthouse's "Love Bites" annual sing-along. Catch a live honky-tonk show at The White Horse, or get dolled up and dance all night at eclectic Barbarella or LGBT hot spot Rain on 4th.
Pictured: Elizabeth Street Cafe. Photo by Casey Dunn.